For years many European countries have not legally insisted that their citizens wear clothes. The right to partake in non-sexual public nudity, while not actively promoted, has not been an indictable offence in Denmark, Holland or Germany for a generation. It is legal to sunbathe nude in parks, on beaches and on private property without fear of prosecution. Like all good legislation with goodwill from both sides, this is a two way thing. Few citizens would wish to go to the supermarket naked. In the UK there is no law forbidding public nudity, but several laws are used to prosecute public nakedness. Nudists apprehended on beaches are reprimanded and fined with Victorian legislation also used to prosecute flashers. Unsurprisingly, they feel insulted by this association with lewd public behaviour. Lately, the Public Order Act Section 4 has been used against some nudists. The nudist is now looking for equality under the law.
So what are the laws affecting public nudity?
What is Public Nudity
Whenever you think of going naked, usually people would prefer to do it within the confines of somewhere private. Even though being nude is actually a pretty normal thing, since we are after all born naked and do certain things in the nude, the idea of going naked while being in public is something a lot of us will probably not do. In some parts of the world, it is considered illegal for an individual to go around without wearing any form of clothing. However, there are certain places in the world which have laws regarding those who want to show off their nudist tendencies. If you're confident enough, pack your bags and get ready to strut your stuff in the top 5 places where you can legally go out in public while nude. This town in France is famous for being the world's biggest nude town. It also makes sense that one of the largest beach resorts that accepts nudism can be found here. When summertime comes, Cap D'Agde attracts quite a crowd - about 40, tourists flock here and most of them are you guessed it, nudists.
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For a naturist, it is a heaven. When it comes getting nude and even becoming intimate in public, it is the most liberal country. One can bare it all in public, from beaches, parks, streets or even in forests. In Germany, nudity in public is allowed, but it is restricted to certain places. Munich is one of the cities to permit walking or sunbathing naked in public freely. What is surprising is that these zones are just a few minutes from the city center. If you are here, you can shed your clothes and take a stroll on the street. The only thing you need to ensure that you are acting normal and this is legal. Legally a town in the Netherlands can demarcate specified zones where nude recreation is legitimate. France has always been very open-minded.
View research View latest news Sign up for updates. Many liberal democracies have legal restrictions on nudism. This article argues that when public nudity does not pose a health threat which it seldom does , such restrictions are unjust. To vindicate this claim, I start by showing that there are two weighty interests served by the freedom to be naked in public. First, it promotes individual well-being; not only can nudist activities have great recreational value, recent studies have found that exposure to non-idealised naked bodies has a positive impact on body image, and, ultimately, on life satisfaction. Second, public nudity has expressive value; apart from being a constitutive element of various spiritual and religious worldviews, public nudity is frequently used to protest perceived social and political evils. As I go on to argue, the reasons for abolishing current anti-nudist laws that stem from these interests are not overridden, let alone cancelled, by the offence that public nudity might cause. Indeed, whereas my principal aim is to defend the freedom to be publicly naked when this poses no health threat, I will contend that states should recognise this liberty as a distinct legal right rather than try to subsume it under existing rights or secure it simply by excluding non-sexual, non-exhibitionist public nudity from existing laws against public indecency, sexual exhibition, and disorderly conduct.