two young boys. One has visited a nudist club
many times with his family, the other may have only rarely seen a parent
unclothed, and they may have seemed embarrassed when that happened.
The non-nudist boy says to his friend, "Look
what I've found!" as he shows the nudist kid a copy of Playboy or some similar
magazine, which he found somewhere.
As they look at the pictures of scantily
clothed, erotically posed women, the boy who has seen hundreds of people of all
ages and body types, will probably think, "I've seen lots of naked people
before. Why does he want to sneak looks at this?" He might also think, "This
isn't even what most people look like."
Growing up without shame
Puberty can be a very difficult time for
adolescents; their bodies are growing rapidly, their genitals are changing,
body hair is developing. Some kids feel clumsy. Many are embarrassed by the
changes that are taking place. They can become VERY body-conscious. At that
time, a wise parent will try to keep lines of honest communication open but
still give them privacy and time to be alone in their room or with their
friends. Most adolescents would rather be ANYWHERE except where their parents
All these things happen to nudist kids, too.
The one big difference for kids who were lucky enough to grow up in a nudist
environment is that those kids have literally seen those changes take
place, as their older friends and/or siblings went through that difficult time.
Because of that experience, they are better prepared for it themselves.
We read in the papers almost daily of some
teacher, youth leader, church official or some other trusted individual who took
advantage of a child in a sexual way. With hundreds of nudist clubs in North
America, that problem almost never takes place at our facilities.
A family which is open enough to have
experienced nudism, just like a healthy non-nudist family, is also open enough
to have discussed sex abuse with their children. These children know that they
can tell their parents immediately if they ever suspect that something is wrong.
We have been told by authorities that the
reason nudist clubs have a very low incidence of sex offenders is that we have
the reputation of prosecuting those individuals, while until recent years, many
other organizations have "swept those problems under a rug", more concerned with
their public image than with the safety of the people they should have been
Historically, sex abusers have felt much safer
committing their misdeeds within organizations which have tried to cover up
their problems with molesters.
You may find it encouraging to know that Bare
Buns, and many other nudist clubs, have a very good relationship with law
enforcement agencies. Some of their officers are members of our club. You can
be certain that if we were doing anything
illegal or immoral, they wouldn't join.
Instead, they would very quickly close us down!
Another fact to ponder: Almost all sex
offenders are males. At a nudist club, it would be very easy to tell if a man
were to become sexually excited.
Some other interesting facts
Surveys show that overall, adults who were
reared as nudists think of their childhoods as having been stable. They also
find that nudists tend to be very slightly better educated than their non-nudist
We don't present this information in an attempt
to try to make ourselves appear to be "better" than our non-nudist friends;
instead, this information could explain some other interesting observations
about nudists' lives:
The divorce rate is lower among nudist
families, and their children tend to make better grades than similar children in
non-nudist families. We don't think that this is BECAUSE the families are
nudists; it's more likely that the marriages are more stable AND their kids
make good grades AND the families are nudists because the family members tend
to communicate a little more openly with each other in their daily lives.
Learning to accept and respect all bodies
In spite of what Madison Avenue would have us
think, human bodies really do come in all sizes, shapes, and conditions. Few
are "beautiful" using Hollywood's standards. We think it's helpful for kids to
learn this early on; you may be aware that in those parts of the world where
nudity is acceptable at places like the beach and public saunas, there is a much
lower rate of eating disorders and suicides among youth.
In those cultures, where kids see all types and
ages unclothed, they learn acceptance of the maturing and aging processes; they
don't think they have to have face lifts, boob jobs and collagen injections to
become socially acceptable; they don't grow up thinking "You are what you
They've probably never had a case of a kid
being killed for his tennis shoes or his Eddie Bauer jacket!
We think that when Americans
learn to accept the body as natural and wholesome, many of our social problems
which stem from body acceptance will decline.
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