Now new naturist Web sites appear online on a daily basis. The vast majority of these are unedited and contain tips and reports that are largely unverified. FKK has decided to do what it does best–making a trusted magazine and Strand Guide–at precisely the same time using awesome technologies to further people’s access to the advice the organization can offer. What you probably not see at the FKK Web site are chat areas and message boards, never-ending lists of Web links, daily updates–these FKK will leave to the Web sites of its members and affiliates. This is where FKK stands at the start of the awesome century. Its members are faithful–retention rates stay above 80 percent–and retain much of the volunteer, grassroots spirit that helped to move problems of body-independence out of the mid century dark ages of corporate nudism. It is created as the leading promoter for bare use on suitable public and private lands. Its magazine is a model and benchmark for many naturist publications. It remains creative, even to introducing terms like “canuding,” “topfree,” “bare recreation,” and “family-friendly” into the common language. With all of its diversity and idiosyncrasies, The Naturist Society moves ahead in a mainly unified front, proclaiming still that “Body Acceptance is the Notion–Nude Recreation is the Way.”

Naturism, or nudism as it is sometimes called, is usually defined as the practice of going bare, particularly in a mixed social setting. While precise as far as it goes, the standard definition doesn’t comprehend the “why” of nudism — why do people choose to be naturists? to that question vary considerably. For some, nudism is a carefully considered lifestyle; for others, it is no more complex than a day at the nearest nude beach. What joins these two extremes is the sense of liberty naturist activities supply. It may be a matter of straightforward relaxation—first-time skinny-dippers often marvel at how great it feels to be clothes-free—or there may be something more profound. For many, the societal nudity that helps define naturism is personally liberating; through it, we come not only to accept ourselves but others.
Who are “the naturists?”

Broadly speaking, anyone who practices bare recreation, social nudity, or both. By that standard, there are many millions of naturists global, notably in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. According to a 2006 Roper Survey, one in four Americans—roughly 70 million individuals—have skinny dipped or sunbathed in the nude. And while not all of them are naturists, the rapid growth the nude recreation industry has experienced in recent years implies many are. No longer confined to small, close enclaves, today’s naturists have a variety of recreational and social releases.
A number of things. But first, it’s crucial that you know what they don’t mean. , naturism isn’t a code word for “sex” (see below). When naturists talk about “social nudity” and “bare diversion” they mean simply that—bare group tasks. The variety of tasks changes tremendously. There are naked backpackers, canoeists, kayakers, scuba divers—even skydivers. For less adventurous types, there is everything from the conventional day trip to the nude beach or swimming hole to house parties, chartered cruises and weekend trips to nude resorts or campgrounds. Most things that can be done clothed can be done unclothed—and usually it is a lot more enjoyable.
What about the law; isn’t “social nudity” prohibited?