It’s Time for Naturist Clubs to Change Their Policies on Genital Jewelry

There’s an problem in the naturist world that’s long been disturbing us as an organization that bases our principles on recognition. It’s the dilemma of naturist clubs and naturist resorts that bar entrance to people who have body and genital jewelry.
FKK Addresses Body Jewelry & Piercings at Naturist Clubs
A couple of years ago, we discussed the problem of nipple piercings. Now nipple piercings are allowed.
Despite this, AANR hasn’t taken a stand against clubs that would bar entrance based on nipple or body jewelry. Even if a club is a 100% AANR club, they can have a policy that would technically exclude an AANR president from visiting (though to my knowledge, no club ever told Susan that she couldn’t visit, even if they had a rule against nipple jewelry).
I haven’t come across any club or resort that still has a policy prohibiting nipple jewelry. (If you know of one please share in the remarks.) But the issue of body jewelry policies doesn’t quit at nipples. Rock Lodge, along with several other naturist clubs, still has a rule against genital jewelry. This irritates us, for the same reasons as the nipple piercings.
Those who are against genital ornamentation argue that individuals are making nudism sexual by having their genitalia pierced, and that they are doing something wrong by attracting attention to that body part.
Let’s clarify why this makes no sense. The principal tenet of naturism is that the body can be sexual or not, depending on the context. When people are nude collectively in a naturist setting, the genitals are no more sexual, “dirty” or shameful as opposed to belly or elbow.
People are sexual beings, and of course, being naked doesn’t keep anyone from thinking about others. As a result, it becomes rather clear that your biggest sex organ is truly one that you just can’t see your BRAIN.
When it comes to the body and sexuality, it’s about context.
Or on the flip side, earrings are just like sexual as genital jewelry. Unless one is treating their jewelry like a sex toy in public, there’s really no reason why they should not be permitted to join a naturist setting.
As for how it brings attention to the wrong area, nicely 1. By saying that, are not we treating the genitals like some taboo body part in the same manner that society at large does? 2. You look or you peek at it, just like you would at a necklace, then you return back to taking a look at the individual’s face.
These anti-piercing arguments were even more troubling when it came to nipples, which are not sex organs. The primary function of female breasts / nipples will be to feed babies. Exactly like some folks get sexual pleasure from their ears, but we do not prohibit piercings on them.
The other argument against piercings has to do with the notion they’re inappropriate in family settings where kids are found. But the issue here consistently falls on the shoulders of those parents who are frequently fearful to handle their youngsters’ innocent questions. (As a side rant to parents, please don’t lie to your kids or refuse them advice about their bodies. There is such a thing as age-appropriate responses. We now have the Internet now. If you are unsure how to answer a question, Google it or e-mail someone who might have the information you seek.)
If a kid points at a penis ring and says, What Is that? The answer is straightforward: It’s a piercing.” If the followup question is, “Why does he have it?” then the reply should be something like, “because he believes it is pretty.
The problem of genital jewelry also came up in the context of San Francisco’s nudity prohibition. Some of the male naturists were wearing cock rings in public. As we noted in this post, a cock ring is generally worn on the base of the penis and is used for keeping erections, but can also merely be worn for decoration.
Some 300 folks took the poll, and these were the results under. Almost 70% said cock rings should be acceptable in public if they are simply worn as a piece of ornamental jewelry. A small percent said they thought it shouldn’t be worn around kids.
Cock Ring FKK survey results
In the naturist world, opinions on body jewelry have undoubtedly changed in recent years. Like it or not, more and more people have nipple and genital jewelry, especially young adults. Others, however, are holding onto their policies that look increasingly outdated for 2015.
I’dn’t argue that a body piercing is critical to a man’s identity or an aspect of themselves that they can not shift – like race or sexual orientation. Piercings are removable to some extent but they’re a sort of self-expression. We see this problem as a dent in the naturist doctrine. At least as far as accepting someone as they’re, in addition to recognizing that nudity does not have to be sexual.
In the northeast, I’ve located merely 2* naturist clubs that still prohibit genital jewelry: (MA) and Rock Lodge Club (NJ). (I have also found that many naturist clubs in the U.S. don’t address piercings on their sites at all. I haven’t inquired with every club, but the ones I did contact said they were permitted.)
For clubs that do permit jewelry, many establish that it must be distinct or inconspicuous. I believe that is acceptable. Nobody must walk around with huge chains and bells on their genitalia.
We’ve been talking to them about this policy for a number of years, and as a coop it took time to get enough votes to support it. It was changed this past June and we applaud Solair for becoming a more inclusive, accepting club!
On a recent trip to Solair, we met one member who said he thought it went against family values. Regrettably he was unable to articulate how exactly.
In 2015, I think the naturist community is ready to be inclusive when it comes to body jewelry.
Cedar Waters is a private resort for heterosexual couples SIMPLY who do not need to hang out with gay people. They do not allow nipple or genital piercings or same-sex couples. You read that rightthey openly discriminate against gay people. In 2015.)
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