Two goals College
Nudity has set are to encourage stronger female
participation and to recruit more college
students. These two groups seem to me elusive to
naturism in general, so improvements here will not
be easy or swift, but we do have a plan to address
them rather than ignore them.
As with many naturist organizations, our male
members outnumber female members 70 percent to 30
percent. This does not adversely affect our main
objective, but to keep our ranks truly coed, a
60:40 long-range ratio certainly seems attainable.
We plan to establish greater visibility of our
female members not only at our activities but in
College Nudity administration as well. Perhaps
with this increased visibility, the female members
will not feel so outnumbered or left out of the
On the other hand, we can't go overboard lest
people get the wrong impression. College Nudity is
not a dating club and our events are not "gawkfests."
If someone is interested in that, we suggest they
go elsewhere. We do not tolerate inappropriate
behavior (though we have never had a problem thus
On the college
campus beat, we
have been able to sign members from the numerous
colleges and universities in the Boston area. We
even fostered the formation of an unofficial
student naturist group on the Boston University
campus. By educating the public about naturism,
perhaps we can slowly change negative perceptions.
The Gen-X crowd tends to be a fickle one; one week
it's naturism, the next week it's bicycling.
that's why we must be happy with low attendance at
many events. At the end of last season, we had 50
odd members, but maybe a dozen actively
participating members, which is a shame because
the "no shows" are really missing out on some
memorable events. For example, our small but
enthusiastic troupe at the 1995 Eastern Naturist
gathering was one of the last to depart, we were
having such a good time.
Although College Nudity has been actively pursuing
enthusiasts on the college campuses, the reality
is that most students go home during the summer,
which in most cases is not in the Boston area.
Since most of our activities take place
June-September, this counts many students out.
So we don't rely solely on college students as our
main source of members, though we do count on them
to augment our ranks. The more students we get to
attend the indoor activities, the more people will
go away with a better knowledge and positive image
of nude recreation. maybe when they get back home,
they will become active in the naturist groups in
their areas, which will surely benefit us all.
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