The YNA Guide to Nudism
Nudism, Naturism and Social Nudity – Everything You Need to Know
Below we have put together a comprehensive guide to nudism, naturism and social nudity in general. We define the terms, answer commonly asked questions and explain different aspects of the nudie world. Click the hyper-linked words for more information about a particular term.
The Main Terms Defined:
Nudism - Nudism is defined in the dictionary as: “The belief in or practice of going nude, especially in secluded, gender-mixed groups for reasons of health.”
Naturism - Naturism is defined in the dictionary as: “The practice of going naked in designated areas.”
Nudist – A Nudist is a person who enjoys nonsexual nude recreation and social nude activities in sanctioned public locations and / or in private ones.
Naturist – A Naturist is a person who enjoys nonsexual nude recreation and social nude activities with a major focus of interest on those activities that take place outdoors, in nature and/or on public land. This group also believes that Naturism and environmental issues are intertwined.
Nudists – People (more than one) who practice nudism.
Naturists – People (more than one) who practice the Naturism.
Naturalist – A person who studied and / or works in the field of nature. Example – A biologist. Naturalist is listed here as it is often confused with naturist.
Nudie – We also understand that there are some people who don’t like labels and especially hate the old world terms of nudist and naturist. Therefore we came up with a third category for such nude-friendly people – Nudie.
The definition of a Nudie (YNA Nudie) – A person who believes in the benefits of nonsexual nude recreation as it pertains to the broader issues of acceptance and social responsibility. For this group of people, nudity is not the main focus but rather a tool that is used to teach people about acceptance, tolerance and compassion. Some causes that a nudie would be advocating for are: body acceptance, prevention of online and offline bullying, working to end body shame and tackling censorship of “innocent” or simple “nudity.” (These are just a few examples.)
Acceptance of others is what YNA believes nudism and naturism should be about! Nudies want to challenge the belief that a naked body should be private only. They preach against “body shame” and believe that nudity is natural and nothing to be ashamed of. By making it (nudity) commonplace, they can remove the social stigma from being nude in a social or public setting.
Young Naturists Young Nudists - YNA, which stands for Young Naturists (& Nudists) America is a young nudist and young naturist organization with a major focus on social responsibility, tolerance and acceptance. While our name has the term “Young” in the title, we accept people of all ages. All are welcome as long as they are young at heart and adhere to our code of ethics and values.
Nudist and Naturist Related terms and general information relating to nudism and naturism:
AANR – The American Association For Nude Recreation – a national (U.S.) nudist organization that has been around since 1931, dedicated to promoting nude recreation / nudism.
ASA – American Sunbathers Association – is the former name of AANR. The name was changed from ASA to AANR in 1995.
Beach Ambassador – Appointed people who are tasked with educating others on nude beach rules and etiquette as well as patrolling nude beaches with the hopes of eradicating lewd or illegal behavior.
Blog – A website that regularly posts ideas and content from a specific company or individual’s point of view. It reflects their opinions.
Body Image – The way a person perceives their own body.
Body Acceptance – is about people accepting their own bodies as they are. It’s also about accepting others regardless of what their bodies look like and not judging people based on their body shape or appearance.
Body Love – Loving and accepting the way your body looks.
Boobie Traps – Slang for Bras.
Bullying - Is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively to impose domination over others.
Cyber Bullying - Is the use of Information Technology / Internet to harm or harass other people in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.
Closet Nudist – Someone who keeps their love of naturism a secret from others.
Clothing Optional – Is a policy where person can chose if they want to wear clothing or not (or just be partially covered).
Donald Duck – Donalding / Donald Ducking It / Ducking It – A person who only wears a top (or shirt) but leaves themselves exposed from the waist down, with genitals in full view.
Exhibitionist – A person who gets sexual gratification when others see him / her in a state of undress.
Free Hiking – Hiking nude / naked.
Free Beaches Movement – An independent movement dedicated to allocating areas of public lands that could be used by people while nude.
Gay Naturist Resort – A naturist or nudist resort that typically caters to the gay male population.
Gymnosophy - (from Greek γυμνός gymnós “naked” and σοφία sophía “wisdom”) was a philosophy practiced in Europe and the USA from the end of the 19th century to the mid 20th century. The practice involved nudity, asceticism and meditation.
Home Nudist – A person who practices nudism or naturism at home only.
INF – The International Naturist Federation – encompasses most of the world, but not yet recognized in the USA.
Lee Baxedall – Founder of The Naturist Society (TNS)
Lifestyle – The term on its own is used by nudist and naturists to describe individuals who are swingers or who partake in sexual activities with others. It’s also used in reference to nudism as the “nudist lifestyle.”
N Magazine – A quarterly magazine that is published by The Naturist Society (TNS).
NAC – Naturist Action Committee – Formerly the political wing of TNS (The Naturist Society) but is now a completely separate entity.
NaKation – A Naked Vacation – A vacation to places where wearing clothing is not required.
Naked – The state of undress. A person who is nude / not wearing clothes.
Nake n Bake – the act of smoking pot while naked.
Naked City – A small designated area within a festival where nudity is allowed and usually mandatory. This term is mostly associated with Burning Man.
A “Naked House” – usually refers to the environment/home a person grew up in where the parents, siblings, and family walk around naked at any time without shame and teach the children that nudity is no big deal.
