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Many people get confused between nudists and naturists. There is a close relationship with nudity, but some lifestyle clubs, beaches, resorts, hotels etc. have a large difference to the types of activities that take place and who can attend. Some nudist or naturist organizations do not want mixed lifestyle groups attending their events. Many lifestyle swingers also assume that all nudist or naturist organizations are planned for the swing lifestyle. Many nudists and naturists love to share their love of nudity with the sun or nature, but not anything sexual. There are many swingers that are also nudists or naturists.

NUDISM
A lifestyle in which people meet (in the nude) to secure the benefit of sunlight on their exposed bodies. Some lifestyle couples or swingers are nudists, but not all nudists are swingers. Many families practice nudism. Many people can be nudists at a beach, but feel totally uncomfortable shedding their clothes at every day events, like shopping, eating dinner, visiting museums etc. (places in public).

NUDIST COLONY
A resort or meeting place of nudists, the practitioners of nudism.

NATURISM
Naturism is a social activity that appeals to men, women and children of all ages. Naturism is for all the family. Naturists will take vacations together at ski resorts, summer camps and many more organized events around the world (without clothes). Most naturists would be upset at the site of seeing another naturist or any person getting sexually aroused at the site of someone in the nude. Since Naturism is for the whole family and all ages, you will not see any photos on naturist web sites of sexually aroused people or any sexual positions or activity. Naturism is a way of life, not part of a sexual lifestyle like swinging. Swingers resorts are for adults only and are designed around a sexual nature, but naturist resorts are for all ages and are designed around the whole family in a non sexual, but day to day activities without clothes.

Over the past few years Vincent Bethell and his supporters staged a campaign promoting that nudity in public should be made legal. His methods were rather unconventional, but never the less straight to the point. Basically he appeared nude in public and confronted the authorities with his nakedness. He was held by the police on numerous occasions, but was released with no charge. Eventually the authorities decided that enough was enough, and he was arrested and held in prison prior to his trial. During the whole of his captivity and trial he refused to wear any clothes. To his credit, the jury found him innocent of causing a nuisance and was consequently cleared.

His trial was covered by the national media, and an article summarizing the verdict as produced in the Daily Telegraph is given below:

A man who campaigned for public nudity by repeatedly taking his clothes off was yesterday cleared of causing a nuisance.
A naked Vincent Bethell, 28, punched the air in delight after the jury of 10 men and two women delivered their verdict at Southwark Crown Court, before shouting: "Being human is not a crime."
It is believed to have been the first trial in British legal history where a defendant has been naked throughout the proceedings.
Then, seemingly oblivious of the near freezing temperatures, Mr Bethell, an artist from Coventry, walked from the court with the clothes he refused to wear while on remand and other belongings in plastic bags.
A member of the Freedom to be Yourself campaign, Mr Bethell said he had been repeatedly convicted by magistrates but acquitted on the first occasion he faced a jury.
While he vowed to continue his campaign, Orlando Gibbons, who had prosecuted Mr Bethell, said: "I imagine he will continue to be prosecuted if he insists on going naked in public. It is still against the law until Parliament changes it. Prosecution is one thing, a verdict is another." The court was told that Mr Bethell had been arrested on six separate occasions for his displays of public nudity: five times in London and once in Bristol.
He was first arrested outside New Scotland Yard on July 15, when his protest resulted in the road being closed and the police were forced to mount a cordon to prevent his supporters being swamped by a media scrum.
Mr Gibbons told the jury Mr Bethell's behaviour was likely to "harm the morals of the public or their comfort, or obstruct the public in the enjoyment of their rights".
In the early stages of the trial, the court was cleared on the orders of Judge George Bathurst-Norman. He reversed the ruling after Isabella Forshall, defending, persuaded him that asking the jury to leave while Mr Bethell walked to the dock was prejudging the issue.
In his defence Mr Bethell cited the creation of plastic streakers by some players of Subbuteo table football as evidence of growing public acceptance of nudity.
"I have always been interested in what it is to be a human being, a social self-aware life form. It is just my skin, being a human being, just going about my existence."


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