Monday, November 4, 2013

Clothing Optional vs. Compulsory Nudity - Camp Full Monte (nsfw video)

An article with a point of view that we do understand but we do not agree.

And you, what do you prefer?

"We're not in the business of converting people to nudism."

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Discover the World of Nude Recreation

Remember as a young child...the seemingly endless days of summer; the sprinkler going in the backyard; off come your clothes; the squeals of delight as you run through the water; jumping in the puddles; the feel of water, sun and breeze on your bare skin; the innocent fun and pure joy?
Maybe now as an adult...you dress at the last minute before leaving home; enjoying the lasting warmth of the shower; the kiss of air against your skin; lingering for as long as possible; the blissful feeling of being free from entrapments and stress? 
Perhaps you have enjoyed a late night skinny-dip at the beach or taken advantage of a secluded spot at the river and gone for a quick swim or lie in the sun? 
If any of these brings a smile to your face or a nod of acknowledgement, then possibly you're ready to take the next step and discover the world of nude recreation.
The warmer weather is beginning. We're becoming more willing to step away from the soothing comfort of our heaters and wanting to soak up each and every ray the sun sends - getting even closer to those rays by stripping the layers of clothing back to bare skin. Yes, the time feels right for nude recreation to be front of our minds again. 
Over the next few weeks we are going to take you on a journey. We will explain what naturism and social nudity is about and what it could be for you; show you the benefits for your body and your mind; and answer some of your questions and hopefully address any concerns. 
So, if you're a new or "interested" naturist we hope to open up a new world to your minds - a world of respect and equality, of innocent joy and freedom. And if you're already a naturist, we hope you are reminded of just how wonderful your lifestyle is and you experience a renewed enthusiasm and delight.

So follow our blog - there will be another post in a couple of days - and discover the world of nude recreation.
There's all sorts of information on our website http://www.fpn.pt

Saturday, November 2, 2013



Edgar Degas - Young Spartans Exercising [c.1860]

Plutarch writes of Lycurgus, the legislator of ancient Sparta, ordering Spartan girls to engage in wrestling contests; here they urge the boys to fight. An early work, probably begun about 1860. The painting was reworked several times, and numerous related drawings and studies survive, for example a study in oils in the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although listed in the catalogue for the 1880 Impressionist exhibition, it was not shown and remained in the artist's studio until his death.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Naturism Background

According to online sources the word 'naturism' was used for the first time in 1778 by a French-speaking Belgian, Jean Baptiste Luc Planchon (1734–1781). The word was advocated as a means of improving the 'l’hygiène de vie' or 'natural style of life' and health.
The Portuguese Naturist Federation brings you information about the 'natural style of life', locations where you can enjoy the lifestyle, upcoming events, and news of happenings around Portugal.

Our Naturism lifestyle is based on the International Naturist Federation (INF-FNI) definition: 

"Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, linked to self-respect, tolerance of differing views together with respect for the environment".

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Nude recreation - or even just doing normal daily things around the house naked - helps your body to relax quicker. It's almost symbolic - when your clothes come off, so do many of the icons and images associated with the 'daily drudge'! Our bodies were not designed to be almost entirely wrapped in clothing, subjected to artificial light, heat or air-conditioning for endless hours.

Thousands (estimated 10.000) of regular Portuguese (and millions around the world) have discovered the fantastic feeling of freedom from these things - the feeling of the breeze and sunlight on your skin, the relief of stress and anxiety - resulting in increased self confidence and also physical, possibly even mental, health.

Anyone can be a naturist - any race, age, shape, or background. Religion, political views, profession - none of these things are relevant - nudists come from all walks of life.

The FPN promotes the naturist way of life throughout Portugal with an emphasis on nude recreation being a wholesome activity for the whole family. 

Many families (3 generations in a lot of cases) enjoy the nudist lifestyle throughout Portugal.

