The politics of nudism: How Ron DeSantis's agenda could impact the nude tourism industry
A very timely article Evan. Just last week I was at a meeting with several other nudist libraries (including one in Florida) and this subject came up. I get the sense that while there is some concern it is a very minor concern. These are people that are very familiar with the history of social nudism and the many historical legal battles that led up to where we are today. It does not mean new legal challenges may not occur but rather, historical precedent is on the side of keeping the status quo.
Excellent, well-researched article Evan! I want to suggest that it is possible for nudists to fight authoritarian-inclined politicitians by reclaiming the value of freedom, which has historically been associated with conservative politics. That message was central to how Josh Shapiro beat Doug Mastriano in the Pennsyvania governor's race.
And regarding the Republican super majority in Florida, it is important to first recognize the major role that turnout played in the 2022 elections: https://www.nbcmiami.com/decision-2022/turnout-was-a-big-problem-for-democrats-in-major-florida-counties/2906393/
If the democratic turnout was anywhere close to what it was in Georgia, DeSantis might have still been elected but his power would have been limited because there would have been no super majority. So Job 1 is to increase turnout in future elections.
Low democratic turnout got a lot of politicians elected that endorse policies that are very unpopular with most people, which makes those politicians vulnerable next time around. Highlighting the unpopular positions of YOUR elected officials is the strategy that Indivisible takes (indivisible.org) which has proven to be very effective:
Through organizations like Indivisible, nudists can and should team with non-nudists to defeat politicians that threaten their personal freedoms. And also team with the business community by reminding them of the economic benefit of the nudist industry.
Evan, as you know, I live in the Sunshine State. The far-right agenda is making life miserable for most Floridians. The governor is more interested in stirring up hate and fear than serving the people he was elected to serve. Take a look at his weak stance on COVID (earning him the nickname Governor Death Sentence). Take a look at what his party has done with Reedy Creek (Disney)....because of his actions, property taxes will skyrocket for those folks. Take a look at the banning of books. Take a look at his treatment of immigrants. It's all part of the far-right agenda. Nudist or not, all Floridians should be ashamed and prepared for dark, dark days ahead. AND he has his eye on the Oval Office. If that happens, we are ALL screwed.
If one day, all of the
policy (federal), statutes and ordinances (city & county)
were gone, then since USA laws are nude-friendly, things would be better for nudists.
Bank failures could cascade bankrupt the companies that call themselves our government. Failed companies cannot enforce their obsolete:
Then when the governments re-establish, be organized.
This conflict with the politicians, will continue & will remain forever across the countries. Politicians is a breed who mostly endorse the views in their policies which are acceptable to the majority of the society. As Naturism is not a widely accepted lifestyle across the countries, the politicians from all over the globe will always try to keep it away from the inclusiveness in order to please the majority of the masses.
I think he’ll go after nudists. All the clubs and beaches in Florida combined are nothing compared to Disneyworld, and he had no trouble going after them. This isn’t about republicans, this is about Christian nationalists and the religious right’s view of nudism.
Yet another hateful response when nudists should be seeking unity over division. OK, Boomer.