Naked Party / Nude Parties – These are events / parties where the participants are expected to be nude / naked. When at a nudist or naturist setting, these events don’t involve any overt sexual behavior.
Naturist Resort – A resort / physical location where people go to practice Naturism.
Naturist Society, The – See “TNS”
Nekkid – A slang term for Naked / Nude / Being in a state of undress.
Nipplegate – The term used to describe the incident where a an exposed female nipple (of a real person or cartoon) caused a stir in society. Example – The New Yorker Facebook page was removed because they posted a cartoon where “Eve” had two dots that represented her nipples. Facebook deemed that image as lewd and removed the page. Read more about it here.
Nude – The state of undress. A person who is naked / not wearing clothes.
Nude Beach – A beach where people are not required to wear a bathing suit or clothing.
Nude Model – A person who is hired or volunteers to take part in an artistic endeavor that would require him or her to be naked.
Nude U – A program that was started by AANR with the hopes of helping young people become ambassadors for nudism to spread the word and educate others.
Nudette – Slang for a female who is nude (as in – a female “dude” that is nude).
Nudester – A person who is a Hipster and also a nudist.
Nudie Gods – Are the gods that can sometimes be summoned by certain YNA members who have the ability to channel them.
Nudie Name – A name that is bestowed upon a YNA Nudie. Please note that ONLY the nudie gods have the power to give a YNA Nudie their official and recognized Nudie Name. This is considered an honor.
Nudist Blog – A blog that posts content that is connected and usually directly related to nudism / naturism. These blogs are usually is written by a practicing nudist / naturist.
Nudist Colony - The media and many people in mainstream America keep saying Nudist Colony – a very outdated term. So for the record, nudists today do not live in colonies (colonies are where bees and lepers hang out); nudists live in communities. Please make note of the above two comments before you visit a nudist resort or naturist club (you don’t want to anger any nudies now do you!).
Nudist Club – A place where nudists congregate to socialize and be nude. Some are privately owned and others are “co-ops” – cooperatively owned by all the members (more on this below). You can visit for a day, or most have different levels of membership for regular visitors. A nudist club can also refer to a social group of people who meet up in different nude / clothing-optional locations. This type of club is usually referred to as “non-landed.”
Nudist Resort – A destination such as a hotel or other location where nudity is embraced and expected, in a non-sexual atmosphere. It’s also used as a synonym for nudist club.
Nudity In The Up-space – A week-long event that takes place in Brown university and centers around the benefits of nonsexual social nudity.
Oh! Calcutta! – A controversial Broadway show that featured a significant amount of full frontal nudity. [Read more about it in our censorship article.]
Pudding Toss – A popular activity in naturist / nudist communities and festivals where participants throw pudding at each other while naked.
Sex Positive – An approach to sex and human sexuality that embraces the full benefits of sexual interaction as healthy and uplifting, based upon the premise that sexual expression is good and healthy and that societal repression or control of the individual’s sex-drive is bad and unhealthy.
Skinny Dipping – Swimming while in a state of undress / while naked.
Social Nudity – The act of being nude or naked with one or more people.
Social Nudism – The act of practicing nudism with one or more people.
Streaking – The act of running naked in a place where nudity is not accepted or expected.
Textile (adjective or noun) – Used to describe a non-nudist, someone who wears textiles / clothing. Also used to describe non-nudist locations – As in “that beach is a textile beach and the nude beach is 500 feet up the road.”
Textile Beach – A beach where one must wear clothing that will conceal their genitals, butts and breasts (the last one pertains to women only).
TNS – The Naturist Society – a national membership organization founded in 1980 with a mission to advocate for nude use of public and private land. TNS publishes a quarterly magazine called N Magazine.
Top-Free / Topfree / Topfreedom – The preferred term for a woman who is not concealing / hiding her breasts and nipples.
Topless – The state where a man or woman has their breasts / chest exposed – Not wearing a top.
Topless Beach – A beach where women (and men) are allowed to be without a top, but both sexes must keep their butts and genitalia covered.
White Tail or Cottontail – Nudists use this term to describe people who do not have a full body tan – people whose butts are white due to the lack of exposure to sunlight.
WNBR – Short for World Naked Bike Ride. Created by an organization named Critical Mass, this event is meant to protest the overuse of fossil fuels with the hopes of increasing the use of alternative energy resources. This event takes place in different cities at different times and calls attention to environmental issues, biker safety and body shame.
YNA – The abbreviated name of Young Naturists America, which is sometimes referred to as Young Naturists and Nudists America.
Nudist Survival Guide: Must-have items when taking part in a social nude event.
Towel – Always have a towel to sit on or to dry off with after a swim.
Sun Screen – A must for any event where you will expose your skin to the rays of the sun.
Bug Repellent – Since most of your skin is exposed, you would want to limit the chances of getting bug bites.
Diva Cup / Menstrual Cup – Many nudist / naturist women prefer using a menstrual cup such as the DivaCup during menstruation.
Pouch (or bag) – You will need a way to carry your phone, keys, money – due to the absence of pockets when naked.
Nudist Etiquette – Know what is considered acceptable behavior and what is not BEFORE attending any naked event or location. This will limit the chances of you being asked to leave.
