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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Do you feel comfortable naked?

When I was dating my college boyfriend, I was pretty shy about letting him see me naked. In bed, I'd drape myself in sheets, and if I had to leave the bedroom, I'd grab a towel, or if there wasn't one, I'd slowly back out of the room, which in hindsight must have looked insane.

Thankfully nowadays I feel much more comfortable walking around starkers. Partly because I'm older and wiser (imperfections are beautiful! people aren't that critical!) and also because I'm married and know Alex loves me and is stuck with me. :)

Funnily enough, a new study says that women feel happiest with their naked bodies at 34 (my exact age)—which is, as Jezebel put it, "the magical age when, after 20 years of being overly self-critical, they finally realize how great they really are—just in time for the curtain call of the real shit show that is aging." Made me laugh.

I'm curious: On a scale of 1 to 10, how comfortable do you feel naked?

P.S. The secret to relationships, and would you wait to kiss until your wedding day?

130 comments:

Kate do Forno said...

Great for a smile! Same deal here, totally weird about being naked while young and in university. These days, naked is my favourite state. But I know my husband adores me and is happy to be stuck with me. I'm 32.

joeycake said...

Your comment about backing away slowly reminded me of what to do if you come upon a bear in the woods. Did you also avoid eye contact?:)

So funny.

tragicsandwich said...

34 sounds about right. But you know who's really comfortable with her own nakedness? A 3-year-old.

ewg said...

Am I the only one totally distracted by the weird skull in the background of this photo?!

leigh said...

I honestly never felt that uncomfortable with the shape or size of my body, to me, it's the scars that make me uncomfortable. I have many many scars from years of letting anxiety and stress drive myself to scratch my skin over and over. Although in front of my husband it certainly isn't that much of an issue, but even my bare legs make me uncomfortable in public - I use a "airbrush" cream on my legs to cover the old (and sometimes newer) scars on my skin and that helps me feel more comfortable.

Joelle Duff said...

I'm only 26, and I'm much more comfortable now with my body than I was a few years ago. I've been with my husband for almost ten years (three years married), so I should be by now, I guess! He is good at telling me on a regular basis how much he loves my body, so that definitely helps ;)

Kelley Anne said...

Oh I think that's so true! I'm 34 and have a child and am happily surprised with how my perception of my body has changed over the last 20 years. I used to do the same things, trying to hide it instead of accepting and appreciating it. Now I don't really care and really do love it.

jenni said...

On a 1 to 10 I'm really about a 6. 7 on a good day. But I fake a 10 because I have two young daughters and I am determined to do everything I can to teach them positive self-image. I don't complain about my shape or criticize myself in front of them. A body is a body. We keep ours healthy and the rest falls into place. That's my message anyway. Doesn't mean I never think anything different, I just find a way to grit my teeth and smile on through.

jennifer said...

I don't know what this says about me, but I've always been comfortable being naked (I don't think I have an abnormal amount of body confidence -- but if you're naked, there's no straps or waistlines to squish into your fat!). . . it might be because I went to an all girls boarding school for high school, where we were all in close quarters and constantly changing around one another. it never occured to me that it would be strange to walk around in various states of undress.

aly said...

I'm 26 and I was never comfortable being naked around other people, I wouldn't even wear shorts! But now I've been with my boyfriend for almost 4 years and he makes me feel so good about myself that I don't even think about it anymore... that and our apartment doesn't have air-conditioning so naked is great! :)

Becca Waterloo said...

Totally am... I think I've had the benefit of having boyfriends who absolutely love my body. they all love my curves, as most men do. I loved walking around naked while living alone, and if my male roommate wasn't around, I would totally do it in my current apartment too. When boyfriend and I finally decide to live together, there will be naked parties, ALL The time!

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Joyful said...

I am now you've pointed it out

Simin said...

I am 22 years old and I have never had a problem with being naked around my partner. I like it every now and then... :)

iris said...

My guess is that most women 34+ still prefer a one-piece swimsuit to a bikini, though, especially post-motherhood (at least in American culture, different countries have wildly varying attitudes about this). There's a difference between being exposed in public and in private which I'm not sure this question really gets at.

paige said...

