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Would you consider becoming a nudist?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Perry White, May 13, 2007.


Would you?

Poll closed May 20, 2007.
  1. Yeah, sure, why not

    13 vote(s)
  2. Hell no!

    11 vote(s)
  3. Maybe

    6 vote(s)
  4. I already am one

    0 vote(s)
  1. Perry White

    Perry White Active Member


    Nudists seek to attract younger members

    Here's the naked truth about nude recreation: The people who practice it aren't getting any younger. To draw 20- and 30-somethings, nudist groups and camps are trying everything from deep discounts to a young ambassador program that encourages college and graduate students to talk to their peers about having fun in the buff.
    The Kissimee, Fla.-based American Association for Nude Recreation, which represents about 270 clubs and resorts in North America, estimates that more than 90 percent of its 50,000 members are older than 35.

    "If a young person is enlightened enough to go to a beach or resort, they'll find that they're outnumbered by people who are not like them," said Sam Miller, 32, a medical student in Riverside, Calif., who is currently helping to plan a youth ambassadors workshop being held next month in Orlando, Fla. "Oftentimes they won't go back for that reason. They may go once or twice, but going back becomes a lonesome kind of endeavor."

    Miller got interested in nudism in his late teens and now tries to gently broach the idea with potentially like-minded friends by talking about skinny dipping or similar activities. If they seem amenable he suggests a trip to a nude beach; otherwise he backs off.

    No one is quite sure why nudity, at least the organized version promoted by the AANR and similar groups, is such a tough sell for younger people.

    "I think people think that we're all hippies," said Laura Groezinger, 22, of Billerica, Mass., who grew up visiting Solair with her family. "Other people, I don't know the right way to say this, but they think it's more sexual, kind of. They don't understand just the being free with your body and being comfortable."
    Only a handful of students attended Solair's recent college event, held on an overcast 60-degree day that prompted many to bundle up in sweaters rather than shed their clothes. But camp members such as Robyn Maguire, 27, of Manchester, Conn., who works in engineering administration and teaches dance, said they plan to try again.

    "I hope to get the word out to younger people that hey, it is OK, and here's a safe place to be, a very accepting place," Maguire said. "Unlike any other place in life, people actually look at you when they talk to you."

    http://www.aanr.com/faq_first_visit.html (NSFW, obviously)
  2. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Buying and wearing clothes is something I enjoy. No moral judgment against those who prefer not to indulge, but I would miss clothing.
  3. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    I'm out there, Jerry, and I'm loving EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
  4. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    This thread is useless without a proliferation of female replies.
  5. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Umm, no.
    And the thought of going into a nudist pressbox made me throw up into my mouth.
  6. PhilaYank36

    PhilaYank36 Guest

    What, the site of a bare-skinned Whitlock, Madden or Lupica doesn't sound like the way you'd want to spend a game?
  7. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    I don't know what sites you have bookmarked. ;)

    The problem is that a lot of younger adults are taught not to be as free as their bodies. You can see this in a local gym when the older men just walk around freely and young men go into the showers with swimsuits. Moreover, it's a difference in time growing up. Many of those in nudist colonies were raised during the 60's, when things were more "free".
  8. John

    John Well-Known Member

    JERRY: Coughing... naked... It's a turn-off, man.

    GEORGE: Everything goes with naked.

    JERRY: When you cough, there are thousands of unseen muscles that suddenly spring into action. It's like watching that fat guy catch a cannonball in his stomach in slow motion.

    GEORGE: Oh, you spoiled, spoiled man. Do you now how much mental energy I expend just trying to picture women naked?

    JERRY: But the thing you don't realize is that there's good naked and bad naked. Naked hair brushing, good; naked crouching, bad.
  9. Sxysprtswrtr

    Sxysprtswrtr Active Member

    I was wondering if there was a way to break down the replies between gender.
  10. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    I have thought about it off and on. It'd be nice to feel that comfortable and unashamed of my body.
  11. Smallpotatoes

    Smallpotatoes Well-Known Member

    Living in a cold weather climate, I'd wouldn't do it even if I did look like a Men's Health cover model.
  12. Mayfly

    Mayfly Active Member

    Judging by your handle, I would agree
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