Addressing concerns and answering questions
When we purchased our new spa, Terlam in Fords, NJ, we were aware that some of the existing members would have concerns with us holding naturist events there. The following is an open letter that addresses those concerns.
Dear Terlam Members,
It has come to our attention that some of the Terlam members and Fords community had questions and / or concerns regarding the YNA Naked Sunday events at Terlam. Please bear with me as I will do my best to explain what we do as well as what we stand for.
YNA is an abbreviation of Young Naturists America. It was founded by Felicity and I in 2011 with the intention of growing naturism and its underlying principals and values.
Naturism is a philosophy and way of life that is shared by people from all walks of life in every corner of the globe. Naturists believe that a person should be judged based on their character and how they behave, not based on their job, how they look or how much money they have.
For those who see the world as we do, the naked human body is no more sexual than a clothed one. In fact, we argue that clothes sexualize people far more than simple nudity.
We use social nudity to promote acceptance. We believe in equality and by removing clothing, we also remove social stigmas, status symbols and prejudice. Without such status symbols, a janitor becomes indistinguishable from a lawyer and therefore they are both on an even playing-field.
Some of the major issues that YNA tackles as an organization are body image and body acceptance, behavioral issues such as bullying and fat shaming, women’s rights, child pornography, sexuality-related topics and so on.
Both Felicity and I have been naturists since the day we were born. For us, the sight of the naked human form is nothing shameful. With that said, we realize that some people may think differently, which is why we are doing our best to educate the public about what naturism, in its purest form, actually is.
You might have read that we are letting teenagers from a certain age attend our events unaccompanied by an adult. Since there is nothing sexual about our events, try to think of it as though they are going to a PG movie. If they can afford the price of admission then there is absolutely no reason why they should not be allowed to join. We offer a safe, family-friendly environment for people who share our values and morals.
There has also been concern over the nude use of our swimming pool. Naturists know that they must shower before entering the pool. This is standard practice at every single nudist or naturist venue. In fact, swimming nude is far better for many health reasons. There are also quite a few sanitary benefits. Bathing suits often contain dirt, detergents, dyes, and other household chemicals. Also, most non naturist swimming pools don’t enforce a “shower before swimming” policy so chances are that a naturist pool will be far cleaner with less chemicals.
When using the workout equipment, naturists always sit on a towel and use any equipment while wearing shoes. This is far cleaner than sitting on the bikes with sweaty workout cloths. Since naturists are very respectful, most will actually wipe down the machines personally after they use them, even though there is no real reason to do so.
Hopefully, this will put most of your concerns at ease. I understand that the initial news of these events may have come as a bit of a shock and the reaction is understandable.
When we let our imaginations run wild, the fantasy is usually far more extreme than reality.
If you have any additional concerns, I will be more than happy to answer them. I am also willing to come and do a group discussion as well.
Jordan & Felicity