Honestly, I feel much more comfortable naked when I feel I am taking care of myself (exercise, eating healthy). For me, the way I treat my body definitely influences how I feel about it.

Heather said...

I am at the magical age of 21 and on that scale, I think I'd say I'm a 6 or 7. I am *all* about the slowly-backing-out-of-the-room maneuver, so I'm glad to hear I'm not the only crazy one. Hehe. I'm getting better though! I am! Come on, 34!

Lana said...

This made me laugh. I think I would feel more comfortable if my boobs had a little more oomph, (thank you breastfeeding!) and if my stomach wasn't so sticky-outy. :) But, I try to be thankful for my body, bc it's allowed to me carry and nourish a three-year-old who at this moment is driving me tots insane.

Chelsey said...

I honestly love being naked and have never felt overly insecure about my body (but we all have our moments). Now that I'm 8 months pregnant there is just more to love. My husband makes such a fuss over me and how great he thinks I look I think it would be impossible to not feel great these days. And I hate clothes more and more each day of this pregnancy so I'm naked quite a bit it seems. I do have a bit of anxiety about my post baby body but I'm not going to stress about it. I'm 26 and each year gets better and better :) looking forward to my 30s with open arms!

jennifer schmittlin said...

I'm fairly comfortable naked. I come from a family where people hang around the house half naked during the Summer, so maybe that's why. I've never really had any problem with being naked (except when i was a teenager) I feel more uncomfortable in clothes than naked. I love fashion, but clothes can be bothersome. Especially when it's too hot or when it's too cold and I have to wear lots of layers.

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megan said...

I'll be 34 in February. I've never felt more comfortable in my skin than I do now. I am a mother so my body has changed but I have so much more respect for my body than ever. I also appreciate taking care of myself more than I ever have. I imagine that I will only be happier with my body now that I know the importance to take care if myself and I am proactively doing so by my diet and exercise.

Irene Dutilh said...

I am 22 and I feel absolutely comfortable naked in front of my boyfriend. Well, is true that sometimes I feel absolutely insecure... Then he laughs and say is funny how I am so self-confident but at times I am so shy.

I think that to feel truly loved by someone who we trust is a great help to feel comfortable.

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Michelle Panting said...

I definitely felt insecure about my body in high school, but since university (8 years ago), I've always felt pretty comfortable naked. It helps that my partner always has nice things to say about my body and I've spent enough time in gym change rooms with women who let it all hang out to realise that it's not such a big deal. I'm 26 now.

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Irene Dutilh said...

Hahahaha! Jennifer I love your comment

Meredith said...

Interesting! I'm 33, and I definitely feel more comfortable with my body these days. I'm not the thinnest I've ever been, but I've been working out a lot and feel (mostly) good about my body in a way I never did before. And I look back at photos from younger/thinner days and wonder why on earth I didn't appreciate it more then!

I think it also helps to have had a few partners who made me feel really good about my body--I totally think we are harder on ourselves than anyone else would be. And I also realized that most guys aren't into the stick-thin model look that I find myself wishing I was more like. They like my butt and curves!

Moonlight said...

Ok, so this may sound disturbing, or maybe not I'm not really sure, but my mother has always been so ok with walking around naked in front of my father or me and my sister. She uses to go look for a specific bra that has been washed but is not yet in her drawer in walking through the entire house naked. I feel kind of "threatened" by this since I am very very shy generally, but when it comes to partners, I'm more or less OK. I am a bit shy at the beginning, does he really know I have a belly? Does he expect the cellulite? Do I hide my imperfections well when I'm dressed up and he will be out of it once he sees me sans clothes? But I am very communicative when it comes to such things, so I came to realize everyone is a bit worried about something on themselves, even if he/she doesn't show it, so there's really no reason for stressing over it so much. Plus, I have started to believe that men don't see as many details as we do, and they are not as judgmental as we, ladies are. Most of them at least. And I'm 26 and wondering what 34 will be like! ;)

Charli Dooley said...