Around our beautiful country there are several naturist facilities and 3 nationwide membership organisations

There are also 7 oficial beaches, more then 20 recognized clothing-optional beaches through historic use, and a lot of other private and public places were naturism is possible.

Nudity is not illegal by law in Portugal and we are in the 3 version of our naturist law. Last revision in 2010 reduce to half the distance from textil facilities to 750 meters.
Whether you are already a social nudist, a private nudist, a late night skinny-dipper or even just beginning to discover this way of life, we want to help you explore the enjoyment of clothes-free recreation and the wholesome fun of being who you truly are.

Do you have more questions about the naturist lifestyle? Keep following our blog as we will continue our journey or go to our website Naturism FAQ or Benefits of Naturism pages.

This article was based  in this one published by New Zealand Naturist Federation  

Nudity in Public - Guidance on handling cases of Naturism (UK CPS Code)

The correspondent to CPS in Portugal is the Public Prosecutions, however we do not have a known guideline concerning nudity/naturism or something like this one included in CPS Code to help us.

The CPS have issued guidelines with regards to nudity/naturism

In Portugal nudity is allowed but nude or sexual exhibitionism is not, so if the local authorities outside official naturist beach tell you to dress up you must comply. Sometimes nudity and exhibitionism could be very close one to each other.

Nudity in Public - Guidance on handling cases of Naturism 

Issues covered in the passage are included under the following headings:

  • What is ‘Naturism’
  • Recommended approach to naturism
  • Evidential considerations
  • Public interest considerations
  • Other offences that might involve nudity
  • Exposure contrary to section 66 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Outraging public decency OPD)
  • Public nuisance
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Order
What is ‘Naturism’?

Naturism is used to describe the activities of persons who espouse nudity as part of their lifestyle. Whilst many naturists will restrict their activities to specially designated areas and/or places where there is a tradition of naked activity, such as nudist beaches, others may wish to enjoy nudity more widely.

In the case of naturism a balance needs to be struck between the naturist’s right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress.

Recommended approach to naturism

Although every case should be considered according to its own facts and merits in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors a consistent approach to naturism should be adopted to maintain public confidence in the CPS. Where none of the features exist that would bring behaviour within the ambit of one of the offences set out in the section on Other offences that might involve nudity below, the recommended approach to naturism should be as follows.

In the absence of any sexual context and in relation to nudity where the person has no intention to cause alarm or distress it will normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were actually caused harassment, alarm or distress (as opposed to considering the likelihood of this).

In this case such conduct should be regarded as at most amounting to an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986; and regard needs to be had to the question of whether a prosecution is in the public interest.

Evidential considerations

In order to breach section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 a person needs to have used threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress. Section 5 is summary only and a non-imprisonable offence.

When deciding whether a case passes the evidential stage of the Full Code Test, prosecutors should consider whether the behaviour can be described as ‘disorderly’ (rather than threatening, abusive or insulting). This is because the behaviour in question will often not appear to cross the threshold for being ‘threatening’ or ‘abusive’. Furthermore section 5 will be amended by section 57 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 which will remove the word “insulting”. Whilst for now “insulting” behaviour remains in breach of section 5, particular care needs to be taken before prosecuting on this basis alone.

Given that someone conducting their business naked in public is acting in a way that does not conform to the normal standards of society that require people to be clothed in public, ‘disorderly’ would appear to most aptly describe this behaviour.

Public Interest considerations

A prosecution will not automatically follow where a case passes the evidential stage of the Full Code Test. Careful consideration of the public interest will be required in such a case. The Code for Crown Prosecutors (7th edition) requires prosecutors to consider the following questions:

  • How serious is the offence committed?
  • What is the level of culpability of the suspect?
  • What are the circumstances of and the harm caused to the victim?
  • Was the suspect under the age of 18 at the time of the offence?
  • What is the impact on the community?
  • Is prosecution a proportionate response?
  • Do sources of information require protecting?

