Is Nudism “Normal”?

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I haven’t counted how many times people have asked me if nudism was normal. I stopped counting as well the number of articles that went over the normality of nudism, whether you should expose your kids to nudity or whether nudists were “normal” people, meaning not suffering from mental health disorder. My answer to this simple question is Yes, nudism is normal. It’s not only normal, it’s natural, it’s healthy and should be “the norm”. Let’s go through rational and less rational reasons why nudism is normal.
What It Means To Be Normal
The site ReviseSociology tells us that “‘Normal’ can be defined as any behaviour or condition which is usual, expected, typical, or conforms to a pre-existing standard”, and that “‘Normal behaviour’ may be defined as any behaviour which conforms to social norms, which are the expected or typical patterns of human behaviour in any given society”.
The second definition is interested because it requires to define what social norms are. The above article shows multiple ways to define social and societal norms and ends in a dead-end where although it’s possible to define “norms” using various methods, it’s almost impossible to precisely define the concept of normality.

What is normal here, cannot be there, and vice versa. For example, while it’s “normal” for men to wear djellabas in Morocco, it may be seen “weird” in Sweden. The opposite being true with many behaviours and habits in any given country. What was normal then, cannot be now and vice versa. With globalisation, though, wearing a djellaba in Sweden may not be totally weird any more.
It used to be “normal” for people to get married. Nowadays in most societies, it’s “normal” to live as a couple without being married. In some countries you may even be a legal couple without being married. Although, in more and more countries you can be married with a person of the same sex. To the opposite, homosexuality is considered a crime in some countries. What is normal here, is not there. As you can see from those few simple examples, defining what …

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