I'm probably about an 8. I love the freedom of being comfortable in my body and walking around my home as I please. I used to sleep in only undies (no bra). Unfortunately, my hubby does not feel the same way. He loves his clothes on. I don't get to enjoy as much "free" time as Id like because I want him to do it with me.

Thanks for this post. :-p

Rouge said...

I'm turning 26 today and, despite all the stretchmarks that made me feel VERY insecuresome years ago (from pregnancy) I embrace my body as it is today. People have tattoos, I have scars.
Good post.

Lori | Wild and Grizzly said...

I'm a size 8 UK and generally quite a slim build, so if I put weight on it definitely shows. Even then I still feel very comfortable being naked round the house and my husband (and previously with ex's). I think this might be due to my mum being comfortable naked and always getting changed in front of me – she still does now. I am very conscious not to be uncomfortable around my son or complain if I feel that i'm putting on weight as want him to have a healthy body image when he's older, my husband does the same. What can I say we're just happy naked people :)

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Cortnee said...

I'm 28 and am at about an 8.5. I'm not super glad I have certain things or not others (like, I have a set of jell-o jigglers on my belly instead of a 6 pack), but I'm ok with my body being what it is. Especially with my fiance.

shauna wise said...

Haha I can totally relate. I used to be shy about my boobs & the cellulite on my booty, so I'd do everything I could to make sure to not be seen from behind in the daylight & hold my boobs what I got out of bed. That shit doesn't fly when you're married ;)

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Robyn said...

8. I am not slim but I am fit and healthy- at 30 I am becoming more confident with my body and who I am

Kayli Schattner said...

I'm about a 6.8.

A.Co said...

I'm 29 and feel more confident than ever, when naked, but definitely have my 'ugh, I feel yucky days' despite being slim and fit (always lots of room for improvement...but even more room for dessert! ;)

I credit two things to becoming more -okay- with being naked: getting brazillian waxes and having a former bf who was really encouraging to it. I used to be the -grab a towel/back out of the room- kinda girl, but I've become WAY better about it.

I also try to remind myself that, hey, I'm never going to look this good again (ha!) so let's TRY to embrace it. :P

LOVE your blog, I'm here on the daily.

Christine said...

Yes I'm 34 and very comfortable in my body, even more so since having a baby actually. I love my curves and my shape now. I wonder if part of it is from childbirth - so many people saw me naked that day I don't care any more!!
Christine
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cay said...

I'm a 10. I just like being naked and always have. And now that I'm 9 months pregnant, I'm even more prone to be found naked around the house. Down with waistbands!

Danhiskka said...

Since de second time I had sex it's a 10 for me.
My body is far from perfect (my bottom half looks like a ball of pizza dough and the top half like a skinny boy) but it's very strong and it's perfect for me :)

Gabriella said...

Being naked is great--I love it! Nude beaches, walking around starkers at home...if others are comfortable with it, I'm comfortable. Funnily enough, my boyfriend is very bashful about being naked in front of me. He says he likes to "preserve some mystery." ;)

Janie said...

I'm 24, totally chill about being naked around my baby and husband. 10, I'd say. Husband thinks I'm beautiful at 6 months pregnant and baby son likes to cuddle his milk and/or his baby brother in utero so I get lots of positive affirmation.

SMS said...

I have never been "comfortable" being naked. My partners have all expressed that they quite like me that way, and I guess I have to believe them (especially now, with my husband, who is so sweet and tells me every day how sexy I am, even though I'm 9 months pregnant and feel huuuuge), but it's hard to get past the flaws I see in myself and accept that others either don't notice them or don't care.

SMS said...

Wha? Skull??? I don't see it.

Megan Dillion said...

Well, that's one thing for me to look forward to in my 30's!

stacy said...

10! clothes are overrated!

Nisha said...

zero. -_-

said...

I used to be enormously uncomfortable being naked until my mid-twenties. Then an artcamp in France happened. When I got there it turned out to be a naturist artcamp.