In reviewing a section 5 case involving nudity the following factors (reflecting the paragraph letters above) may be relevant:

On a scale of seriousness this offence is at the lower end, a factor making prosecution less likely to be required.

Whether the offending is premeditated and likely to be repeated, and whether the suspect has previous convictions for similar conduct.

Victims or witnesses with vulnerabilities might include children (and their carers) who are faced with the suspect’s genitals and bottom in close proximity. Any views expressed by victims or witnesses on the impact the offence has had are important, in particular whether they have felt harassment, alarm or distress. However prosecutors need to form an overall view of the public interest and to consider whether any harm caused to victims is likely to be short-lived and minimal in the absence of specific evidence to the contrary.


Any impact on the local community, the extent and whether or not it is likely to be transitory.

Whether prosecution may be disproportionate to any eventual penalty, given that the offence is summary only and non-imprisonable.

Other offences that might involve nudity

Exposure contrary to section 66 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003

This requires a person to intentionally expose their genitals and intend that someone will see them and be caused alarm or distress. It is triable either way. Depending on the age of the defendant and the sentence that is imposed, an offender may be subject to the notification provisions (the sex offender register).

The need to prove that the person exposed their genitals intending that someone will see them and be caused alarm or distress means that a naturist whose intention is limited to going about his or her lawful business naked will not be guilty of this offence.

Outraging public decency (OPD)

At common law it is an offence to do in public any act of a lewd, obscene or disgusting nature which outrages public decency. Although this may be widely interpreted, most cases will involve indecent exposure of the human body. If conduct falls within the scope of a statutory offence, such as exposure contrary to section 66 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (see above) it is better practice to charge that offence unless, exceptionally, the offence merits a higher penalty than that available in relation to the statutory offence. OPD is triable either way and there is no maximum penalty.

The requirement for the behaviour to ‘outrage’ public decency was said by Lord Simon in Knuller (Publishing, Printing and promotions) Ltd v DPP to: “go considerably beyond the susceptibilities of, or even shocking, reasonable people”. The circumstances surrounding the conduct will need to be carefully considered.

A naturist whose intention is limited to going about his or her lawful business naked will not be guilty of this offence.

Public nuisance

At common law it is an offence to (a) do an act not warranted by law; (b) omit to discharge a legal duty if the effect of the omission is to endanger life, health, property, morals, of comfort of the public, or to obstruct the public in the exercise of enjoyment of rights common to all Her Majesty’s subjects.

The House of Lords in Rimmington [2006] 1 AC 459 made it clear that this offence should not ordinarily be used where there is a statutory offence covering the relevant conduct.

A naturist whose intention is limited to going about his or her lawful business naked will not be guilty of this offence.

Anti-Social Behaviour Order

An Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) may be imposed either as an ancillary order following conviction or on a ‘standalone’ basis by the police or a local authority. Although naked behaviour may fit the anti-social rather than the criminal category, an ASBO carries with it the risk of an early and repeated breach followed by prosecution and ultimately imprisonment. It is questionable whether such an outcome is proportionate either in terms of the cost to the CJS or the penalty incurred. Very careful consideration needs to be given before an ASBO is sought. It should be regarded as a last resort.

Where the decision is taken that an ASBO is required it is essential that prohibitions are drafted clearly and with care to enable effective prosecution of any ensuing breach.

Published and photo credits: The Naked Truth by The Activist

Monday, October 14, 2013


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Friday, October 11, 2013

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About Us

Naturism in Portugal had its first historical record around 1920, linked to Portuguese Naturist Society, of which the anarcho-syndicalist José Peralta was a prominent member.Nudity was already being practiced on “Costa da Caparica” beaches. With the deployment of the dictatorial regime, the naturist movement were limited to vegetarian and alternative medicines, since nudity was banned, and associated with the crime of "indecency". Only after the end of dictatorial regime in 1974 (April, 25th) the activities linked to the practice of nudity was resumed.

