European Naturism from a Nordic Perspective

Nudism In Norway and European Nudity
Naturism In Norway – Last summer, my family was at a sand vacationing jointly with another family that we have understood for years. Soon after we arrived at the plage, the dad of the other family stripped his youngest child who was perhaps three years of age at the time naked and sent the youngster to play at the edge of the water.
Now, a little circumstance this strand wasn’t in the United , but in Norway.
That the daddy asked me if I understood it was OK struck me as odd at the time, but in hindsight makes perfect sense.
Nudism In Norway – Renowned bare statue by artist Gustav Vigeland located in a sculpture park in Oslo, Norway
We frequently wish that everyone in America had exactly the same approach as residents of more liberal nations. But why are those nations like that in the first place? It is often joked that many Americans can not even locate North America on a map let alone countries elsewhere. So we do not anticipate many people to understand what makes other countries tick socially.
For me, I can only speak for naturism in Norway, which is my country of origin. But many of the countries of Europe and elsewhere share particular social characteristics are very distinct from America and that make the people’s perspective of nudity considerably more forgiving. They comprise:
Compulsory Sex Education
Sex education is mandatory in Norway. There’s absolutely no abstinence only alternative. (Like most countries, Norway isn’t subdivided into states that have powers separate in the national government.) So there’s no shielding children in the realities of sex and the human anatomy. Sex educators have long argued that speaking to kids early and often about sex goes a ways toward removing the taboo surrounding the matter, and makes them less likely to engage in it recklessly since they know the potential consequences.
National Broadcaster
Like many states, Norway has a government-owned broadcast business in addition to privately-owned media outlets. The mission of the national broadcaster would be to present the news to not generate profits. It’s funded by a small licensing that families pay. Compare this to the United States, where media is not only 100% independently-owned, but a substantial portion is owned by a small group of big companies.
To keep the readers and the audience coming, independently-owned media needs in addition to the everyday news. And because sex and nudity are the most-forbidden of the forbidden fruits, they make to discover the best news stories particularly when sensationalized. Nudity is seldom depicted positively in American media, and is regularly presented in the context of what can only be called Naked Crime stories about people committing offenses while they happen to be naked (not because they have been naked, though that significant distinction is deliberately obscured in most instances).
Since national broadcasters are not profit-driven, the sleaze level is close to zero. (For an English language example of a national broadcaster, look up the British Broadcasting Company [BBC]).
Lesser Role for Faith
The nations of Scandinavia are known for his or her near-complete dearth of spiritual fervor. Despite adopting Christianity near the end of the Viking Age around 1,000 A.D., religious contribution has decreased significantly in Scandinavia over the previous few decades. Around 20% of Scandinavians consider themselves believers, when compared with a much greater percentage in the States.
Faith is probably the prime driver of anti-nudity thought, both in the United States and other conservative countries (though we in the nudist community recognize, praise and support the contribution of spiritual naturist groups who are striving to exemplify that religion and naturism are not mutually exclusive). Possibly the most extreme case of body-pity is the burqa, a full-body cloak which is needed to be worn by many Muslim women.
As for Christianity, the dominant faith in America, we need not look any further than the first novel of the Bible to understand why numerous adherents are naked-averse. The story of Adam and Eve is one of the Bible’s best-known stories – and maybe among the most misunderstood. Much to the detriment of nudism, Eve’s actions in the Garden of Eden fall under the Nude Offense category. Instead, they had bitten into the apple in the Tree of Knowledge which God had expressly forbidden. He was tipped off only by the fact that the next time He saw them, they had covered up their bits. Nudity didn’t lead to the offense. But the offense was perpetrated while naked.
These are just a few of many differences which make the battle for unclothed endorsement that much more challenging here in America. But what we do should comprehend is the totality of the forces that are working against naturists.
As much as women are under-represented in the naturist community, so are young adults of both genders. Despite all of the messages they receive about how nudity is poor, many of them do not believe it at least not totally. Our assignment must not only be to practice nudism in defiance of these negative perceptions, but to instruct and provide opportunities for the naked-inquisitive. Young and old, girls and boys.
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Erik Jakobsen works in Nyc, lives in New Jersey and has been an avid naturist for 25 years. He is a regular contributor to FKK’s blogs.