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“The enemy we face is not ignorance or prudishness but manipulation and deliberate misinformation.” Excellent point. Thanks for setting up this guide!

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Evan Nicks

Practical, easy to remember tips, that I will keep in mind and apply even outside of the naturism topic. Thank you so much !!

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I do think ignorance is the main component in these controversies, more so than deliberate misinfo.

I do understand the general, strong apprehension some might feel about certain aspects of naturism... especially if they have never experienced it; never were close to anyone who was involved in it; are in an echo chamber where they see actual cases of a naked person in public totally out of hand... of course that's not related at all to naturism, but it might seem like it to someone who is very... ignorant.

That said, of course deliberate misinfo is the main aspect for plenty of individuals, which then can also spread to many ignorant people.

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I also think that ignorance isn't easily overcome in one-off online convos with strangers. In such a way where the ignorant person may be jumping around and assuming the worst of you... maybe even acting manipulative etc... But ultimately perhaps, just because a one-off online convo with a stranger is no way to diffuse ignorance.

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Just some little side thoughts. Thank you again so much for this great piece which I have bookmarked!

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Evan Nicks

I was interested to see you apparently putting nudity and LGBTQ+ under the same banner, talking about the groups as “allies” against misinformation and prejudice. In light of the way the Pride marches mentioned included naked participants I can see how the two can get confused and conflated in the public perception.

Perhaps this area is an issue more in the US than elsewhere; you certainly seem to be on the receiving end of a lot of conservative attacks. It’s not something we see this side of the Pond, though, and we see no obvious alliance of naturism and LGBTQ+ politics - indeed, I’d say that would fall under the heading of trying to distance the naked from the sexual.

The politics appear to be quite feverish Stateside, while our politics are simply messy, inward-looking, and without impact on naturism/nudism. Our main problem is a tabloid press who think bare bums are good for a schoolboy snigger.

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Evan Nicks

This is excellent advice for dealing with a difficult political climate. Thank you.

Some naturists feel that it is best not to mix up nudism and politics but I feel that, like any other societal issue, it is by definition inherently political. I agree very much with your point that naturists should feel comfortable aligning with the LGBTQ+ community, as I feel that naturism is all about accepting other people as they are, (including accepting ourselves and our own sexuality), without any kind of discrimination or judgement.

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Evan Nicks

This is the best retort I've read about the hysteria concerning naturism/nudism

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Nice article Evan. I really like the approaches you mapped out. So often, naturists are on our heels, reacting. The positive message is so quiet and secluded that when the trolls grab the megaphone, we are drowned out and seem to respond with weak arguments that simply center around, “no, that’s not right”.

A year or so ago, I saw that BN had set up a large display at a Caravan (RV) show in the UK. It was very professional looking, like all the other booths, no nudity displayed, the BN representatives had smart BN polos on and such. I only saw photos but it looked like it went quite well -- people were stopping by, talking, asking what it was about, etc.

Now that may be a usual BN thing, but I’ve never seen that type of promotion here in the US. Sadly, I have no doubt someone at a US show would probably be “offended” and create a scene, demand they be removed, “what about the kids”, etc... But I like this type of everyday advertising, getting the message out personally, without drama, hopefully troll free, planting a seed of “what if” with someone. Then, when they come across some slanted anti-naturist article, they have something to fall back on. If naturists are silent, there is no positive message to fill the space. The trolls will take it all up.

I know I’m simplifying this terribly. Naturist booths at RV trade shows won’t cure the anti-naturist vitriol. But it’s little things like this that can help normalize naturism and naturists.

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Jun 30, 2023Liked by Evan Nicks

very well said about the approach we the naturists have to adopt to tackle the critics. nice short article.

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