Nude beaches aren't just a European oddity anymore.
Lee Baxendall, a guru of nude resorts, says local authorities are starting to recognize the benefits of opening beaches to nudists. More nude resorts are opening, and an organization of nude travelers is growing steadily.
Is acceptance of nude resorts growing in the United States? Should U.S.
resorts follow Europe's lead and take a more relaxed approach to beachwear?
(33 previous messages)
lucacek2000 - 01:15am Mar 11, 2000 ET ( 18.)
ITS GREAT THAT MORE ARTICLES ON THE NUDIST LIFESTYLE ARE APPEARING IN THE
MAINSTREAM MEDIA.AMERICA NEEDS TO LEARN TO SEPERATE SEX FROM NUDITY IN A
SOCIAL SETTING.NEVER HAVE I FELT SUCH A SENSE OF FREEDOM AND STRESSFREE
FEELINGS THAN WHEN IM NUDE.ITS A RAT RACE OUT HERE AND IFIT WASNT FOR THIS
TYPE OF LIFESTYLE ID BE IN LAST PLACE.LUKACEK2000
johndale - 08:26pm Mar 12, 2000 ET ( 18.1)
When you use all upper case letters in response it is like yelling. The
only time people accept that is if you are from NY. or NJ.
sailfree - 12:44pm Mar 11, 2000 ET ( 19.)
It seems to me that, if the Constitution were actually accepted by
everyone, including our delinquent lawmakers, our criminal President, our
inadequately educated judges, et al, we wouldn't have to be having this
discussion. Libertarians of the world, unite! Though, by the way, I would
prefer the ideas of Harry Browne, I think George W. Bush is the closest
thing to a libertarian who is electable. This may surprise some, but compare
the issues carefully and logically.
bernie__lewis - 12:48am Mar 12, 2000 ET ( 20.)
It's Only Natural
The laws of this country come down far too hard on nudity. I have been a
nudist for over 40 years. It is the most relaxful, stress releiving
recreation imaginable. It is not a bunch of swingers or sex perverts. My
wife and I have lived in Nudist parks every winter since retiring and have
made many Nudist friends. I hope someday we will have nude beaches and parks
near every large city. It is a great way of life.
tjky - 07:18am Mar 12, 2000 ET ( 21.)
Most people I know in the prude world see nudism as a sexual thing. The reality is nudists are no more interested in sex than anyone else. A nudist is a person who can relax in the way we entered this world, without anyone knowing or caring who we are in life. When I visit a nudist club, I don't know if the person next to me is the president of a company or a janitor and it just doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if you shop at Wal-Mart or Brooks Brothers - we're all the same. With our society so image oriented, it's a wonderful way to relax and escape the falseness that is so much apart of American life anymore.
One of the many benefits of being a nudist or naturist, is the positive self image it tends to build in young people. Children raised as nudists understand everyone is different and don't feel so insecure with their own bodies.
Nudist clubs are the only place where my children are allowed to roam free mostly unsupervised. Clubs screen people coming in and people tend to be very aware of what is going on around them in case some one does act inappropriately, they are quickly dealt with. They are totally safe, and really enjoy visiting their friends in healthly environment.
One of the great problems in society is teenage pregnancy; teenage pregnancy in nudist families is virtually unheard of. There is no great mystery to explore and nudist families tend to be closer and more open to discussion about topics like sex.
I have only been involved in organized nudist clubs for about six years, but almost everyone I count as friends are a part of this movement. Why? Simple, when I am with my nudist friends, they don't care who I am in society, but who I am as a person. There are no images to keep up and I can just be me. There is no better relaxation.
If you are looking for good friends and a healthy lifestyle, visit
www.aanr.com or www.naturist.com to locate a club in your area. Or visit
www.terrantech.com/naturist for links to organizations and people in the
bob7 - 03:09pm Mar 12, 2000 ET ( 22.)
St. Thomas Aquinus defined an "immodest act as one done with lustful intention". Therefore, someone who is nude for the sole purpose of bathing or recreating cannot be accused of immodesty. *
Pope John Paul II writes: "Sexual modesty cannot then in any simple way be identified with the use of clothing, nor shamelessness with the absence of clothing and total or partial nakedness.... Immodesty is present only when nakedness plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person, when its aim is to arouse concupiscence, as a result of which the person is put in the position of an object for enjoyment.... There are certain objective situations in which even total nudity of the body is not immodest" *
205 Arguments and Observations in Support of Naturism Compiled by K. Bacher
It's only skin folks... get over it!
yankee1 - 05:27pm Mar 12, 2000 ET ( 23.)
Go for it
Hey, if you think that is the way to go, go for it,,,I think the rest of
us should put up with you bare butts,,I do think though, it might not be for
everyone,,know what I mean?,,,,,,however I say, entertain us if you can,,,,,
johndale - 08:31pm Mar 12, 2000 ET ( 23.1)
Your on the money, It is funny life would be boring without people making
an issue out of such.
billybarebutt - 11:00am Mar 13, 2000 ET ( 24.)
Show and Tell
Perhaps the best way to demonstrate to an outsider what a clothing
optional beach is really like is with show and tell. Unfortunately, I know
of no cams of beaches that are completely clothing optional, but I can
provide one that is 1/3 of the way there. Take a look at some of the hourly
pictures at this site to see that being topless at the beach is no big deal,
and not about the evils that some would believe. Miami Beach Cam: http://www.video-monitoring.com/news
billybarebutt - 11:02am Mar 13, 2000 ET ( 24.1)
Sorry, auto spell checker messed up the last link.
http://www.video-monitoring.com/newscape/mbdoc.htm Miami Beach Cam
xhosa - 04:20pm Mar 14, 2000 ET ( 25.)
That Natural and Free feeling!
All I can say that my only regret is that because of a religious up
bringing I did not expierence this natural and free feeling until my
forties! We as Americans have to get over the hypocracies we have a tendency
to suffer from. Europeans view nudism as perfectly acceptable. Anything can
be sexual if we allow it to be. In all my times going to nude beaches and
clubs I have never encountered rude crass or sexual behaviors. It's about
doing what feels comfortable. If it doesn't feel right... put your suit back
on... plain and simple! But let's not knock it until you try it!
bryan562 - 05:49pm Mar 20, 2000 ET ( 26.)
Nudism needs room to grow..
I believe that with all the thousands of miles of shore line and millions
of acres of federal lands, that nudists should be allowed more areas in
which they can practice their nudity without the threat of arrest or
harassment from law enforcement or the religious groups which would force
their beliefs upon others. I believe that patrolled, well marked areas could
have a great impact on local economies. As an example I give you Haulover
Beach in Miami. As a practicing nudist, I don't want to take over all the
beaches but want just some small designated sections that I can practice
what I believe to be a absolutely normal and healthy life style.
aircapnat - 09:19am Mar 31, 2000 ET ( 27.)
Tell me what's wrong with mere nudity!
Having been in this lifestyle for a while now, my wife & I have discovered that other naturists we might almost become automatically friends for life. We have yet to meet any naturist we didn't like.
People who turn their nose up at just the mere thought of social nudity are the ones with something to hide or need their clothing to pretend to be someone they aren't.
Shed the duds and live life naturally!
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