what's up with African Americans and public nudity

Are Nude Beaches for Black Folks?

“How much farther do we have to walk?” I asked my friend, who was leading me towards a San Diego nude beach he suggested we try during his visit. Black’s Beach is a favorite of the residents of La Jolla and tourists alike for its seclusion, hidden beneath the bluffs of Torrey Pines on the Pacific. And the hike to this natural paradise was nothing short of breathtaking—figuratively and literally. The winding path that led us down to the beach opened up to a scene of serenity (a remedy we both needed on that afternoon).

But as we stepped foot onto the black and gold sand, we realized the population of Black’s Beach was devoid of people that looked like us. Yes, we were two, young Black folk headed to an area designated for nude sunbathing and surfing. And as we drew closer to the end of the half-mile we’d traveled to reach this destination, I couldn’t help but notice the stares. Go figure. Black’s Beach has no Blacks.

Let’s face the truth: the average Black person isn’t going to readily strip down to a bare bottom and prance around a beach no matter how beautiful it is. But on that Hump Day, those middle-aged retirees and wave riders were going to see my body in all of its thickness and glory

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2 thoughts on “what's up with African Americans and public nudity”

  1. On one hand I’m really glad they had a positive experience on the part of being unclothed in nature. I love that they have experienced freedom and so much more with that. On the other hand, it’s comments like this that made the idea of clothes freedom uncomfortable when I first started out:

    “Being in the buff does wonders for the psyche and helps with encouraging positive body image, an issue many women have when it comes to embracing their sexuality.”

    It’s the consistent association with sexuality and sexuality alone. Positive body image linked to sexuality, and the conversation turning into being “sex positive.” Personally, I’m more interested in it being SELF positive generally, not just sex positive. (Also, this is something for all genders, not just women.)

    Real talk: honestly, “positive body image” did nothing for me regarding sexuality. I actually never obsessed over how I looked in such circumstances. It was the “being myself” that was the problem. It was the “OMG they won’t embrace me if they knew I’d rather watch “The Twilight Zone,” read and do yoga instead of go to the club. What if they knew I’m afraid of spiders? And that I love learning languages rather than getting drunk.”

    For me the sex positive / sexy thing is just one of the fruits of deeper inner workings. I’ve been admittedly watching too much America’s Next Top Model episodes (no, I’m not sorry or ashamed). And one of the things I keep hearing on there is people encouraging these models to be “sexy.” And a good portion of the models say that they struggle with that. In my opinion, it’s because they think of “sexy” as an end, when I think “sexy” is the result of just being our true authentic selves. That’s my opinion anyway.

    “Sexy” is one of many adjectives I experience when I am in the presence of someone just being themselves. It’s not a thing of looks (I don’t experience “attraction” that way), it’s not about “trying” to be sexy. It’s simply that person, in all their interests and skills and aspects and humanity (any and all of it), who resonates with me as so many things: honest, cool, interesting, unpredictable, complicated, weird, wise, smart, hilarious, adorable, sexy, humble, creative, dedicated, persistent… all sorts of things. “Sexy” is just one Skittle in the whole bag for me.

    When I become comfortable with all of who I am then I become fully SELF positive, which includes many things, not just sex. Certainly that’s a conversation that can be had, but I think the constant “sex as conclusion” approach still keeps us bound in our thinking. We still see everything in terms of sex. And the naked body as just a path to healthy sexuality. For me, in living my nakedness I’ve become confident at work. I’m more OK with getting things wrong (not always, but more so than past). I embrace my humanity, even my mistakes. I am proud of my generosity and brains. I do things I never thought I could, like teach. I appreciate my body and all it’s potential. I become wholly positive, and that’s what bought me in with regard to clothes free living. Once I accepted myself in any and all circumstances, my positive attitude touched everything in my life. I didn’t see the possibility only in terms of sex. I saw it in the fullest context of SELF.

  2. JAD says:

    If you want to know why we don’t go to nude beaches, just read the comments at the article you linked to along a few select passages from it. Whenever we want to be inclusive, we’re passively made to feel like we don’t belong by the silent majority and are actively attacked by the vocal minority of hate-filled racists.

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