Naturists / nudists
Many people get confused between nudists and naturists. There is a close relationship with nudity, but some lifestyle clubs, beaches, resorts, hotels, etc.. Have a big difference with the kind of activities that take place and who can come. Some nudist or naturist organizations do not want mixed lifestyle groups attending their events. Many lifestyle swingers also assume that all nudist or naturist organizations are planned for the swingers lifestyle. Many nudists and naturists like to share their love for nudity with the sun or nature, but not with anything sexual. There are many swingers who are also nudists or naturists.
A lifestyle in which people meet (naked) to secure the benefit of sunlight on their exposed bodies. Some lifestyle couples or swingers are nudists, but not all nudists are swingers. Many families practice nudism. Many people can be nudists on a beach, but feel totally uncomfortable when they lose their clothes at events that take place every day, such as shopping, dining, visiting museums (places in public).
A resort or meeting place for nudists, the practitioners of nudism.
Naturism is a social activity that appeals to men, women and children of all ages. Naturism is for the whole family. Naturists take holidays together in ski resorts, summer camps and many more organized events around the world (without clothes). Most naturists would be angry at the site of seeing another naturist or any person who gets sexually aroused on the site of someone who is naked. Because naturism is for the whole family and all ages, you will not see pictures on naturist websites of sexually aroused people or sexual positions or activities. Naturism is a way of life, not part of a sexual lifestyle like swinging. Swingers resorts are for adults only and are designed around a sexual nature, but naturist resorts are for all ages and are designed around the whole family in non-sexual but daily activities without clothing.
Over the past few years, Vincent Bethell and his supporters have campaigned to make that nudity legal in public. His methods were rather unconventional, yet less straightforward. In fact, he appeared naked in public and confronted the authorities with his nudity. He had been arrested several times by the police, but was released without charge. In the end, the authorities decided that enough was enough, enough, and he was arrested and detained in prison prior to his trial. Throughout his imprisonment and ordeal, he refused to wear clothing. To his credit, the jury found him not guilty of causing nuisance and was therefore acquitted.
His trial was covered by national media, and an article summarising the verdict as produced in the Daily Telegraph is given below:
A man who campaigned for public nudity by repeatedly taking off his clothes was acquitted yesterday of causing nuisance.
A naked Vincent Bethell (28) stunned the air after the jury of 10 men and two women pronounced their verdict in the Southwark Crown Court, before shouting, “Being human is not a crime.
It is believed to have been the first trial in British legal history in which a defendant was naked throughout the proceedings.
Then, apparently unaware of the near freezing cold, Mr Bethell, a Coventry artist, walked off the field with his clothes he refused to wear in custody and other items in plastic bags.
A member of the Freedom to be Yourself campaign, Bethell said he had been repeatedly convicted by magistrates but acquitted the first time he appeared before a jury.
While solemnly pledging to continue his campaign, Orlando Gibbons, who had prosecuted Mr Bethell, said: “I can imagine he will be prosecuted if he insists on going naked in public is one thing, a verdict is another. The court was told that Mr Bethell had been arrested six times for his displays of public nudity: five times in London and once in Bristol.
He was first arrested outside New Scotland Yard on 15 July, when his protest resulted in the closure of the road and police were forced to set up a cordon to prevent his supporters from being ambushed by a media scrum.
Mr Gibbons told the jury that Mr Bethell’s behaviour was likely to “prejudice the public’s good morals or consolation, or impede the public’s enjoyment of their rights”.
In the early stages of the trial, the court was acquitted by order of Judge George Bathurst-Norman. He returned the verdict after Isabella Forshall defended him, convincing him that asking the jury to leave while Mr Bethell walked to the dock had prejudged the matter.
In his defense, Mr. Bethell quoted the creation of plastic streakers by some Subbuteo table football players as evidence of growing public acceptance of nudity.
“I’ve always been interested in what it’s like to be a human being, a social self-aware life form. It’s just my skin, as a human being, just preoccupied with my existence.”