The FPN- “Federação Portuguesa de Naturismo” (Portuguese Naturist Federation) , founded on the 1st of March,1977, at a meeting in Lisbon,

Since its foundation the FPN has applied to join INF/FNI-International Naturist Federation, which was then represented in Portugal by the Portuguese Vegetarian Association, which succeeded “Sociedade Portuguesa de Naturalogia” in this task.

The FPN was admitted to the International Federation in October 1977 and and attended its World Congress, in the following year , already entitled with a right to vote.

FPN immediately started to established contacts at the highest level, focusing in the development of legal practice in Portugal. For this purpose, a meeting was held the day after its founding with the then Secretary of State for tourism .

In its continuous struggle for the recognition of Naturism, in 1988, only a little more than a decade of various contacts, campaigns, advances and setbacks, the FPN managed to see the first Naturist Law in Portugal discussed and approved at the Portuguese Parliament , as it can be read in "the Naturism & the law" .

The Portuguese Naturist Federation became the coordinating entity of the naturist activity in Portugal, federating several clubs and associations, maintaining specialty cores and organizing some activities aimed preferably at its federated members, without forgetting the essential role of promoting a naturist practice in order to develop the physical and mental health of the human being, in particular, through natural means, favouring its integration in nature.

Over the past 30 years, the FPN has achieved important "goals" that constitute a reference landmarks for all naturists. Some examples are: the laws 92/88 and 94/24, the recognized official beaches of Meco, Bela Vista, Ilha de Tavira (Barril), the opening of the first naturist activity in a council swimming pool and in a health club, and the suppoort given to the development of infrastructures of tourist accommodation, like the campsites “Quinta dos Carriços”, “Quinta das Oliveiras” and “Monte Barão”.

FPN is the only accredited Federation in Portugal for the issuing of the "Naturist Identity card", useful and necessary to all who wish to join, with advantages in "naturist world" and in the diversity of their national and international offer.

The FPN accepts as its members all people who share their principles and agree with the objectives listed in their "Statutes" .

FPN has its headquarters in Lisbon, at Rua da Quinta das Lavadeiras, Nº 14 Loja A .


Portuguese Clubs






AUSTRIAÖNVAustrian Naturist Federation
BELGIUMFBNFederatie van Belgische Naturisten
BULGÁRIAUnion der Naturisten in Bulgarien

CROATIADNHDrustvo Naturista Hrvatske
Czech Federation SK Oplatil
DENMARKDNUDansk Naturist Union
FINLANDSNCFinnish Naturist Federation
FRANCEFFNFédération Française de Naturisme
GERMANYDFKDeutscher Verband fuer Freikoerperkultur
BNBritish Naturism
HUNGARYFEHNUFederation of Naturists in Hungary
IRELANDINAIrish Naturist Association
ITALIAFENAITFederazione Naturista Italiana

LUXEMBOURGFLNFederation Luxembourgeoise de Naturisme
NETHERLANDSNFNNaturisten Federatie Nederland
NORWAYNNFNorsk Naturistforbund
POLANDFNPPolish Naturist Federation
PORTUGALFPNFederacao Portuguesa de Naturismo
SRBIJANOSNaturisticka ogranizacija Srbije
SLOVAKIAASNAssociation of Slovak Naturists
SLOVENIAZDNSZveza Drustev Naturistov Slovenije
SPAINFENFederacion Española de Naturismo
SWEDENSNFSveriges Naturistfoerbund
SWITZERLANDUNS-SNUUnion Naturiste Suisse
ISRAELINSIsrael Naturist Society

CANADAFQN-FCNUnion of the Quebec and Canadian Naturist Federation
ARGENTINAEspacio de Encuentro Naturista
BRASILFBRNFederacio Brasileira de Naturismo
URUGUAYAUNNANaturist Nudist Association of Uruguay
AUSTRALIANANFAustralian Naturist Federation
NZNFNew Zealand Naturist Federation
ENY - European Naturist Youth 



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