During the 1990s, the nude recreation industry in the United States and Canada grew more than 75 percent, with a network of clubs, resorts, bed & breakfast inns, and RV campgrounds. In the United States alone, recreational nudism is a $400 million a year business, and on the Riviera in France there is even one completely nude resort town!
Meet the nudists – a fast-growing, worldwide movement of people who crave a direct relationship with nature and with their fellow humans.
These are wholesome naturists who, many with their children, enjoy a radically alternative lifestyle well-removed from the curious eyes of mainstream society. Yet many of these folks are ordinary people, from corporate CEOs to housewives, who meet in this most democratic of venues to pursue a common passion. The nudist society is an orderly one, with rules for behavior and etiquette, structured to protect individuals while promoting unclothed recreation.
Many social nudists find a nurturing and healthy lifestyle that can ease the frustrations of “civilization,” while others find a path to healing of old scars from physical and sexual abuse. In a world marred by violence and destruction, nudism offers a setting of wholeness and peace that is a rare commodity – in the nude world everyone is equal and respectful of others’ rights and boundaries as they pursue a freedom and contentment that is unknown in the clothed world.
This book presents the history, social and legal impacts and healing effects of naturism through portraits of individual nudists as well as listings of nude recreation opportunities worldwide. Copious photos included.