Looking For Loopholes

The  nudist/naturist cause is always looking for loopholes in the legal fabric of the various countries of the modern western world in hopes of asserting a legal right to be naked. The truth is that most places have no laws on the books preventing people from being naked. In some places nudity and/or partial nudity is legalized. For example, in Canada, it is now on the books that women have the legal right to go topless. One would think that this should make Canada a must visit destination, at least in the summertime for many women who would then not have to worry about finding themselves in some foreign court facing a fine, or in worst case scenarios, jail time. But, law or no law, women don’t go topless in Canada. The social mores weigh heavier than any small print in a law book. Women in Canada know that. In fact, the women who sought the right to be equal before the law when it comes to going topless, are satisfied with the law – a point made and won – but have no intention in going topless in their home country where friends, neighbours, extended family or heaven forbid, employers and church clergy would then see their breasts. The reality is, women are hard on other women who go bare-breasted. Just ask any daring woman who has tried to breast feed her baby where others might see. Not a pretty sight, the anger against publically breast-feeding mothers.

Nudity isn’t illegal in Canada with the exceptions of some obvious situations of exhibitionism, flashing or sexual acts in the public eye. We can thank one of our former Prime Ministers for telling courts that they had no business in the public morality business as that was the domain of the church. Yet, I doubt that there is an instance where one is not in some level of legal trouble in daring to be nude. If nudity in your own back yard is offensive to someone who passes by and looks over the fence, even if that looking over the fence requires some effort, then one can be prosecuted by causing a disturbance or disquiet in the viewer. I asked my brother, who has just recently retired from the national police force why the refusal to honour an individual’s right to nudity in their back yard, in a secluded natural area, or even in one’s home. His answer is that if anyone is disturbed by the nudity, it is the disturbance of that person’s peace that is the legal loophole for charges to be laid. I then asked what if there is no public being disturbed and an officer comes across a nude citizen in the wilderness on a rarely used trail. His response was to tell me the laws have now allowed police officers to be disturbed by nudity as well. Legal rights to nudity have no weight in Canada.

Another good example is the idea that one should not go nude in the house where any passer could potentially see you nude in your house. Draw the curtains is the rule. My home has a good sized front window. During the day time it is like a mirror much to the distress of a number of birds who have suffered concussions and even death because they didn’t see the interior but only a reflection of the outer world. I often check to see if this reflective quality continues to be the case. In all situations, one almost has to press their nose against the window to get past the reflection to see the interior of the living room. Yet should I choose to be naked in my living room in spite of the reflective quality of the glass and a passing person gets curious and leans in to see what is going on, the shock and disturbance of my nudity upon that person would outweigh my right to be nude in my home. I am responsible even though the offended person has acted as a peeping tom.

Canadians do have the right to be nude in their homes. But just in case, lock the doors and cover all the windows. For nudity is not about laws or rights. The rights of the society are paramount, even when the societal rights are based on the lack of logic. Rights belong to the majority and our modern western world is suffering a bad case of revoking the rights of individuals and minorities.

Looking For Loopholes

The  nudist/naturist cause is always looking for loopholes in the legal fabric of the various countries of the modern western world in hopes of asserting a legal right to be naked. The truth is that most places have no laws on the books preventing people from being naked. In some places nudity and/or partial nudity is legalized. For example, in Canada, it is now on the books that women have the legal right to go topless. One would think that this should make Canada a must visit destination, at least in the summertime for many women who would then not have to worry about finding themselves in some foreign court facing a fine, or in worst case scenarios, jail time. But, law or no law, women don’t go topless in Canada. The social mores weigh heavier than any small print in a law book. Women in Canada know that. In fact, the women who sought the right to be equal before the law when it comes to going topless, are satisfied with the law – a point made and won – but have no intention in going topless in their home country where friends, neighbours, extended family or heaven forbid, employers and church clergy would then see their breasts. The reality is, women are hard on other women who go bare-breasted. Just ask any daring woman who has tried to breast feed her baby where others might see. Not a pretty sight, the anger against publically breast-feeding mothers.

