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General Naturism Discussion / Re: Is Nudity Programmed In?
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 01, 2021, 04:55:25 AM »
Build it, provide it, and they will come.
Jbee
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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 01, 2021, 04:53:01 AM »
We swim, we dance, we eat and drink, we meet people, and converse with friends at these places, which is not a waste of time. There are events and sports like volleyball and music making. It is good t relax, not just a waste of time.

On the other hand, I have been to events, like at home parties by non-landed clubs and the only commonality seems to be nudity. Very boring indeed. People that I probably wouldn't hang out with otherwise.
Jbee
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Trip reports / Re: An early beach trip
« Last post by jbeegoode on April 01, 2021, 04:36:24 AM »
I like solitude and I don't mind sharing a beach with a few others. It is the others that are selfishly requiring me to wear what they deem appropriate, like it is "their" beach. Live and let live....
Jbee
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Free Range Naturism / Re: Naked on the lave fields
« Last post by John P on April 01, 2021, 01:02:25 AM »
No more nudity, but it's like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyUCey3qc8Y
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Free Range Naturism / Re: The Secret Naturist Handbook
« Last post by Bob Knows on March 31, 2021, 04:31:02 PM »
That said, I have never been keen on being in a club (in the unlikely event they would have me as a single male) because the point of going to a CO club is merely to hang around and waste time in order to be naked.  I wouldn't do that clothed.  John

True.  That hanging around wasting time to be naked is another word for BORING.  We need to push freedom of being naked in our daily lives.
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Suggestions / Are we private or public?
« Last post by nuduke on March 31, 2021, 09:17:05 AM »
I happened to click on Stuart & Karl's FRN site just now on a new device with which I have never logged into the forum before.  On clicking the Forum menu link, there was the forum publicly visible and available to post to anyone on the Web apparently.  Yet I always sign in to use the Forum.  Is the forum restricted to its members or is it100% open to the world?
John
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Trip reports / Re: An early beach trip
« Last post by nuduke on March 31, 2021, 09:04:55 AM »
Very nice feel to that place, John P.
And so deserted.  You wouldn't get that sort of isolation on such a quality of beach in the UK.
We FRNs are so selfish aren't we! We want huge tracts of landscape all to ourselves to walk naked in nature. And long may we continue to find such places.
John
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Naturism & Art / Re: Burners and Ritual Around a Bonfire Something Naked
« Last post by nuduke on March 31, 2021, 08:57:55 AM »
Brilliant! Thank you for these very apposite and useful thoughts, jbee.  I knew you had lots of knowledge about rituals but didn't realise you had a degree in it (or part of one, anyway).  Your remarks are empowering : I shall compose my own little event to make the burning bit significant for me and hang any compliance with anybody else's!  :)
I look forward to further news of your construction.
I shall post my pic a) when I'm on a suitable device and b) when I can work out why my pics wouldn't embed last night.
John
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General Naturism Discussion / Is Nudity Programmed In?
« Last post by jbeegoode on March 31, 2021, 08:26:27 AM »
Saw this in the newsletter. Interesting and encouraging.

From “Pages of History”, Vol.2 #3  Newsletter of the NAC and NEF.
Page 4Naturist Action CommitteeNaturist Education FoundationPages of HistoryNaturistAction.orgNaturistEducation.
 Is Nudity Programmed In?
By Richard Mason, NAC Board Member and SFFB President
In 1988, I became a board  member of SFFB, Inc. (South Florida Free Beaches, Inc.)  We were affiliated with the ASA (American  Sunbathing  Association,  which  became  the American Association for Nude Recreation) and my name was given to ASA/Arnie Ericson as the ASA contact.This  led  to  my  receiving  calls  daily  from  people  who were  out  of  state,  as  well  as  people  living  in  Florida,  with general questions like: Where are the nude beaches in Florida?I found out that when people contacted the ASA asking about Florida, they were given my phone number.  The number of calls were small in the beginning, averaging 2 to 5 a day.  Starting in 1990, I became self­employed with a home office and answering machine.After we established Haulover Beach in 1991, the calls increased, and one day I had counted 18 phone calls.These calls followed a pattern.  Almost all were from a male.  Most were from married men.  The calls all started out asking where there is a nude beach in Florida.Being a marketing guy, I started asking them questions.I  learned  that  most  had  never  been  to  a  nude  beach  or resort.  A few had skinny­dipped as a child, as a boy scout, or in the military.The main question I asked was: How long have you had this desire to want to swim nude at a nude beach?Almost all said they had this urge/desire since they were children.  Most stated it involved going to a tropical beach and swimming nude.  It was something that drifted in and out of their mind all their life.That was also my dream as a child.  Particularly after I saw a movie about the South Seas with Maria Montez in the 1930s  or  early  1940s.    When  I  dreamed  about  being  on  a tropical beach with a brown­skinned women (Maria Montez) I wore a swimsuit.  But, when I was alone, I was nude.  But like most dreams, they get deferred and are put into the back of the mind.After  a  few  years  of  these  calls,  I  came  to  an understanding where I believe that there is something in our homo­sapien  structure,  whether  we  come  from  "Lucy"  or Neanderthal, that accepts the normality of being nude.Many  said  they  would  feel  safer  on  a  beach  than  in  a landed resort.  Many stated that their wife had them make the call.  A few feared that if they went behind a gated location, they could not leave if they were offended.About 8 years ago, I read in the local newspaper where a university professor was starting a study on this very subject.  I clipped  the  article  out  and  planned  to  contact  him.   Unfortunately, that article is in the pile of planned projects that Continued on next page.

Page 5Naturist Action CommitteeNaturist Education FoundationPages of HistoryNaturistAction.orgNaturistEducation.orgContinued from previous page.one as an activist never gets back too.[Editor's  note:    If  you  are  aware  of  this  study  or  the article,  we  would  appreciate  this  information.    Sadly,  details were sparse and we weren’t able to find it.]The point here is that I believe a study will indicate that what  we  as  nudists  do  is  really  just  in  the  natural  order  of things.   Those  who  have  not  experienced  social  nudity  may have suppressed the natural order of the human species.  That suppression is a learned, man­made, unnatural response to the many  inhibitions  that  have  been  placed  upon  the  general population.Why is this important to know?Because  those  in  the  Nudist/Naturist  market  segment, who  want  to  grow  the  market  segment,  need  only  to communicate  to  the  general  population  the  whereabouts  of nudist opportunities.Assuming  this  thesis,  or  accepting  the  mini­study  I  did when I was getting those phone calls, and later what Shirley and I did from 1989­91 when we held public meetings on the issue of nude beaches, the growth market in nude recreation is out there in the general population.Proof:  Haulover  Beach.    There  never  was  an advertisement run to promote this beach.When we open additional public beaches in Florida (or perhaps  elsewhere)  those  beaches  will  fill  up.    For  example, Blind Creek Beach.  One media release to the travel sections of major market newspapers could easily have BCB loaded with 3000 to 5000 people per weekend within a year.America  is  loaded  with  prospective  nudists  who  are waiting for the backs of their minds to be triggered.  All we need to do is communicate where the opportunities are at.

This link may work:
http://naturisteducation.org/library/newsletters/2021_03.pdf

Jbee
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Free Range Naturism / Re: Summer Solstice Hike 2021
« Last post by jbeegoode on March 31, 2021, 06:49:59 AM »
In the topsy turvy world of covid-19 things often change and by golly they did again. We had a conflict with DF's school reunion on the 19th in Buffalo. It was cancelled, until further notice! Looks like we will be able to meet the Vermont foray in a timely manner, after all!
Jbee
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