This excellent blog post hit home in a big way. The authors make an excellent point that hiding your face when posting about normalising naturism is actually antithetical to the cause of…normalising naturism.
Personally, I use a pseudonym while blogging, and exercise caution regarding facial recognition, as an important tenet of my job involves working with large groups of underage minors. One angry parent who Googles my name and comes up with the wrong image could create quite a lot of havoc.
Interestingly, this post dropped into my inbox as I was trying to book at a naturist B&B in the United States. The owner called out my use of a pseudonym, and while acknowledging the legitimacy of my reasoning, made it clear that I was not welcome at his establishment as this violates his personal code of ethics as related to promoting naturism. That’s one of the strongest responses I’ve had to all my naturist doings, but ironically, in the opposite direction!
At this point, we have few concerns on the friends and family front – most of them know about our naturist doings. But here in the prudish US, sometimes things can get a bit tangly. This post makes an excellent case for coming out and coming clean about social nudity.
The very act of hiding our naturism reinforces the erroneous message that naturism is somehow immoral. Many of us who actively promote ‘normalising naturism’ actually risk doing the opposite, because when someone stumbles across our social media profiles aimed at ‘normalising naturism’ and finds our faces pixilated, or turned from the camera, or never in the picture at all, the subliminal message is that being identified as a naturist carries risk, and that risk is interpreted as arising from the activity being somehow wrong.
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