I let my membership in the Dayton Warm Breezes Naturist Club expire. I’ve been dropped from their mail list. I was on the fence about joining for about a year and attended one of their house parties in February 2017. In 2018 they waived the membership dues so I went ahead and joined.
In all that time, the only event I attended was that one house party. When my membership came up for renewal this year, I decided that it wasn’t a very high priority. Most of their events were on Saturday evenings which often conflicted with family activities. There were usually conflicts with their other events as well.
I had hoped to be able to at least attend a few swimming events but they lost their access to the facility they’d been using and they hadn’t been able to secure another. They thought they’d found one but the cost of the required insurance was prohibitive.
I disagree with bans on cameras and any devices with a camera a common policy in most nudist and naturist clubs. I understand about wanting to maintain personal privacy and people not wanting their images appearing on porn sites. I get that. Just the same, it irritates me to no end that, in most cases, I’m not permitted to document my naturist lifestyle or activities in the same manner as I would if I took part in the same types of activities whilst clothed.
The presence of cameras in our electronic devices is ubiquitous and it’s not going away. We need to learn to deal with it. Banning these devices from places and events where we are nude is reactionary and, ultimately, counter-productive. It gives the impression that what we have something to hide or we’re ashamed. Or are we assuming that in a nudist environment anyone with a camera is some kind of pervert wanting to exploit our naked images on the Internet?
At public events such as the World Naked Bike Ride, there are no restrictions on photography or on how those images can by used. I’ve participated in a naturist club sponsored nude hikes where nearly everyone had a camera and took pictures. No one had a problem with it. We just need to respect our fellow naturists.
I don’t hold anything against the club for their “no camera” policy. I know that they’re acting in the interest of their members. Still, it seems to be a pervasive attitude among nudist and naturist organizations. If we don’t adapt to change, our days are numbered.