from a sense of shame; 4) for aesthetic reasons, as decoration, enjoyment, beauty, and to attract the reverse

sex; 5) for apotropaic reasons, to turn away the effects
of magic, sorcery, the evil eye, and hostile spirits. We
shall see that one or more of these considerations can
Additionally explain what nudity once meant for the Greeks-and how My wife and I and 6 other couples that are good buddies have been going to the changed.2
Though it doesn’t function as a protection against the
weather (1), nakedness, like clothing or armor, was
used to recognize social groups (2), in life and in art.
Clothing, actually, differentiates human society, civilized
people, from animals and wild beasts, which are
Nude. Individuals wear clothing, animals don’t. In a
clothed society, nevertheless, nakedness is special, and can
be used as a “costume.” As it developed, Greek nudity
came to mark a contrast between Greek and nonGreek, and also between women and men. The latter
distinction is linked with the most fundamental connotation of nakedness, the sense of shame, vulnerability and
exposure it arouses in person (3), and the associated sense
of shock provoked by its sight. Clothes was made to
avoid such powerful emotions by covering the body, notably the male genitals, the phallus, and female genitals and breast.
public is pretty worldwide.3 There originally existed in

I was newly married and living on the east coast not too far from the shores. , as elsewhere, a garment designed
to hide the wearer’s sex organ, a loin cloth, perizoma or
diazoma, as the Greeks usually called it. The beauty of
the nude body (4) has frequently been exalted. Its sensual and
aesthetic attractiveness, as Kenneth Clark has shown, has
caused an alternate word to be used: this facet of nakedness is known as “nudity.”4
In the ancient Near East Ishtar,5 and in the West
naked. The attractiveness and strength of the nude male
body were also commended, and heroes, including the Master of Animals, were signified naked, or wearing
only a belt.7 It was the Greeks who brought into our
culture the ideal of male nudity as the highest kind of
beauty. Greek art and athletics exalted the beauty of
the youthful male sportsman, whose figure provided the
model for the hero or youthful god. The image of the
nude young male, the kouros statue of early Greek art
(Comparing with the clothed female, the kore), embodied the arete or magnificence of an aristocratic youth, who
was kaloskagathos, “beautiful and noble.”8
On account of the powerful emotions of shame, shock,
lust, admiration, irreverence, pity, and disgust aroused
by the sight of the naked human body, the most frequent associations are with taboo, magic, and ritual
(5). When the sexual organ was uncovered, its power
was unleashed. Apotropaic and bewitching nudity, calling for the exposure of male genitals and female
enduring force of this elaborate picture. As a taboo, it
can protect against the evil eye. Like the Gorgon’s
gaze, it can paralyze or protect.
exposure of a woman’s breast or genitals, for example,
Additionally function as strong magic.9 In art and in life,

cultures throughout history, and has survived into our
own times. Phallic or “priapic” figurines and amulets,
In addition to obscene gestures, still serve as protection
against the evil eye in many parts of the world. When
Clothing is regular, exhibitionist actions of nakedness frequently
have a charming meaning. In the realm of magic, nudity
wards off a spell or other dangerous form of magic, compels love, and gives strength to one’s own practice of
witchcraft and conjuring.”1 Since, then, in a clothed
society nudity was exceptional, grievous, dangerous, and
Strong,”1 entire nakedness was prevented in regular life. It was saved for particular scenarios or specific
Rite services.
Language, too, preserved traces of this magic power
of nakedness. The word, like the fact, had to be
avoided, so that its magic power could be preserved.

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linguistic taboo so caused the kind of the word for
“Nude” to transform, in all the Indoeuropean languages.
Though gymnos, nudus, nackt, etc. were all initially
related to each other-so linguists insure us-they
were all transformed in varied and surprising ways,
so that their first likeness is almost unrecognizable.12 For most parts of the body, there’s what
Devoto called a “succinct” vocabulary:13 the words for
“heart,” “eye,” “foot,” “knee,” “nose,” “tooth,” “eyebrow” are basically the same in all the Indoeuropean

languages. Differences can be accounted for, even clarified, by linguistic “rules.” But words for “nude,”
In addition to the names of certain parts of the bodyfinger, tongue, hand, and hair-are different in the
different languages. How can this be explained? Indoeuropeans obviously had fingers, tongues, hands, hair,
and nakedness; and they must have had names for

My Bucket List

I viewed the film “The Bucket List” and it made me think of my own bucket list. One of many things I ‘d always wanted to do was visit a bare resort. I’d swam nude in Lake Mead frequently and some other areas and enjoyed the feeling of freedom you get being naked.
I chose to find a nearby nudist facility and visit. My wife said she was not interested so I went alone to Mountaindale Sun Resort.

