View research View latest news Sign up for updates. Many liberal democracies have legal restrictions on nudism. This article argues that when public nudity does not pose a health threat which it seldom does , such restrictions are unjust.
For years many European countries have not legally insisted that their citizens wear clothes. The right to partake in non-sexual public nudity, while not actively promoted, has not been an indictable offence in Denmark, Holland or Germany for a generation. It is legal to sunbathe nude in parks, on beaches and on private property without fear of prosecution. Like all good legislation with goodwill from both sides, this is a two way thing. Few citizens would wish to go to the supermarket naked. In the UK there is no law forbidding public nudity, but several laws are used to prosecute public nakedness. Nudists apprehended on beaches are reprimanded and fined with Victorian legislation also used to prosecute flashers. Unsurprisingly, they feel insulted by this association with lewd public behaviour. Lately, the Public Order Act Section 4 has been used against some nudists.
So what are the laws affecting public nudity?
Public nudity refers to someone appearing naked in public, or being naked in an area that can be seen by the public. Examples of public nudity include being naked in a public swimming pool, on a beach, or on private property, such as at a shopping mall. Someone walking around naked inside the privacy of his own home is not considered a crime, unless he is visible from a public place, such as the sidewalk. It is also not considered a crime for someone to be naked in an area where people are expected to take off their clothes, such as the locker room at a gym, in a sauna, or at a club or resort that is specifically designed for nudists. To explore this concept, consider the following public nudity definition. Public nudity is the act of being naked in a public place, or in an area that can be seen by the general public. Interestingly, the act of public nudity is almost never sexual in nature. Some annual events tend to inspire nudity in public. For example, public nudity ran rampant during Woodstock, which was a music festival that took place in and drew , people to a dairy farm in New York over the course of four days. However, it depends on the context of the public nudity as to whether it is considered sexual in nature, and whether it may be offensive to some people.
This is a list of public outdoor clothes-free areas for recreation. Includes free beaches or clothing-optional beaches or nude beaches , parks, clubs, regional organizations and some resorts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Nudity portal. Lee Baxandall Naturist Society. The Canadian Guide to Naturism. Federation of Canadian Naturists. Amer Sunbathing Assn.