Keith W. Munday
People take various attitudes to nudity. Some are severely
shocked by it; some think it is juvenile, while others view it with mild
amusement The majority do not embrace it, but it is enjoying a growing
The naturist movements began in the early part of the
twentieth century and within a decade or so they it followed in the USA. These
groups usually regulate their adherents' behaviour by strict rules which seek
to outlaw eroticism, although no one can monitor the thoughts or motives of
individuals and what effect their life-style has on their sexuality.
The proponents do suggest that disrobing enables them to
shed their inhibitions as they share the nude experience. It also helps them to
forget their problems. Some outsiders however may feel that it could also be
viewed as causing them to lose respect for one another.
Way back in the '60s a group of hippies were converted to
Christianity in California, USA. The writer was invited to visit their summer
camp in Big Sur just off the Pacific coast. There was some surprise when it was
announced that the nearby lake would be available for swimming to the boys and
girls at different times. It sounded as though they were putting the clock back
in such permissive times; but they had good reasons for doing so. It was
pointed out that the hippies had been living with drugs and in promiscuity for
some years and were being introduced to a new and Christian life-style, and an
important feature was that they learn to respect one another, and even the
wearing of scanty swim-wear might hinder the process. They all, without dissent
accepted the temporary discipline.