Frequently Asked Questions
Q What can I expect at an AANR-SW club?
A The experience at each club is unique. Resorts offer a secure setting where visitors can relax and enjoy being clothes free. Most resorts welcome people who just want to visit for a day or to those who want to become members and have access to the resort on an annual basis. Other clubs are “non-landed,” meaning that they meet frequently at members homes or travel together to resorts, beaches, or other places where nude recreation is possible. For the best idea of what to expect, AANR-SW suggests that you contact the club or resort which interests you. They will be happy to answer your questions.
Q If I visit a club or resort, will I be expected to be nude right away?
A Some clubs insist on nudity; others are “clothing optional,” allowing you to remain clothed while you adjust to the new freedom around you. After only a short time, you’ll probably share the option of having no clothes at all.
Q I’m fat/skinny/have a surgical scar/etc. Will people stare at me?
A When it comes to body variations, nudists are among the most accepting people you’ll find. Chances are, you’ll encounter those who are fatter or thinner or have more surgical scars than you
Q What about tattoos, piercings, and body jewelry?
A Some clubs and resorts have rules addressing these issues. It is best to call and ask about the policies of a particular club or resort.
Q What should I bring when visiting a club or resort?
A Always bring a towel on which to sit. Nudist etiquette requires that you always sit on your towel – and only on your own towel. Since nudist activities often involve swimming and hot tubbing, it’s generally a good idea to bring a second towel. The sun in the Southwest Region can be brutal in the summertime; don’t forget the sunscreen!
Q Isn’t social nudity really about sex?
A Absolutely not! Overt sexual behavior is not tolerated at nudist events. Nudists are not opposed to sex, but they separate sex from mere nudity. Don’t expect to see anything of a sexual nature at a nudist resort or club that you wouldn’t see at a state park or other clothed setting.
Q I’m a male and new to all this. What if I have an erection?
A This is a frequently asked question by newcomers to social nudism. A male having an erection is very uncommon at nudist events. Longtime nudists will tell you it’s rarely seen at all. The reason is that once a man realized that social nudity has no connection to sex, mere nudity no longer stimulates a sexual response.
Q I’m a female. What about my time of the month?
A Menstruation is a natural part of life. Many women are able to manage their periods by using a tampon with the string snipped short to avoid attracting attention. Women who prefer external pads typically wear a pair of shorts or bathing suit bottoms during the time.
Q What about the kids? Are children adversely affected by nudity?
A No! In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Children are natural nudists and don’t understand what the big deal is about wearing clothes! Children don’t view the body in a sexual way. Nor are they embarrassed about their own bodies or look down on what adults perceive to be defects in the bodies of other people. Childhood experiences are enhanced by the naturalness and honesty associated with social nudity. Studies have shown that far from being poorly adjusted, children raised in nudist households are more likely to grow up to have a better education, better jobs, and more stable marriages [Ocami, Abramson, UCLA]. Nudity is a natural state for children; it’s the rejection of nudity that’s a learned response.