Exploitation

From the very beginning of naturism/nudism, there have been people who have exploited naturists and nudists. They go against the very core values of our movement. They objectify our bodies and sexualize our activities. They turn our philosophy into a source of personal gain. (money, sex, power, pride, etc…)  Some of them even pander to deviants but conceal themselves beneath the cloak of legitimacy that naturism provides.

All too often, we have been willing participants. The exploiters use our tolerance and open-mindedness against us. They infect a club and twist the definition of naturism to suit their purposes. They tempt us with the money that many clubs are always short of. Because naturists are intelligent, they understand that life is not black & white so some compromise is sometimes necessary. But those small concessions can lead to a very slippery slope.

In this episode, we discuss two infamous clubs in Roselawn, Indiana that were victimized by exploiters. We listen to a 1966 radio interview with the founders of one of the clubs that illustrates the lofty initial goals of the club as a contrast to the current situation.

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Episode XXVI

History of Bare Oaks

A discussion of internet-based retailers selling naturist/nudist merchandise and the launch of the Bare Boutique online shop. Plus an interview with Eric Jarvis who originally founded Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park when, in 1972, he purchased empty land and started the Toronto Helios Society at Haytor Park. He tells us his story and the challenges of starting a nudist club in the early 1970’s.

 

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Episode XXIV

Lessons from Naturist History

As the American philosopher George Santayana said, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Through an interview with Doug Beckett, founder of the Federation of Canadian Naturists, we get a first hand account of what naturism was like over half a century ago.
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Episode XVI

Old clubs and a young woman in an old trailer

A discussion of the reasons for the failure and closure of Glen Echo Family Nudist Park north of Toronto, Ontario and an interview with Stan Wortner of Sunny Glades which, because of the closure of Glen Echo, is the oldest, continuously operating, naturist club in Ontario.

We also interview Stina Sieg, a 26 year old California woman who is travelling around North America for a year in a 1969 trailer. Her first stop was Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. She shares her observations about her first experience with naturism and how living nude has impacted her perceptions of herself and others. Follow her trip at: www.stinasieg.com

The song we play is The Bumble Bee Invaded a Nudist Colony by Billy Mitchell from a 78 RPM recording done in the 1920’s and found at the Internet Archive.

Click here for more information about Sun Valley Gardens and Karl Ruehle who are referenced in the Stan Wortner interview.

The book referenced in the show, Au Naturel: The History of Nudism in Canada by James Woycke Ph.D., can be previewed at Google Books by clicking here.

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Episode XI