THE NUDIST DEMOCRACY MEANS ALL ARE WELCOME
A recent article in the Australian was headlined: "Nudist Clubs: Why Is Membership Sagging?" Well, sagging is one clue, not to be mean or anything. The truth is, the majority of people heading to landed clubs (not on a body of water, usually a club house around a pool is it) are not teenage nymphs in the height of their beauty. In fact, they're far from it, usually (re: photo above). The men and women who hang out at the majority of these clubs (often in the Midwest. It's better in the Southwest and California) are just your typical Americans, meaning on the heavy side, a bit over gregarious, and though pleasant in manner they're often difficult to look at.
Who are we to judge? Well, judge is the wrong word. We're merely observing. Stand a naked fat woman and a naked slender teen side-by-side and tell me which one you'd rather look at. The fact is, these generally overweight mid-lifers aren't at these landed nudist resorts just because they like hanging out nude. They're there (both men and women) to hopefully gawk at naked teens and young women or men.
No, We're Not All Beautiful Just As We Are...
If you were to believe the Huffington Post, Guardian or other liberal media (I'm a liberal) you might think being obese just as beautiful as being fit and trim. It isn't. The fat that comes with obesity (or just extreme weight) is gross. It deforms the body, even if it's eventually lost through exercise and diet (go Google "excess skin after weight loss").
Overweight people are just one side of the problem. The other side is, the folks who support landed nudist clubs are getting old, and there's no younger generation to fill in the ranks. Aside from the family style landed clubs, a straight, landed resort for adults (or young adults, or let's say people over eighteen) full of old naked people isn't going to draw in the youth crowd. A young, nubile teen girl doesn't want to strut around a bunch of adults arranging their belly rolls on the sun lounger. They want to be with other teens.
Are landed nudist resorts on the way out? For the most part, they're definitely in decline. We (The Nude Review) no longer lists them in "Recommended Places." The nudist authority in America, AANR, admits attendance is down while nudism as a recreation is growing in popularity. So, where is nudism growing?
One nudist mantra that no one really buys anymore is that nudism is simply a wholesome recreation. It is that, but anyone who has visited a popular nudist beach also knows its environment is highly charged, meaning sensually charged. It doesn't mean everyone is there to screw, not by any means. But do lustful thoughts creep into a nudist's mind when walking a crowded nude beach? Oh, Lord, yes. And that's a wonderful part of social nudism - it lights up all your sensory circuits, including the sexual ones.
Fortunately, counteracting the fall of land nudist resorts, there is a rise in places to be naked, both in America and across the globe. On the fringes of nearly any California beach you'll find topless sunbathing and the occasional nudist. This is happening on Cape Cod, the Carolina coast and across Florida as well. There's also much more rogue nudism afoot, in National Parks or wherever a group or couple thinks getting naked would be a good idea.
At Hedonism II & III, couples (attactive and otherwise) are pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable in a nudist environment (among adults, of course), and there's no pretense that sexuality doesn't play into the scene. You won't see this sign, which is posted at one landed nudist resort in middle America: "Behavior requiring an apology is not tolerated." At Hedo, if you're not apologizing to your resort mates the morning after, you're not doing it right. Ed
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