You’d think being a naturist would make me immune from being self-conscious about my body. However, I sometimes suffer the same phobias, anxieties, and distortions about my body as most Americans do. And like most males, I sometimes worry about the size of one particular body part, my penis. It may seem silly, but it’s a concern that most men suffer from whether they admit it or not.
Where did this anxiety come from? I was not taught that the size of my penis mattered. There was no class in high school that said my penis size equated to how good a person I was, or how much money I would make. However, I was schooled by society and the media into thinking my penis size defined me as a person.
Millions are spent each year bombarding men with messages that their dick is lacking. Medications, devices, and painful surgery all promise male enhancement. Pornography presents a model of manhood that doesn’t reflect most men. Add all this to an insecure young man, and you can see how this could affect his body image.
I started to think differently about my body after experimenting with nude recreation. I remember visiting a nudist club for the first time and being very self-conscious. I remember undressing and pulling on my penis to make it appear longer. But no one cared, no one stared. People didn’t judge me by my penis, but by my character. And I started to see things and people differently, we are not our body parts.
Naturism has taught me a realistic view of my body. I sometimes fall backward into irrational body image thinking. But thanks to naturism I know longer care what people think of my penis, and if they judge me by a body part, they aren’t the type of people worth knowing any how.