overall, four out of five Americans do not object to naked sunbathing on beaches as long as

there are indications sufficiently displayed, informing the public that the plage is clothing optional.
Nevertheless, http://x-nudism.com/demo1.php approve nude beaches more readily than women do, even though
support for nude sunbathing and skinny dipping among girls has increased from 65% in
1983, to 75% in 2000. The study also indicates that 51 million, or one in four adult
Americans, has participated in skinny-dipping or some other sort of nude recreation in combined
company. While this study is only one of its type, the overall results suggest that Americans
are slowly coming around and are becoming more open toward nudism in societal
settings.(NEF Roper Poll 2000). The membership at The American Association for Nude
Recreation (AANR) was 40,000, in 1992 an increase of 15,000 members in merely five years
and by the late nineties its membership surpassed 50,000.1 Another study conducted by the
Trade Association for Nude Recreation indicates that participation in social nudism is
Now growing at the rate of20% each year. 2

USA TODAY’s Gregg Zoroya conducted an interview with Lee Baxandall, the
Creator and president of T.N.S., to discuss the problems of nudism in America. When inquired
about nudism in the U.S. today, Baxandall eagerly answered that nude recreation is becoming
more clearly understood and more widely tolerated by Americans, along with nudists and
non-nudists, and that state and national legislators as well as local politicians are now
beginning to see the financial benefits to communities. She specifically cites two instances: the
Acceptance of making Haulover County Plage in Miami, Florida, clothing optional; and
government approval for the expansion of a bare resort at Desert Shadows Inn of Palm
Springs, California. In both cases the cities worked closely with the Naturists, creating
Favorable communities. Zoroya went on to ask Baxandall about the trajectory of people
attitudes toward nudism. Baxandall answered that Americans tend to be quite open these
days to a variety of things, including nude recreation. She stated the number of naked
Shores continues to increase throughout the United States, and currently there departs over 100
private nudist resorts across the country. In northern states for example Michigan and
Minnesota, the nudist resorts remain open year round. Florida and Texas have roller skating
rinks and bowling alleys adapting Naturist groups also.
Zoroya additionally asked Baxandall if young folks were interested in the Naturist
lifestyle. Baxandall answered that pictures of amateur women in micro bikinis , Naturism is growing in approval at all age levels.
However, she admits the teenage years through early adulthood lacks behind
other age groups most probably due to issues concerning their bodies. Baxandall additionally says
that even though nudism is becoming more popular in America, the lifestyle
remains way below the degree of acceptance that Europeans keep. She goes on to say that
there is a strong correlation between social nudism and lower prevalence of teen pregnancies

and sex crimes in Europe compared to the U. S, and cannot understand why Americans
who disfavor nudism don’t see the link.
Baxandall mentions how the Naturist Society and the American Association for
Nude Recreation continues to bring new members and joined, complete over 75,000
people. Yet, she goes on to say this amount by no means represents the absolute amount
of individuals participating in nude recreation now.
Zoroya’s final question pertains to what’s the biggest “threat” Naturists face now.
In answering that question, Baxandall replies, ” It (nudism), is not any different than the threat
to any of our independence. It lies in giving up to the little, vocal minorities that would impose
their principles and beliefs on us. We cannot allow these groups to dictate an individual correct manner
to live. It’s our apathy that allows the intolerance to win over favorable or benign private
freedoms .” 3

Chapter V

People Who Engage in Nudism/Nudism

What sorts of folks engage in Nudism/Naturism? The answer to this question is
Fairly simple. All sorts of people, including married couples, families and singles, from
various foundations, social classes (white collar, blue collar), and professions (Physicians,
bankers, teachers, lawyers, postal workers etc.), appreciate social nudism. Most Naturists are
well-educated, registered voters and have strong religious views. Although all Naturists
share the common beliefs the body is dignified and worthy of respect, the
benefits of nudism varies from person to person. For some, nudism is a kind of relaxation
and stress alleviation in a natural state in an all-natural surrounding allowing for a deeper link
with the world. Others experience improvement in self esteem and body image and find
that social relationships are more significant since they’re based on character instead of
wealth, social status, or physical look. Whatever the reasons for becoming a naturist,

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