"There's something therapeutic about nudity. Clothing is one of the
external things about a character. Take away the Gucci or Levi's and
we're all the same. But not when the
nanny is around. But I will with my wife and kids."
- Kevin Bacon speaking of his preference to be nude at his home.
Isn't nudism is a sin
against God and/or nature.
That's my favorite, since the
self-righteous "Radical Right" often attempts to use the "family
values" theme against us. In general, I've met better christian
families in nudist settings, than I have around those bozos. I'm a
conservative christian republican myself, but PLEASE don't put me in
the "Radical Right" category.
Out of curiosity a year or so ago, I
attended the hearings on a nudity ordinance for our county. The huge
crowd surprised the hell out of the commissioners. It had to be held
in a large auditorium in two sessions, with circus style press and
television coverage. An elderly woman protester from the other side
stopped me as I headed in and asked where I was seating. She wanted to
make sure she wasn't sitting with "those people" by accident and
couldn't tell one group from the other. I smiled and remarked how
right she was about that.
Ok, people have the right to believe
what they want, but they ought to get their facts straight. Read the
pages "The Bible, Society, and Nudity". The author has done an
excellent job of looking at nudity from the christian perspective. As
with any technical problem, Read The Fine Manual, before you call in
I can't speak for what other
religions believe, but if you try to nail nudism down as a sin based
on the Bible, you're going to have to stretch things more than a
little. As to nudism being a sin against nature. That one is too
bizarre to figure.
erotic, leading people toward sin?
Doesn't wash. A day at a nude beach
or at a nudist resort is less erotic than a day at most beaches. This
is hard for many people to believe, but in my view, true. You're less
likely to be aroused when there isn't all that high fashion swimware
calling attention to every curve and shape. No bright colors, no
peek-a-boo coverage of those "forbidden zones". The attitude and dress
of textile (yeah, that's what we call them) beachgoers says "look at
me" . The atmosphere at a nudist club or beach says "talk to me".
Besides, at least for men, being
naked in front of others is naturally suppressive. The fear of calling
attention to oneself inappropriately keeps Mr. happy in check. Natural
social instinct works, as I'm sure it did long before "modern"
civilization started to think it knew better. I know it's hard to
believe, but it's no trick.
attract perverts and undesirables?
In general, any activity marginalized
by the prevailing culture is likely to attract others who have been
marginalized for other reasons. But most nudists and their
establishments tend to be pretty conservative, if for no other reason
but to stand apart from other marginalized groups. People looking for
sex or titillation will not feel welcome.
Due to the family nature of most
resorts, clubs, and groups, anyone felt to be a threat to children is
going to be out the gate very quickly. Beyond that, the police will be
called, and the offender better hope they hurry. Charges will be the
least of his problems.