I've been reading with some interest the posts and comments about Naturism, public nudity and where on the bus we should be sitting.
Taking a somewhat outside perspective on it, my overall thoughts are these.
In New Zealand there is no statue law against public nudity. There have been a couple of cases against people jogging nude along beaches etc, but all the ones I know of have been thrown out.
Despite this, it's not that common to see nudity in NZ. I think once on a hike around Mt Tongarero we came across some skinny dippers, and we ourselves made use of a near by waterfall to shower. Even in summer the water is absolutely freezing.
It's somewhat uncommon to see people naked there even though anywhere there's water, it's basically legal to be naked.
I noticed the comments about Steve Gough not doing naturism much good. Initially I didn't understand him, but now that I do, naturism actually has little to do with what he's trying to do. He just wants to be himself. For him, being himself is being naked.
Here on Naktiv siteI've seen people advocating public nudity anywhere. On that basis you should be cheering Steve Gough. On the other hand there's been others that have asserted that there's a time and a place.
I'm inclined to fall into this latter category for pragmatic reasons.
The fact we must face is that cities and modern society are basically unnatural. I had the pleasure of watching Xingu. A movie about the Villas-Bôas brothers, and Brazil's first Indian reserve.
That movie underlines the impacts of modern life and how it separates people from the land, the environment and a more natural, simpler way of life.
I think a cold hard fact that isn't going to change is that city folk like their shops, roads and cafés. There are those that will head for the great outdoors. A small percentage of them will identify with doing so sans clothing.
I am extremely skeptical of urban nudism. At least in the form some would advocate.
It appears the latest fashion for women are tights. In a good many cases this leaves less to the anatomical imagination. It isn't exactly people connecting with nature. Likewise swimwear those of lithe statue can pull off. A triangle strip of fabric in front, little else holding it together.
In my mind, I'm not so sure anybody should be pushing for public nudity. I think the first step is getting people out into the countryside connecting with nature again. They first need to get that connection in order to appreciate why it is people want to get naked at all.
In an urban setting nakedness is distorted. People can't relate to it as it doesn't have an appropriate context. I think nudist clubs and facilities have suffered decline not simply because they've been separate, secretive, and generationally isolated. It's also because far more people are less interested in the outdoors.
It's a somewhat complex issue, and there's more to it than I've outlined here. None the less, I think the starting points need to be carefully evaluated. Within the context of this evaluation, commercialism needs to be accounted for.