Nudity in social contexts has been practised in various forms by many cultures at all time periods. In Western society nowadays, social nudity is most usually encountered in the contexts of bathing, swimming and in saunas, whether in single-sex groups, within the family or with mixed-sex friends. But throughout history and in many tropical cultures till now, nudity is normal at many sports events and competitions.

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“Naturism”

It is difficult to find exactly when naturism started as a movement. The word 'naturism' was utilised for the first time in 1778 by a French-speaking Belgian, Jean Baptiste Luc Planchon (1734–1781). It was advocated as a means of improving the 'l’hygiène de vie' (natural style of life) and health.