Very interesting interview with author of Naked

The author makes some very interesting and revealing statements like

The American Civil Liberties Union undertook the defence of those who wanted to establish nudist camps, but there were serious problems that I thought would have made the ACLU blink: black Americans weren’t allowed to join nudist camps; neither were gays, single men or, in the early days, Catholics. There was an emphasis on white Protestant married couples and their children.

The problem is you can’t tell who is a real nudist and who is doing it for other purposes. This is what judges struggled with when cases went to court. No one knew who the people were who looked at nudist magazines such as Sunshine & Health or looked at nudist films. It could be people interested in pornography or intergenerational sex.

It was pornography, whether it was intended to be or not. Some of the images were definitely pornographic. If you look at male beefcake magazines, there are many similar images in Sunshine & Health. People were buying it to look at pictures of nudes, especially gay men, because they could avoid being accused of reading pornography if they were looking at a nudist magazine.

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6 thoughts on “Very interesting interview with author of Naked”

  1. Shavetalebidoux says:

    Like most everything that was accessible to the average stiff 35 or 40 years ago, naturism went upmarket when the speculators saw how to turn a profit. That’s why Naked Gardening, Free-Range and other variants of Home Nudism are so important. As a species, we have a few thousand years of paternalistic and patriarchal thinking to wade through and since its inception the naturist movement has endeavoured to get naked without offending the status quo. But the world’s foremost paternalists and patriarchs aren’t about to be duped. They know very well that if you can control someone sexually by shaming them for their instincts and differences, then you can make them do anything. A number of the world’s most powerful groups owe their existence to that fact.

    The author’s effort to associate beefcake photos in the early nudist magazines with gay porn doesn’t sit right with me. Maybe it’s the definition of pornography that bothers me. It’s not because something titillates or excites sexually that it’s pornography. Since German immigrants founded and directed the fledgling movement, they may have been influenced by their old country’s folk art of that time. There are certain images in early nudist films made in the United States that were undoubtedly influenced by the idealised portraits of nude men and women quite current in Germany during the 1930s. Indeed many other art forms were considered degenerate by the Nazis and frowned upon or downright forbidden. At least they weren’t afraid of women’s nipples. That’s something anyway! Or is it?

    1. Thanks for the comment I agree with your question about the early naturist photos. I am reading the book and will comment latter when I have a more in depth idea of what he means.

      1. Shavetalebidoux says:

        Thank you, I’m interested to learn what you discover. I thought of something that might help put this into perspective. Imagine if you will the number of folks that got their jollies during this same time period, leafing through the underwear section of mail order catalogues. Perhaps, you have to be older than the author to remember these and the outhouses where so many of them finished their days, but for some they were a not insignificant source of free erotica.

  2. nudewoody says:

    I find it interesting how the author equates the fact that nudism has commodified itself by going upscale and is now centered on cruise ships and luxury resorts, which puts it out of reach of many, with “cleaning itself up.”
    Nudism has always seemed to be its own worst enemy by attempting to both police itself and try to appease its critics through blatant discriminatory practices and a disavow of the full spectrum of natural human embodiment.

    1. oldkahuna says:

      I’ve noticed the increasingly pricey movement of naturism. Years ago it was the rural re-creation of the lower income bracket. Now it is VERY expensive. We lived in a city with MANY naturist resorts and we never joined any of them–too expensive!

    2. Interesting perspective thanks for the comment

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