RE:Promoting diversity in nudism

I see that the problem isn't private resorts fading into oblivion. As private businesses they have right to be a-holes, and I won't support those who discriminate even if I weren't single. The greater issue is for local and state governments to allow nudity on public lands. We had a warm April day in the 80s and on Hollywood beach in the middle of Chicago several men were sunbathing and even heading to the frigid water naked. My friend in the neighborhood said they self-police and are clothed after about 2pm when schools start letting out, and the neighborhood has a live and let live view. In my opinions, many are open and accepting to public nudity, but the vocal ones carry the day. Perhaps things will shift so they'll have a change of heart? To me the process of letting go of fear of the Other is like the Grinch growing compassionate, and it can happen to the most vacuum sealed minds - I just don't know how. Somehow they can't stop Christmas or nudity; it will come just the same. Here's wishing...
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RE:Promoting diversity in nudism

Why do clubs do this?Easy.Because they can.AANR or anyone else wont stand up to these clubs.So clubs will continue to ostracize people of colour as well as Trans people and single men.Because they can and no one stands up to them.

I strongly agree. AANR, which should be the body that disciplines discriminatory behavior, does nothing. I'm also very aware of the public face of AANR, clubs, and resorts. The images are always carefully gender-balanced, but then they hide behind excuses when it comes to people who aren't white, straight, cis-gendered, and not handicapped. There's this thing called "making an honest effort" that they all just can't seem to do. They may not verbalize their bigotry and intolerance but their behavior exposes their beliefs. White people may not see these images as a big deal, but they are. If they weren't such a big deal, they wouldn't be carefully gender-balanced.

An aside: I always laugh under my breath when I meet white nudists who are uncomfortable with my black skin. Because of the melanin in my skin, I have a clear, undeniable advantage in the sun. It's something that's not political. More than anything, it's an advantage that they can't deny or take away from me, no matter what.

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Have there been any articles in any AANR publications or on their website that even mention the issue? Nudist publications and websites typically go out of their way to make cis women (who are always portrayed as being white) feel comfortable, but I dont recall anything to promote diversity.

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Whereas I get frustrated with discrimination in nudism (including my self-awareness of the bubble I've lived in as a cis-gendered white middle aged man), I have hope that nudists can be a positive agent of change. Why? Because nudists by definition see people without society's main label of clothes and are thereby iconoclastic. The low hanging fruit in making nudism more diverse is to bridge the age gap between generations. I personally think that millennials have many of these issues related to discrimination figured out (at least much better than baby boomers) and that we have a lot to learn from them if we can only get out the way enough for them to feel more welcomed.

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Repeatedly, studies have shown diverse contacts foster diverse... umm... looking for a word... I don't know, thinking, I guess. The more people you come into contact with that are not you normalizes that diversity. I grew up - as Gen-X - in Green Bay, Wisconsin, next to the Cleavers with 2.5 children and a dog. Dual-income household where Mom made 85% of my Dad and my Sister is almost exactly 3 years younger. Just like everyone else. Pale, one new car, one beater, cut lawn, and bills to pay. Took 6 years of schooling before I encountered a Black classmate, so no shock when one of my 1st questions to her asked which part of Chicago she's from... an absurd stereotyping for which I am still ashamed. That said, the Upper Midwest has an abundance of First Peoples & AAPI - specifically Hmong. Only after I had a Black classmate did I notice I also had Native classmates & Hmong classmates. Aside from some skin tone and facial features, I took no notice of these classmates as much different than myself, they just happened to live in neighborhoods not very close to mine. To this day I'll easily mistake someone of Native decent as Latino or a Latino as Tamil. Millennials may have an advantage over Boomers because A) they haven't known a life of assured prosperity secure in their unchanging neighborhoods and B) their heroes, celebrities, and increasingly their classmates aren't the same as themselves... and also increasingly mixed race individuals are MUCH more common nearly to the point there are no people just like themselves. Remember, Buddy Holly was assumed Black until he performed in a concert just because of the music he played and somehow Elvis is considered white. After this long ramble, same holds true for breaking age barriers. The more contact us olds have with the young'ins the more we'll understand their concerns with the nudist community and we'll also learn nudity is somewhat less a concern - unlike those who swam nude at the YMCA then lost the torcher of high school gang showers to individual stalls. Jimmy Smits butt would never shock a Millennial yet millions of pearls were lost in Boomer homes and us Gen-Xers thought it about time they finally put a man's butt in prime time rather than a reflection from a mirror of a woman's. I've not been able to get enough anecdotes to be definitive, but my guess is social nudity for the (now) 30-somethings just isn't a planned event but rather far more relaxed and situational, unlike the secret fantasies of the neighbors of the Cleavers.

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