Guest site by: Judith S.
The first thing people ask me when they find out I’m a naturist is, When did you become a nudist?
The easiest way I can explain it’s that being an associate of the International Raelian Movement helped me get more comfortable with my body and thus nudity in general. Raelians believe the body is natural and nothing to be ashamed of. We’re all distinct, unique and amazing and should feel comfortable in our own skin.
Many are not familiar with or have misconceptions about the Raelian Movement generally, and so I’ll just briefly explain what it is all about. The Raelian Movement is considered an atheist philosophy. We don’t believe in a “God” that’s up in the clouds, and it is a faith in the sense that we’ve an organized group of beliefs, i.e.:
There’s no God and that all life on this planet was made by advanced scientists from another planet called the Elohim (mentioned in the bible and were mistaken for ‘gods’).
We were created to love, be happy and take care of each other.
We need to build a impartial embassy to welcome back the Elohim so they can share their advanced technology with mankind and help us fix this planet.
“Rael” (Claude Vorilhon) Founder of the Raelian Movement
The movement was founded by Claude Vorilhon, a French journalist and race car driver in 1973 after he’d a string of UFO meetings which he wrote about in a book called Intelligent Design: Message from the Designers. He’s other publications as well which can all be downloaded free of charge at He was instructed to change his name to Rael, which means “last prophet;” therefore, “Raelianism.”
There is certainly a common misconception that we are a “UFO cult.” This may be because lots of photos of Rael show him with a replica of the UFO he encountered, and lots of members do not cut their hair and have been called “hippies. The term ‘cult’ has negative connotations, and don’t fit the definition of one because any Raelian is free to leave the movement at any time without pressure. We also don’t worship the leader, nor do we worship UFO’s, Rael or even the Elohim. Rael even warns us never to get overly attached to him and stresses that what is significant is the message, not the messenger.
My first meeting with social nudity was really at a Raelian self improvement seminar in Mexico, or Happiness Academy as they are dubbed. Some people were topless or completely unclothed during specific workshops and even though I was too timid to join in, I secretly envied their carefree attitude towards nudity. I got as far as going around in my bra for one workshop and that was exciting for me.
But I truly began embracing it when I was requested to function as the representative for the International Go Topless rally in Pittsburgh, PA, which will be a yearly demonstration Raelians organize all over the world to bring knowledge of women’s topless rights ( . These protests are done on or around August 26th which is Women’s Equality Day. The simple premise is that if guys can be topless in without getting arrested, women should enjoy exactly the same constitutional right.
2012 GoTopless Rally in D.C. Photo:
I ‘d already planned on being present at the rally in NYC, where it is actually legal for women to be entirely topless, but hadn’t decided whether I Had take off my top. Consequently I needed to get comfortable being topless ASAP! I began slowly by walking topless around my house, with the shades drawn of course. The only one judging me was my dog and I don’t think he cared.
Then I moved to cleaning in the buff and walking around bare in the house. I found it so pleasing and realized I did not have to set the air conditioner on all the time. I also started to sleep unclothed. That took some getting used to, but was completely worth it. I’m certain you understand the advantages of being naked in general but sleeping in the buff tops the list of among the healthiest things you can do for your body.
By the time the Pittsburgh GoTopless rally came along, I thought I was prepared for public semi-nudity (as I’d just be topless, not entirely naked). While most of the reactions were favorable (from men), nothing could prepare me for the rude reactions and gestures of some people. One woman spat on us and another covered her little girl’s eyes as they walked by. In Pittsburgh it’s illegal for women to reveal their nipples so I was not 100% exposed. But I understood a couple of hours into the rally that even though it was 95 degrees outside, I was cool as a cucumber! That is excellent, I believed! Why don’t more women cover being topless? Why do not they take off those confining bras and let the boobs breathe? That rally was a success and I am confident we put the seed in some women’s thoughts about covering topfreedom.

From that point on, I realized that I loved being bare and didn’t care what people thought. I can not help the way I look and did not ask to be born this way so I can’t let it prevent me from experiencing the freedom and health benefits that nudity brings. I am getting excited about checking out the nude beaches within my new home state which means no tan lines and best of all: skinny dipping!
More about Raelianism: Raelians campaign for human rights through a few different social justice jobs, and Go Topless is only one of them. Others are Clitoraid, which is a charity that offers free operation for victims of female genital mutilation, Aramis which covers all forms of sexual orientations, Paradism which can be a society without money, greed, and government thru the promotion of science & technology, 1 Minute for Peace which is meditating one minute as often as possible for world peace as human thoughts have the ability to influence world events. And finally, the Back to Kama project seeks to bring Kama, which can be the original name for Africa before it was colonized, to its proper glory by encouraging investments and projects there.
Judith S. is a representative of the International Raelian Movement
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