When I got the job as dramateacher they kind of assumed I'd know the deal, but I didn't. Imagine my surprise getting there fully dressed with 2 suitcases of clothes. I ended up giving all my classes with a pareo on. I was a total weirdo there being the only one (sort of) dressed. And although I know for sure I'll never go to such a place again, it made me accept and understand bodies a whole lot more. Including mine.

Nisha said...

zero. -_-

Nisha said...

zero. -_-

RoselyC said...

I'm with you. I actually like my body more naked than with clothes on.

Lauren Doxey said...

Scale of one to ten? Zero.

Paige Elizabeth said...

I love love love my body! All throughout high school I was a ballet dancer and I was scrutinous towards my body, it was never thin enough! Now in my mid twenties I am so thankful that my body can allow me to swim and hike and bike and run and dance and stretch and I just love it! I would embrace our natural look if others were not so offended or embarrassed by it.

Amy Lauree said...

I'm about a 9. We only have one bathroom in our house and so there's a lot of nakedness (getting in/out of the shower or blow drying my hair naked bc on a hot day I can't do that wearing clothes!) because of that. I take care of my body and like how it looks though. I have never been a person to worry about the things I can't change or the number on the scale. I take care of it, it looks good to me and if my legs bow out a bit or my butt and stomach seem to stick out at the same time while I'm standing, so be it. My parents are overly critical about things like that and always laugh and point out flaws in people around them. I try to let it roll off me and not worry about it. I have two daughters and I would die if I heard them say they thought they were fat or hated this or that about their body. I hope I model a positive image for them just by the way I live.

Shelley said...

I'm 24, on the verge of 25 - I feel quite comfortable! I've gone streaking, skinny dipped with friends, and once I have my window treatments installed in 15 days I plan to walk around naked quite a bit in front of the fiance haha.

I'd say overall an 8 out of 10 in comfort.

Reina said...

mmm probably like an 8

Alice said...

Oddly, at 23 I think I'm MORE comfortably naked than I am in a bikini or something. I think it's because I only get naked in front of people who love me and who think I look good that way, whereas in a bikini I'm with other women who may or may not look better than me. I'd never get naked in front of a friend, though! xx

Abby J. said...

Two words--swim team. I've been comfortable being naked ever since then. We all look the same, only a little bit different.

I'd say I'm a nine though. I wouldn't want to be naked all the time-though that might come from the extreme sunburn my white skin would get!

Amanda said...

I've been walking around naked in my apartment for years now. I actually feel thinner and prettier when I'm naked, so I'd probably say an 8.

laurenfoode.com said...

My favorite naked story is, I was seeing this guy in college and after a lovely night together he told me he loved my legs and I said, "Really? I've always thought my knees were kind of... chunky." He laughed and said, "I guarantee you, no guy has EVER looked at a girl and said, 'She's really cool and really pretty but MAN those fat knees!'"

Mary Schaubert said...

I'm 24, and I am completely comfortable naked. I have one of those curvy bodies (not plus size, just curvy, I hate when those terms are used interchangeably) that actually looks way better naked than in clothes. And my husband is very complimentary. Also, I was a dancer for many years, and there aren't exactly dividers in those changing areas, so you know, I'm probably a little desensitized to it as well! I want to have kids soon and although I don't want to have some kind of crazy "naked house" I would like for a possible daughter to see me have a comfort level with myself!

ralizabeth said...

I'm 24 and am a number 11 on the scale. I would be naked 24/7 if I could ;) Also, I wish it was more acceptable to go braless!! Feeling naked while having clothes on is my favorite!

Wildes Waldwesen said...

Definitely a 10! And I'm 24 :)

And when I have one of those bad days, looking in the mirror and thinking bad stuff, I just tell myself: "Your body hasn't changed since two days ago when you looked in the mirror thinking "not bad!".. So it's just your head (hormones, bad weather..)!"
That actually helps a lot :)

Maiz Connolly said...

On my 30th birthday, an older woman I worked with congratulated me and then said wistfully, "Ah, the thirties are the best age for a woman, 'cause you still have your looks, and you finally know what to do with them!"

