I have been overwhelmed with return comments, but several out of about 300 are what I call in bad taste. So I have blocked those sites. Obviously body acceptance is a topic that needs to be discussed, certainly from the standpoint of social science research – of which there is unfortunately, currently very little. The sexualization of the body, particularly over the past 200 years, has made the gap from findings to social policy almost impossible to close. The right for women in Ontario and Montreal to be able to go topless in public places, has been a recent major breakthrough towards body acceptance. Block advocacy works best, where many women protest current laws together.
Naturism is not:
- just sunbathing
- just visiting nudist clubs
- just going nude in or around the house
- just eating, washing and entertaining guests in the nude
- just camping, hiking, or canoeing in the nude
- just writing and talking about it.
Naturism is all of these things and more. It not only represents a value system shared by over 20 million people worldwide, it also represents a lifestyle, a way of life.
In more conservative Western societies such as Canada, England and the United States, naturism presents hurdles for those who embrace its gymnos philosophy – hurdles of public and private roles, image definition, balancing textile (clothed) and naturist behaviours, and of habitation arrangements regarding location, privacy and access.
As with other things people hold true or worthwhile, naturism is called upon to be defended or justified. Due to its basic value of body shamelessness, it is defended more frequently than…
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