Activities that can be found in most naturist clubs, nudist resorts or naked parties
Nude Swimming / Skinny-Dipping
Naked Hot Tubbing – Most clubs / resorts have indoor or outdoor hot tubs (or jacuzzis) where people can warm up and relax, especially at night or in cold weather. Given the close proximity of people, hot tubs tend to be a place where people talk and get to know each other.
Sauna – The full benefits of a sauna can only be achieved while naked. Saunas are also a place where people socialize.
Naked Body Painting – A fun activity where people paint each other and express themselves through art.
Bonfire (camp fire) – On colder evenings this is an especially enjoyable naked activity.
Drum Circles – A fun activity where people play drums and other musical instruments together, usually done around the camp fire.
Nature Hikes – Nothing beats connecting with nature in the most natural way. Be sure to take something to cover yourself with just in case you get lost or find yourself in a non nude-friendly location. This is one activity where shoes are strongly suggested!
Nude Volleyball – Many resorts and clubs will have a volleyball court – some might play it in the pool, others on grass, sand or a court. Since this is such a popular sport in the nudie world, some nudist resorts host tournaments that attract pro and amateur players who will play nude because they want to compete with the best!
Pétanque – A game that originated in France that involves tossing metal balls in a sand court. Courts can be found in many nudist locations. It is a great way for people to meet and socialize.
Nudist Dances – Many nudists will hosts dances to mark special occasions such as 4th of July while others might have them on set dates (monthly, weekly…). Dances at a nudist resort can be like the same sort of party you’d find at a public bar. These dances can be also be more low-key and family-oriented at some resorts. It depends on the place.
Pot Luck – A staple of many a nudist gathering. Basically a dinner party where every guest brings a dish. Make sure to bring enough to feed at least 4 four people, if not more, when attending a pot luck.
Slip ‘n’ Slide – A big flat outdoor slide laid out on a grassy area, covered with soap and water for sliding! Arguably an essential part of any great nude event and favorite activity of many YNA’ers.
Horse Shoes – Throwing horse shoes used to be an activity that could be seen in most nudist clubs and resorts. This is not the case these days but it can still be found here and there.
Movie Screening – Nudies are no different than clothed people – Nothing beats watching the Big Lebowsky naked with a white Russian drink in hand (robes are not required)
Naked Hula-hooping – A recent spike in interest in this activity and its popularity at festivals has made Hula-Hooping a common activity in many nudist and naturist gatherings. Especially among the younger people.
Nude Yoga – Yoga is practiced by millions of people every day and while the idea of doing Yoga while nude might seem off putting (downward facing dog being the biggest one) once practiced most people find that it their preferred way doing Yoga.
Camping – Many nudist resorts and clubs will have an allocated area for camping and tenting. This makes the experience more natural and affordable.
Common Questions, Answers and FAQ’s about Nudism and Naturism:
Body Hair & Pubic Hair – Some have none, some a little, some a lot. No One Cares! Shave, don’t shave, do whatever you want and don’t give it a second thought!
Sex – No sex or as a good friend puts it – no pursuing orgasms in public. This is sure fire way to get you banned from any naturist or nudist group or location. While holding hands, kissing and other forms of showing affection are perfectly fine, natural overt sexual activity is unacceptable. Act as though you have two 5 year old kids sitting right next to you and you will be fine.
Orgies – A great misconception is that nudists and naturists get together and have orgies. This is NOT the case and if that is something you are looking for then look for it elsewhere – not in a nudist / naturist setting.
Looking – Human beings are just that – human. We are curious. There is nothing wrong with looking. Just don’t gawk or stare! If you do, you may come off as creepy and make others feel uncomfortable. Creepiness can result in you being asked to leave and not come back.
Touching – Touching is fine; we do this every day in the textile world. Behave as you would with clothes and remember that those 5 year old kids are watching. As long as it is innocent and not sexual – you should be fine. That said, don’t go around hugging strangers – even if that is your MO in the textile world. Respect people’s personal space and never make unwanted advances.
Topics of Conversation – While many older nudists might feel uncomfortable talking about certain topics, you should not feel like there are things that you should NOT be talking about. Common sense plays a major role and if you sense that the topic is making people uncomfortable, quickly drop it and move on. Just like you would in the textile world.
Nude Beach Etiquette – While this should be common sense, many people feel they can get away with overt sexual behavior (or even feel it’s the right situation for it) because they are not wearing any clothes. Overt sexual activity, lewd behavior, drugs, binging on alcoholic beverages and being rude and obnoxious can not only get you arrested but that type of behavior puts the nude beach at risk. Nude beaches are taken away all the time, and it is every single person’s job to approach anyone who is misbehaving. You can ask the beach ambassador (if there is one at that specific beach) to take care of the perpetrators, or ask a friend and even a stranger to approach them and get them to stop. We’ll parrot the well-known NYC subway slogan: If you see something, say something! Otherwise you become part of the problem.
Naked Party Etiquette – Again, no overt sexual activity or pursuing of orgasms. Whatever is considered unacceptable behavior at a regular bar or club is unacceptable at a naked party. Be a bit more sensitive to people’s personal space, don’t wave privates in people’s faces and don’t you dare start grinding on someone you don’t know! Also, keep an eye on people who might seem “off” and make the organizers aware. Again – if you see something, say something!
Children – Be a bit cautious when interacting with kids. This is one issue that could spiral out of control even if your intentions are innocent. Some people overreact and everyone is very aware of everything that has to do with protecting the children.
