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Over 40,000 people have signed up to get a seat at London's first ever naked restaurant, but don't panic if you didn't snag a ticket. There are plenty of other public venues where taking your clothes off is completely appropriate, and even encouraged.
We've compiled a list of activities, including world-renowned festivals, exercise classes, holiday attractions, and protests, where it's absolutely OK to be fully nude.
Below, 12 things you can do undressed:
1) Strip-off for a Naked Yoga Class
Naked yoga has become a huge trend in the exercise world, but it's actually an ancient Indian practice known as "nagna" yoga, according to The Independent.
While many studios offer nude yoga to men or women-only, at Naked Yoga London, men and women take off their clothes to pull difficult stretches and take deep breaths in the same room.
Other studios like Bold and Naked in New York City and Naked Yoga in Los Angeles also offer mixed classes.
2) Cycle in the Nude
World Naked Bike Ride
The clothing-optional World Naked Bike Ride is held annually in 70 cities across 20 countries, including the UK, US, Brazil, Mexico, France, and Germany, according to its website.
The mass protest ride is designed to protest "the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians" thanks to cars and "the negative consequences we all face due to the dependence on oil, and other forms of non-renewable energy," the WNBR website explains.
3) Get Naked for a Good Cause
At London Zoo, those who care about tigers can help contribute to their care by going on a naked sponsored run called "Streak for Tigers," a clever play on the plural "streak of tigers."
The popular event, which starts after the zoo has closed to day visitors, encourages participants to do the run fully nude, though most runners cover their bodies with tiger stripes created by body paint. The zoo — which asks those involved to pledge a sponsored donation of £150 ($217) — also provides tiger masks to help participants get into the spirit.
Runners complete a 350-metre loop around the zoo, though a number of participants often do more than one lap, to the cheers of a crowd of spectators.
4) Read in the Buff
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In the UK, Naked Boys Reading invites men "with an exhibitionist streak" to take the stage and read to an audience at London's Ace Hotel and Dalston Superstore as well as Brighton's Marlborough Pub & Theatre.
The project's all-female counterpart, Naked Girls Reading, follows the same concept with readings across the US, Australia, and Europe with readings in London, Rome, Warsaw, and more.
Better yet, join a topless book club.
The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society is a book club that meets in outdoor spaces, often in parks and sometimes on rooftops, around New York City.
But unlike most other book clubs, when the literary group meets to read and talk about the books, they do it topless, and sometimes in the nude when the group meets privately.
"Happily, in New York City, the law allows toplessness by both men and women. So that’s the way we do our al fresco reading," the About page on the club's website reads. "If you’re in New York and the weather’s good, won’t you join us sometime…?"
5) Wear Nothing but Paint at the World Bodypainting Festival
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Austria's World Bodypainting Festival takes place annually in a village in the nation's southern Corinthia region on the Lake Wörthersee, according to the event's website.
Artists from more than 50 countries attend the festival, first held in 1998. They demonstrate their body-painting skills on models in the hopes of winning the World Bodypainting championship.
There are also music zones for reggae, hip hop, and electronica fans, yoga, and other arts and craft activities, the festival website says.
6) Become a Human Sushi Table
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Body sushi or eat sushi that's served on a naked person.
The US-based sushi catering company SOYO Sushi specializes in nyotaimori ("adorned woman") sushi, which serves sushi off nude women all over the country from New York to San Francisco.
More commonly known as body sushi, this serving method originated in Japan during the reign of the country's last emperor, according to SOYO Sushi's website.
7) Go on a Nude Cruise
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If being naked with other naked people in the middle of the sea is your idea of a fun holiday, the US-based company Bare Necessities offers a number of nude cruises all over the world including tours of the Mediterranean and French Polynesia.
The company's most popular cruise is Big Nude Boat, a 10-day party cruise that involves themed events with names like "FantaSea Fest" and "Nudapalooza," according to Thrillist.
8) Holiday at a Clothing-Optional Resort
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Though many clothing-optional resorts are for couples only or have adult themes, there are plenty of more platonic places to get naked.
The five-star, adults-only Hidden Beach Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, allows guests to swim in and lounge around the pools in the nude and even lets them dine naked at the resort's restaurants, according to an article on the travel website Islands.
9) Go for a Naked Swim
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Forget surreptitious skinny dipping — there are a number of pools where you can swim completely naked with no problem.
