It's National Nude Day
Get naked on July 14 for National Nude Day.
Today, Sunday, July 14, is National Nude Day — a rare and bare opportunity to shed your inhibitions and your skivvies.
For a nation that loudly and proudly trumpets its freedom, we’re kind of uptight about nudity compared with other countries. Even the press gets shy about covering the uncovered, leaving nudists or “naturists” without much exposure. We did have one headline here recently — “California city tries humor to keep butts out of park“— but that was something else entirely.
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Nonetheless, anyone who wants to be out of the house and in the nude can find discreet locations and activities where clothing is optional or forbidden, even without awaiting this unofficial national holiday from shirts and pants. The National Association for Nude Recreation (“espousing the benefits of wholesome nude family recreation” since 1931) can help you locate more than 260 nudist resorts and affiliates.
All 50 states in the U.S. have restrictions against the right to bare all, though penalties differ widely and definitions of what comprises public nudity or indecent exposure vary. For a state-by-state breakdown of nudity laws and penalties, see this page from the Naturist Action Committee. There you will learn, for instance, that a misdeamenor in Arizona can earn you 30 days in the pokey, and that hiking nude in California’s Angeles National Park is not illegal.
The NAC’s page includes this quote: The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws (Tacitus, 55–117 AD).
A contingent of residents in the famously liberal city of San Francisco had long bucked against regulations, but lawmakers there formally outlawed public nudity with an official ban that took effect just this past February. The measure, first introduced by district supervisor Scott Wiener (we don’t make this stuff up), calls for a $100 fine for first-time offenders.
Commenting to The Huffington Post about the ban, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “Supervisor Wiener is a very progressive supervisor. But kids don’t go the park for—yuck."
Nudists, naturally, have a different take. “Nudity, as we espouse it, is the enjoyment of the freedom of being without clothes,” says the American Association for Nude Recreation. “As such, it should not be confused with behavior, which may or may not involve nudity. It is imperative that this be understood so that the perpetuated stereotypes disappear and that tolerance for family social nudism is commonly accepted by the generations to come.”
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