Nudity isn’t illegal in Canada with the exceptions of some obvious situations of exhibitionism, flashing or sexual acts in the public eye. We can thank one of our former Prime Ministers for telling courts that they had no business in the public morality business as that was the domain of the church. Yet, I doubt that there is an instance where one is not in some level of legal trouble in daring to be nude. If nudity in your own back yard is offensive to someone who passes by and looks over the fence, even if that looking over the fence requires some effort, then one can be prosecuted by causing a disturbance or disquiet in the viewer. I asked my brother, who has just recently retired from the national police force why the refusal to honour an individual’s right to nudity in their back yard, in a secluded natural area, or even in one’s home. His answer is that if anyone is disturbed by the nudity, it is the disturbance of that person’s peace that is the legal loophole for charges to be laid. I then asked what if there is no public being disturbed and an officer comes across a nude citizen in the wilderness on a rarely used trail. His response was to tell me the laws have now allowed police officers to be disturbed by nudity as well. Legal rights to nudity have no weight in Canada.

Another good example is the idea that one should not go nude in the house where any passer could potentially see you nude in your house. Draw the curtains is the rule. My home has a good sized front window. During the day time it is like a mirror much to the distress of a number of birds who have suffered concussions and even death because they didn’t see the interior but only a reflection of the outer world. I often check to see if this reflective quality continues to be the case. In all situations, one almost has to press their nose against the window to get past the reflection to see the interior of the living room. Yet should I choose to be naked in my living room in spite of the reflective quality of the glass and a passing person gets curious and leans in to see what is going on, the shock and disturbance of my nudity upon that person would outweigh my right to be nude in my home. I am responsible even though the offended person has acted as a peeping tom.

Canadians do have the right to be nude in their homes. But just in case, lock the doors and cover all the windows. For nudity is not about laws or rights. The rights of the society are paramount, even when the societal rights are based on the lack of logic. Rights belong to the majority and our modern western world is suffering a bad case of revoking the rights of individuals and minorities.

The Case For Abandoning The Roads Less Travelled

Sometimes going against the grain of a society has no paybacks that can be worth the cost. I can better understand why so many who think of themselves as naturists or nudists find so many ways to keep that sense of identity away from public view. I haven’t done any studies but I would hazard a guess that most who think they are nudists or naturists are solitary individuals, and male.  I am not a solitary male, but when it comes to being a naturist, I then fall into that category.

Rightly or wrongly, being a male in the modern western world is not exactly the best place to be a nudist. Over centuries and perhaps millennia, society has arrived at a point where the nude human body is an affront on just about every level imaginable. That is not to say that there isn’t a lot of nudity and partial nudity in the modern western world, for that is not even remotely a truth. Nudity has its place in the world of advertising, media entertainments and in various clubs, resorts, and strip joints – all venues where money is being made.

The nudity acceptable is typically that of a bright and bouncy young woman who is used to sell, sell, sell – cars, exercise equipment, vacations, diet products, video games, sports entertainment, or simply to sell sex. The rare event for partial male nudity always features young, muscled with dashing good looks – again a sales gimmick.

A society has the right, in fact it has a duty to set its code of ethics, morality, policies and procedures. If a society is to survive, there is a need for the majority – and not a simple majority of 50% + 1 – to accept and live by the social, political, religious, and even economic mores of the society. None of these mores, rules, rights, policies, laws, etc., need to be based on some ultimate truth, some carved in stone set of commandments. Right or wrong – these two words are deceiving for in the end everything is right and everything is wrong – it all depends on who, when, what, where and why. Right or wrong is irrelevant in the big picture. What it all comes down to is the now, who, where, when and why in order determine rightness and wrongness.

In our modern world, the vast majority of its citizens has deemed nudity on a personal level to be something that is inherently wrong. It becomes pointless to argue with this value statement of the society. It is what it is. Nudity by older men is by far the greatest of sins an individual can commit. We forgive murder if one can be proven insane, or that murder was committed in self-defence or in defence of property, other people of a similar race and creed, and is certain societies, if murder is committed in the name of a god. But, there is no defence for which an individual can appeal when charged with being offensively nude, even if the law code has somehow allowed a loophole that states clearly that it isn’t a wrong action. Societies can and do ignore these individual liberties when they are offended.

Legally allowed nudity on certain beaches is always at risk. If a person of importance takes offence when at the beach then the beach can be closed for use by nude people. At the collective level, this is seen as a victory for the moral good, reinforcing the rights of the majority.