Adult Only Resorts – Adults-only resorts generally means that people under the age of 18 won’t be admitted. It does not automatically mean it’s a sex party place or that there will be a sexual vibe. But if you plan on visiting one, read their website or call ahead and ask why they have that policy in place.
Clothing Optional – Means you have the option to be naked or clothed to whatever degree you’re comfortable with.
Co-Operative Clubs (or “Co-Ops”) – Are clubs that are owned by the members of the community who live there. You can think of it like a business that has a board of directors. Co-op clubs tend to have more rules and might be a bit more clique’ish because there tends to be an established group of members, some of whom might live there.
Private or Privately Owned Clubs – Are clubs that are owned by an individual. One person makes the decisions. There is no board and it’s not a democracy. It is just like any other privately owned business.
No Single Men? – Some clubs have a “no single men” policy. The reason behind this policy is that men tend to be more open about being nude and tend to seek it out much more than women. Some clubs feel that if there is an overwhelming disproportionate ratio of men to women, they might run the risk of turning off potential women who are new to the nudist lifestyle. Don’t be offended; just realize that they are trying to do what is best for their club. If you get turned away, you can try early in the next season, while people are still signing up.
Groups and Cliques – Every club and location is different. If you feel like the people are not welcoming or make you feel like an outsider then simply leave and go try a different place. Don’t let one place or group of people ruin the experience.
Nudist Clothing – This might sound like an oxymoron but some nudists like clothing and see it as a form of self-expression.
Erections – Erections, while a natural occurrence are perceived as sexual. If you get an erection then wrap a towel around your waist, turn over if you are sunning yourself or jump in the pool. Flaunting an erection could be grounds for getting you kicked out.
Nipple Piercings – While most places are becoming more accepting of nipple piercings, some places are still too close-minded. If you have one then do your research on that facility, or call ahead and ask what the policy is.
What types of people will I meet / see – You will see people from all walks of life. There is no set demographic.
Swingers – A slang term for people who take part in sexual activities with others. There are many types of swingers but just know that swingers are people just like everyone else. As long as they behave and understand that there is a time and place for everything then they would be welcome at a nudist location.
Driving While Naked (DWN) – While it might seem like your car is your own space, legally you could get charged with indecent exposure. Each state is different and laws change all the time, so make sure to know the law before you bare and drive. Click here for a list of nudity laws by state.
Naked In My Backyard – As previously mentioned, laws change all the time and vary from state to state. Some states might require that you have 6 foot fence as a visual barrier in order to be nude outside on your own property. Again – check the law before you tending your garden au-naturel.
Naked At Home and Open Windows – It is perfectly legal to be nude in your home. The issue becomes more complicated if you decide to keep your window wide open and stand there naked. In some states that could be considered indecent exposure because you are acting in a way that could be perceived as exhibitionism.
Guests and people visiting – Even if it’s your own home, you probably want your guests to feel comfortable. If you would like to be nude, then simply tell them ahead of time – don’t spring it on them as that could lead to a very uncomfortable situation for everyone.
Lingerie Parties / Leather and Lace Party – Some nudist resorts have lingerie parties. This does not mean that it is a sex party – if you see that event listed and you plan of visiting then call ahead and ask for more information.
Genital Piercings – There still are resorts that won’t accept people because they have genital piercings – if you have such a piercing then you should surely call ahead and ask if that might pose an issue.
Picture taking – This is a sensitive topic for many nudists. People tend to be very private and don’t want naked pictures of them floating around the web. Make sure to ask about the photography policy and make it a point to not get anyone in the background!
Cameras – This goes hand in hand with picture taking. Never walk around with a camera as this might cause people to feel uncomfortable. Also know that some clubs have rules about where you can use your cell phone and electronic devices since everything is equipped with a camera these days. If anything you should always ask permission before taking photos and be aware of where you’re pointing your camera.
Privacy – Privacy is a big issue as well. Don’t post on someone’s Facebook wall about any nudie activity unless you cleared it with them ahead of time. Never tag people in images unless they told you it’s okay. Always respect people’s wishes.
Background Check – Many clubs will run a background check on you. This is standard practice in many nudist places so if there is something they should know about, make sure you tell them BEFORE they find out on their own!
Sex Offenders List – Is an open and accessible directory of people who have been convicted of a sex crime / lewd act. This is a tricky topic since some people might be listed because they went streaking in college or because they went skinny dipping and got caught. Be up front about it and know that this is an issue most clubs know about.
About the Author (Author Profile)Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.
Thanks for your opinions. Again, you may have the legal right to do many things that are not moral or ethical. Your theories noteithstanding I would still not approve of anyone participating in a nudie event who holds the view that they will take photos of nudies in a public setting without permission and use those photos in any way without permission . No amount of theory makes this acceptable EVER. Finally your use of foul language and personal insults are completely unacceptable and unethical and are not suitable for display in any forum much less a public one.
SteveYnaNY Please note that I acknowledged that nudist resorts and such places are Private Property and are considered the same as the private property of an individual in a domestic setting. Thank you for allowing me to eXpress my views and expound on the legal aspects of picture taking. I will now withdraw from this forum.
