Many, many years ago, Alan Funt of “Candid Camera” fame, put his brand of pranking to a new level. He made a movie that had several unsuspecting victims involved in situations with a naked woman present. Similar to the naked pizza delivery challenge, it played on the uncomfortable feelings of textiles when confronted with a bare. Of course many 12 year old boys wish for these kind of situations, and I admit I was one of them. Now that I am nearly 60, I do know how to handle the situation. The big however is what about the pizza guy? This question comes up from time to time, how do you answer the door if you’re a full time nudist?
There was a clothing optional apartment complex in Austin, Texas that had complaints due to residents not wearing anything when they went to get the mail. Seems that the mailman was not happy seeing the naked residents. They ended up having to be clothed when they retrieved their mail. So, was he right?
We worry about beaches being restricted and areas that had been clothes optional becoming textile only. We want top freedom, we want legal rights, but as long as nude is equated with sex, prudes win the day.
So, what can we do about to it? Look at the local laws. Know your rights. Stay adult and respectful. Their game is to show how rude and lewd nude people can be, so don’t show that to them. Think about the long game. Protest when necessary, and attend those town hall meetings. Be out if you can. If someone can’t be out about being a nudist, don’t you dare out them. Jobs and family may be at stake. And that last bit is all the more reason to fight for legalized nudity. Child protection services could be called if someone has negative feelings about adult nudity around children.
Nudity has been used for protest, titillation and for advertising. It has a long history of being connected to sex, and wishing it wasn’t so won’t change that. Educatimg the masses and being reasonable will.
So, what do you say to a naked lady? How about, nice to meet you, my name is….