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post #41 of 88
If everyone is comfortable with it then I don't see a problem. Nudity is not a big issue around here.
post #42 of 88
i probably would with a SO but not with kids
post #43 of 88
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Interesting replies all. Thank you.
post #44 of 88
I'm not into it, but I believe there was a long thread here a while back about it, and many people were. You might even find a nudist tribe in FYT.
post #45 of 88

I've been meaning to reply

We're not into beaches (at least not in the US where they are a bit different) but in other countries, sure.

In the past we've gone to family nudist campgrounds and private resorts.

We haven't been recently but that's mostly because it requires traveling and we just haven't got there.
post #46 of 88
Nope, no way, never, especially with my kids. We are prudes here, and proud!
post #47 of 88
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Family-oriented nude beaches? Sounds like heaven for pedophiles.
Yes, exactly. Pedophiles flock to places where they can see children naked. (And some might bring their cameras.) Thank you for being brave enough to say this, IdahoMom, even though this is obviously the unpopular opinion on this thread.

I would not take any child to a nudist beach. I have no problem with "topless" beaches, but I don't think children should be subjected to looking at adult genitals.

I say this with personal experience with nude beaches. I was raised by hippies, and I remember feeling extremely uncomfortable at nude beaches as a child. Also, I felt a social pressure from the adults to be naked as well, although I would have preferred to be clothed. And there were sometimes adult men present on the beaches who were obviously aroused, if you know what I mean.

FWIW, I am an atheist.
post #48 of 88
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Originally Posted by rayo de sol View Post
Yes, exactly. Pedophiles flock to places where they can see children naked. (And some might bring their cameras.) Thank you for being brave enough to say this, IdahoMom, even though this is obviously the unpopular opinion on this thread.

I would not take any child to a nudist beach. I have no problem with "topless" beaches, but I don't think children should be subjected to looking at adult genitals.

I say this with personal experience with nude beaches. I was raised by hippies, and I remember feeling extremely uncomfortable at nude beaches as a child. Also, I felt a social pressure from the adults to be naked as well, although I would have preferred to be clothed. And there were sometimes adult men present on the beaches who were obviously aroused, if you know what I mean.

FWIW, I am an atheist.
Uh.. For your gracious information, So fart he beaches that we have been to so far, have strictly forbidden cameras. One of them that was family oriented , was exactly that. Family oriented, no singles allowed admission.
post #49 of 88
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As for children looking at adult genitals? Frankly, why shelter them from something thats completely natural and totally harmless. Is it that you will have to explain what it is and what happens to your body as you grow up that you fear in a case like this?
post #50 of 88
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Uh.. For your gracious information, So fart he beaches that we have been to so far, have strictly forbidden cameras. One of them that was family oriented , was exactly that. Family oriented, no singles allowed admission.
That's the experience we've had with private resorts/clubs.

Absolutely no cameras and no single men. Although of course married men can be pedophiles too

As for men being aroused, that also would not be tolerated.

I could see that happening in places open to the public though.
post #51 of 88
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As for children looking at adult genitals? Frankly, why shelter them from something thats completely natural and totally harmless. Is it that you will have to explain what it is and what happens to your body as you grow up that you fear in a case like this?
Does my personal experience growing up with hippies on nude beaches mean nothing to you? As I said before, as a child I felt extremely uncomfortable with having to view adult genitals. I have to go with what my honest feelings were as a child, therefore, I would not want to impose the viewing of adult genitals on my own children. I simply don't think it's appropriate for children to have to see adult genitals. That's where I draw the line.

By the way, I'm very curious about why you started this thread? You seem pretty committed to your views on the subject, and unwelcoming to my opposing view, so why solicit opinions?
post #52 of 88
I don't think I would in the US, but I think it's a different story in Europe where toplessness and nudity are so much less "charged" than here.

I live near a nude beach in NJ, and I've been and it was really nice. I loved seeing nude people who weren't actresses or models and just seeing the range of everyday bodies out there on the beach.

That said, what really made that beach nice was that there were no kids!!!! (And I love kids) Compared to the other beaches in the area it was so quiet and peaceful--like going to a resort. I'm not sure how fun that nude beach here in NJ would be for a kid though.

