ALL NUDIST Chats With Jordan About Nudism And YNA
All Nudist shares their thoughts with all the nudists! All-Nudist blog, written by Steve and Angie, has one of the most active and read blogs on the Internet today and is not one to hold back any opinions! While they have been critical at times of everyone, including YNA, we really appreciated their recent constructive comments, both positive and negative.
So we decided to interview Steve and Angie, authors of the All Nudist Blog, for their thoughts on nudism today.
Hope You Enjoy Our Interview With All Nudist Blog:
Q. How old were you when you first got interested in the nudist lifestyle?
A. Steve was interested since a child but didn’t try it until his 40’s. About seven years ago Angie was introduced to it at frozen Mazo Beach, and she was hooked for life! Before that, it had never even crossed her mind, heaven forbid!
Q. What was your first “official” nudist event / activity that you participated in?
A. Steve – ‘Officially’ that was finally going to a pretty average mid-sized camp. Typical story; scared stiff (not there!) then totally relaxed in ten or fifteen minutes. It felt like coming home, at last. Angie – Different camp, same story!
Q. In your view, what is the difference between Nudism & Naturism? (If there is one)
A. Realistically, not much. You can’t tell a nudist from a naturist at a beach or camp, and most folks don’t care anyway. We share a common enjoyment of social nudity and subscribe to common ideals regarding social nudism, that’s enough. Let the purists argue the finer points.
Q. What does it mean to be a naturist / nudist?
A. If you blend the interpretations offered by the world’s nudist/naturist organizations you come up with a community ideal which is environmentally conscious, socially inclusive, family friendly, non-sexual by nature, non-judgmental, respectful and well-behaved. We can go with that. Oh, and nude!
Q. What in your opinion, is the greatest problem that the naturist / nudist movement faces today?
A. Sex on the beach. Nearly all problems facing social nudism today stem from Textile society’s perspective of how sexuality relates to nudity, and therefore to nudism. Anything connecting the two makes for great headlines, with people having sex on public beaches topping the list. This is endemic worldwide; beaches are being closed and nudity is being banned because of it. Good public image is crucial to our existence and a public perception that we are irresponsible sex-addicts will assure opposition in every quarter.
Q. As you know, YNA has been criticized by many in the naturist movement. Why do you think that is? Is this criticism justified and what do you personally think of the job that YNA is doing?
A. The criticism we’ve heard (and made) is in regard to events sponsored by YNA which give the appearance of being outside of the mainstream naturist tradition, and many fear how it appears to outsiders. We consider these to be valid concerns involving the entire community but, lacking any ‘official’ nudist organization within which to debate, the court of public opinion will be held around campfires and on websites such as yours, ours, and others. YNA seems genuinely perplexed as to what the fuss is all about.
We have the highest hopes for YNA. The organization is doing a spectacular job of getting the word out that it exists and in promoting its social agenda and events, but has failed to reach into the overall nudist/naturist community to make its philosophical position clear. We here online can hear you, but most nudists /naturists won’t. They will, however, hear about YNA from friends and/or easily misunderstood media promotions or news articles. Their opinions will be formed based on those limited sources without rebuttal by YNA.
Q. Most of the negativity surrounding YNA is a result of three people who constantly spread, for a lack of a better word, lies and rumors. Is this a common occurrence in the naturist movement, and why do you think this is happening?
A. If it is, not publicly. Any negative statements we hear about organizations are either situation-specific, ie, failure to act, matters of propriety, or generalized questions/gripes such as, “What are they doing for us?” or more specifically, “What am I getting for my money?”
Q. If you could offer one piece of advice, for the nudist / naturist movement in general or YNA specifically, what would that be?
A. Unite. Infighting harms everyone and separate agendas divide us. Balanced Bare just posted an article about a proposed conference directed towards young naturist groups, but we would expand it to include any and all who would participate. Naturism has survived this far because we all subscribed to much of the same ideals; that solidarity is threatened today by intergroup rivalries and differing concepts of what naturism should represent. We need a commonly agreed upon creed we can all support and uphold together.
Q. Are you a member of AANR and or TNS?
A. Not presently.
Q. Is there anything else that was not asked you would like to add or talk about?
A. Well, sure! But we’ll save that for our website, this has gone long enough as it is!
Hope you enjoyed hearing Steve And Angie and please visit their all nudist blog at: http://all-nudist.com