SteveYnaNY 11. They say: “It’s the law.” I suppose I am obligated to obey a governmental decree based on the words of fifty one senators who perchance decided that some act should be illegal based on a majority vote? A majority of a legislative body who has time and time again violated their oath to protect and defend the Constitution? I think not! I should ignore my own good sense and disregard everything logical and proven to be sound thinking in favor of the deciding vote of a handful of scallywags who have happened to fool the electorate into voting them into office over and over again in spite of their treasons and obvious un-ethical indiscretions. Again, I think not! There are legal laws and then there are illegal and invalid laws. Obscenity laws for example are clearly invalid, not to say blatantly un-constitutional. No law means NO LAW as Justice Black was fond of saying. No law means NO LAW...period! What does this have to do with taking pictures? A great deal actually. Pictures of children, pictures of nude people, pictures of people engaged in sexual acts, et al, are all under attack by the government, law enforcement, the media, special interest groups who claim to be concerned for the morals of the people and the well-being of the children. As I mentioned before, hysteria and ignorance are rampant in this society. Where hysteria runs amuck so follows irrational fears, unjustifiable paranoia, emotional scarring that might endure for a lifetime, a loss of our freedoms, and then only more hysteria. This madness must come to an end! Rational and logical thinking must prevail. The laws must conform to the Constitution and be consistent and compatible with the natural rights of the individual. All individuals, no matter their age, gender, or personal philosophy, are entitled to be free of political and social oppression. They should also be free of the “assumption” that they are up to no good just because they enjoy taking pictures or engage in the profession of making photographs. I am an artist. I use my camera as a tool to capture images. Those images are art in and of themselves. Sometimes these raw images may need refined and transformed further into fine art. I have no intention of forfeiting my inalienable rights as a free man or as an artist on the grounds that someone might believe (or assume) that they have the authority to decide, to dictate to me, what I can or can not do with images that I have made, that I own, that ultimately are my property to do with as I please, even if they might be disagreeable to someone’s tastes or personal standards. And I will never, I repeat, never tolerate an individual or group of individuals who may assume the appearance of authority to interfere with my inalienable rights to be and do as I please, so long as I am not interfering with or infringing upon the inalienable rights of others. The burden of proving any such infringement is on the accuser. I would advise due diligence and a close adherence to due process for those who would attempt to falsely accuse or frivolously charge this artist with an infraction of anyone’s legitimate rights. As for certain present and enacted laws there are none so vial as those laws and ordinances which violate the principles of liberty and transgress against the spirit of the Constitution. The Artist, being this Man and sovereign citizen of Humanity, holds utter contempt and disdain for laws that conflict with the U.S. Constitution, and there are many, and vow with genuine devotion to Freedom to stand firm against such invalid and oppressive laws and those who treasonously enact and enforce them. Be assured that I will engage in an enthusiastic and aggressive defense against those who would bring callous distraction to my life and who would cause undue harm to the progression of my life’s work. Enough said.
SteveYnaNY 9. In my home. When a person(s) comes into my home, which also doubles as my studio, they are subject to my rules and my conditions for them being there. It should be understood, though it is sometimes not so clear to some, that I hold sovereign dominion over my property. I can not imagine why they would think otherwise, but some fail to realize that truth. I can not emphasize this point enough. If you enter my property you are bound by my rules. If you have a problem with my rules you are free to leave, or not come in. In any event, if you do decide to stay I have the right to take your picture or record you on video without your permission. Is that clear enough for you? Any doubters are free to consult with any attorney who has memorized the Constitution of the United States of America. (I wouldn’t trust a lawyer who could not recite at least the first 5 Amendments, but then, it is up to you, isn’t it?) At any rate, just so you know, I take pictures, I make art. That’s what I do. No need for a sign posted at the entrance of my driveway as an announcement of the fact. And, just in case you have the false notion that I have to tell you that you are being recorded or photographed, forget that idea. It doesn’t apply to private property. Remember those security cameras at the Wal-mart store...well, same thing holds true for me and my property...even if my true intentions are to capture your image for artistic purposes. Those warnings offered by the phone company and other commercial entities advising you that your call may be recorded for quality control and training purposes are not the same thing as what I do, or can do, in my own home, so don’t be fooled into believing that the rule applies to me, or you. Or anyone else in their own homes for that matter. I’m sorry to expose another commonly held myth. Actually I’m not sorry, you should already know this. 10. There is a law in Texas. I read somewhere recently that there is a law in the great state of Texas that states that no one can take a picture of anyone, anywhere without that person’s permission. I don’t doubt that there are states and local municipalities that have statutes or ordinances on their books that contradict the Constitution of these several United States of Amerika. Neither do I doubt that there are state and local legislative bodies that have a majority of nitwits and scallywags sitting in the halloed chambers of their legislatures. The majority, an overwhelming majority, of the senators and congresspersons in Washington DC are known traitors and ass-whips of the lowest caliber. Just because a simple (and I do mean “simple”) majority of them raise their hands and pass a bill into law does not change the fact that the law is wrong, or un-Constitutional, or worse, just plain stupid and void of common sense! As for me, I am presently just a humble artist who enjoys shooting pictures with my camera. Let us hope that it does not become necessary, in order to preserve and defend our liberties from those who would terrorize and enslave us, to trade our cameras for more lethal instruments. If current trends continue it may be required that we, the freedom loving patriots of America, re-issue the Declaration of Independence and take our country and our liberty back from the traitorous bastards that have practically destroyed this country.
