Over the last few years I've observed the various arguments for and against clothes, and indeed clothing optional venues.
Nudists often argue that there is something very unsavoury going on when people don't choose to be naked, but visit somewhere that people are naked. They can't understand why, other than the desire to perv at naked people.
I haven't really had the opportunity to visit a "true" nudist venue. I'd have to choose my words extremely carefully to explain why, but in a nutshell it doesn't seem anywhere near as simple as driving to the closest CO venue, paying your money and enjoying the day naked. When I did investigate the local nudist club, it seemed to be very closed rank and secretive. You can't just turn up when it suits you to enjoy the outdoors. You have to be the right person, arrange a special visit etc. I just want to be naked, not take part in a secret society!
Within an environment where it's okay to be naked, it does strike me as kind of odd that people do wear clothes. I actually feel sorry for those wearing clothes because obviously their personal comfort and confidence levels aren't sufficient to feel ok naked.
I feel as though I have some pretty good insights as to why people don't feel comfortable being naked, and actually prefer clothes. The reasons are broad and varied, but most lead back to self consciousness.
The one thing I can't really make sense of are those who feel uncomfortable around clothed people when they themselves are naked.
In my mind clothes really make no difference when others see you naked. I get the sense that some naked people feel at a disadvantage when others are clothed. This seems like nonsense. If nakedness is acceptable within a given context, outdoors, at a beach etc. Why does nakedness suddenly become unacceptable when there are clothed observers? Why are people suddenly uncomfortable in this situation?
I think as a few have already commented on Nook, people should have as much right to wear clothes for EXACTLY the same reasons people should have the right not to wear clothes if they choose. I say that based on the following reasoning.
Society says nudity is unacceptable because if offends some people. They feel uncomfortable seeing others naked. It offends their personal sense of morality.
Nudists say clothed people within a nudist environment are unacceptable because they feel uncomfortable being naked when others aren't. They're suspicious of clothed people's motives for wanting to be clothed within a nude environment.
The thing is, if nakedness is okay, non-sexual and natural as nudists go to great lengths to tell us all, then why is it not ok within a clothed context?
Is it suddenly not natural and now entirely sexual? I think not.
I'd be interested in other people's views on this and whether anyone can provide a rational reason why people shouldn't have the right to wear clothes if they choose. Forget "normal". That's not a rational reason to do anything. Why shouldn't I or anyone else be allowed to wear clothes among nudists?