Scrolling through my news, I came across this bit of information and you can colour me perplexed.
I’ve always been pretty open about my nudity throughout my life so far and never really understood why people turn their noses up at it. Granted, you can’t walk in to your local supermarket butt naked but when it comes to stripping, say, beaches of its optional nudity status? That I don’t understand.
In the article I linked to, a reason for doing away with the nudity option was because population is booming and the beach in question is a popular beach.
What if a family want to take their children to a beach and the closest one available is the one with clothing optional? Well, so be it. Nudity is nothing to be frowned upon and children might find it helpful to their growth. It is indeed a tricky situation but I know I grew up with a lot of thoughts about how nudity was ‘gross’ or doing something nude was wrong or filthy and I don’t particularly think that’s a healthy thing for children to grow up with.
Granted, everyone are entitled to their way of thinking. I kind of wish I could challenge their thought process and open their minds — or at least challenge the years and years of inbuilt they received from their parents.
Then there’s the idea of pushing those in the community that embrace their nudity away from the community because of their lifestyle. Kind of like society pushing those away from the ‘socially respectable’ people because they like the breeze on their skin and the sensuality and freedom that comes with swimming nude. Why are these people being isolated because they prefer to go nude? I don’t understand why it is such a big deal in people’s minds. Certainly exposure to nude folk might help the development of, say, the children and teenagers that will be at this particular beach? And if we want to talk about sexual predators, I’m sure those despicable folk are around regardless of places being clothing optional.
So should people cover up? I don’t think so. It’s sort of like swearing – we apply meaning to these words and make them offensive. Fuck is just a word, like ‘whatever’ or ‘Queer’. But we made it offensive. Faggot was a pile of sticks until we adopted it for homosexuals and now nudity is seen as nothing but foul and indecent and inappropriate, when it is natural and beautiful.
But this is it. This is my opinion. A mother of three might think differently about the exposure to her family and all the power to her. I just don’t understand why this is so. But I won’t take up any more of your time, my dear reader. I will leave you with this beautiful picture.