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The greatest threat to naturism is ...


Complacency. Yes, it is you and me and all your naturist friends that do not find a way to support our naturist lifestyle. By doing nothing, we are turning a blind eye to the fact that naturism, our lifestyle and community is being assaulted from many directions. We all know that we are slowly losing ground in many ways. Clothing-Optional beaches that once were tolerated are being closed. Nudist clubs/resorts are disappearing. In California, we have lost Elysium, Swallows, Deer Park, Silver Valley Sun Club and Mystic Oaks.  We are losing ground and must stand up and be heard.

Some assaults are direct and some extremely subtle. The most direct assaults come from well meaning and concerned people and groups that feel they must protect the world from our depraved and unholy life choice. They don't understand that our life style is not sinister. We just enjoy the freedom of feeling the sun and the air on our skin without those icky and scratchy clothes clinging to our sensitive bod. Unfortunately, these people can cause local legislators and park administrators to turn against us. Park administrators can be the most frustrating. For years, we may have a good rapport and they quietly let us have a nude beach as long as things are problem free. Then appears a new administrator who is driven by his personal morals that he cannot tolerate a nude beach in his jurisdiction. Then the assault begins and we lose another place to be one with nature.

Some of the most subtle assaults come from well meaning legislators that are trying to prevent child porn, sextexting of children, abuse of children and the handicapped. We must be wary of this possible creep because redefining child pictures as porn could make naturist pictures of families with children as porn. Image, a poorly written definition of child pornography could make grandma a pornographer when she views a picture of her infant grandchild's first bath or the traditional picture on a bear skin rug. Then there is the direct attack by legislatures whose moral compass feels that they must protect the world according to their morality. In these instances, we must unite to campaign against such laws in our jurisdiction. We must let the legislatures know that we won't tolerate these kind of changes. We can only do this with your help.


Now is the time to "Ask not what naturism can do for you...ask what you can do for naturism."

Misquote from JFK 


Well, not exactly as stated by JFK but I think it makes my point. By the way, JFK enjoyed skinny dipping in the White House pool.


You may now be asking yourself, what can I do? I'm not an activist. I don't have a lot of spare time and your concerns are quite valid. However, there are many things that you can do to make a difference that would not necessarily take a lot of time. You could help out by writing letters or sending emails to your local legislatures when a bill comes out that might infringe on naturism. Without a show of support from the people, we cannot defend you against these pending bills.

You can talk to your friends about naturism and why it is so enjoyable. Many times when I mention that I am a naturist, the first response that I get is swinger! We need to correct the misconceptions that the uniformed public has about nudists. We need to come out of the closet as our Gay friends have. That is the path to recognition and gaining the power to protect naturism.


Even if you need to keep your naturist lifestyle confidential, you can assist those that are working to protect naturism. Your support is what we need to promote and protect naturism for the future. Without it, we will continue to lose ground and find fewer and fewer places to be one with nature.

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The Naturist Action Committee is the non-profit political adjunct to The Naturist Society (TNS). NAC's nine volunteer board members are elected democratically from and by the membership of TNS.*

NAC is a grass roots organization that relies on the involvement and participation of individual naturists and groups at local levels.*

NAC exists to advance and protect the rights and interests of naturists throughout North America. NAC supports the responsible recreational nude use of public lands.*

Without your generous support, we cannot continue the fight to defend naturism.*

The Naturist Education Foundation is the nonprofit informational and educational adjunct to The Naturist Society, which grew and developed from the Free Beach movement in North America.*

NEF is an organization of volunteers dedicated to:*
 1. Improving the awareness of naturism and body acceptance among both naturists and non-naturists.*
 2. Achieving an understanding and acceptance of naturists and their activities throughout North America.*

Ron Weimer

Naturist Action Committee/Naturist Education Foundation - Board Member


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