Frequently Asked Questions
Social nudity can be a confusing thing for people who are not familiar with it. Nudist club members, gay beach day trippers, and tree-hugging naturists might each identify as nudists, but they might all operate by different standards. This page will help you to understand our positions on a few important points and you will learn what to expect at our events.
What is Participation?
We ask that you are fully engaged at our events. Yes, getting naked is an experience in and of itself, but please arrive with curiosity and the energy to participate in the theme of the event. Another facet of participation is arriving with a clear mind. While responsible BYOB is sometimes allowed, visible intoxication is not.
What is Vulnerability?
This Principle arose from the need to clarify the subjectivity of being naked. A woman going topless publicly, however legal it might be, is likely to arouse a negative response from most crowds. For this reason, we accept that a woman’s edge of vulnerability might mean keeping their bottoms on at our events. We’ve found that this consideration increases female participation (a historical quirk of nudism) greatly. For men, we invite you to discover your edge of vulnerability in other ways. Perhaps you cross your arms during conversation? Uncross your arms to feel what that’s like. Maybe you’re afraid of looking stupid when you dance? Attend our Movement and Connection event to explore that fear and move beyond it. If you do not identify with the male or female archetypes, or are transitioning gender, please do whatever suits your needs. Our Builders are knowledgeable about these experiences and eager to help you.
What is Cohesion?
For Just Naked, Cohesion means connecting with others in the spirit of openness and respect. When we do this collectively, we create social unity. In this unity, we are most effective at normalizing naked within the local and global communities. Respect means treating others how they would like to be treated. This may be difficult to intuit, so we ask that you observe the following behaviors:
Verbal Consent: Nudity is not an invitation. At our events, you must ask permission before touching anyone with whom you are not very familiar. This includes non-sexual touch, such as a hand on the shoulder or a hug.
Anonymity: If you meet someone at one of our events, then see that person outside of the event (or find them online), do not mention anything about Just Naked. Some people need to keep their participation private and we respect that.
Erections: Men, if you feel yourself getting an erection, please know that this is a very normal bodily function; however, we are trying to uncouple and distinguish the difference between nudity and explicit sexuality (and yes, it's possible!). We ask that you become aware of your arousal, take a moment to yourself to celebrate the fact you are human and then to please excuse yourself until your fire cools. We don't want to shame any erections, but want to be respectful to others in the group.
Photos: Ask permission before photographing or recording anyone, even if you think they are unidentifiable in the shot.
Cruise Control: Cruising means looking for a date or sex. There are some circumstances when the following behaviors might be appropriate at a platonic event, but this is not likely to be the case between two people who barely know each other. We suggest that you err on the side of caution if you have any doubt. If you are the recipient of unwanted attention, please inform an event coordinator and/or ask the person to stop. You might be perceived as a cruiser if you do any of the following:
ask someone to meet outside of the event
ask about someone’s relationship status
compliment someone’s physical features
maintain a close distance during conversation
follow someone around an event
stare at a person’s body during conversation
Is being naked sexual?
Yes! Well, maybe yes!… Maybe not? It depends on your biology and conditioning. You might find that your first few Just Naked events are very arousing (though you’d do well to keep that to yourself), but over time it’s less interesting and eventually it’s really a platonic experience. This is the usual report we hear, though it’s alright if it’s never sexual for you or always sexual (but again, keep it to yourself). Sexuality is not easy to define, so we don’t try. Our goal is to allow people to experience something new and grow from it.
Do I need to bring anything?
For most events you’ll just need your ID, but read the details of each event to be sure. Unlike most nudist organizations, we don’t require you to bring a towel. We provide sanitary barriers at all events for sitting. For yoga, we always have towels and mats, usually at little to no extra cost to you. Some events will invite you to bring a snack or beverage, but this is totally optional. Sharing food is simply a great way to connect with others!
What if I can't afford your events?
How do I help Just Naked?
Become a Builder! If we think it’s a good fit, we’ll train you, refine the details, and hook you up with whatever you need to get started. As a Just Naked Builder, you will have access to our network of participants, your own email address, and advice from other Builders. Please know that you do not need to be a master of your craft to hold a naked space - you just need to master the basics of how to do it in a way that promotes safety and growth.
Volunteer! After you’ve attended a few events and we know you well, we are happy to exchange class passes and other perks for your energy.
Share our content around on your socials. We are still quite small, so even earning us a few extra followers is much appreciated! We have a podcast, blog, and we’re present on the usual instagram/twitter/facebook platforms.