The host was very friendly and explained the rules and gave me a quick tour. I couldn’t hesitate to get undressed and join the people at the pool. I really enjoyed my visit and went back a couple more times. The pool, hiking trails, watering place and grounds are a great spot to spend time. Being nude felt so natural I quickly embraced the concept.

My wife does not share my excitement so my chances to visit are reduced. My times at the nudist resort are some of the most relaxing and pleasurable diversion I have ever done. I ‘m definitely glad I acted on fulfilling one of the items on my “bucket list.” I located fellow nudists to be an extremely friendly crowd.

-Wayde D.
Our first encounter with social nudity happened during the Skinny-Dip this year. My soon to be wife and I read about it in the AANR Bulletin. We talked about it for several days and finally made a decision to go. She was really a bit scared of getting nude in public. She had all the fears which are discussed on all of the parks’ websites.

When we arrived at Whispering Pines, we were greeted by several nude people at the gate. They grinned and gave directions to the parking area. So away we went into the sphere of social nudism. We drove past lots of folks that were naked too. All of them grinned and waved like they understood you.

After we parked and got out of the car, I started to take my clothing away. She looked at my like I was crazy. “Are you getting nude right now?”

“I certainly am; everyone else is so we should be too.” She started to take off her clothing as a girl pulled into the spot next to us. Robin quit and just stood there as the woman got from her car and stripped, and grabbed her towel and cooled and gave an extremely fine hello to us. I think this removed all hesitation from Robin. She removed the rest and we walked to the pool place.

That was the beginning of a new lifestyle for us. We’ve been back there and to The Bar S Ranch.
We have met some of the friendliest folks at both areas. Now we are getting ready to join one as members.

All I can declare is why did I wait so long to get this done? It’s the very best form of outdoor recreation. Sun and air on is amazing to let life’s frustrations go away. Hate to have to pack up and go home. But like I said we will be back as frequently as possible.

-Bob & Robin L
We had just purchased our first RV and were looking for someplace close to try the new RV. A Web search of nearby RV resorts located very few places to go that were relatively close. I located Lilly Valley in Fort Erie, Canada and thought it looked interesting.
When my wife came home and asked if I discovered around I told her there were a few that were more than 100 miles away, but there was a “nuddie” resort just through the Peace Bridge.

I was astounded when her only answer was “OK.”
I called and made reservations and we were on the way. About 45 minutes later we were there. Lilly Valley has a small gate and lots of naked men met me there and helped direct me on which way to turn to get in. By the time that I got through the gate there were six nude guys with enough metal to construct their very own battleship.

Should you not like it we will leave. Inside 15 minutes we had met and his wife, a family with two children, the proprietor and various other people. No one paid any attention to any parts except for the portions of the RV.

We have been nudists since then. We also felt the demand for AANR so much we became Premier members and then Life members. Now all of our excursions are built around going from one nudist resort to another.

-Chales L
Buffalo, New York
First Nudist Vacation

To say she was shocked was an understatement.

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I said what do you expect, we are on the bare side of the hotel?

Cradle to Grave

My first experience may be a bit different as compared to some other people. My parents were nudist. I suppose, given the time frame, I was about two years old when I had my first memory of visiting a “nudist camp.” It was somewhere in the Bay Area in California. We subsequently moved to Louisiana where there we no resorts or camps within a reasonable driving distance from our home. We did holiday at a couple of locations in Florida and Texas from about 1956 to 1964. My parents scarcely troubled to get dressed around the house and my mom spent a least a few hours a day, during good weather, sun bathing in our very big backyard. I’ve been wed a bit more often that I would have enjoyed, but all of my wives have become nudist or at least participated in my nudist activities. I am an academic and one of my research areas has involved research on the effects of a nudist life style on children (positive outcomes), and legal issues relative to use of public places by nudist (testified in several legal actions).
I believe that one of the very most favorable results of my life long experience as a naturist is that I’m quite comfortable with all sorts and kinds of people.
So . . . my first encounter was atypical, but now 60 years after I am still at it.

-Larry G.
Yuma, Arizona