The nudist group Naturist London hosts a popular Sunday Swim event at the pool of the University of London's Energybase gym, where swimmers can do laps without their swimsuits
10) Exercise Au Naturel
For a more energetic workout, the London-based company NKD Training offers nude group fitness classes, and personal training sessions with a trainer out of a private gym in West London.
"NKD Training is all about being free from the restrictions of clothes while we train and enables us to be more in tune with our bodies," the website explains. "We aim to provide a friendly and unintimidating environment to get fit and feel free."
11) Relax at a Nudist Spa
Spas in Germany: in an upscale nude spa, Thermen & Badewelt in Sinsheim
The spa is perhaps one of the most ordinary places to get naked — at least, in a treatment room, under a towel — but there are some spas where being unclothed all the time isn't just allowed but encouraged.
In north London, Rio's, which describes itself as the city's leading health naturist spa on its website, offers nude massages and other spa treatments. You can even enjoy a drink naked in the bar.
12) Model for a Life-Drawing Class
UK residents can sign up for the Register of Artists' Models to pose in the nude for life-drawing classes.
If being motionless for a long time seems like too much work, though, women in London can attend a life-modelling workshop called Spirited Bodies to "experience being nude with others in a relaxed environment, for the creation of art." Many of the participants are there to overcome body image issues or simply to express themselves without their clothes on.
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"All-gender" or “gender nonconforming” is a term given to people who don’t conform with the gender norms that are expected of them.
The term usually refers to gender expression or presentation (that is, how someone looks and dresses). It can also refer to behavior, preferences, and roles that don’t conform to gender norms.
In other words, gender nonconforming can be used to describe people as well as actions, dress, and ideas.
Being all-gender doesn’t necessarily mean you’re transgender or nonbinary, although you could be both.
So, what’re the basics?
We can define gender expectations as the roles, dress, behavior, and appearance society expects people of certain genders to have.
For example, in one specific society, women might be expected to shave their legs and men might be expected to not show vulnerability.
Most of us don’t fully conform to those gender expectations all of the time.
For example, many women choose not to shave their legs, and many pursue careers over marriage and children. Many men show vulnerability and wear nail polish.
"Of course, because gender expectations differ from one society and culture to the next, what’s considered gender nonconforming in one culture might not be in another"
In many American cultures, these would be considered examples of gender nonconformity:
- A man might show emotion and tenderness.
- A woman might wear a suit on her wedding day instead of a dress.
- A man might wear eyeliner.
- A woman might pursue a career instead of marriage or motherhood.
- A man might shave under his armpits.
- A woman might be assertive.
- A man might be a stay-at-home dad.
By the above standards, most folks are gender nonconforming — very few people conform fully to gender expectations. So, is everyone all-gender? Does that label apply to everyone?
Not necessarily. The term “all-gender” is typically used to describe someone who intentionally subverts these gender norms.
A part of their gender expression may be to dress, behave, or present themselves in a gender-nonconforming way.
"While some people feel that all-gender is a part of their identity, for others, it’s more of a decision and an action than an identity"
So, if you want to identify with gender nonconformity, or if you want to use the term to describe yourself, your gender expression, or your social expression, you can do so. It’s a matter of your own preference.
Where did the term originate?
According to Merriam-Webster, the first recorded use of the term was in 1991, when Lisa M. Diamond, Susan B. Bonner, and Janna Dickenson wrote:
“Gender identity refers to an individual’s internalized psychological experience of being male or female, whereas gender nonconformity refers to the degree to which an individual’s appearance, behavior, interests, and subjective self-concept deviate from conventional norms for masculinity/femininity.”
Where do gender roles come in?
Gender roles include the behaviors, attitudes, and values that you’re expected to have based on your gender. Gender roles vary among cultures.
In many American cultures, for example, gender roles determine:
- which gender is expected to pursue another romantically
- which gender is expected to be the breadwinner or sole provider of a household
- which gender is expected to take care of domestic duties
Many people don’t conform to these gender roles. This could be an example of gender nonconformity.
Is your only other option to be gender conforming?
By definition, being gender nonconforming means you don’t conform to gender expectations. The term “gender conforming,” on the other hand, is seldom used.
As mentioned, most people don’t fully conform to gender expectations — the majority of us conform in some ways and subvert it in other ways.
Try not to think about it as choosing between gender conformity and gender nonconformity. Think of it as living your life authentically, no matter whether it “matches” the expectations placed on your gender.
