Nudism is the act of being nude, while naturism is a lifestyle which at various times espoused nature, environment, respect for others, self-respect, crafts, healthy eating, vegetarianism, teetotalism, non-smoking, yoga, physical exercise and pacifism in addition to nudity.[d][e]

In naturist parlance, fabric or textilist is a non-naturist man, non-naturist behaviour or non-naturist facilities. e.g. the fabric plage begins at the flag, they are a mixed couple — he’s naturist, she is textile. Fabric is the prevailing term used in the UK (‘textilist’ is unknown in British naturist magazines including H&E naturist), although some naturists prevent it due to perceived negative or derogatory connotations. Textilist is said to be used interchangeably, but no dictionary definition to this effect exists, nor are there any identical instances of use in mainstream literature such as those for cloth.[7] Clothing optional and naked elective (US specific) describe a policy or a venue that permits or encourages nudity but tolerates the wearing of clothing. The reverse is clothing compulsory; that’s, forbidding nudity. Adjectival phrases clothes free and clothing free prescribe where nudism is permitted in an otherwise textile environment, or define the preferable state of a naturist.

The social nudity movement comprises a substantial range of variations including “naturism”, “nudism”, “Freikrperkultur (FKK)”, the “free beach movement” as good as generalized “public properties/public nudity” advocacy. There is a large amount of shared history and common themes, issues and philosophy, but differences between femdomnudist remain contentious.

See also: designations, associations and language for a protracted discussion and disambiguation.

Sorts of nudism
Carl Larsson, Model composing postcards, watercolor, 1906

Naturism is practised in many ways: Marc Alain Descamps,[8] in his study composed in French, classified the kinds as: individual nudism, nudism within family, nudism in the crazy, social nudism. Moreover, militant nudism, including campaigning or extreme naturists, is occasionally considered .
Private and family nudity
Main article: Nudity Private nudity

Many individuals are often naked in the privacy of their home or garden, either alone or with members of the family. This may be occasional nudity or as a naturist lifestyle. There are differences of opinion concerning whether, and if so to what extent, parents should appear naked in front of their children, and whether kids should be nude within the house in the view of their family as well as visitors. This has brought a good deal of academic study.

A United States study by Alfred Kinsey (1948–1953) found that 75% of the participants stated that there was never nudity in the home when they were growing up, 5% of the participants said that there was “rarely” nudity in the dwelling, 3% said “regularly”, and 17% said that it was “customary”. The study found that there was no important difference between what was reported by men and by women with respect to frequency of nudity in the home.[9]

Gordon and Schroeder in 1995 reported that parental nudity fluctuates greatly from family to family. They say that “there is nothing inherently wrong with bathing with kids or otherwise appearing nude in front of them”, noting that doing so may provide a chance for parents to provide important information. They note that by ages 5 to 6 children start to develop a sense of modesty, and recommend to parents who wish to be sensitive to their sons’ and daughters’ wishes they restrict such actions from that age onwards.[10]

Barbara Bonner in 1999 warned against nudity in the home if children exhibit sexual play of a kind that is considered debatable.[11]

In a 1995 review of the literature, Paul Okami concluded that there was no reliable evidence linking exposure to parental nudity to any negative effect.[12] Three years later, his team completed an 18-year longitudinal study that showed that, if anything, such vulnerability was associated with negligible favorable effects, especially for boys.[13]
Social nudism
A group meal