Coming Out – Bringing Naturism Into the Public Arena
I am not a happy camper as I am getting more and more conscious of just how little time remains for me in this life. There is so much that is wrong with the current state of the world and so many wrongs that need righting that I don’t know how to use my small voice to somehow help with the shift in consciousness that is needed to bring us out of darkness into light as a human species.
At the present moment, I am focused on simply trying to be as authentically myself as I can be. And that isn’t as easy as it might seem. There is this issue of being nude. No one is defining nudity as being an inherently criminal practice for good reason. We are all born naked and somehow find ourselves naked at various times such as when bathing. And we all, universally, see a newborn human as something perfect and beautiful, a sight that evokes the idea of cherubim – naked baby angels. Yet if we as modern, civilised humans decide to take a photo of the naked baby, we run the risk of being prosecuted for child pornography. I will admit that this is a bit extreme as a statement, but in spite of that, there remains a lot of suspicion with regards to those who would take such photos of their children.
I don’t want to go any further with that topic, but want to focus on the original idea of whether or not being naked/nude is inherently illegal. In Canada our law code states:
“174. (1) Every one who, without lawful excuse,
(a) is nude in a public place, or
(b) is nude and exposed to public view while on private property, whether or not the property is his own,
is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
(2) For the purposes of this section, a person is nude who is so clad as to offend against public decency or order.”
As I read this, it seems fairly clear. If anyone can see you, you have committed a criminal offence. And, that nudity can include being dressed in such a manner that offends because it doesn’t leave much to the viewer’s imagination. It seems fairly clear. Being nude is deemed sufficiently evil as to warrant criminal conviction.
Yet, it really isn’t that way at all in practice in Canada. We do have a few beaches where Canadian citizens can and do strip down to their bare skin and enjoy being in the company of others while nude without fear of having committed a criminal offence, even if others nearby can see them and are offended. I attend nudist events with others without fear of arrest because we meet at nudist campgrounds, acreages, and other approved sites. Somehow, almost as if it was magic, being nude ceases to be a criminal problem. If passersby go out of their way to spy on naked people in these kinds of situations and locations, their offense is waived as irrelevant.
Now to look at nudity from a collective level, we have very little problem as a society with showing people who are nude on our televisions or in our media. It seems as though as long as money is being made and taxes are being paid, nudity isn’t subject to criminal prosecution. Now, the concept of being nude as being an inherently illegal and criminal act, falls apart. There are too many exceptions, too many exceptions, and too many levels of what constitutes “offense” or “public decency” or “order.” So what then, is the real problem?