One of the great liberal and liberating messages of our time is that we should not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character (Martin Luther King, Jr.). Thanks to social revolutions of many types, we can add sex and sexual orientation to the list of what not to be judged by. Naturism, in harmony with these fundamental assertions, offers the great liberal and liberating message that all bodies are good–all phenotypes are good–and that we should celebrate body acceptance and body freedom in health, diet, exercise, and respect for nature.
I don’t quite know what to make of these dreams, but I like their inclusiveness, and I like that in neither case did the phenotypical transformation reflect any kind of change in the essence of who I am or who I was in the dream. Similar dreams, I suppose, could include imagining yourself to have a very different weight or age or physical condition. As a naturist, I cherish the way that naturism and/or social nudism allows for a greater appreciation of humanity’s range of phenotypes – and not just skin color or biological sex, but also the full range of body types, ages, and all manners of corporeal detail and condition. In fact, I think this is one of naturism’s great benefits – the benevolent exhibitionism of us all, that we may best recognize ourselves in our others, even as we marvel at the biological diversity of human variety.