(This article applies mainly to Britain.)
In the 1960s homosexuality was illegal and generally considered to be wrong, sinful. Yet now it is almost universally approved of. How did this change come about? Might the same process be applied to naturism?
1. The law. In 1967 sexual acts between adults in private residences were legalised. This was ahead of public acceptance, but helped to change the public's opinion on homosexuality.
2. Having a voice. Up to the seventies there was no gay representation in the media. Homosexuals might be talked about, but never got to talk themselves. In the late seventies, and more so as time went on, homosexuals were able to go on radio and TV and write and sing about their lives, instead of just being talked about.
3. Exposure. Once it was legal, gay people started to show themselves in public, to come out. This happened more and more as time went on. As the public began to realise that homosexuality was common and that many of the people they knew and loved were gay, they began to accept it.
4. Campaigning. Many years of quietly campaigning for acceptance got almost nowhere. Then more radical activists started to make a noise and they got seen and heard. This extremism helped the quieter campaigners too as the powers that be would go to the 'sensible' ones for advice? So quiet and aggressive campaigning are needed.
Now how can we apply this to naturism/nudity?
1. The law in England says that nudity per se is not a crime. People are often prosecuted under other laws, laws about harassment, alarm or anti-social behaviour, so we need to show that it is not alarming nor is it anti-social.
2. Naturism is not a big topic in the public realm. The subject comes up occasionally, usually as an eccentric activity you might try. There is no naturist program on telly or radio that I know of. There are people available for comment (in BN and other places) but they never seem to be seen. So although the attitude is usually benign, we are not getting a voice
3. There are celebrities who admit to going naked at times, this is good. But the telly and newspapers have adopted a sort of 'zero tolerance' to nudity (or at least genitals and female nipples) and this is very bad. Even shows shown late at night often have pixelation to cover up those parts. I think we need to complain when we see this, it is stupid and offensive.
4. There is the WNBR, which gets publicity and is very friendly, this is a very good thing. There is Stephen Gough, a more extreme campaigner, which is also good. We need these different levels of campaigning. Stephen's extremism gets publicity and gets a lot of support of the sort 'why are we spending thousands locking up a harmless man'?. What I don't see is anything in between. I don't see naturists having marches or petitions and stuff. (maybe I'm just not looking in the right places).