Now, it's 14 years and three kids later, and I must admit that I'm a little bit more shy in public about my aging body. I'm not shy around my husband, though! At home, I'd say 10, but that also might change as my kids get older...

Sara said...

Leigh I hope you read this. :) This is kind of random but this reminded me of something that just happened and accompanied with your comment it is such a good example of how we are all our own worst critics... last weekend I was at a cafe near my house and the barista was wearing short shorts. She had a lot of scars on her legs - small ones all over, like maybe from the chicken pox or maybe something like what you are describing. BUT. During the 30 seconds that I observed/evaluated her legs, my thought process broke down something like this: 2 seconds: "I wonder where she got those scars." and 28 seconds: "Wow. I wish I had her confidence. Well maybe I would if I could look that good in those shorts. Her legs are so long! I wish my thighs looked like hers. I wish my calves weren't so thick. Her ankles are so pretty, too..." and so on and so on. ;)

Sara said...

Me either! Jo must've cropped it out?

Mallory said...

This is so interesting. I'd say I'm about a 2 on the scale. I hate being naked. But I can do it. I could NEVER sleep naked.

But I'm feeling more comfortable as I get older (I'm only 26). I will say, after having a baby, and standing in a room with my neighbor (who was also my L&D nurse), a friend (acting as doula), some techs and nurses I didn't know... totally and completely naked, I've become a bit more comfortable. HA.

LV said...

Yes! I think as you get older, you become more accepting of your body even with its imperfections.

Taylor said...

Yeah! Where?

Taylor said...

I'm the same way! Whenever I see someone like this (sorry I can't think of the right word...), the first thing to pop into my head is "Wow I wish I had her confidence!" It's always a reminder that we are far more aware of our own flaws/insecurities than anyone else-not even close!

Charlotte | Charlotte's Web said...

I'm 24, and I'd say I'm about a 7 on the comfort scale - unless it's very very bright in the room in which case I'd say 3. The lighting makes all the difference ;)

Michelle said...

cutest thing. turn this into a needle point or something :)

Michelle
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kristen said...

Totally agree. I love my body when I'm naked, but fashion seems to undermine/unflatter the fabulousness of the curvy parts. Not cool!

lyndsay said...

ohmigosh. the 34 thing sounds about spot-on. i definitely started to feel more comfortable and attractive at around 30-ish! just in time for the shit-show that is ageing made me cringe/laugh because it's true! now that i've had a bag (post 34) too, my body looks and feels different without clothes, i.e. - my stomach "paunch"! but i just pat it and call them my pregnancy battle scars! one's body definitely will never be the same after having kids! ^__^ i'm probably a 7.5 comfortable naked now! but at 34, maybe a 9!

Sarah Harm said...

With my husband, about a 8 or 9 depending on the day. When I look back to early 2012 (I weighed an additional 50lbs), I cant believe how free I felt around him. But thats him. Like you said with Alex, you know he loves you and that he's stuck with you.

As for other places - changing rooms, massages, doctors office - Id say Im like a 5. Scares me.

Andie said...

9-10! I'm 25, and I think most of it has to do with A) I've seen lots of naked people during figure drawing classes and B) I have a rule that I never spend more time in front of the mirror than I need to dress myself.

As a teenager I had terrible body image despite being thin. The mirror trick made a HUGE difference for me. Nobody else will ever systemically criticize your body from head to toe, and neither should you!

NotesFromAbroad said...

I was always a stick, skinny and flat chested. As I aged, some things grew and happily others didn't .. so I am pretty happy walking around nude .. especially since I have one of those lovely husbands who says I still look 18. god bless that man. ( and his obvious bad eyesight)

Alyssa said...

I'm 23 and struggled with weight issues my whole life as well as having matured quite a bit earlier than many going through school. So I was never comfortable naked. But now that I've gotten healthier I definitely enjoy it. Having a boyfriend who appreciates that and specifically compliments the parts you might hate the most doesn't hurt either. I've found that whether I'm having an "I feel thin day" or a "whoa I'm bloated and huge" day, I've never heard any complaints. I'm sure my neighbors have seen more than the should though ;)

Cameron + Dani said...

