The Naturist Talks: John from the USA

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.


Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.


So please sit back and get inspired!


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Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Our guest for today is John, a 51 year young pharmacist from Wisconsin, USA.


Hello John, tell us something about yourself

I am a 51 year old man who lives in Barneveld, Wisconsin, USA. I am a pharmacist and have both my bachelors and doctorate degrees in pharmacy. I am not married, but in a committed relationship with a wonderful woman. I live in the country in an old cheese factory that has been converted into a ranch style home. I have a Harley Softail that I love to ride. I don’t have any pets but love all types of animals. I enjoy all outdoor activities like fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking, etc. I enjoy staying as fit as I can and workout 5 days per week, mostly with weights.


How and at what age did you become a naturist?

I always knew from a young age that I preferred being clothes free. I would be nude anytime that I was left alone or when I would go to the woods. I was married for 22 years and was never very body confident. I was an obese child, then lost weight, but lost my hair at about age 18. I was made fun of a lot and was extremely self conscious of every part of my body. I did not feel comfortable going bare foot or taking off my shirt in public.


After my divorce I went to my first nude beach at age 46 and could not believe how at ease I felt once I got there. I walked up and down the beach completely nude and was not made fun of. I felt like I was free. I went to a few other resorts shortly after that. My self image has improved greatly and I now can walk with confidence into any room without fear of being judged.
I bought a house in the country surrounded by farms and put up a privacy fence so that I can enjoy my yard clothes free when the weather is warm enough. I live life nude as much as I can and am always nude at home.


Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?

Naturism is tolerated in some places, but not really legal where I live. If someone were to report you for being nude, it is possible that you could be arrested and charged with anything from public indecency to a sex crime. I have a privacy fence around my yard so that nobody driving by can see in without really trying. There is a private resort close by that I can go to if I want to be in a more social setting.


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We hate to divide people into groups, but we’ll do it anyway…
Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?

I love being nude in nature, but I am probably more of a nudist than a true naturist. I live life as nude as possible.


Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?

I find it very hard to make naturist friends.
There is no good place to really meet other nudists. My girlfriend is not a nudist and has said she would not feel comfortable going with me. Single men are often outcasts due to the behavior of many of them. I have met a couple people on the web and we hung out a while, but I haven’t seen them lately. I am currently attempting to start a MeetUp group in my area, but often those joining these types of things have other motives.


What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?

Relax…breathe…enjoy! Once you step in, you will see how freeing this lifestyle is.



Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?

I went to resort in Jamaica with my then girlfriend a few years ago.
We met several people and one evening I was sitting nude on the lounge chair talking to them. They and my girlfriend were wearing their swimsuits. One of our new friends took a picture and put if on Facebook and tagged me in it before she realized that I was nude. She asked if I wanted it taken down, and after reviewing did not think you could really tell that I was nude due to the angle.
Not 5 minutes later I got a text message from my sister asking me why I did not have any clothes on!! Then my parents ask the same thing!! That is when my family found out that I enjoyed being clothes free.


Thank you so much for your participation John!

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3 thoughts on “The Naturist Talks: John from the USA”

  1. Thanks very much for sharing your story, John. The way you have overcome insecurity about your body is inspiring and empowering. I think this is one of the most honest and personal Naturist Talks yet.

    Of course, I understand that, for legal or professional reasons, not everyone feels they can show their face. But I am appreciative when participants do include facial photos of themselves, whether nude or not. It shows conviction that we are truly unashamed of our nudist/naturist beliefs.

    I enjoyed the final anecdote, about how your family discovered your preference for being naked. It’s entertaining, but it also casts light on how liberating it can be to “come out” as nudists to family and friends. There is no better way to normalize nudism than to let our loved ones know that we ourselves are nudists. For this reason, I linked to my own interview on Facebook when it was published in this series. I had previously posted about my nudism and had shared a few “Facebook friendly” nude photos… but, for some of my contacts, it was their first chance to hear me really discuss how I feel about nudity. For many, it the first time they saw me totally naked. The supportive feedback I received meant a lot to me, which is why I’m taking the time to let you know how much I respect what you have shared.

  2. Hello John, I can relate to your story in several ways. I too was overweight most of my life. I was often ashamed of my body when I was younger. As I got older I appreciated my body more. Went to a nude beach two years ago and never looked back. It is great being around other naked people. Of course skinny-dipping is wonderful. If I can’t be nude I’ll settle for the standard Florida uniform of shorts and no shirt. Stay nude.


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