The Nudist Constitution

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Nudists have long come under fire from people who don't know what nudism is all about. These misunderstandings come from friends, family, strangers, law enforcement, and government. While most nudists attempt to defend themselves by explaining what nudism is about, they find that there is not a single source of information to aid them. This document is intended to be the definitive source for definitions and explanations of core nudist concepts and principles The Nudist Manifesto.


The purpose of this document is to satisfy seven goals:

  1. To describe and define the core concepts and principles of nudism
  2. To provide a single core set of concepts and principles to unify the nudist movement and aid its advancement
  3. To provide a single document as reference for anyone researching nudist principles
  4. To provide a single document as a resource for explaining to non-nudists the major concepts and principles of nudism
  5. To provide a single document to be presented to government officials to explain the major concepts and principles of nudism so that they may take clear nudist concepts into consideration when crafting new laws and ordinances
  6. To provide a single set of concepts and principles that all nudists can adopt as the core of their nudist beliefs
  7. To provide a solid base of concepts and principles for landed and non-landed nudist organizations to build their constitutions and bylaws upon

Terms and Definitions

The state of being without clothing, or nude. This term is intended to convey that "freedom" is an often-mentioned feeling experienced by nudists.
A specification that denotes that the wearing of clothing is optional. This term can be used to describe whether a facility is "Clothing-optional" or "Nudist". Whereas a "Nudist Resort" (or "Nude Resort") deems that wearing of clothing is strictly forbidden except under specific circumstances, a "Clothing-Optional Resort" leaves the choice to the attendee.
Landed Club
A nudist club that owns real property.
The state of being without clothing, sometimes alluding that the nudity is not by choice and sometimes having a lewd connotation.
A person who prefers to be nude as a way of connecting to nature, or who finds being nude with natural surroundings preferable to being nude with man-made surroundings.
Non-Landed Club
A nudist club that does not own real property. Club gatherings are typically held at landed clubs, resorts, beaches, public areas, members' houses, or at rented facilities.
The state of being without clothing, especially by choice and having an artistic or positive connotation.
A person who prefers to be nude.
Nudist Colony
An outdated term that has been replaced by Nudist Resort. The term was typically applied to gatherings of nudists or used in fiction writing for titillation.
Nudist Resort
A business that operates on owned or leased land that has the specific purpose of providing an environment for nudists to practice social nudity in a controlled, secure, and typically well-maintained area.
A term used to describe non-nudists, particularly those who are publicly opposed to nudists or nudity in general. It can also be applied to a location, such as a beach, to describe that it is a clothing-mandatory area.
A term typically used to describe non-nudists. It can also be applied to a location, such as a beach, to describe that it is a clothing-mandatory area.
Usually applied to women who are without clothing covering their torso, especially their breasts. This term is preferred by many who want to distinguish topfree from topless, as the latter term is usually associated with the sex industry or indicates the lack of something, whereas topfree indicates a choice toward freedom.
A movement that believes that women's breasts are no more offensive than men's breasts and that women should have the same right to be topfree wherever men have that right.
Usually applied to women who are without clothing covering their torso, especially their breasts. This term has a negative connotation because of its association with the sex industry and because of the connotation of lacking something. The preferable term for nudists or Topfreedom advocates is "topfree".
Travel Club
An outdated term that has been replaced by "Non-landed Club".

What is nudism about? What is its purpose?



  1. Cleanliness
  2. Towels
    1. Nudists make it a habit to sit on a towel (or other barrier) when sitting where others have or may sit. This is to lower the likelihood of passing any germs or disease from one person to another via contact with an object that another's skin has contacted.
  3. Pools/hot tubs
    1. Nudists believe that swim wear traps bacteria within its fibers. Wearing swim wear introduces that bacteria into swimming pools and hot tubs. In addition, it traps bacteria from the water and holds it against the swimmer's skin, making absorption and infection more likely. Nudists believe that bathing/showering before entering a pool or hot tub dramatically decreases the amount of bacteria introduced into that pool or hot tub, thereby decreasing the amount of chemicals needed to combat bacteria. This lowers pool maintenance costs over time as well as reduces the rate of communication of disease from one swimmer to another.
  4. Sun/Vitamin D
    1. Nudists believe in the healthful benefits that direct sunlight provides. It is widely accepted by scientists that direct sun exposure helps the body create and utilize Vitamin D.

Acceptance/Body Image

  1. Every shape, size, color, orientation is accepted.


    Background checks
  1. Most organized nudist groups do at least a cursory background check on individuals who want to participate in club events. Larger resorts and clubs spend a considerable amount of time and money to do detailed investigations on applicants.
  1. Most organized nudist groups maintain a "blacklist" of individuals who have been prohibited from attending that group's functions. Individuals on the blacklist either acted inappropriately at a club event, or was rejected prior to attending based on background check findings. Blacklists are typically shared with other clubs in the geographical area and are sometimes relayed to national nudist organizations.
    Community watch
  1. Most organized nudist groups maintain a list of guidelines for behavior. Some simply reference guidelines used by AANR, TNS, or other nudist organizations. Nudist resorts typically maintain their own list of guidelines. Both nudist resorts and non-landed groups rely on members and guests to help monitor activities and report inappropriate conduct and language to club officers or resort management. In some situations, members of the resort or club will take it upon themselves to address the situation. If the individual continues to violate the group's guidelines, that individual is typically forced to leave and their name could be added to the club's blacklist.


  1. Most nudist organizations maintain a family-friendly policy. This policy ensures that only activities that are acceptable for all ages is permitted.
    No PDA
  1. Although most nudists are in a committed relationship, most nudist organizations limit or prohibit public displays of affection. This prohibition is due to an overabundance of caution. To prevent newcomers or visitors from mis-interpreting simple affection between a couple as a public sexual display, the stance of most nudist groups is to prohibit any displays of affection.
  1. It is inappropriate to stare, gawk, or ogle someone in any setting - nudist or textile. Just as staring at a woman's breast or crotch in Wal-mart would be considered highly inappropriate, that behavior is also highly inappropriate in a nudist setting.

Things that nudists believe:

  1. There is nothing inherently sexual or lewd about the nude body.
  2. There is nothing shameful about the nude body.
  3. Everyone should be accepted and respected, regardless of their sex, race, religion, handicap, or physical appearance.
  4. Clothing is viewed as protection from the elements. Clothing is worn to protect from excessive Sun exposure, low temperatures, or activities that could cause physical harm to the body if contacted (such as work with chemicals).
  5. Clothing can be worn as a choice, instead of being mandatory. Such beliefs echo prior generations' views that women should not expose their full arms or legs, but should instead remain fully covered at all times. Current societal beliefs leave the choice of attire to women themselves. If they wish to swim while clothed in long-sleeved sweaters and long pants, then they have that choice. If they choose to swim in a bikini, then they have that choice as well. No one limits maximum coverage at beaches, but a limit on minimum coverage still exists.
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