I married my high school sweetheart and in high school the lights HAD to be off and he wasn't going to see anything of mine. I was so shy and even though confident in every other way, I was never confident about my body. Now him and I are married and I wish I had the body I had in high school to show him. However, just the other day I said to him, "Its crazy how comfortable I feel. I'm completely naked and I don't even care!"

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

okay when im alone im fine cook and all but when im with him im like uh geez im fatter than i usually am. and no i am not small and nor are things on me im so very uncomfortable with my chest. but hes always at awe im like um okay lol so my answers are 8 and 3

grey-nyc said...

I've always been comfortable with my body overall but I really love my body these days - I had serious surgery a few years ago, and when you're recuperating from something like that you realize how much you didn't appreciate when you were healthy and everything was functioning properly. I am so grateful to be healthy now and I love my body more than I ever have. And I am 34 now too :)

Meredith Walker said...

I've never been naked around anyone (I'm only 18!), but I feel awful naked. I'm starting to exercise more and eat better, though, so I'm hoping :) My boyfriend is the sweetest, though, he's always telling me how pretty I am or how cute my bum is, even after he's seen me in a swimming suit--cellulite and all.

Diane Lokocz said...

Why is everyone "rating" themselves?
Please ladies, don't think of yourselves
On a scale from 1 to 10; YOU are gorgeous!
Be healthy, love your body....oh, and
In regards to swim suits, my approach has
Always been less us better:). After years of
Wearing bikinis (and now having a two year old)
I tried a one piece... Not good...I stayed with the two
Piece, which was much more flattering. Actually,
If I could be as naked as my two year old at the beach
That would be even better.

Chandra Fredrick said...

I used to be the same way, and feel more like you do now. Funnily, I'm 34 too, so maybe that's why :)

Chelsey N. said...

When talking with a friend recently about squeamishness with being more "out there" naked with hubby she said, "Don't you think he knows? He completely knows what your body looks like, you might be kidding yourself with not just owning it." Same concept as towel-wrapping at the pool or beach, for those who don't are you ever really surprised? People can tell your size, just own it! They definitely notice awkwardness more than your actual shape.

Maiz Connolly said...

I had that same thought, and then I re-read Joanna's post and realized that she asked us, "On a scale of 1 to 10, how comfortable do you feel naked?"

Sarah D said...

I'm quite comfortable being naked. I'm 38. I'd say I became most comfortable during college-- I took a water aerobics class with several older ladies and they were so completely at ease showering in front of anyone that I took a deep breath and embraced their attitude. My husband, myself, and my two kids (8 and 5) are all perfectly comfortable being naked in front of one another.

Ladies in Navy said...

i am surprisingly comfortable and that makes it so nice to be lounging around without a care about my body. i definitely loved doing that "back out of a room thing" when i was much more uncomfortable. it was all about the butt!
kw ladies in navy

Beth said...

different photo from when first posted

Jillian said...

I prefer to keep the house a little warmer so I can wear as minimal clothing as possible- even in the dead of our Canadian winters! Poor husband may be sweating, but he'll be smiling ;)

kaela said...

10 around a boyfriend I have a good relationship with. 7 around friends. 10 around family. 20 by myself. It's becoming easier and easier. I think like with anything, it takes time and familiarity to get comfortable with something....

My first realization of this was when my ex and I went to some natural hot springs pools here in Colorado in the mountains. The place was fenced in, private, and clothing optional and I thought certainly we'd both wear our swim suits. We got there and my bf at the time just whipped his clothes off, put the robe on, and was ready to head out. I was kind of dumbfounded that we had been together for 2 years and I had no idea that he was THAT comfortable being naked and AROUND STRANGERS!! ;)

I went covered the first day and after getting sick and tired of dealing with wet swim suits I said screw it! I went naked the rest of the time. So liberating!! When I realized that I wasn't judging or starting at the naked people the day before..it became evident that they wouldn't be doing that to me either. I was more impressed with their comfort and confidence with their bodies. It was nice to see so many different shapes sizes stretchmarks and colors in one place....one of those *you're not so different afterall* moments that everyone should have at least once!

kaela said...

oops I meant *staring :)

ximena velasquez lino said...

