THE LONDON NATURIST SOCIETY

The London Naturist Society
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THE LONDON NATURIST SOCIETY



Written by Don't Panic
22 Wednesday 22nd July 2009

"So this is where we had the oil wrestling," says Hugh, pointing at a patch of floor where, some time last week, a group of oiled up, bollock-naked men grappled with each other. I imagined an oily writhing mass of flesh, flapping arms and legs and, of course, cock and balls. We're standing in the John Bull Centre, an LGBT community centre and coffee shop in Vauxhall and Hugh is the head of the London Male Naturists - a group of men that like to get naked and do stuff. Stuff like swimming, badminton, massage and of course, oil wrestling. Sounds gay? Well, it is a bit. But not entirely. "We don't differentiate," says Hugh. "The majority of our members probably are gay but we've got straight guys, bi guys, straight guys who think they're straight but they're not. It's not an issue. If people don't feel comfortable in certain situations, they've always got the option of leaving."

So why an all-male group? "A lot of men, not just gay men, feel more comfortable in an all male environment," says Hugh.  "I don't personally have a problem with being around women but some gay men do and some straight men too. If they're married they're okay if it's just men around but if they were around women without their wives, that could be misunderstood. Everyone's got their own ideas on what's acceptable." It all sounds very nice and accepting. But what if someone gets a massive boner? Isn't it awkward? "No, not at all," says Adam, a young member of the group.  "We've all been there. It happens to everyone and you just ignore it unless you want to go for it." 

Adam was raised in a naturist family and tells me that growing up, hanging out naked in a hot tub with his parents was completely normal. To him being naked around others is an integral part of his character, something not necessarily sexual. "Everyone has a different idea of what it is to be a naturist," he explains.  "You'll get some people for whom nudity is completely non sexual and there's those who associate naturism with swinging. For me, it's who I am. The feeling I get from socialising naked is actually better than sex. It's really pleasurable sharing that with someone else, male or female - that feeling of being so relaxed and comfortable naked. "

Does sexual attraction ever come in to it? "Yeah sometimes, but it's the same as anything. If you go to a normal night club you've all got your clothes on, but if you see someone you like you still might end up taking them home. Being naked you're far more open. If you're naked you've got nothing to hide." Hugh and Adam try to persuade me to give naturism a go. All I can really do is laugh nervously.

Just as I'm about to leave the John Bull Centre, the owner Adrian tells me that they're going to host many more of the group's upcoming events. "They're perfect for us," he says. "We hope that this place can become their spiritual home. We want to promote diversity," he says, pointing out the spot where a lift is to be installed, making the centre completely wheelchair accessible. "We have to celebrate the individuality that we're so proud of."

 

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