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Family Nudity

Most people, who oppose Family Nudity, do so as an extension of their own conservative views on sexuality or simply as a knee-jerk re*****ction and do not have valid scientific rea*****ns for such opposition. In my opinion there is no harm in family nudity, especially if it is practiced ***** the privacy of one's home and does not ***** any sexual overtones to it.

Whatever little research is available on the issue indicates that children who grow up in nudist families are much more comfortable with their bodies ***** their ***** as adults. They are apt to exhibit higher levels of self-esteem and self-confidence. On the o*****r hand, children ***** have been brought up without any exposure to family nudity at home are more likely to suffer from feelings of shame about ***** genitalia as children and ***** sexual anxiety as adults. Such feelings of shame about sex may adversely affect their adult sexual relationships too. To my mind, anything which helps ***** to develop normally with a he*****lthy attitude about sex should be welcomed rather than condemned.

Although I fully support the concept of a cert*****in amount of family nudity at home, I do have my reserv*****ions regarding unrestrained "social" nudity whereby people practice a "***** l*****estyle" in the company of o*****rs, such as at beaches, clubs, or gatherings outside the privacy of ***** homes. The reason why ***** ***** "at home nudism" is because I am convinced about its positive effects on ***** normal development ***** children. I do not c*****sider "Social *****" appropriate because ***** believe ***** it does not serve any useful purpose apart from enabling the "nudists" ***** make a political statement ***** their beliefs. Such public display of ***** also tends to create a backlash against more moderate forms ***** ***** nudity and gives credence to the view about nudists being "odd."


Peckenpaugh, Willi***** D. (1999). "Familial and societal attitudes toward *****, and the effects on children's development." [Available Online] Accessed on October 3, 2004 at

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