of the younger posters have had a much more educated upbringing than was the norm in my day as regards nudity.
Hopefully the day when public nudity becomes more satisfactory is bringing nearer! My first experiences being naked were in the 60’s, the personal independence advocated by the “counter culture” was like a challenge to the establishment at a time when there clearly was a considerably more oppressive moral “code” as to what was socially acceptable.
Always being one to challenge the establishment I saw nudity as an expansion of the political and social outlooks I held. More individuals were prepared to be nude in public as a kind of protest and I increasingly came to think of clothing as another kind of oppression. (At the time clothes was also a signifier of class.) I first started going nude “in secret” during vacations when no one was around, I assume I still felt there was something “perverse” about it, however there was likewise an elation of feeling more in tune with nature without clothing about it than just adolescent rebellion.
It was not 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 changing moment. It took seconds to get out of my clothes, but this was very different to any fabric beach I’d ever been to – instead of having 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 piss on beach , there were folks from various backgrounds but no societal barriers. There were men and women, singles and couples, gay and straight, and you believed you can talk to anybody.
The one obvious missing group was younger folks. Although there were families with young kids there were no teenagers or 20’s, all the adults were pretty much middle aged or old. Since then I spend as much time as possible nude, have become a regular beach goer, went near the shore and organize my work so I can be on the shore as often as possible (not as often as I’d enjoy thanks to our climate). I’ve also shaved all body hair as it feels so much nicer and affords a more even tan. My best friends are naturists and I Have met some great people at various shores and on the net.
There are some favorable changes from my early days, there are more younger people from the lost age group at seashores these days. More non naturists seem more tolerant of naturists, as well as the web is now a great forum to exchange ideas.
Unfortunately nevertheless it seems to be taking ages for attitudes 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 form of http://shynudists.com and promotion still uses nudity to sell products. Things are slowly changing though and it is nice to see websites like this helping to change attitudes. Keep up the good work. Any opinions are welcome.