Those who are involved in some manner with both the face-to-face world and the on-line world of naturism and nudism find all kinds of resistance from the societies in which they live. Laws are the first line of resistance as simply nudity is equated with pornography and a danger to the public mental and physical well-being. Most sites intent on promoting a clothes-free lifestyle, or at least tolerance for those who choose to be nudists or naturists, focus on the legal aspect with a few of these sites promoting social activism (naktivism). Laws aren’t loosening as a result and perhaps are tightening although nude events such as the World Naked Bike Ride are on the increase with society’s blessing which then turns the events into entertainment. Nudity in entertainment is allowed and prospers with money flowing into the very hands that otherwise ban nudity.
Clothing-optional beaches are disappearing and little seems to be able to be done to reverse the trend. As a result, those wanting to sunbathe by the sea or lake or river must find quiet, abandoned locations and hope that no one stumbles by accident upon them while sunbathing. Why? Bad behaviour. Because media and governments and social organisations have equated nudity with sex, those who are not nudists or naturists use these clothing-optional sites for sexual activity in full view of the public. The law, not discriminating between peaceful users of the beach and the active sexual participants, bans all nudity. Why do nudists expect a society that is phobic about nudity to police the clothing-optional beaches? That expectation only invites exploitation of the beaches by others leaving the nudists feeling like victims.
Victims are victims by choice. Being a victim is a state of mind, not a state of body. Survivors of the Holocaust or other horrendous events are clear about this. Those who survive and come to thrive at some level in spite of the actions of others are never victims – they are survivors. What is needed from those hoping to keep what little is left of spaces and places where one can be clothing free is to change the mind set which looks to someone else to protect those places and spaces. You want to keep a clothing-optional beach? Take responsibility and work together to discourage bad behaviour of others on the beach. Your rights to the beach, as well as the rights of those choosing to keep on their bathing suits are being assaulted.
Take a camera, video recorder along while dealing with a situation of inappropriate sexual activity on the beach. Take along a few others, at least one of which could be wearing a bathing suit, as you remind the participant(s) in this inappropriate behaviour that the behaviour must stop or the photo-video evidence will be forwarded to appropriate legal authorities. This is not a call to physically enforcing a cessation of the inappropriate behaviour, but simply a call to stop being a victim and taking on appropriate responsibility.