Nudism came to America (1929). In a matter of only a few years, its advocates grew steadily in number from a mere handful to a well organized association of over several thousand members. However, it was not until organized nudism employed the techniques of mass journalism that membership rosters showed any marked tendancy to show substantial gains. The earliest publication devoted solely to nudism ws . i tied simply, “The Nudist.’ It carried accounts of active nudist centers, first person experiences, articles of general interest and, inevitably, frank, bona-fide photographs of nudists at work and play.
This publiction was an instant success. At the same time, it engendered considerable opposition as well — opposition that could readily be correlated to its steady rise in circulation. The interesting fact to note, however, is that every criticism leveled at the magazine was restricted to the inclusion of wholly unretouched photographs. No one disputed the nudists’ right to disseminate their views. No one took violent exception to the articles. After all. the United States Constitution guaranteed the nudists’ right to advocate their cause no matter how unconventional or unpopular their way of life might be. But pictures? — that was another matter.
THE AMERICAN SUNBATHER AND NATURIST REVIEW
THE AMERICAN SUNBATHER is a new naturist publication which takes the view that nudism must be brought up to date in its ideals and practices to modern concepts of sex education, sex reforms and non-Victorian ideals. This magazines emphasizes the healthy relationship between sexual needs and realities and seeks to show within its pages, that the gymnosophic movement must include single, male nudists as well as single females and families. The A. S. believes in sexual freedom for all individuals; that the traditional, old-guard naturist groups worldwide have hindered the progress and the highest expression of nudists by unreasonable demands, concurrent with the mores of middle-class society.
We welcome articles, whether controversial or not: articles and features that will illuminate the essential dignity and holiness of the nude human body. In our editorial content, we will always strive to defeat ignorance, we will uphold a creative, ethical view of the nude body and its presentation in A. S.
The depiction of man in his natural state as he is one, physically, mentally and spiritually, with nature, needs no defense. We intend to present the natural man as God intended him; as he is made to live with honor and worthiness with nature and fellow man. We hope our publication will create interest and hope for man’s condition and will encourage people the world over to join the naturist way of life and thought.
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