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New Social Nudism Trade Association Launches

A new trade organization has been created to help build a better understanding and provide networking opportunities for social nudism. The Naturist & Clothing Optional Resort Business Association (NACORBA) launched earlier this year and is seeking members (bloggers may access a free Bronze membership). Any positive influence that supports a wider acceptance of social nudism is to be applauded, and I hope that the association is able to become successful in its mission.

Here is what the site has to say:

A robust, thriving business community is an important element to grow the social nudism movement into a niche of the mainstream. NACORBA is be a trade organization for the social nudism industry.

NACORBA will provide support for the affiliated resorts and businesses in the areas of marketing, bulk purchasing, vendor negotiation and networking opportunities.

The value of bringing together resort ownership and management teams along with like-minded businesses and bloggers cannot be overstated as a critical component to the growth of the social nudism movement.

The opportunity is here. Now is the time to make a stand and legitimize the social nudism movement.

Buying Naked

Recently the TLC channel aired a show called “Buying Naked” which takes place in Pasco County, Florida. According to the show, this area is home to one of the world’s largest nudist communities and a real estate agent – Jackie Youngblood – has fast become one of the leading realtors working in this niche community. Jackie – who is a nudist – helps her clothing-optional clientele find a home that suits them, and Buying Naked’s two-part series follows two couples as they bare all and join Jackie in their search for a dream home.

Having watched both episodes, it was a fun viewing experience, especially the well placed items to shield the couple’s nudity. The show also insert a number of “nudist facts” through the show to explain to non-nudists (textiles) some of the nudist etiquette.

The most troubling part of the show – which was not the shows fault (per se) – is the fact that they had to have their bodies hidden at all. This is more a reflection on society’s expectations and tolerances. Sadly, it is not uncommon to see a person get shot on television, but to expose a female breast is seen to be more damaging to society. What is up with that?

As we are finding with gun violence, the more exposure that young people have to this through movies, video games, etc. the more de-sensitized they become. Imagine if we adopted this mentality to the human body, and found that young people (or all people) were able to see a naked woman or man without anyone freaking out. The more you see (like guns) the more used to it you become. It really isn’t that difficult a concept to grasp.

More information on the TV show can be found at http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/buying-naked

Ellen and Naturists

For some in the naturist community there has been an uproar over a recent segment of the Ellen Show. During an interview with Simon Cowell, the topic of Simon and his wife finding themselves on a nude beach arises. Simon makes a number of comments that were not overly flattering towards nudists, including references to “large or small what-sits” (suggesting mainly small), an observation about “how many ugly people there are” on the beaches, etc.

Ellen’s only comment, which seems to have become the issue with some nudists, was this:

I’ve not been to one, but I’ve heard that the people that are most comfortable with their bodies like that, are people that shouldn’t be.

Is this really more offensive than what Cowell says? I don’t think so, yet there appears to be no outcry towards him. Why?

Over at Get Naked, Get Awesome blog, Andy shares his thinking about this whole issue. It is definitely worth the read, as it sums up my thoughts – for the most part – on this issue (he words my thoughts so much better). Here is my comment responding to his blog post (which I’m cross-posting here):

Thank you. I have been troubled by this energy to “out” Ellen as a bigot over this issue amongst a small number of naturists. I don’t want to discount others’ beliefs and opinions, but in the more wider context of naturism, is this really an issue that will make an impact? Seriously?

Were the words said by Ellen offensive, I can see how they may be, however I really think that Ellen was reflecting on a much more widely held belief that she doesn’t really know as she’s never been. Were they bigoted (as some have suggested)? No, not in my thinking. Merriam-Webster defines ‘bigot’ as, “a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group).” Does Ellen hate naturists? Has she taken to the stage on a campaign to express her dislike for naturists?

The more offensive language comes from Simon Cowell when he suggests that naturists are ugly. The reality is that this is Simon Cowell (not making an excuse for him) and this is what he does (it’s his “thing”). There are plenty of others “out there” who make the same ignorant and baseless comments; are we to start policing them all, or is Ellen an easy target.

One commenter shares that “[w]e have the option now to make our feelings known on a national, no, worldwide stage.” Really? Has anyone really thought that through. Sure Ellen has serious segments (i.e. without comedic relief), but the whole premise of her show is based on humor. That commenter goes on to say that “AANR has openly expressed the opinion that Ellen has acted in a bigoted fashion and has requested an opportunity to present our position on national television.” If AANR had decent PR guidance, they would have expressed concern (without name calling), and offered to educate Ellen on the naturist lifestyle. But no, they call her a bigot and demand air time. Way to advance our cause!

Like you, I can’t get angry over this when I look at the context of the segment. Could it have been done differently, yes. Have we – as naturists – taken the time to reach out to educate people who hold ignorant views, not really. Well, not appropriately. It’s almost like a group of us have taken the role to campaign against Ellen and her thoughts in a strong way, and we are refusing to accept her right to hold whatever views she has. Isn’t that what Merriam-Webster defines as a bigot?