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How The Great Society Can Be The Naked Society

by DARRELL DANDRIDGE

What must nudist enthusiasts do in the United States to make nudism more attractive and acceptable to the American people?

Many believe that the country is still too puritanical, even in 1965, to disengage the idea of sexual license from the unclothed body.

Nudists must still make an apologia for their practice much as atheists and agnostics attempt justification for their unpopular views.

This is an unfortunate thing. In a democracy, where the right to dissent from majority opinion is the very cornerstone, this should not be the case. Nudists should be entitled to as fair a hearing as other minority groups: the civil rights organizations, the political parties not in power, or freethinkers who challenge accepted orthodoxy.

Beginning then with the agreement that toleration and fair play should, unquestionably, be granted to the gymnosophic movement what can be done specifically to achieve this fair play?

Before this can be considered, we must be certain of why nudism is a desirable phenomenon in the first place. Though conventional nudists accept the unclothed body as the most natural thing in nature, the majority of Americans believe that the assembly of naked persons for nonsexual purposes is not only unnatural but downright eccentric.

Since only true nudists accept the absolute natural quality of gymnosophy, it is necessary to examine the basic attitudes that prevent all people from seeing the world through the eyes of the nudists.

Nudism is attacked on moral grounds. It is probably true that the attackers are the types who write indignant letters to editors complaining about some imagined indecency in an ad or photograph. They usually sign their letters “Mother of Four.”

She is puritanical, yes, is the type who sees a Communist under every bed, and is secretly envious of the sexual freedom she attributes to others but publicly condemns.

In a recent nudist movie, which we will leave nameless, the plot includes a scene in which irate and “upstanding” members of a small town meet in the high school auditorium to protest the opening of a nudist camp near the community.

A fat, unpleasant lady in her fifties gets up before the group and hysterically condemns the camp:

“We have a respectable town and these ungodly people have come here to spread their evil ways. They aren’t content to practice their nakedness among themselves, as if that were not bad enough! What they want is to recruit our young people, even the children who are so impressionable! If you could drive out there and see how grown men play in the swimming pool with young ladies and touch them all around and explore their bodies for sexual purposes, you would put a stop to it. What are our churches and schools for if they teach our children patriotism, the love of God, home and parents and then, these nudists move in to contradict these teachings we have tried so hard to instill in our youth?”

handsome nude boyAnother way that the country now entering and planning for President Johnson’s “Great Society” can come closer to realizing the Naked Society is for nudist camps to blossom over the country and attract recruits from all professions and walks of life.

Nudists must campaign subtly to show the benefits of wearing no clothes. They can talk and talk and talk themselves purple about the ideals of sunshine and good health but they must demonstrate these benefits in concrete fashion, not in mere discussions or movies. Concretely they must build so many nudist camps that they become a common phenomenon like swimming pools or golf courses. Then more people will see the already joyful sun worshipers basking in their unfettered existence and this alone will convince many of the timid and unindoctrinated to join the clubs.

YMCA’s have nude swimming for their young men and the advantages and pleasures of “skinny dipping” are apparent to all who partake in it. Summer boys’ camps are wise to the wonders of an afternoon spent with counselors and their young charges stripping away cumbersome clothes, stretching out on boats docked on the far sides of inlets and bays. Boys prefer naked swimming way above the artificial experience of wearing a bathing suit!

The more familiar nudism is, the more accepted it will become. The Naked Society must recruit new members from those leaders in politics and the professions who have the influence and prestige to change archaic laws, overcome false ideas, and spread gymnosophy to every segment of the population by putting in a good word.

One obvious defect in the progress of nudism in this country is the lack of distinguished people in nudist ranks. We cannot name any really famous people who belong to a nudist camp or who would publicly support nudism! Without leaders, the movement remains more or less underground. This failure to bring nudist ideals out into the full light of society tends to give the whole movement a shady, disreputable tinge which is alien to its true nature and goals.

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Thus, the second objective in making nudism more necessity than nuisance is to attract society’s leaders and people with position and good will. Together with understanding of the movement and of those who oppose it, we need a better image and more public support.

Without these forward steps, nudists in the United States will continue to march in the rear of the nation’s cultural activities!