But at a more personal, individual level, there are risks and losses that need to be dealt with. How will being known as a nudist affect one’s employment? What of the life-time of accumulated friends, neighbours and family respond to the news? Without question, these friends, neighbours and family are part of the larger society and aware that their well-being within that society requires them to support and defend that society. Making the choice for being a nudist is a choice to burn a significant number of bridges with the hope that the individual can build new bridges within the outlying nudist community.

For most nudists, it becomes a careful dance trying to keep both identities afloat without having them bump into each other.

The Case For Abandoning The Roads Less Travelled

Sometimes going against the grain of a society has no paybacks that can be worth the cost. I can better understand why so many who think of themselves as naturists or nudists find so many ways to keep that sense of identity away from public view. I haven’t done any studies but I would hazard a guess that most who think they are nudists or naturists are solitary individuals, and male.  I am not a solitary male, but when it comes to being a naturist, I then fall into that category.

Rightly or wrongly, being a male in the modern western world is not exactly the best place to be a nudist. Over centuries and perhaps millennia, society has arrived at a point where the nude human body is an affront on just about every level imaginable. That is not to say that there isn’t a lot of nudity and partial nudity in the modern western world, for that is not even remotely a truth. Nudity has its place in the world of advertising, media entertainments and in various clubs, resorts, and strip joints – all venues where money is being made.

The nudity acceptable is typically that of a bright and bouncy young woman who is used to sell, sell, sell – cars, exercise equipment, vacations, diet products, video games, sports entertainment, or simply to sell sex. The rare event for partial male nudity always features young, muscled with dashing good looks – again a sales gimmick.

A society has the right, in fact it has a duty to set its code of ethics, morality, policies and procedures. If a society is to survive, there is a need for the majority – and not a simple majority of 50% + 1 – to accept and live by the social, political, religious, and even economic mores of the society. None of these mores, rules, rights, policies, laws, etc., need to be based on some ultimate truth, some carved in stone set of commandments. Right or wrong – these two words are deceiving for in the end everything is right and everything is wrong – it all depends on who, when, what, where and why. Right or wrong is irrelevant in the big picture. What it all comes down to is the now, who, where, when and why in order determine rightness and wrongness.

In our modern world, the vast majority of its citizens has deemed nudity on a personal level to be something that is inherently wrong. It becomes pointless to argue with this value statement of the society. It is what it is. Nudity by older men is by far the greatest of sins an individual can commit. We forgive murder if one can be proven insane, or that murder was committed in self-defence or in defence of property, other people of a similar race and creed, and is certain societies, if murder is committed in the name of a god. But, there is no defence for which an individual can appeal when charged with being offensively nude, even if the law code has somehow allowed a loophole that states clearly that it isn’t a wrong action. Societies can and do ignore these individual liberties when they are offended.

Legally allowed nudity on certain beaches is always at risk. If a person of importance takes offence when at the beach then the beach can be closed for use by nude people. At the collective level, this is seen as a victory for the moral good, reinforcing the rights of the majority.

But at a more personal, individual level, there are risks and losses that need to be dealt with. How will being known as a nudist affect one’s employment? What of the life-time of accumulated friends, neighbours and family respond to the news? Without question, these friends, neighbours and family are part of the larger society and aware that their well-being within that society requires them to support and defend that society. Making the choice for being a nudist is a choice to burn a significant number of bridges with the hope that the individual can build new bridges within the outlying nudist community.

For most nudists, it becomes a careful dance trying to keep both identities afloat without having them bump into each other.

Naked Before God – Part 2

Now, it seems that I have to back up a bit here from my last post. I grew up as a Catholic Christian. Yes, I believed that there was a God and that Jesus Christ was his son, and that the Bible told the truth in spite of what I thought were contradictions. The truth is, I still believe in God or something that is god-like as the inspiration behind our human story. And yes, I believe that there was a guy called Christ and that he was the Son of God. We talked in our catechism lessons about how we were all Children of God – that’s why we call him God the Father.

As for the story that is the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, I believe that it is true. But then again, I believe that all of our words, stories and fairy tales, and even lies are rooted in truth. Whatever we say or write whether we call it fiction or non-fiction is based on the human mind, the human memory, even the stuff for which we have no personal experience. I guess the best way to describe this is to realise that we are not God and so can’t create realities that don’t exist. If they are in the mind, then they had to come from somewhere. And as I learned early, there wasn’t anywhere that existed, could exist, or had existed in which God wasn’t the creator or would be the creator whenever it should come to pass. A person has to give credit where credit is due and not be so delusional as to think he or she is one up on the Creator.

