How I Became a Nudist and Joined the GoTopless Effort Through the Raelian Movement

Guest website by: Judith S.
The first thing people ask me when they find out I’m a naturist is, When did you become a nudist?
The easiest way I will describe it is that being an associate of the International Raelian Movement helped me get more comfortable with my body and hence nudity generally. Raelians believe the body is natural and nothing to be embarrassed of. We are all distinct, unique and beautiful and should feel comfortable in our own skin.
Many are unfamiliar with or have misconceptions about the Raelian Movement in general, so I’ll just briefly describe what it is all about. The Raelian Movement is considered an atheist doctrine. We do not believe in a “God” that’s up in the clouds, and it is a religion in the sense that we have an organized group of beliefs, i.e.:
We were created to love, be happy and take care of each other.
We must assemble a unbiased embassy to welcome back the Elohim so that they’ll share their advanced technology with humanity and help us fix this planet.
“Rael” (Claude Vorilhon) Founder of the Raelian Movement
The movement was founded by Claude Vorilhon, a French journalist and race car driver in 1973 after he’d a chain of UFO meetings which he wrote about in a novel called Intelligent Design: Message from the Designers. He’s got other publications as well which can all be downloaded for free at
There is certainly a familiar misconception that we are UFO cult.” This may be because a lot of photographs of Rael reveal him with a replica of the UFO he struck, and a lot of members do not cut their hair and have been called “hippies. The term ‘cult’ has negative connotations, and we don’t meet the definition of one because any Raelian is free to leave the movement at any time without pressure. Rael even warns us never to get overly attached to him and stresses that what is significant is the message, not the messenger.
My first meeting with social nudity was actually at a Raelian self improvement seminar in Mexico, or Happiness Academy as they are dubbed. Some folks were topless or totally naked during certain workshops and even though I was too timid to join in, I secretly envied their carefree attitude towards nudity. I got as far as going around in my bra for one workshop and that was exciting for me.
But I truly started embracing it when I was asked to function as the representative for the International Go Topless rally in Pittsburgh, PA, which is a annual protest Raelians organize all over the world to bring knowledge of women’s topless rights ( . These protests are done on or around August 26th which is Women’s Equality Day. The simple assumption is that if men can be topless in public without getting arrested, girls should enjoy exactly the same constitutional right.
2012 GoTopless Rally in D.C. Photo:
I had already planned on being present at the rally in NYC, where it is really legal for women to be totally topless, but had not decided whether I’d take off my top. Therefore I needed to get comfortable being topless ASAP! The only one judging me was my dog and I do not believe he cared.
I then moved to cleaning in the buff and walking around nude in the home. I found it so gratifying and realized I did not have to set the air conditioner on all the time. I also started to sleep nude. That took some getting used to, but was fully worth it. I am sure you know the benefits of being unclothed in general but sleeping in the buff tops the list of one of the healthiest things it is possible to do for your own body.
By the time the Pittsburgh GoTopless rally came along, I thought I was prepared for public semi-nudity (as I’d only be topless, not fully naked). While most of the reactions were positive (from guys), nothing could prepare me for the rude reactions and gestures of a number of people. In Pittsburgh it is illegal for girls to show their nipples so I wasn’t 100% exposed. That is amazing, I believed! Why don’t more girls include being topless? Why do not they take off those confining bras and let the boobs respire? That rally was a success and I am convinced we planted the seed in some women’s heads about embracing topfreedom.
From that point on, I recognized that I loved being bare and did not care what people thought. I can’t help the way I look and did not ask to be born this way so I can’t let it prevent me from experiencing the independence and health benefits that nudity brings. I am getting excited about checking out the nude beaches in my new home state which means no tan lines and best of all: skinny dipping!
More about Raelianism: Raelians campaign for human rights through a few different social justice endeavors, and Go Topless is just one single of them. Others are Clitoraid, which is a charity that offers free surgery for victims of female genital mutilation, Aramis which embraces all types of sexual orientations, Paradism which can be a society without money, greed, and government thru the promotion of science & technology, 1 Minute for Peace which is meditating one minute as often as possible for world peace as human minds have the capacity to affect world events. And eventually, the Back to Kama project seeks to bring Kama, which can be the original name for Africa before was colonized, to its formal glory by encouraging investments and jobs there.
Judith S. is a representative of the International Raelian Movement
Young Naturists & Nudists America
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