Butt cheeks bared, Hanoi's ragtag nudist club ignore the chilly weather to do their daily exercises -- some swim, some jog, one performs military drills -- stripping off and defying norms in the conservative communist nation. Tucked behind banana trees on the banks of the city's Red River, the men meet to shed their clothes, and modesty, for a cheeky dip, a game of chess, or yoga headstands in the buff -- which they believe comes with health benefits. For Nghia, who recently embraced Protestantism, getting naked is his way to return to infancy, making him feel like he was just "given birth to by Jesus or Buddha". Most of them have straightlaced day jobs as civil servants, journalists, or even state officials. Many come every day -- a temperature of 18 Celsius 64 Fahrenheit did not keep a few dozen skinny dippers out of the water on a recent afternoon, though many warm up over hot tea by the fire. They say shedding their clothes makes them feel uninhibited, a rare chance to stray from the pack in the one-party state where social compliance and strict norms are taught from a young age.
How Green Is a Nudist Vacation?
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Going without clothes on beaches and other vacation spots is commonly called naturism — a description that implies helping the planet, as some practitioners claim to be doing. Blanchard wrote. She also advocates naturist holidays — staying close to home wherever possible, to cut down on fuel usage — but sometimes traveling to places where it is possible to leave the car behind and backpack or paddle naked into the wild. Of the 1. Presumably their fossil fuel use in transportation could cancel any climate benefits of going clothes-free. In the Swiss Alps, nude hiking in winter seems to be a growing phenomenon — although some locals are trying to outlaw the practice, as my colleague John Tagliabue wrote this year. The prospect of winter raises another issue: for people going without clothes, global warming may have a fringe benefit.
Naked in Upstate NY: A guide to nudism, nude recreation, resorts and clubs
Even in New York City, the cultural mecca of the United States, women are legally allowed to walk around completely topless although full-on nudity is still illegal. As a philosophy, the practice of nudism is commonly referred to as naturism, and has a small—but enthusiastic—following in a number of countries around the world. However, since nudity is often considered socially unacceptable, naturists often have difficulties finding travel destinations where they can practice their lifestyle and have their state of nudity accepted. Many countries have laws that make nudity in a public place either a crime, or at least a misdemeanor offense. Also, many societies associate nudity with erotic entertainments, which is either strictly controlled or forbidden.
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