of the younger posters have had a much more educated upbringing than was the standard in my day as regards nudity. Hopefully the day when public nudity becomes more acceptable is drawing nearer! My first encounters being naked were in the 60’s, the private freedom recommended by the “counter culture” was like a challenge to the establishment at a time when there clearly was a much more oppressive moral “code” as to what was socially acceptable.
Always being one to challenge the organization I viewed nudity as an expansion of the political and societal approaches I held. More people were prepared to be naked in public as a kind of protest and I increasingly came to think of clothes as another type of oppression. (At the time clothing was likewise a signifier of class.) I first began going naked “in secret” during vacations when no one was around, I suppose I still felt there was something “perverse” about it, but there was likewise an elation of feeling more in tune with nature without clothes about it than just adolescent rebellion.
It wasn’t until I was in my twenties I ran into societal nudity. I stumbled across a naturist beach one day and it absolutely was a kind of life altering moment. It took seconds to get out of my clothes, but this was quite different to any textile beach I Had ever been to – instead of getting your own small space and no intereaction with anyone else this was extremely friendly, folks would come and chat and there was no feeling of distress about it. There was also no differentiation of class, there were people from various backgrounds but no societal barriers. There were men and women, singles and couples, gay and straight, and you believed you can speak to anyone.
The one apparent lost group was younger individuals. Although there were families with young children there were no teenagers or 20’s, all the grownups were pretty much middle aged or elderly. Since then I spend as much time as possible nude, have eventually become a routine beach goer, moved close to the seashore and arrange my work so I can be on the beach as frequently as possible (not as regularly as I Had like thanks to our climate). I have also shaved all body hair as it feels so much finer and affords a more even tan. My best friends are http://voy-zone.com and I’ve met some great folks at various beaches as well as on the web.
There are some positive changes from my early days, there are more younger folks from http://4nspark.net missing age group at shores today. More non naturists seem more tolerant of naturists, and the web has become a great forum to swap thoughts.
Unfortunately however it is apparently taking ages for approaches to change, there are still too many who see us as perverts or link nudity with sex. Our media still sees naturism with the same sort of “naughty postcard” image and advertising still uses nudity to sell products.
Things are slowly changing though and it is nice to see sites like this helping to change attitudes. Keep up the great work. Any opinions are welcome.