Thursday, November 4, 2010


At the end of the Sixties, the constraints of the censure were quickly slackened and a part of the press, which could be used like means of diffusion of our ideas, brought us many new followers. The minds released themselves, but the respect of others remained strongly anchored in mentalities. This quality and at the same time the rejection of constraining practices and unreasoned obligations constituted a good background for the naturism which had no difficulty to adapt to this vision In the Seventies, our movement continued to increase parallel with others, which supported ideas very similar to those, which were ours at that time. Let us remember for example the Communities of the Arch of Lanza del Vasto, of Findhorn in Scotland, the hippie’s movement, the new-age tendency, the yoga schools and other groups giving priority to the human being and his blooming, to brotherhood, to the valorization of life, to the refusal of violence, to love and respect of nature. The concept of tolerance became normality and it resulted an ascending current for the recognition from our ideas.

To live free and to be also able to release oneself from all vestimentary constraint, represented for many people a reaction against a too strict educational yoke; so, it came to an increasing demand which could not be satisfied any more only by the associations. In certain countries, this tendency encouraged investors to enter the crenel. Naturist commercial holiday centres quickly developed in several countries. Taking care to convey a correct image in front of the public opinion, the leaders of these centres referred with pleasure to the federations which, thanks to their moral rigour, had beforehand swept the way to them and facilitated their acceptance near the authorities and of the opinion. Organized naturism thus widened of a significant branch, which drained a growing number of followers towards the harmonious and mainly family life.

But the idea of social nudity did not stop at the doors of the centres, whether associative or commercial. Little by little, in a certain number of countries, the partisans of integral nudity spontaneously invested the seashores and other water shores, with results being located between the total refusal of the vicinity and the official recognition, while passing by more or less tacit acceptances. Several factors influence the success of these initiatives: the political regimes, the mentalities and habits of the inhabitants, the degree of evolution of the local authorities, to quote only some of them. Anyway, always where these steps were crowned by success, the naturist opportunity was and continues to be largely used by many users who prefer not to subject themselves to regulations in their eyes too constraining. This vision is comprehensible, even admissible, more especially as certain persons in charge of organized centres contributed largely to the official acceptance of nudity on such spots, sometimes to offer in complement possibilities of natural bathe missing on their own premises.
These places often have in common their proximity of water in a form or in another and their access to any public. Is that last characteristic interesting? Without doubt if the site is mainly attended by naturists attached to our values, because it can be used by us as a window and encourage neophytes to adopt our manner of living. In the other cases, various alternatives arise: naked and dressed people together, search for adventurers, spaces of various meetings, satisfaction of phantasms, etc…
It is then not any more in correspondence with what we propose, because the sense of family asserted by our movement is not very present there. But beware of judging: generally we find there despite of all much tolerance, a quality we like very much, let us just explain the differences.

Other observations could be made. In certain countries like Germany, naturist spots are open for everybody, but their access is subjected to a small financial contribution for the maintenance of the places. The behavior of the users is generally correct there. Elsewhere, as in France for example, the beach clubs induce by the presence of their members an acceptable behavior on public sites. Although not being really in these two cases in what we consider as organized naturism, it proves that a minimum of supervisions confers to the users a safety, which they do not find on places out of any control. But are these examples not also related to some extent to a kind of organized naturism?

What can be observed by looking more closely is that the presence of a structure is rather well accepted and felt like reassuring. What is currently less the in thing, it is the participation of all in a common work.

The individualism supported by the personal motorized transports, the computers confining each one in its bubble, the shows delivered at home by television. a whole which gives an illusion of independence in regard to his neighbor, diverts people of community life and the disciplines which are attached to it. The naturist, who does not escape of the context of his timd, becomes more consumer. This amalgam between the acceptance of a kind of no constraining structure and satisfaction of his individualism constitutes a favourable base to get customers in the commercial holiday centres where they buy naturist services. The disadvantage, increasingly palable, is that in this branch of activity like all others, the customer who pays feels to be a king and respects or not, with his personal liking, the rules which gave during  a long time to the centres their specific aspect, in particular the permanent nudity of all. How are we arrived to that deterioration of certain centres which represented a privileged world for a long time?

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