AANR and Young Naturists America

| January 3, 2011 | 4 Comments

AANR And YNA – Wondering What Went Down?

The Issues Between AANR and YNA Explained

AANR and YNA – Hey everybody I’m back from my little hiatus! All the craze of the holidays and throwing our Nude Year’s Eve party put out the blogging, but now here’s the latest news of us.

You may have seen some online chatter in a few places about us and AANR – The America Association For Nude Recreation. If you haven’t you’ve got a lot to catch up on too! We started up some debating in press releases, blogs and comments, and so forth.

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AANR and Young Naturists America

First check out this press release we sent out, “Young Nudists Show the AANR how it’s done”. (That got their attention.)

Then our friend Nudiarist interviewed and wrote us a great article on his blog! Read here.

Next, their blog response about us, “Can’t nudist groups just all get along?” The comments are very interesting to read!

Then there is also Nudiarist’s follow-up blog, “Disappointing Response from AANR” which has some comments to read as well.

Last, but not least, our response in a press release!

Young Naturists America Reponse to AANR”

Young Naturists & Nudists America was founded to promote the naturist movement and through this movement, body acceptance, especially among the 18-35 generation. Despite what our name might imply, we don’t have an age limit, and we accept all people regardless of race, body jewelry, sexual orientation, single or not single, etc. We know about other young nudist groups, such as Vita Nuda; we’ve even been involved with Vita Nuda in Florida, but recognized its lack of presence in the northeast since its inception. So we felt it was time to take it up a notch and do our own thing, while being open to collaboration with other groups.

We contacted AANR through different avenues, but they didn’t respond. So we put out a press release and at last got some attention! For the record, we weren’t looking for cheap headlines or to knock the AANR, but rather to make them take notice of the younger people in the movement and the role that they have / should play. Furthermore, it is easy to have a following in places like Florida, but to create something in our area… It seems like if things are hard then organizations are not willing to invest time and money. With the funding that large organizations have, why do 3 young people need to invest all their savings and most of their time to create something while the largest organization does not even offer any recognition let alone support?

We should all get along, and for YNA it is more of a moral issue. In all honesty, the movement is one thing and money is something else. Being nice and supportive is great, but we all have rent to pay- America and the naturist movement are both(for all intent and purposes) capitalists so money is the goal for most of them. We are one of the only groups we know of that is willing to lose time and money for the cause. Just like any company or movement, YNA will need to find a way to make some money as well; otherwise we won’t be able to survive, but that is in no way our main goal. If the AANR is here to represent the different clubs then they are wise to keep out of many controversial issues; but if they are to be “our” representatives then they must get off the sidelines and take action. For example, instead of remaining silent about body art – it would have made more sense to come out strongly against discrimination of any kind and at the same time say something like: “but we respect the fact that private clubs are just that – private and have the right to impose any rules they see fit – whether we agree with them or not”.

Lastly, we welcome criticism, ideas and opinions so if anyone has any issue with YNA or its members then please try and contact us directly first, rather than attacking us from afar.

Since the start of all this chatter AANR has emailed us, apologized for miscommunication and posted a mention about our upcoming Nude Year’s Eve on their site, so for that we want to thank them. We hope to establish a positive line of communication from here on out and possibly some collaboration in the future!

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Nudiarist for his devotion to the cause and wonderful blog. Keep up the good work!

~Young Naturists & Young Nudists America

That’s the whole story! Please comment and let us know what you think of it all! It’s always good to spark discussion :)

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Author of Felicity's Blog. Co-founder of Young Naturists America. 3rd-generation nudie. Avid reader. Feminist. 70% vegan, 30% vegetarian. When I'm not busy eating, I'm writing about naturism, censorship, topfree equality, body image and other fun topics. I like feedback, so plz leave a comment when you've got something to say!
  • Great ….You have beautifully presented your thought in this blog post.

  • Hi, greetings from Finland! Here in North Europe we don't seem to have so much of a divide between the nudist generations. In Finland we have a small population anyway – 5 Million – so what's to divide ;-)

    Maybe it is down to the fact that we are brought up with the concept of relaxed 'sauna culture' nudity where friday night all the family strip off for the sauna and swim (in summer). Basically we are all naturists here, a lot of us live primitive, clothes free lives in our remote summer cottages and islands. We seem to avoid the political aspects of nudism that you have in the States.

  • Phil

    On Nudiarists blogs don't forget all the comments on his mirror sites like <a href="http://thepoliticalnaturist.blogspot.com/2010/12/disappointing-response-from-aanr.htmlhttp://thepoliticalnaturist.blogspot.com/2010/12/… />
    As far as calling him a "friend", well he wont approve comments that show what sites he copied some of the photos from.
    AANR doesnt seem dedicated to furthering nudists rights, their secret purpose is making money.

  • John

    Surprised? I'm not. It's a weird world some of these naturists/nudists live in. I sent out dozens of emails to organizations, clubs, resorts asking to be placed on their media contacts list so my company could start collecting stories for launch. Not one, including AANR, emailed back. So I find it very, very interesting that they attacked you. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that they don't do enough in many aspects, but what do I know?