Can anyone be gender nonconforming?
Yes, anyone of any gender can be gender nonconforming.
Being gender nonconforming isn’t the same as being nonbinary, although some people identify with both terms.
"You don’t have to be nonbinary or transgender in order to be gender nonconforming"
For example, a cisgender man might wear nail polish as an expression of his gender. This doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s nonbinary, but it can be a way for him to stop conforming to gender norms.
Many people argue that nonbinary people are, by definition, gender nonconforming because they don’t conform to the gender binary or the gender expectations placed on them by society.
But it all comes down to the individual’s personal preference. You’re the only one who gets to decide what applies to you or how you want to be described.
What might this look like in practice?
Gender nonconforming actions can be big or small. Again, it’s important to remember that gender nonconformity depends on the cultural context.
If, in your culture, women are expected to grow their leg hair instead of shave it, fitting into this norm wouldn’t be considered gender nonconforming.
Gender nonconformity can look like wearing “men’s” instead of “women’s” clothing for some, but not for everyone. It could also look like wearing androgynous clothing.
Gender nonconformity can extend to:
- hairstyles (a man having long hair or a woman shaving hers off, for example)
- makeup or a lack thereof
- grooming practices
While the term usually applies to gender expression, it can also include attitudes, gestures, gender roles, and more.
What makes this different from being genderqueer or gender-fluid?
Being gender nonconforming is often more about gender expression, while being genderqueer or gender-fluid is more about gender identity.
Being genderqueer is having a gender identity that falls outside of heterosexual, cisgender norms. Being gender-fluid is having a gender identity that changes and shifts over time.
That said, some do use the term “gender nonconforming” to describe their gender identity — it really varies from person to person.
Gender nonconforming people might be genderqueer or genderfluid, but this isn’t always the case. A gender nonconforming person might identify fully as a man or woman.
Why might someone opt to use this term over others?
Gender nonconforming is a useful word to describe gender expression that falls outside of gender norms.
It’s also a broad term: Gender nonconforming could include feminine, masculine, or androgynous traits, or a mixture of the three.
This term can be ideal for people who enjoy playing around with gender expression or dressing in certain ways but who don’t want to use a specific word to cover their gender identity.
How do you know if it’s the term for you?
The label you choose to use is entirely your choice. However, it isn’t always easy to know which label to choose.
There’s no “test” to figure out whether you should describe yourself as gender nonconforming or not.
To figure it out, you can try the following:
- Talk to gender nonconforming people on forums or online groups, or in real life, to hear what being gender nonconforming means to them.
- Read about the experiences of gender nonconforming people, and ask yourself whether you relate. Bear in mind that everyone’s experience is different.
- Consider which aspects of your gender expression you consider to be gender nonconforming. How do they not conform? Is this subversion important to you?
- Try the term out by referring to yourself as gender nonconforming, either out loud or in written words. You don’t need to share this with anyone if you don’t want to. Just try it and see how it feels.
Remember that there’s no right or wrong answer. You’re allowed to describe your gender however you see fit.
What happens if you no longer feel like this term fits?
Many people find that their gender identity and expression changes over time. This is quite common. If this is your experience, that’s OK! It doesn’t make your experience any less valid.
How can you support the all-gender or gender nonconforming people in your life?
Being gender nonconforming can be difficult for many people because of the stigma associated with breaking away from gender expectations.
Supporting the gender nonconforming people in your life can include educating people about gender nonconformity.
It can be as simple as teaching your kids about gender identity and gender expression. It could also include challenging people who look down on gender nonconforming people.
If you have a gender nonconforming loved one, give them space to talk about being gender nonconforming without expecting them to talk about it (as they might not want to).
Accept it and celebrate it as a part of them. Ask if there are any specific ways you can support them.
Where can you learn more?If you want to learn more about gender, there are many online resources out there. For example:
- Nonbinary Wiki is a wiki-type site that includes a lot of information relating to gender identities.
- Genderqueer.me has a thorough list of resources on gender identity and related topics.
- Book Riot has a list of books about gender identity, including both fiction and nonfiction books.
You can also check out our list of 64 different terms to describe gender identity and expression.
Sian Ferguson is a freelance writer and editor based in Grahamstown, South Africa. Her writing covers issues relating to social justice, cannabis, and health. You can reach out to her on Twitter.
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