With that said, I have been wondering about a few things. For now, I will limit my wondering to the guy we have placed as the figurehead of Christianity. I use the word figurehead deliberately as what has grown over the past two thousand and so years has little to do with the life and times of Jesus Christ. Let’s start with the idea that there was a man called Jesus Christ. Let’s agree simply to save all kinds of time that he was born 2014 years ago on December 25th. There’s no point quibbling about date and time as there are more important things that are on my mind at the moment. I refuse to lose sleep over it. Now, the story has it that Mary was a single young woman who was visited by an angel who told her she was going to be the Mother of God. Unlike young women of today, young women of her day were not so naive. Becoming a mother meant becoming pregnant. That was a problem for Mary as she came from a respectable family and wasn’t about to betray her religion, her parents and even her good name just because of some guy with wings.

Don’t worry,” said the angel, “it’s not like you have a choice, but you are going to give birth to a baby boy and you will call him Jesus.”

Don’t I have any say in the matter?”

Pretty much not,” was the reply the angel had for Mary.

Why would God rape me against my will?”

Well,” the angel tried to explain, “it won’t be rape. You know God can do all things and he can put the seed of life within you without having to have sex with you. Technically you’ll still be a virgin with your hymen still intact. That said, you better find a husband in a hurry so that the boy won’t be a bastard. There’s a good man called Joseph that God has picked out for you. Your parents will be contacted tomorrow with an offer of marriage.”

Enough with the dialogue. There are more important things to look at here. For arguments sake, Mary is pregnant with Jesus regardless of nitpicking details. Over the course of time, the baby grows in Mary’s womb, a boy baby. That means that Jesus will have an umbilical cord that connects to Mary so that he will be nourished and grow to full term. And since he is going to be a boy child, he has to have testicles and a penis. But then again, nothing in certain. Perhaps he is missing visible genitals and the only way to know his gender is via chromosomal analysis. Stuff happens. However, for arguments sake we’ll have him be a functional fully equipped male. After all, the pictures all show him with a distinctly male chest and full beard and masculine features. It’s hard to imagine and perhaps harder still to accept. Jesus had a penis and he had a scrotum with two testicles. No point in having Jesus being a freak.

Oops, it seems that I’ve upset some of you. You really had no idea that Jesus, a man born like all men, emerged from the birth canal through his mother’s vagina and entered the world with male genitals. What did you think? Did you sort of imagine that he had a body like Barbie’s Ken, no genitals at all? No it’s not sacrilegious or gross; it is the reality of being born male regardless of who was the father. You’ll just have to wrap your head around the fact that in becoming a human male, Jesus had to deal with the fact of a human body as well. He would eat, drink, grow, defecate, urinate and so on over the years until the day he was ready to have his penis circumcised like all good Jewish boys – oh yeah, you forgot he was a Jewish boy, didn’t you.

Messy stuff being circumcised, but that was apparently God’s commandment. Since Mary came from a good Jewish family as did her new husband Joseph, the knew Jewish laws based on the Old Testament (no New Testament written at this point) and lived by those laws, good laws, God’s laws. Chosen male people were circumcised and all the rest of male humanity (at least within this Holy Land where Jewish people lived) were not. Just a bit of a side note here, did you think that God said this because he couldn’t tell people apart? Seriously? Or, is it so humans could figure it out for themselves. Of course, the only way to tell would be to actually see penises, wouldn’t it. Now why would God be so perverted, so gross? We all know that penises are meant to be hidden. Any guy who shows his dick is a pervert, likely a rapist who eats babies, consorts with the devil, and loose women to boot. So, again, why circumcise the penis? Why not pierce the nose or get a tattoo on the forehead or wear a yellow Star of David sewn onto body disguising robes?

Hold on, I’m just about done here for today. There’s just a bit more to add here before leaving. Jesus lived two thousand or so years ago when the world was different. There was no porn industry making films or a quasi-porn industry using hot babes wearing as little as possible to sell the latest, brand-name desert robes or camels. People didn’t live in huge buildings with separate bedrooms and bathrooms. People lived basic lives with the minimum. Nudity was a fact, nothing that said much of anything. Yes, there were exceptions – slaves were always naked except when weather conditions were such that their owners would provide a robe so that their human property didn’t die on them. Nope, I’m not making it up. Do some research and check it out for yourself.

