Naturism In Norway – Last summer, my family was at a sand vacationing together with another family that we have known for years. Shortly after we arrived at the sand, the daddy of the other family stripped his youngest child who was maybe three years old at the time nude and sent the youngster to play at the border of the water. Almost as an afterthought he turned to me, with a look of worry on his face, and said You know it’s OK that he’s naked, right?
Now, a small circumstance this plage was not in the USA, but in Norway.
That the daddy asked me if I understood it was OK struck me as strange at time, but in hindsight makes perfect sense. Despite the fact that he and I are both Norwegian, and we were in Norway, he still felt the need to check with me to make sure I didn’t think he was abusing his child in some way.
Nudism In Norway –
We often wish that everyone in America had mindset as residents of more liberal countries. But why are those nations like this in the first place? It’s often joked that many Americans can not even locate North America on a map let alone states elsewhere. So we do not expect many folks to know what makes other countries tick socially.
For me, I can only just speak for naturism in Norway, which will be my country of origin. But many of the nations of Europe and elsewhere share particular social traits are very different from America and that make the public’s perspective of nudity much more forgiving. They comprise:
Mandatory Sex Education
Sex education is mandatory in Norway. There is no abstinence only choice. (Like most countries, Norway isn’t subdivided into states that have powers separate in the national government.) So there’s absolutely no shielding kids from the realities of sex and the body. Sex educators have long asserted that talking to children early and often about sex goes a ways toward removing the taboo surrounding the issue, and makes them not as likely to participate in it recklessly since they understand the potential impacts. It’s no wonder in America, then, the demonization of sex and the equating of nudity with sex has made people afraid of exploring nudism.
National Broadcaster
Like many nations, Norway has a government-owned transmission business as well as independently-owned media outlets. The assignment of the national broadcaster will be to present the news never to generate income. It’s financed by a small licensing that families pay. Compare this to America, where media is just not only 100% privately-owned, but a substantial portion is possessed by a little group of large firms.
To keep the readers and the viewers coming, privately-owned media needs sensational reports as well as the regular news. And because sex and nudity are the most-banned of the forbidden fruits, they make to find the best news stories especially when sensationalized. Nudity is seldom depicted positively in American media, and is often presented in the context of what can only be called Nude Offense stories about people committing offenses while they chance to be nude (not because they have been nude, though that important difference is intentionally obscured in many cases).
Since national broadcasters aren’t profit-driven, the sleaze degree is close to zero. (For an English language example of a national broadcaster, research the British Broadcasting Company [BBC]).
Lesser Role for Faith
The countries of Scandinavia are known for their near-complete dearth of spiritual fervor. Around 20% of Scandinavians consider themselves believers, when compared with a much greater percentage in America.
Faith is perhaps the prime driver of anti-nudity opinion, both in America and other conservative nations (though we in the nudist community comprehend, praise and support the contribution of religious nudist groups who are striving to illustrate that faith and nudism aren’t mutually exclusive). Maybe the most extraordinary example of body-pity is the burqa, a full-body cloak that is demanded to be worn by many Muslim girls.
The narrative of Adam and Eve is one of the Bible’s best-known narratives – and possibly one of the most misunderstood. Much to the detriment of nudism, Eve’s activities in the Garden of Eden fall under the Nude Crime type. God wasn’t displeased because Adam and Eve were naked. Rather, they had bitten into the apple from the Tree of Knowledge which God had expressly prohibited. He was tipped off just by the fact the next time He saw them, they had covered up their touches. Nudity did not lead to the crime. But the crime was committed while bare. are just a few of many differences that make the challenge for naked acceptance that much more difficult here in America. I’m not suggesting that we can snap our fingers and transpose European societal ideals on our own, as fine as that would be. But what we do need to understand is the totality of the forces that are working against nudists.
Just as much as girls are under-represented in the naturist community, thus are young adults of both genders. Despite all of the messages they receive about how nudity is bad, many of them do not believe it at least not fully. Our assignment mustn’t only be to practice naturism in defiance of these negative perceptions, but to teach and provide opportunities for the naked-inquisitive. Young and old, girls and boys.
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Erik Jakobsen works in New York City, lives in New Jersey and has been an avid nudist for 25 years. He’s a regular contributor to FKK’s blogs.