Fans of Urban Nudism is a network of activists working to repeal laws against public nudity and to demolish the irrational taboos that gave rise to these laws in the first place. The high levels of anger and violence that we see in our society and in the world are caused, in part, by the emotional damage done by these laws and taboos.
Public nudity decreases anger by reducing stress and anxiety — two major generators of anger. It accomplishes this not only for those who practice public nudity, but also for onlookers. It accustoms people to the sight of the human body and thereby reduces feelings of “body shame”.
Body shame is the anxiety and embarrassment many people feel when their bodies are exposed and seen by others. It originates from child-rearing practices in prudish families. Body shame is an emotional illness that impairs the ability of both young and old to form close relationships. It causes chronic anger, creates conflict and disruption in families, and can lead to criminal activity and even to suicide.
Public nudity counteracts the psychological damage done by the nudity taboo and by prudish parenting. Talking with public nudists enables onlookers to see that these are friendly, sensible people with fewer hangups than the scowling, chronically-angry prudes who oppose them. The joyful support that public nudists get from many passersby forces even the most prudish onlookers to realize that prudishness isn’t necessarily healthy, or fun, or popular.
Public nudity brings a new sense of freedom to a society beset by threats, fear, and the stress of change. Many people feel boxed-in, helpless, and afraid. Stress brings an increase in anger, hostility, violence, and rejection of rationality. It is causing our society to splinter and to look for relief in the wrong places – for example, in ideological extremism, in mean-spiritedness, and in violence, depression, and suicide. Public nudity is a freedom that only a few people in our society have been able or willing to experience, but that many people yearn for. It is an antidote for the chronic anger that goes hand-in-hand with prudishness.
Public nudists aim to erode and eliminate the nudity taboo and the laws based on it. When this is accomplished, our society will be cured of prudery and will become a happier place.