I will be back again with more questions and thoughts about being Naked Before God. Will you be back to listen to them? We’ll see. Oh, and in case you are still in denial, look beneath your clothing – yep, you are naked in spite of all your prayers. You still have the body the Creator gave to you.

Naked Before God – Part 1

I know that it has been said so many times that it almost seems redundant to say it once more, but it has to be said. We are born naked – all of us – without exception. It doesn’t matter what religion or what philosophy or what ideology one has; we were conceived the same way – a naked penis inserted into a naked vagina in order for naked sperm to join naked ova (yes, I know that science has allowed a few other options) and create new life. Love doesn’t have to have anything to do with it, but it is better for most humans when it is done in during a moment of shared love. A number of months later, a new human slips through the birth canal of a woman to emerge, still connected with the mother via an umbilical cord. This new human emerges through the vagina which is again naked, that must be naked if the baby is to actually emerge into the world. This new human is naked.

Now, if we listen very closely to what our society, we learn that this natural, naked body that we are all born with, is somehow something to be ashamed of, something to be hidden for it is gross, leads us to think and do all sorts of perverted things. We almost become sure that it is even evil. For example, what about the idea of praying to whatever version of the creator, deity, God that you believe in – would you pray naked? What about your visions of heaven, or whatever form of afterlife there may be according to your faith – is heaven clothing optional, clothing obligatory, or nude only?

Try to remember that the Creator went to a lot of trouble to create the earth, the heavens, all the animal and plant life and humans. And, with all of them, the creator didn’t plan on clothing factories. The first humans were nude and the creator stated that it was good. This is the same creator that somehow knows everything, or so we claim. We know we can’t really hide from the Creator – not behind doors, behind trees, behind others, or behind clothing. The Creator sees all, knows all. And most importantly, the Creator doesn’t make mistakes. The words of this Creator are treated as gospel. Humans are fallible, but the Creator is infallible. For those that believe in any religion that has a deity, this is just the way it is. I come from a Christian background and in Christianity, that is the way it is as well.

God created Adam and Eve, naked. It’s in the Bible. When he was done creating the first man and woman, naked, he said it was good. He didn’t tell them that they had to cover up or he would condemn them to hell. Nope, it was all good. A little further along in the story of the Bible, Adam and Eve try to hide from God, not a smart move as God knows all, sees all, sees right through their hiding and their covering up. And that wasn’t so good for Adam and Eve. They covered up their naked bodies and felt ashamed of their nakedness. Can you imagine the audacity to question God’s take on nakedness? He created two beautiful humans, nude; and these two fallible humans were ashamed of that creation. So begins a sad story of man’s fall from grace.

Today we have absolutely no problem believing that this perfect creation was a botched job, that God messed up big time. And, we have absolutely no issues with fixing that initial problem any way that we can – jail time, shunning, stoning, murder, shaming, slandering and the ultimate threat – God will send you to hell. Yep. Our good churches and church leaders have had a long conversation with God and got Him to see the error of his ways and straighten out His act. We’ve even convinced God to set up some robe factories so that all the angels, saints, and God Himself have their offending bodies covered.

Listen in – I’ve gone through the trouble of transcribing the conversation that took place between a gathering of Church leaders in Constantinople about 1800 years ago.

Church leaders: Why did you have to make people naked? It’s just not right!

God: I didn’t see a need to cover their nakedness. As I said in the good book. I saw what I had done and said it was good.

Church leaders: Well, in case you haven’t noticed, it hasn’t been good. Have you seen the stats lately? Fornication, rape, murder, mayhem, adultery – you name it, it’s all there.

God: Umm, what’s that got to do with me inventing humans naked?

Church leaders: Everything! Naked people have no shame, no morals.

God: I can’t say as I exactly see it your way.

Church leaders: Yeah, we know. You still haven’t admitted that your mistake with Adam and Eve being naked was the reason for them breaking your rules. Can’t admit that you screwed up there – yet. Well, we have hope that you’ll come around and make it better.

God: How do I make it better in you viewpoint?