SteveYnaNY 8. Taking pictures of your children, taking pictures of someone else’s children. Hysteria grips American society these days. That hysteria perpetuates the mis-application of the laws of the land, and allows the excuse for the making of new laws that are both un-necessary and detrimental to our freedom. First emotions are effected and manipulated, then hysteria is fueled and fired up by those who would promote their own agenda. An agenda of tyranny disguised as compassionate concern for the welfare of our children, the safety of all our lives, the security of our country. To be sure the purpose and intentions of these mis-guided individuals and groups that support, indeed call for such laws as are being made and enforced upon the innocent and only occasionally the guilty are doing us all a disservice and ultimately serving ignorance and the agendas of the hysteria mongers. At times their rants and emotionally charged demands for the utter destruction of their ill-perceived villains seems to mimic the historical witch hunts of Salem, Mass. One would think that human intellect had evolved somewhat more than appears to be evident these many generations later. It appears to be doubtful. Addressing the issue of taking pictures of children, yours, mine, and theirs, in regards to the law, valid law, is simple enough. Children, just as adults, enjoy no special privilege when it comes to being seen and photographed in a public place. If you do not want your children to be the subject of photographers, people with cameras, exposed to the looks or even stares of others, or Lord forbid, the object of joy in the eyes of adoring worshipers of youth, then keep them confined to their rooms. Your children that is, not the innocent onlookers that you conjure up in your own mind to be in leagues with the devil. Assuming people are up to no good based on the simple fact that they just happen to be holding, or using a camera is the equivalent of declaring someone is a witch just because they happen to be holding a broom. As I have said before, hysteria is rampant in this society and most destructive not only to the one “assumed” to be in the wrong but to the one who is being hysterical. One of the symptoms of hysteria is the denial that one is, in fact, being hysterical. Acting on hysteria, or assumptions not well founded, is more dangerous to a society, and to all the individuals in that society, than the perceived dangers that gave rise to the concern in the first place. Assumptions, premature conclusions without the facts and details of the situation and circumstances being fully known and appreciated is reckless and foolish, if not down-right wrong. Might I add, almost always wrong. Wrong primary because the conclusion is based on a shortage of valid or logical grounds for that conclusion. Assuming that a person with a camera is doing something mischievous or criminal is short on facts and long on speculations based on one’s own troubled emotions or mis-information, and perhaps, tainted by propaganda introduced into your mind by social engineers and others with devious agendas. Un-founded assumptions are always suspect, and should never be given too much credibility. And assuming that the government has your best interests and well-being at heart is a foolish delusion at best. Thus, taking pictures of children who are in a public setting is not illegal, and should not be illegal. Constitutional restraints prohibit such laws in any event. The parent’s consent is not required. Nor is the subject’s permission required. Those who believe otherwise are mis-informed, or in denial. Public means public. Nothing hard to understand here.
SteveYnaNY continued: 7. Your rights in your house, in my house: It is a given that in your house you retain all inalienable rights that you are entitled to and have every right to exercise those rights as you see fit. Someone wishing to take your picture in your residence is obligated to get your permission before doing so. If you do not wish to be photographed in your own home then you have every right to say “No.”, deny the request from the picture taker, and the matter is closed. This is assuming that the one with the camera is also in your home at the time. The same holds true if you are anywhere in your house or outside of your house, say, in your yard, or on the front porch and the camera person is also in or on your property. If the one holding the camera is on the public street on public property, or property that does not belong to you, i.e., standing on his front porch, then the question of your privacy is mute. If he can see you from his own private property or from a public location then he can, without your consent, take and use your picture or pictures of your property as he pleases. Once again, if you can be seen from a public viewpoint you can be photographed without your consent, and I would add without your knowledge. Celebrities and politicians know this quite well, and have never, to my knowledge, been successful in prosecuting or sustaining such claims of invasions of privacy. The average person is no better...under the law. Some have put the question to me regarding pictures taken of persons while they were in my home, or studio. The answer is rather simple. If you are in my home or on my property your rights are somewhat restricted if I wish it to be so. For example, your free speech rights become a privilege extended to you by me, the property owner. If I do not grant you the privilege of speaking freely in my home you can not freely speak your mind while you are a guest in my home. The condition extends to the boundaries of my property, including my yard. That authority also applies to a place of business, which is a private entity under the control of the owner of that business property. Being the master of my private property gives me the power and authority to say what goes on, or does not go on, on my property, albeit my home, my land, or my business establishment. Refer to the Constitution for details in regards to private property. Bear in mind that the Constitution refers to the Government and what it may or may not do and not necessarily to you as a private citizen. For example, the Government is prohibited from spying on you without a valid warrant. (Current criminal acts performed by the present government not withstanding.) In as much as I am the Master of my home and have dominion over it, I can take photographs and record video of someone who may be in my home, or on my property, including my place of business without first acquiring their permission. I can do so without their knowledge. It is not required that I inform them of my intentions or my actions before hand or after the fact. The small notice at the entranceway of business places informing you of the fact that you are being observed by surveillance cameras is only a matter of politeness on the part of the store, and such notices are not required by law. State laws and local ordinances may state otherwise, but since the business place has the legal right to operate security measures as it deems necessary to protect itself from theft and so forth it would seem un-necessary and redundant to be required by law to post such rights. The same rule that applies to security measures taken by a place of business applies to a private home...not necessarily for the same reasons. By entering into my private home, or any property that I hold dominion over, i.e., my place of business, my yard, etc., you acknowledge that I hold the priority interest in who may enter upon my property and that I am the sole authority as to what goes on therein. As a guest, if I invite you, or as a conditional visitor if I have not expressly invited you, you are bound to accept the conditions and terms that I may evoke or pronounce as the owner of the property. If you wish not to accept the conditions and terms for me allowing you to enter upon my property, or if you fail to abide by the terms I set forth, you are free to leave or simply decline to