When measured against an index of participation, throughout the country far more men than women choose to participate in social nudity. The same is true right here in the Dallas nudist scene. Men just don’t face the same kind of obstacles as women do when it comes to finding a comfort level with participating in mixed sex social nudity.
Simply examining a few of those barriers won’t make them magically disappear for women, but sometimes understanding the things they find a little intimidating helps people to deal with and overcome them.
Societal disapproval of female nudity
Women are largely raised to understand that there are societal prejudices at work against nudity in general and female nudity specifically. “Nice girls” just don’t expose their private parts to others except in very narrowly defined and approved circumstances. Even in the non-sexual context of traditional nudist culture, it is simply a lot more difficult for a woman to bare it all in front of a mixed group of people she may not be well acquainted with. That is something men aren’t faced with.
Emphasis on body image
Body image is another issue that is almost exclusively female. That should not come as a surprise since women are bombarded daily with television and magazine advertisements that portray “perfect” airbrushed images of young, emaciated and chesty nubiles as the ideal that all women should aspire to look like. The constant bombardment makes many lose sight of the fact that it isn’t reality and so women it seems are constantly looking to the latest fad diet, workout program or cosmetic surgery technique that will help them measure up. Even though nudists talk a lot about body image acceptance and accepting people for who they are rather than what they look like, body image remains a significant obstacle for women when it comes to trying social nudity.
Concerns about sexual harassment
Women who have visited a nudist club or resort quickly learn that they are places where a woman can feel safe from sexual harassment. All AANR affiliated clubs and resorts have strict policies about this and a no tolerance policy toward those who behave in any way that makes others feel uncomfortable or disrespected. Harassing behavior or any behavior that would require an apology typically earns the offender a quick escort to the exits. However, it is easy to understand why women face this barrier to participating in social nudity.
For hundreds of years women have been sexually objectified by men and many times made to feel they are considered nothing more than sexual objects that exist for the pleasure of men. Far too many women have been subjected to unwanted sexual advances at school, work and in social circles. Attractive women, even when conservatively dressed are frequently subjected to cat calls and wolf whistles by merely walking along a public street. Is it any wonder then why a woman might feel more than a little uneasy about appearing naked in a mixed social setting, especially one where men will generally always outnumber the women present by a wide margin?
Until a woman can find the courage to visit a club or resort for the first and discover that these very understandable and valid concerns are not an issue in a traditional nudist social setting, just being told something won’t happen is sometimes just not enough to make a woman feel at ease.
All three of the things discussed are deterrents to women experiencing the real benefits and freedom that nudism represents. It can be intimidating and yes, even a little scary to take that first tentative step and committing to experimenting with social nudity by visiting a Dallas nudist club or resort for the first time. Yet invariably, those women who find the courage to try it just once are usually amazed by how quickly they learn to feel comfortable in that environment and how quickly they learn to enjoy the feelings of freedom and stress-free relaxation. Social nudity is simply one of those things that a woman has to experience firsthand to adequately rebut the fears and obstacles that are felt before trying it.