Church leaders: Well first, no more of this naked nonsense. It’s got to stop. We thought that from now on, you wear a big robe and a beard so that only a few parts of your face and your hands are all the skin that shows. What d’ya say. Can you do it?

God: In case you didn’t notice, I have a perfect body.

Church leaders: Good lord already. We can’t have you running around with your dick flopping around. First thing you know, everyone would be running around displaying their junk.

God: Junk?

Church leaders: You know, penises. Now as we were saying. This has got to stop. Cover up the angels, the cherubim, the saints. Clean up your act and let us edit your words so that it stays that way.

God: Edit my words? What do you mean? You want to re-write the book? Wouldn’t that be like, lying?

Church leaders: Think of it as problem solving. We could have you add in another commandment. Thou shalt not be naked. We’ll take it from there as your representatives down here on earth.

God: Are you out of your minds? Ten commandments, not eleven. You can’t just mess with the truth, guys.

Church leaders: Yeah, we hear you. We took a vote earlier just in case this was a sticky point. How about we toss out the “coveting of neighbour’s goods?” It will be easier to fill the church coffers and we force people to keep their damned clothes on.

God: Count me out on all of this. I still like my work so far. As for wearing robes, I don’t think so. Heaven has perfect climate if you want to know. Everyone up here is naked, just like the Garden of Eden. No crime to speak of either. In case you guys haven’t yet figured it out, sin is a state of mind, nothing to do with a lack of clothing.

Church leaders: Yeah, we thought you’d say something like this. As a precaution, we’ve hired the best advertising agent money can buy to sell our message.

God: You can’t be serious? You actually have signed a contract with the devil?

Church leaders: We sure as hell couldn’t count on you, could we? We’ll clean up your mess. All we ask is that you keep your mouth shut and keep your nose out of our business.

God: Nothing good is going to come out of this. I feel sorry for humans with this lot in charge. Life on earth will become like living in hell.

Is The Naturist-Nudist World It's Own Worst Enemy? Part 3

I’ve done my fair share of reading, research and in-the-field investigations of the world of naturism and I have found few answers to so many questions. When I see some small clubs sit quietly in the background in order to survive and compare that to the nudist resorts such as Desires and Hedonism who seem to thrive as over-the-top exhibitionist locals, nothing seems to make sense. I reported last year how my wife and I were walking along a beach only to see a couple having sex on their beach facing balcony with her bent over so that he could pump to his heart’s content while both looked out onto the oncoming beach traffic to see if they were noticed. It definitely was about public performance and not about a man and a woman making love. The traffic passing by the quiet naturist sun club is almost non-existent with just a rare fly-over by a small plane intent on seeing what might be happening of “interest.” The traffic passing by the nudist beach resort is high with cameras held in hand with hopes of catching some action, or at least a generous display of genitals. The common mind set is the driving force that keeps the needle swaying to anything that proves nude is lewd.

But common nudity is anything but lewd. A group of people sitting on blankets reading while nude is boring as a spectator sport. Not only is it boring, but it might be illegal or immoral. However, if there is money to be made by the entertainment industry, the public is more than willing to set laws and morality off to the side. It seems to be a no-win situation. So what is a person to do?

Naked activists are sure that their exploits in fielding large events such as naked bike rides, naked skinny dipping record attempts, naked sporting games or naked protests will turn the tide and have nudity become more accepted at the basic community level. However, each of these attempts are simply more food for entertainment. Cameras outnumber participants. That the participants then paint up their bodies and find various strategies to say “see me, I’m naked” lets the watching public confirm their opinions that it is entertainment. The idea that somehow the viewing public will then turn around and get their various law agencies and churches and organisations to do a change in mindset and thus allow ordinary, non-entertaining nudity to be tolerated and legalized, is very wishful thinking. The events are what they are – good-natured exhibitionism where folks can have some fun without running afoul of the law – nude folk strutting their stuff.

Is there any hope at all for shifting the public mindset? If there is, it is at the micro level where individuals influence those in their immediate circle – family, neighbours, friends. One by one, tolerance and accommodation “may” be enlarged as these neighbours, friends and family members accept the fact of one’s proclivities toward nudity.

Change just a few minds, and perhaps then a few more will be changed as the ripple flows outwards further from one’s immediate circle. To limit one’s engagement with only those who are already nudist, naturists or nude-friendly only works against the eventual relaxing of the public attitude.