The American Sunbather №1
ISSUE: Number 1, March 1967
Publisher: American Sunbather and Nudist Review

How To Turn Prudists into Nudists

by NICHOLAS REDDING

The old-maid schoolteacher is a familiar sight to us all. With her high collars, brushed-back hair with the severe bun, the mannish suits and flat heels, she is prim and proper, Puritan and prude.

She and her type are just the characters we would not expect to see playing volleyball at the wooded nudist camp. Though she reads Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” and the nature poems of Longfellow to her English Literature classes and extols the virtues of good health and plenty of sunshine for their blossoming bodies, she would no more advise her classes to become nudists than she would think of slapping her principal on the behind!

But Miss Prude (as we will designate her) would be a happier person if she lived and worked in a society where she could practice the logical extensions of the naturist philosophies she preaches in the schoolroom!

Think of the vast change in the schools of America if students could attend warm, heated classes with no clothes on and sit for lectures given by a nude faculty! It would soon teach students and the teachers to cease the puerile practice of prejudging others by their clothes.

The advantages of students’ going naked in gym and physical education cannot be overstressed. Bringing back the ancient days of Greek and Spartan culture when the naked form was beautiful to behold in public is a worthy ideal and deserves the support of all enlightened educators.

Unfortunately, in the United States prudery is more respected than nakedness. The undeniable benefits teenagers would obtain from learning to relate to the opposite sex without a feeling of false pride or indignity need hardly be defended. It is true that most parents would object strenuously to allowing their children to be naturists at school or anywhere else. This would, in turn, prevent this golden era from coming to our land for many years hence, but it is not inconceivable that one day the freethinking among us in education and community affairs will see this vision and overturn the Puritan fetters that clamp onto our lives like leeches.

The schoolteacher as prude is, of course, a stereotype in our society. There are all types of teachers in our school systems. Colleges and universities are the most likely places to find unorthodox professors and instructors who are promising recruits for naturists’ theories and practice.

This writer recalls a lovely autumn afternoon at a Southern State university he attended not too long ago when his French teacher and other students sweated profusely in the hot, stuffy classroom and journeyed outside to camp on the spacious, cool lawns.

Even the tedious lessons of conjugating verbs became a refreshing experience to the college lads as they disposed of jackets and some doffed their shoes. And what a perfectly marvelous time all would have had if they could have divested themselves of all their clothes and recited French entirely nude under the cool shades of the fir and cedar trees!

Ministers are considered superprudes by many in our society. What a splendid opportunity they would have if their congregations could see them preach the word of God in their completely natural state of nudity!

One can search the New Testament scriptures and find nothing that would prohibit churches from glorifying the Creator and certifying the great wonder of the Universe by casting away the conventions of pride that have shackled societies down through the ages and teach humanity to despise the sight of their own bodies!

Adam and Eve were created without any sense of shame. Their nudity was an outward symbol of their inner purity and innocence. When Adam was tempted by Eve to rely on the promises of the serpent and not God, the fig leaf was introduced and our first couple became sinners, acquainted with grief.

Weekend retreats for young students banded together in church groups form the ideal occasion for a naked jaunt in the woods where volleyball, Ping-Pong, swimming and a multitude of other outdoor sports can be pursued in a fellowship inspired by Grecian ideals and Christian theology.

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Such a dynamic combination would serve to eradicate those malicious and totally distorted dichotomies between the life of the spirit and that of the body!
Prudish minds would immediately object to this radical concept of Christian worship. It would be necessary to begin such revolutionary services and retreats with preliminary talks aimed at creating an understanding of nudist ideals and to cleanse the air of superficial and prudish conceptions of morality.

Most localities in America have no clear-cut laws that would prohibit naked worshiping and church gatherings. However, no matter how well thought out they were or how excellent or reputable the leaders and administration of such an experiment, the law would watch closely. This is the obstacle that must be overcome, not by flouting it, but by a long, slow process of educating the public and their elected leaders who send their representatives to State legislatures and the Congress to enact and change laws.

A prude is, by definition, “a person who is excessively or priggishly attentive to propriety or decorum; especially a woman who shows or affects extreme modesty.”

In conclusion, let us say that the world is already too full of affectations and pretense to afford the repressive and hypocritical ideas which bring about personality conflicts and damage to the development of wholesome citizens.

The American Sunbather №1
ISSUE: Number 1, March 1967
Publisher: American Sunbather and Nudist Review

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