Lars Egeland Composes Editorial About Natural Nudity & Body Image in Norway

Natural Nudity Is The Only Kind Of Nudity!
Natural Nudity – This year, 2013, is an election year in Norway. On September 9th, the country’s citizens will pick the government which will be in place for the following four years. In comparison with the United States and many other nations, Norway has very little to worry about economically or socially. Which is in part why family nudist galleries following editorial by current parliament member Lars Egeland the only openly naturist member of parliament stuck out from all the other election-year rhetoric.
But from a policy perspective, it really is a leader on issues of environmentalism, equality and thanks to Egeland body approval. In the editorial below, Egeland discusses his feelings about naturism from both a private and political outlook.
This is a translation of Egeland’s editorial. Click here to see the original Norwegian version.
Lars Egeland, Member of Parliament for the Socialist Left Party
At exactly the same time they are so shy that they do not dare shower nude after gym class at school. 70 percent of middle schools in Norway report that students shower in boxer shorts. But it doesn’t only have to do with the young. Water parks all over Norway have had to start a campaign called Constantly Shower Naked. As Wenche Bjornebekk said within an editorial in Aftenposten before this year: young girls understand everything about anal sex, but have never seen their classmates nude.
We have created a debate which was unimaginable a couple of years past: Is it a violation of human rights that pupils don’t get to shower alone? Those of us who are accustomed to undressing in the locker room and going into the showers start to question if we are viewed as exhibitionists?
Regrettably not. It has to do with poor self-perception that really makes many folks emotionally sick.
The Red Cross’ service in Norway for kids and youth reports an increase in inquiries from young people who have a bad relationship with their own bodies. Use of doping materials and growth hormones is on the rise to not improve performance in sports, but to get the perfect body. A body which isn’t only thin, but also muscular. A British study recently revealed that nearly one-third of young girls would trade away one year of life to have a perfect body. Researchers note the correlation between poor body image and dependency issues such as drug use or eating disorders.
But is it a paradox, or a correlation coefficient? If the model for what the body should be comes from pornography and marketing, it’s natural that a lot of people will feel bad about their bodies.
I’ve been a naturist for many years and considered it a private issue. But is has become steadily clearer for me the body can also be politics.
I’ve just believed that it provides a feeling of liberty to swim and sunbathe without clothing. At exactly the same time I have experienced that the body-focus and gender-fixation of cloth beaches is nonexistent on naturist beaches. Bikinis and bathing suits create more sex-focus than when everyone is nude. This really is particularly pertinent as it pertains to kids, who at a steadily younger age are subjected to sexualization. After having seen several thousand men and girls without clothes I ‘ve learned that very few have the kind of ideal bodies we encounter in digitally-controlled marketing pictures. They’re fat, thin, short or tall not to mention young and old. And it is quite challenging to say that one body type trumps all the others. Individuals will vary and it is the variety which is delightful.
The relationship to nudity is a cultural phenomenon. Many Norwegians are shocked when they come to your German sauna where it really is granny sex on the beach to have swimwear on. The German philosophy is rooted in hygiene, but also in comfort and well-being. And so come folks of most ages and genders to spend the evening together.
There exists a natural correlation between saying no to commercial stripping and yes to natural nudity. We don’t say no to stripping because we think the nude body is wrong or offensive. You’ll still be capable of strip for your partner without fear of being hit with any moratorium! But the commercial stripping market is closely tied to prostitution. It truly is not liberating when men pound beers and look at naked women as things. Both stripping and porn live by double standards. It is no accident that porn’s capital is the United States Of America a country where people have strong views about nude skin.
The Socialist Left party platform has an entire subsection on measures for the decrease in body-fixation, body-oppression and commercialization of the body. It was as part of this subsection that I recommended among the measures should be laying the groundwork for more natural nudity for instance, by supporting naturism. Whether or not someone chooses to swim nude can’t be controlled by a party platform.
My recommendation features a acknowledgement that naturists have worked to create safe meeting places as defined in the by-laws of the Norwegian Naturism Association: a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed by social nudity without regard to sex and with the intent of raising self-respect, respect for other individuals and others’ opinions, and respect for the environment.
Nobody can compel someone to favor nudity. But the experiences of other nations show that if nudity is a more accessible choice, there are more individuals who will choose it. If the road to the naturist beach was shorter, if there was an opportunity for family swimming with a common changing room at the swimming hall, more folks would maybe grow up with a more natural relationship to the human anatomy.
We’re dependent on society to assess the possibilities for such body-oppression-free zones and lay the basis for there to be more of them. It is but one measure that can be taken to get folks to feel content just as they are.
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Erik Jakobsen works in Nyc, lives in New Jersey and has been an avid nudist for 25 years. He’s a frequent contributor to FKK’s websites.