enter in the first place. In other words, it is your choice as to whether or not you wish to come onto my property and whether or not you wish to stay depending on your willingness to accept the rules governing your privilege of being in/on my property. I mention these things to point out a concept that many in American society fail to comprehend or refuse to acknowledge. My house belongs to me and I am master of all that it contains; you are master of what is yours. Freedom separates us from each other, and binds us all to the principle of mutual respect for that freedom. Preserving my rights is dependant upon respecting your rights. Knowing what is genuinely legal and validly illegal is our responsibility as citizens of a society. One can not have a functioning civilized society, at least not for very long, if the citizenry is ignorant of the rules of social intercourse. Freedom becomes an illusion if emotions are allowed to prevail as legal standards. A society of laws, particularly well understood and clearly defined laws consistent with universal principles, is preferred over a society ruled by Man. Specially when that man, or group of men, is or is allowed to be...a tyrant. One who is inclined to abuse his power and authority, whether his position was legitimately obtained or not. (Refer to George W. Bush, both a tyrant and a traitor who occupies the White House presently by way of questionable and no doubt dubious means.) When emotions are allowed to dictate the application of laws hysteria will surely follow. As in the case of taking pictures of children.
SteveYnaNY I do apologize for your misunderstanding of my purpose and intent in my previous comments. Perhaps this will serve to clarify somewhat my motives for making the comments I made earlier. It is not imperative that any agree with me....but to disagree with the Facts of the matter and to contradict the Truth of law, seems to me, to be foolish and reckless with the principles of Freedom as well as an affront to the concepts of True nudism. Again I offer my regrets for any misunderstandings that were derived from my previous comments. For your consideration I offer this: A policy statement regarding picture taking as pertains to the laws of America. by The Artist, D. El De McClung. 1. The Artist is permitted by Right of Free Speech, as guaranteed by the First Amendment, and Common Law Rules of Sovereign Right, to take, acquire, process, possess, distribute, sell, alter, publish, display, and generally use as The Artist wishes, any picture, photograph, image, whether mechanically produced or otherwise created, regardless of the subject matter, person or persons depicted, or objects contained within the image, in as much as the image is created, made, produced, acquired, or taken by The Artist or his agent as he may appoint, hire, or otherwise contract, in writing or not; and, furthermore, 2. The Artist retains, defends, and declares the Sovereign Right to exercise any and all Natural Rights as may exist by Right of Birth, Citizenship in the Human Family, and the Natural Order of Being. 3. In no event, under no circumstance or condition does The Artist willingly and knowingly forfeit, compromise, deny, or neglect these enumerated, or un-pronounced, Rights to which he has and holds to be his by birthright. Among those Rights are the absolute right to Freedom of Expression, the Sovereign Right of un-encumbered and un-inhibited Speech, whether verbal, written, or by the making of images and objects of material substance. 4. The Artist acknowledges the Inalienable Rights of others to be free of invasions of privacy and other intrusions into their private lives and property. However, public property and individuals who may be on or in public properties are assured of no expectation of privacy in regards to having their pictures taken. This includes being video recorded. That is to say, people who are engaged in any activity upon public property or areas that are open to public view have no expectation of privacy, and can be photographed without their verbal permission or contracted consent. To be perfectly clear, if a person is in a public place or is visible from a public place, he or she can be photographed or video recorded without consent. The private or commercial use of the resulting images belongs to the photographer. To put it bluntly, if you do not want your picture taken do NOT appear in public, or allow yourself to be seen in a public setting. Generally, if I can see you I can legally take your picture, or record video of you. My camera serves as my eyes and records what I see just as my brain records images that I see with my eyes. 5. Examples of private places: Inside your home. Provided that you can not be seen inside your home via an open door or un-draped window by someone looking from a public street or from their property across the way. Contrary to common belief, and in light of modern technology such as a telephoto-lense, it would not be a reasonable assumption of privacy if one is within one’s home and leaves visual access to the inside of ones home thru an undraped window. If you do not wish to be seen, and possibly photographed, stay behind closed doors and drawn curtains. Public restrooms/dressing rooms. You are obviously entitled to your privacy in these places. The Government may think otherwise, actually it does think otherwise, so be aware of Peeping Uncle Sam watching you do your thing. 6. Examples of public places: Everyplace not listed above is public. If you can be seen by others you are not in a private place. An exception can be private property such as a place of business where the public can freely enter. Let’s say that you are walking around in a Wal-mart, going about your personal business shopping, the store can and does capture you on video cameras. You are on store property and they have the right to watch you for security reasons. Again, if you don’t want to be seen, and therefore captured on camera, stay home, or at least stay out of Wal-mart stores. As noted above, public restrooms and store dressing rooms have been ruled by the courts as places where you have the reasonable assurance of privacy (The key word here is “reasonable”, and the government is never reasonable! I suspect that Wal-mart and other such business places are not very reasonable either, but that’s just my opinion.) If you are walking down the street, on the sidewalk, you are in public view and your picture can be taken with out your consent. The picture belongs to the photographer and he/she can use the image as he pleases. Catching you in a compromising or embarrassing position on camera when you are in a public setting may be unfortunate for you, but it is not illegal for the photographer to record the event, and use the images in anyway he wishes. Blackmail is of course a criminal offense, but if you are in a public place when your activity is captured by the photographer then you most likely are not concerned about the consequences of your actions or being noticed by passers-by. Blackmail, in this case, would not be a likely intention of the photographer since others could have witnessed your actions as well. Again, if you don’t want witnesses to your activities then stay home or refrain from doing things in public that you might later regret. The unwitting witnesses, or inconvenient, to you, presence of a person with a camera, whether he be a professional photographer or just a casual bystander with the good fortune, for him, to have a camera in hand are not obligated to seek your permission or approval before or after the fact of capturing you on camera. Being in public is clearly your acknowledgment of the fact that you can and may be seen by others. No claim of privacy rights exists under these circumstances. Again, if you can be seen you can be photographed. I can not, at this time, give reference to court rulings that confirm this position, but I am certain that I am correct. The reader is free to send valid documentation to the contrary to my office.