I love that you write about this kind of topics!!! love your blog... and hmmm... how i feel naked from 1 to 10? not so sure, it varies a lot

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aliceinbo said...

I totally agree about what you have said!
Age and love change all!

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Annie Green said...

Well done Danhiskka for finally making me realise that what I should be thinking is: is it perfect for me. After countless years of comparing/analysing me versus the Rest of the World, you nailed it. I shall endeavour to think differently from now on.Annie

Alicia O'Neil said...

9. I'm 21 and I have to say that as soon as I get home I more often than not take off all my clothes. I feel much more comfortable and think I look most beautiful without clothing. I've been told I'm crazy by my peers, but I really do appreciate my body and the imperfections that I have come to love. I say 9 only because I don't feel confident enough to walk around public naked, perhaps only due to the idea of being put in the slammer. ;)

Victoria said...

I love to be naked on te beach, healthy enviroment thats and how fantastic thah looks tanned and naked people withoutcomplexes. Also their is no distinction cannot know that social class you´re, there we´re all equal. ;-)

Catherine said...

Totally! Actually my 4 and 6 yr olds could care less, in fact they make sure we see it good and proper!

Catherine said...

He's a keeper :)

Catherine said...

I have two younger daughters too and your comment is a really good reminder. I do say how strong and healthy they are all the time, trying to use those sorts of words but of course I also tell them how beautiful they are, inside and out.

Catherine said...

I think your daughters have a fantastic role model. It really isn't about being perfect is it, but the mindset that you are fabulous and with that comes the confidence.

Ana Simões said...

God, I wish I could feel like all the commenters above... I'm 34, just had a baby, am wearing a swimsuit for the first time in my life and even though I am totally grateful for my healthy body and baby, I just can't stand looking myself in the mirror or being naked.
I never felt less beautiful or elegant. I just feel fat, with a jiggle belly and huge thighs. If I could grade myself now, it would be a -5. Hopefully, next year I will look better ;)

Audrey said...

I finally realized one day that loving my body does not necessarily mean loving how it looks or loving all of my physical imperfections. It can simply mean loving what my body enables me to do, loving that it takes me from place to place and enables me to be with the people I love. I don't love my body in spite of my imperfections, but I love it as a whole, including every part.

Unpublishedlife said...

Hmmm on a scale of 1 to 10? I'd say a 2 ... I am not at all comfortable being naked. The closest I will get is when I'm alone in the flat (and my flatmates are out) and I walk around topless to and from the bathroom. That's about it. Otherwise, it just feels a bit "airy" ...

It is strange, though, because both my parents are VERY happy with their bodies and pretty much walk around naked all the time! They have no inhibitions. My brothers and I are all quite conservative with covering up. So I guess we missed that gene:)

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s. said...

My husband is constantly asking me to put clothes on since I frequently forget that we have almost more windows than walls. I am 34, but have always been this way. I don't have a perfect body but I am pretty comfortable with it.

Karin said...

I've more than comfortable sans clothing. I blame it on my Dutch heritage - the Dutch being pretty liberal and generally relaxed about nudity. My husband has to remind me to put clothes on, although really only for the 4 or 5 months of the year that it's warm enough. And he's not complaining by any means, having an appreciative partner certainly helps. It hasn't changed for me with age or motherhood. My two young sons have inherited the nude gene and are very happy naked. Although now that my eldest is six I'm starting to be a bit more discreet when I get out of the shower. He thinks mummy nude is pretty darn hilarious :)

Kathryn said...

I think I'm a similar way - my confidence in my naked self came with the confidence to strip off and do whatever with someone who loves me. In fact, I'm probably more confident then than clothed, because of the situation. Maybe because there is no-one to compare to ,too! Even in my favourite clothes, standing next to my sister makes me feel fat just because out of the two of us, I'm the larger (though certainly not fat). Even reminding myself that she is probably equally self conscious of looking like a stick insect doesn't help very much to stop the self-conscious thoughts, which just don't appear when naked!

