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We recently posted an article from Young Naturists America (YNA) on our Facebook page resulting in a question from Felicity of YNA. Here’s the posting and our reply which was too long to post there (and maybe here too!):
YNA was PR sponsor for naturism at a sex party – “Nobody got naked or had sex.”
Well, that sure sends a clear message that naturism isn’t about sex. Of course, not everyone feels that way. No worry; the general public knows that nudism is not about sexuality and won’t misinterpret this, right?
Most importantly, it will add members to YNA! You know, the ones attending the sex party… ;-)
Felicity Jones: Are you being sarcastic all nudist? Even if you’re not, I don’t know why you keep referring to the event as a sex party.
All Nudist: Felicity – Where would you get that idea? Everything in the intro is straight out of YNA, TNS, or AANR documents or public statements, or a reasonable extrapolation thereof. ‘Sex party’ is simply a shortcut for ‘sex museum/sex store party celebrating sexuality, sexual aids, sexy attire, and sexually suggestive performance involving a group of folks very interested in sex’. What else would you call it? Somehow, ‘Tupperware party’ doesn’t seem to apply! ;-)
As you are well aware, YNA has taken ‘naturism‘ in new directions, and has done so very successfully. Not everyone agrees with that or feels it is good for ‘the cause’. All Nudist has consistently supported YNA and the other youth groups in their efforts to bring some life to our aging and somewhat calcified lifestyle which is becoming polarized between mom & pop clubs, beaches, and high-end resorts. We also speak up when we feel mistakes have been made.
There is a gap today where young urban folks don’t fit. Lacking easy beach access or local camps (where individually they’re likely to be uncomfortable or unwanted among fossils anyway), there is little incentive to explore the idea of nudism/naturism. YNA fills that gap.
Just how YNA accomplishes that sometimes grates against those insistent upon traditional naturist values and behavior; it is seen as a threat to established order and tradition. There is concern that the ‘wholesome, family oriented’ image of naturism will be soiled by combining nudism with normal young adult behavior. Young people, you see, still like to have fun in ways often frowned upon by mainstream nudists who have forgotten what it means to be young.
Nudists have long learned that most forms of affection or (dare we say it?) playful sexual interest in another person are strictly forbidden at nudist venues. Your predecessors have had the fear of adverse public opinion drilled into them through decades of persecution by a suspicious public and have had to hide their hobby lest their lives be destroyed. Sex, or even the suggestion of it, is the wolf huffing and puffing at the nudist door.
Today’s young nudist has little to fear from ‘exposure’ in a society where simple nudity is small stuff compared to other formerly taboo behavior which is now not only tolerated, but celebrated. You are able to enjoy the nudist lifestyle with a freedom that previous generations could only imagine. You are also able to enjoy it in ways which have not been widely available in the past. Some of those ways are so alien to traditional ways that they appear to be incompatible with mainstream naturist values.
And maybe they are. But like it or not, YNA is a leader in the ‘new nudism’ which will change the way we practice our pastime. As the world changes and small clubs close, as nudity becomes more common in non-traditional situations, and modern attitudes infuse the naturist community, functions such as those YNA sponsors may become much more of a mainstream practice and be considered perfectly acceptable by all.
Until then, though we applaud YNA‘s bold ventures into this new world of nudism and accept change as inevitable and ultimately beneficial, as an advocate for traditional nudist/naturist values All Nudist will continue to speak out when we feel those representing social nudism do things which stretch the boundaries of our lifestyle or present it in a questionable light. YNA‘s members may be able to go boldly forth into the future, but the rest of us must live in the reality of today, and that includes placating a society which can end our lifestyle with a stroke of a legislator’s pen.
The fact the we said nothing before the party and only this mild tongue-in-cheek mention now should be considered a compliment, not a major criticism. Ground-breakers like YNA must expect some flak now and then; it’s part of the deal. Be glad when that criticism is constructive rather than condemning and consider it as a window into other viewpoints.
It’s easy to become myopic and defensive when others see things differently; better to know what you’re up against and consider your actions carefully lest you create opposition instead of support. Leaders lead by example and gain allies by considering the values of others, not by dismissing those values as invalid or inconsequential.
We are right to question some things, and the fact that we do indicates that they may be approaching that undefined line between acceptable and unacceptable. If YNA or anyone else chooses to tread close to that line, then they should be prepared to get a reaction. How they respond to that is the demonstration of a true leader.
Was I being sarcastic? Maybe a little, in a nudge-nudge, wink-wink sort of way. Just pointing out a small dichotomy between traditional and non-traditional interpretations of what naturism represented in the past and what it is becoming. C’mon, who could resist a set-up like that?
Now, this was a very long explanation of a pretty simple concept, but if it clarifies our position as to YNA and it’s relationship to the changes coming to our lifestyle, then it was worth it. We support your efforts to recruit young folks but sometimes question the methods; that’s not such a bad thing.
After all, we could have used all this space to condemn YNA‘s ‘assault’ on traditional naturism and the ‘damage’ it may be causing, but instead focused on the positive. We’re not your enemy; consider us a nosy neighbor who likes you but feels compelled to chide you when the music’s too loud!
Please keep one thing in mind, All Nudist will always work towards what we feel is best for our lifestyle. Not everyone will agree with us, we may err on the side of caution, but we will always give our honest opinion on topics affecting the nudist/naturist community.
Right now, YNA and the other youth groups are the biggest thing to happen to social nudism since the invention of the swimming pool! You’re making waves and shaking foundations; you can expect to receive some attention…and you will. Oh yes, you most certainly will!
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