I repeat for the benefit and security of anyone attending a YNA event taking photographs of fellow nudies during YNA events is Never permissible without the express permission of YNA leadership AND the intended subjects . The mean spirited and rude remarks of OcculusDar are completely against YNA values . We apologize for any confusion caused by Omocculsdar and hope this clarifies our policy with respect to photography at our events.
Not 100% accurate and I do know the laws and familiar with some (not all - not a lawyer) of the cases. When money changes hands, laws change. Plus - constructive criticism is great and truly appreciated, but why so angry? We are adults and can have an erudite debate without resorting to name calling. We are all right sometimes, we are all wrong sometimes - that holds true for me, you and everyone else in the world.
SteveYnaNY Thanks for commenting on my post. My comments are not only legally sound, they are absolutely legally valid. I know the law, you obviously don't. You, also, obviously don't understand ENGLISH since you failed to grasp the meaning of what I wrote. What makes you think i would attend one of your events? I don't associate with hypocrites and idiots. I am responding to your idiotic comments only because i have little tolerance for fools who think they know what they're talking about when they clearly have no clue. I very plainly stated that taking photographs of people on THEIR private property or privately owned property where the owner offers assurances of privacy to the guests, provided that property is cut off from PUBLIC view, would be off limits. Can't you READ? Apparently not! As for using photographs that I or any other photographer may LEGALLY take, the photographs belong to the photographer and can be used by the owner of those photographs, like any other property rightfully acquired, in any way he chooses. Including but not limited to publishing said photographs in any medium he damn well pleases. Those photographs are the rightful PRIVATE property of the photographer. That IS the law. Several court rulings confirm this FACT of law. At any rate i stated the facts of the matter and I have no further desire to continue this line of correspondence as you clearly are an idiot, and nothing would be gained from me attempting to educate your sorry ignorant ass. Good day.....
OcculusDar. I will also add that you will not be permitted to attend any YNA Upstate NY event with a camera and you wil be promptly asked to leave if you were found taking photos without the consent of YNA leadership and the intended subject.
I think you need to consult a lawyer about the legality of using photos taken in public. You may be able to legally take the photo but you may be taken to court and sued for how you use such a photo - especially a nude photo and even more so if the subject is under age. Furthermore just because you may be able to do something legally does not make it morally or ethically OK much less polite. The attitude you are sharing may be legal but it certainly is not consistent with naturist/nudie values of YNA. Please anyone who attends a YNA event either in public or private please understand it is NOT ever acceptable to take photos of other fellow nudies without there exicit approval.
Re: Picture taking and public nudity. Disregarding private property settings, public means public and no one in a public setting has the right to expect complete privacy from other people who may be in public or who can see you in that public setting. It is a misconception to think that you cannot be photographed in a public place without your consent. No such right exists. In your private home, behind closed doors and shuttered windows is one thing. If I can see you with my eyes and I am not in your house or present on private property, such as a private resort that is closed in by privacy fences/walls, I can legally take your picture without your permission. This is the law regarding picture taking. If you do not want to be photographed nude then stay indoors and hidden from public view. One other point as regards nudists and being seen nude. If you are a true nudist, and believe in the principles of nudism, you should have no problem with others seeing you nude, no matter who they may be, or what they may THINK about you being nude or seeing you nude.
I would like to clarify. Naked means without fur, feathers, scales, or a shell covering the bare skin of humans. All humans are naturally naked. Nude means without artificial coverings of the naked body, clothes, costumes, decorative and protective apparel.
Hi Jordan, Very good job and quite comprehensive. Would you mind if I borrow these definitions and add it to our volunteer Haulover Beach Ambassador Training tutorial? It certainly is not for commercial purposes and we would give you full credit for the information. -- Shirley Mason, Founder and 'Mother' of Haulover Beach. Em: ExDirBEACHESaol.com
Oh. Saw the title and assumed you were directing folks to our website! Nonetheless, we'll add this to our site in the section for newcomers and THEN we'll have "Nudism, Naturism and Social Nudity – Everything You Need to Know" PLUS everything else! ;-) Great job, very comprehensive! Youth and enthusiasm wins out this time! ;-)