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jbeegoode

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Is Nudity Programmed In?
« 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

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Re: Is Nudity Programmed In?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2021, 04:55:25 AM »
Build it, provide it, and they will come.
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Re: Is Nudity Programmed In?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2021, 04:55:07 PM »
Sometimes the stars align, other times, not so much.  Hopefully, this will become more of a reality in more places. 
We had a similar support group for a remote section of beach here in Texas (McFadden).  They tried to promote it in a similar manner, at a similar time as Haulover. but the political and public climate was (is) too entrenched in the common belief that nudity was inherently immoral and the group lost multiple cases against the recognition of a nude beach, no matter how far removed from the public beaches.  Now LEO uses binoculars to catch unsuspecting and isolated beach goers, that happen to be clothes free.
We have Hippie Hollow, but other recognized areas, traditionally used for clothing optional recreation, have been pushed into the shadows.
With a more thoughtful approach, identifying areas with a higher likelihood of success, will increase and improve public perception of nude recreation to the point that even Texas can see expansion of public access and acceptance of nude humans in clear view of others.

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Re: Is Nudity Programmed In?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2021, 10:30:10 PM »
The more free beaches, the more publicity, the more people will know tha there is nothing weird or immoral going on when people enjoy nudity. It is one thing to see a nude person on a trail hiking, but masses of them collected being seen will change that perception many times.

Next move, "If it is is okay for so many people to do that, then what are they on to?" Eventually, people have to question themselves. Eventually more will be comfortable enough to try it, which this theorizes is a natural response.

It would be nice if things would change quickly enough one contact at a time. It would be nice if attitudes and resistance would change in mass to body freedom, but incriminates may be the only way to overcome this social injustice. Free beaches are big incriminates toward free range and will eventually overcome the idea and handicap  of "only okay in in designated areas."

Many many millions are primed by their very nature. Everybody is a naturist but doesn't know it...yet.
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