In Europe, isn't clothing optional more the norm?
post #53 of 88
I could care less, but dh probably would not go for it. Also, I love taking pictures of family outings and would not be able to do so on a nude beach so we'd opt for the clothed beach.
post #54 of 88
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I'd love to do that. I hate swimsuits, I will only wear a very modest (as in, more modest than you can find in department stores) swimsuit and dress modestly including covering my head pretty much all the time. I have no desire for I or my child to be dressed in clothing the main function of which is sexualization rather than simply decoration or practical protection from the elements. Bathing suits are atrocious, and I hate having to deal with a lot of sunscreen, etc.

But in clothing-optional environments things are different. Especially in family-friendly clothing-optional places, there is no vanity or sexualization to being nude. If anything it's the ultimate in plain dress and it doesn't feel immodest to me to be nude when everyone is the way it does to be dressed in clothing that merely calls attention to my "private" bits by covering them and little else and in such a clingy way.

In short, I would RATHER take DD to a family-friendly nude beach than a clothed beach, and we'd be nude even though on a clothed beach we'd be in very modest sun-protective swimsuits.

I'd still cover my head, though, because I'm currently oath-bound to do that. And DD's, with a nice, wide-brimmed sun hat!
This is a very interesting and fresh perspective!
post #55 of 88
I've been to nude beaches with fully nude men and women and beaches where most people wear suits and a few women go topless.

A few topless women among lots of people wearing suits is no big deal, IMO. Everyone naked might be a little much for a 15 year old. If it's the latter, I'd see if you can find a beach with more clothing. IME Most beaches are not the all nude kind or there's more of a full nudity area and an area where people are more modest.

I think you won't have a problem finding a spot where more people than not have clothes on. Have a fun vacation!
post #56 of 88
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I don't think I would in the US, but I think it's a different story in Europe where toplessness and nudity are so much less "charged" than here.
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I like going to the beaches in Croatia when we go to visit the in-laws there. Apparently they have a history of prudish Anglos going there to loosen up a bit . . .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rab

But, we personally are in the middle ground when it comes to "family nudity". Lots of families go to the "naturist" beaches and really enjoy them. Personally, I have only gone with my DH, and then we usually just go find a nice secluded area (the coast is full of pristine wooded rocky coves - picture Big Sur, not Miami Beach) to go snorkeling. rather than visit the official "FKK" beaches. But if the kiddos happen to see other people in various stages of undress even at the more mainstream sandy "kid beaches" near town it is no big deal. Toplessness is not even worth commenting on, it is so accepted. And NO kids under five wear swimsuits.

My cousins who came to visit one time, on the other hand, were quite shocked when a gaggle of nudish Germans descended on the little beach they had chosen . . . I guess we had forgotten to warn them about the whole "naturist" thing (hee hee).
post #57 of 88
I think my only real objection to nude beaches is the practical aspect.... how the heck do you get sunscreen EVERYWHERE you need it? And then there's the sand getting in every little crack and crevice. And what about biting flies or insects, or whatever? I just don't see the appeal.
post #58 of 88
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Originally Posted by rayo de sol View Post
Yes, exactly. Pedophiles flock to places where they can see children naked. (And some might bring their cameras.) Thank you for being brave enough to say this, IdahoMom, even though this is obviously the unpopular opinion on this thread.

I would not take any child to a nudist beach. I have no problem with "topless" beaches, but I don't think children should be subjected to looking at adult genitals.

I say this with personal experience with nude beaches. I was raised by hippies, and I remember feeling extremely uncomfortable at nude beaches as a child. Also, I felt a social pressure from the adults to be naked as well, although I would have preferred to be clothed. And there were sometimes adult men present on the beaches who were obviously aroused, if you know what I mean.

FWIW, I am an atheist.
I hear you, sister. Especially on the "let it all hang out" parents.

Years ago I read Nikki Craft's expose of the "naturist" movement and it really stuck with me. I have to say she brings up many good points. I don't know if we're allowed to link it here, but you can google "no status quo" and get her website.
post #59 of 88
I haven't liked any of the public nude beaches I've been to in the US-I don't particularly find nude beaches appealing. I have gone topless/nude in many places (Europe, Miami, Hamptons, etc.) and have no hangups about that, I just prefer it be private!
post #60 of 88
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Yes, exactly. Pedophiles flock to places where they can see children naked.
Not really...
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