Northwest Nude News 03/20/2014
This week in the Northwest 3/21-3/27
Festival of the Arts – Sun Meadow Resort
Sun Meadow Resort
Bare Bowling – Hidden Springs
Tent Up, & Mardi Gras Decorating – 9am – LARC
Mardi Gras Dance – 7:30pm – LARC
Game and Sauna Night – 8pm – Fraternity Snoqualmie
Board Meeting – 11am – Fraternity Snoqualmie
Potluck Lunch – 12:30pm – LARC
General Membership Meeting – 1:30pm – LARC
Next week in the Northwest 3/28-4/4
Black Light Karaoke -7pm – Fraternity Snoqaulmie
Ladies’ Spa Night/Men’s Game Night – 8pm – Lake Bronson
Nudity, Nudism and our Society
by Mel Kanner
This is the first in a series of articles examining the changes that I
have observed to the practice of nudism over the years and our society’s
view of nudity.
My first introduction to nudism was in the mid 50’s as a teenager, when
I saw a nudist magazine on a newsstand, which I bought and hid from my
parents. There were lots of pictures, all with the genitals air brushed
away. There were many articles showing nude people doing mundane
things, like playing volleyball, sitting around a picnic table,
swimming. There were also many articles on the “philosophy” of nudism.
After a while I got tired of looking at the pictures. So now I knew
what women looked like without their clothes on (sort of, there were
still those air brushed parts.) I turned to the articles. They
portrayed nudism as a better way to live: healthier, fewer social
problems, fewer esteem problems, etc. Very convincing and I vowed to
try it as soon as I could. When I reached the magic age of 21 I wrote
to the nudist camps in my area. I have now been a nudist for over 50 years.
Over the years there have been many changes:
(1) More nudist venues — not just “camps”, with 40 or 50 members,
located in out of the way, out of view, plots of land, but, major
resorts with pools, hot tubs, stores, restaurants, bars, rental units,
tennis courts, etc. — country clubs where one can be nude.
(2) More acceptance by the general public. AANR has done an exceptional
job with its PR campaign to educate the public about nudism. It is now
almost old news for the media, the tee-hee factor is almost gone.
Those are positive changes, but there are also some disturbing,
regressive changes that concern me.
The first is a change in attitude by the public (primarily in the US)
about nudity and children.
(to be continued)