Kathryn said...

This made me laugh and reminded me of an advert that was on tv a few years ago for Dove antiperspirant/deodorant in which the woman was prancing around and asking this guy what his favourite part of her body was, to which his response was to stroke her underarms. I always found it very hilarious, because seriously?!

Kathryn said...

That is one part of how I deal with my mind if I look in the mirror and think hmph - reminding myself that it is because of my body that I can do this and that and not in spite of it.

Laura said...

I've always been comfortable naked. Not when a teenager and living with my family, but ever since leaving home even when 18/19 I was comfortable walking around naked with boyfriends. Never understood the whole covering up lights off thing. I wonder what it is that makes some people more comfortable than others? as I am by no means the 'ideal' media approved shape, but I always liked the shape I am.

Laura

fleur_delicious said...

I'm pretty comfortable. I think it's because I grew up figure skating and ice dancing. There was only one bathroom which also served as our collective locker room, where we'd all strip down after 6am ballet practice and suit up for the ice. Similarly, with dance, I think you get used to a body just being a body. You spend enough time pressed against someone else and it just becomes something that you do together. My dance partners and I would have long conversations about philosophy and science and literature, occasionally halting for counts of "1-2-3, 4-5-6, 1-2-3, 4-5-6." =) These days I try to be conscientious of my neighbours and at least throw on a sport bra and tie a wrap skirt around my waist on a really hot day, since I always have the blinds and drapes open and I don't like to make them uncomfortable!

Gina said...

I'm 21 and I've been comfortable naked since I was born, with a little pause between my 13-15 years old. I like my body and I feel good nudey. At home everybody is used to nudity and nobody pays you any attention, And it's pretty much comfy!!

Gina said...

Plus, in my school -I'm from Barcelona– whe had mixed changing rooms till we were 10. And then I studied Dramatic Art and no theatre college has separate changing rooms. And, as fleur_delicious comment above me says, when your body is a part of your "work" (actors, dancers) you become seeing it just as body.

nectar said...

I was talked into going to my first nude beach at the age of 25. I was petrified that people were going to judge me there. It was actually an incredible experience and I have ONLY gone to nude beaches since.

nectar said...

I was talked into going to my first nude beach at the age of 25. I was petrified that people were going to judge me there. It was actually an incredible experience and I have ONLY gone to nude beaches since.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I know this doesn't make any sense ... but I feel more comfortable walking around naked (not that I do that outside of my home), than I do in a bikini. I'd rather go nude on a beach than wear a bikini ... not sure why!?

Abigail said...

I'm comfortable with my body. Always have been. I'm disturbed that many of the women's comments on this thread link being comfortable with their bodies to a man/being in a relationship. It has to come from you first. That's a big reason I got into nude modeling-- there's little representation of "real" women in art, advertising and the like. But since that's where women get their standards, we need to change the standards.

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the homesteady said...

I would say I'm at like a 7 now...and very recently, too. I was on my honeymoon in the Caribbean on an island where my wife and I were the only Americans -- everyone else vacationing at the resort was European. Those ladies were SO COOL about their bodies!! We saw women in their late 60's rocking bikinis. They looked great, but it wasn't about that. It was about the fact that nobody cared. It was so inspiring, and I like to think of them as role models. Since then, I've turned a kinder (and prouder) eye on my own body :)

Lindsay said...

So funny that you say that. I'm 34 too and I have to say, I feel more comfortable naked now than I ever have before. I used to hate my little belly but who cares. I work out a lot but I love to eat. And I'm not ashamed :)

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Gennea said...

This is totally me! I'm a former dancer who is now a "curvy girl" (5'9" hourglass figure/size 8). My family would be ok walking around the house in undies but never naked. For me, I think it was all those years in the ballet dressing room that totally desensitized me to nudity. I am totally comfortable naked even though my in-laws find it very strange. I hope to raise my children with a high level of comfort around nudity.

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