Two days before NKD – a nudist festival for 18 to 35-year-olds in Dorset – I was warned by organisers British Naturism that clothed journalists hadn’t gone down too well in previous years.
“If you want to come and write about the festival,” they said, “you’ll have to do it naked.”
I wanted to find out what’s attracting young Brits to something we in the UK overwhelmingly associate with German pensioners, so I agreed, despite the fact I still involuntarily shudder whenever I remember the time – two years ago – that I accidentally flashed a hotel receptionist my boobs.
I shouldn’t worry, a friend had said; taking my clothes off in front of a load of strangers would be like “ripping off a plaster”. She was right: it was painful, and it was quick – so quick that I barely had the chance to google whether you’re supposed to put suncream on your vagina before I was unleashed into a field booming with 170 sets of bare genitalia.
To be honest the author sounds a bit like a idiot.
I found the above link in my twitter feed. Here’s a snippet:
It was legal from 1926 to 1962.
Many naysayers are going to be upset at you for opening this can of worms. But if you insist, I will give you a true history lesson.
In 1926, the American Public Health Association created a policy that men should swim nude and women should swim in swimsuits in high schools, and public pools and lakes. The reason is because the swimsuits for males at that time apparently caused health problems and it kept pool filters clean if people swam nude. In the 1930s girls held a protest that it was unfair for girls to have to wear swimsuits while boys swam nude. In 1937 the Administration of Health and Physical Recreation and the American Public Health Association stated that “in a few schools girls may swim nude and this is most sanitary”. Thus began public nudity legalization at public schools, and swimming areas.
curator’s note I challenge viewers of European descent to watch the complete video before jumping to knee jerk defense responses about the vlogger’s point. If there is to be greater acceptance and diversity among naturists there needs to be greater transparency more openness to non Europeans perspectives.