My name is Crystal and I am a member of Young Nudists of Texas United. I wanted to tell my story about how I became a nudist for other women considering visiting a nudist resort. I was introduced to naturism through my boyfriend (now husband). He told me about his experiences and participation but assured me if it made me uncomfortable he did not have to participate, that he would just continue naturism at home only. I told him I would go with him to a gathering and make my decision after that. I was really going to see for myself if it was something sexual. Candidly, I really couldn’t believe that there would nothing sexual involved.
I attended a pool party and found that indeed there was nothing inappropriate going on and that it was something with which I would be comfortable. More importantly, I am comfortable with my boyfriend participating even if I was not present.
There is definitely a perception that social nudism is linked with sexual activity because when I share this with my friends, they are curious. They are accepting but I always get asked questions, especially by the females. I believe that while younger people are more accepting of participation in this type of activity and they will not shun you or judge you, they still associate nudity with sex and have a hard time separating the two. I found more friends concerned over being touched, stared at or grabbed more than concerns with body image. My age range, and that of my friends, is 25-35.