Now in America, many people try to make naturists seem to be superior to nudists. Me, I do not care which word you use.

Some people get all hung up about who is a “accurate” naturist or naturist. Me, I really don’t care about labeling people. I recall about ten years ago a Florida TV station was at Haulover beach asking naked sunbathers, “Are you a naturist?” Each group of people asked said no, they simply liked to sunbathe naked. Only 1 old man by himself said he was a nudist.
Some people think nudists have to be this or that; I simply say they must be nice folks.
Paul Rapoport from the Federation of Canadian Naturists
Historically, there’s still that divide also, between people who believe nudism (or naturism) is having your clothing off, for just about any purpose or no purpose, and people who believe more is involved. Formally, the old INF statement certifies that more is involved. It’s general enough to not require folks to do much or not to do particular things. There’s nothing in it about smoking, booze, meat, exercise, etc. However, subjects like those have been discussed by various nudist groups over the previous hundred years, all under the consideration of health.
That is where I think many folks would agree: that naturism is about better health, mental and physical, and emotional and religious if you wish, without going into particulars. That doesn’t mean that better health is automatic when you remove your clothes, but that doing so with some comprehension is an important element of good health, greatly contemplated, in the appropriate circumstance, i.e. with the right dispositions, whatever those are.
Morley Schloss – The Owner Of Sunsport Gardens Naturist Resort:
I believe that “naturist” applies to anyone who takes part in or appreciates nude diversion.
Generally, the terms naturist and naturist are interchangeable synonyms. Yet, for me, a naturist is a naturist with more.
A naturist is a nudist who feels at one with nature, who is ecologically sensitive. For me naturism entails a values procedure, while nudism is appreciating being naked with others.
Stephane Deschenes – Owner Of Bare Oaks Nudist Resort:
The brief answer is no. Nudism / naturism is a philosophy and you must accept at least some of its core principles (non-sexual nudity, acceptance of self & others, etc). By way of example, streaking could be defined as naked diversion. But in their actions, a streaker isn’t always accepting any of the naturist/nudist values. (They could do it because they have exhibitionist tendencies.) Likewise, swingers may do their activities naked but the nudity there’s certainly for sexual purposes. Naturism/nudism is a mindset which means that while a person’s activities are significant, the biggest defining characteristic is their motivation. For a lengthier response see:
Chet Kresiak Publisher Of The Naturism And Naturism Daily News:
Sadly, we’re stuck with the terms “naturist” and “naturist”, as used by AANR and The Naturist Society respectively. Lee Baxandall adopted the more European term “naturist” when he founded TNS in 1980 particularly to break up his organization from what was then the American Sunbathing Association.
Since then collaboration between the two leading American organizations has been uncommon, frequently being at odds with each other even though their goals seem to be basically the same. Other organizations have adopted terms like “clothing-free” or “FKK” which simply serve to further divide individuals on the foundation of language.
While AANR tends to stress “naked recreation” and TNS boosts “body acceptance”, the notion of being without clothing in social situations remains at the center of “nudist” doctrine. Whether people take off their clothing on beaches or hiking trails, in resorts or in their back yards, the advantages are essentially the identical, that we become more comfortable and accepting of our own bodies, and the bodies of others.

Sometimes people take off their clothes in protest, such as for example at the World Naked Bike Ride, or for the sake of artwork, such as in the Spencer Tunick installments, or in the Fremont Solstice Parade, and occasionally they bare all just for fun, including in the San Francisco Bare to Breakers occasion.
Ultimately it all comes down to body independence, which will be the single most unifying doctrine between all these apparently divergent groups and occasions. I would like to see AANR, TNS, FKK and every other group adopt a central theme of “body freedom” as a symbol of unification and common goal. You are able to achieve body independence through naked recreation, artistic expression, social naturism, and political protest. Finding and expressing this common bond of “body independence” can help to unite and heal the divisions we have between the organizations, and clarify the singular purpose we all have of liberating our minds and bodies.
So, when one is asked if they’re a naturist or a naturist, they are follow to only respond that they are a body independence advocate.
Mr. Sandy Of Rock Lodge Naturist Club: