Nudity Alone Does Not Make A Nudist by Mark Partin
I find myself in total agreement with Mark. I’ve seen photos on nudist sites that leave me scratching my head and thinking, “How does this promote nudism in a positive way?” I’ve seen sexually suggestive poses on sites that promote legitimate nudist venues and generally do an outstanding job of promoting nudist values and the the nudist lifestyle. They are obviously puling some of the images from porn sites and in some of the images, I’ve seen porn site logos and URLs. As Mark notes, not everyone naked on a beach or in a pool is a nudist nor are they necessarily representative of the nudist lifestyle.
It’s already hard for us to defend our lifestyle to the non-nudist public when the news media applies the nudist label to every nut-case who happens to be naked when they commit a crime, walk down the street in front of a school, or uses the drive-thru at their local fast food restaurant. No wonder the general public thinks we’re wacko or perverts.
It doesn’t help our cause when we tell people that nudism isn’t about sex then they go to a nudist site we’ve recommended and the first picture they see is of a woman at a swimming pool with her legs spread. The easily confused general public is not only getting a mixed message but the wrong message.
We can’t be assured that every image we post is that of an genuine nudist taken in a genuine nudist setting (I’m not going to attempt to define either of those), we should use discretion, consider our audience, and choose images that represent nudism in a positive light. As nudists, we’ve got to do our own PR and do what we can to bolster the image of nudist and nudism.