Naturally is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement
of naturist recreation in north Florida and nearby areas. The club
is an affliate member of both the Naturist Society and the American Association for Nude
Bare and Free is the official quarterly
newletter of Tallahassee Naturally. It is alos available through
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appearing in Bare and Free may be reprinted by other naturist
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Celebrate Nude Recreation Week with
Full-moon Skinny Dip July 12 &
Open House July 13
Originating in the 1970's as a grassroots
celebration, Nude Recreation Week gives naturists everywhere a chance to
not only bask in the life-affirming joys of naturism and nude recreation,
but to share those joys with others. It gives the sponsoring
organizations, The Naturist Society and the American Association for Nude
Recreation, a chance to concentrate media attention on naturism and nude
Our celebration of National Nude Weekend begins this
year with a Full-Moon Skinny-Dip on Saturday the 11th.
Camping is an option all weekend.
Sunday's Open House is free, though contributions to
the Legal Fund and/or the Land Fund would be appreciated.
Dress code for the day is:
11-1 Clothing optional
The public has been invited. This would be
a good time to invite friends who might want to ease into things
There will also be a board meeting at some point in
Florida Politician Attacks Family
--a news analysis by Paul LeValley
It seemed like a good idea at the time. To
emphasize the family-oriented nature of its clubs, the American
Association for Nude Recreation invited reporters from The New York Times
and Time magazine to attend this summer's JFANR camp. Actually it is
three camps: the JFANR camp for kids 11-14, Leadership Academy for
high school students 15-18, and Nude U for college students 18-23.
The New York Times article turned out great: good publicity, good
Enter one Mark Foley, little-known Republican member of
the U.S. House who wants Senator Bob Graham's seat if Graham runs for
president. Foley has positioned himself as a champion of children,
and recently pushed to get fast notification of missing children.
Still, Foley's religious right supporters are shopping around for another
candidate because he has not been able to answer reporters' questions
about whether he is gay. He needed to change the subject
Foley announced to the press that he was writing Governor Jeb
Bush and the state Attorney General to inquire whether the camp was
breaking any law, and if not, to introduce a new law they would be
breaking. He accused the camp of exploiting children to make
money--not realizing that the camp has lost money year after year.
He had simply taken a free ride on the AANR publicity budget. When
the Time article came out a few days later, Foley was half of the
story. You could call it balanced reporting.
sensationalism hit. America On Line in its daily poll asked people
if they wish they could have attended such a camp. Half a million
people voted that day, and a surprising 34% said yes. 45% said they
wish they could attend a nudist resort now, or already have. These
numbers are higher than in any previous poll. But things turned ugly
in various AOL discussion groups--especially the one on parenting.
Anyone with facts got shouted down. Pornographers jumped into the
fray, trying to peddle their junk. The planned publicity had spun
out of control.
Until that point, the reporters had gotten it
right: the camp was a national story about family naturism; Foley was a
state story about opportunism. Then several television stations
around the country reported a badly research wire service blurb about
nudity at some camp in Florida--no mention that it was at a nudist resort,
no mention of AANR. Because the story was unrecognizable, it did no
The New York Times story had come out on Wednesday, June
18. Foley made his publicity bid on Thursday. The story spun
out of control as a one-day sensation on Friday. That might have
been the end of it, had the Time article not given the controversy
national publicity on Monday. If a lesson is to be learned from all
of this, perhaps it is to invite only one reporter at a time.
Tuesday, AANR officials hit the national television morning talk shows,
doing damage control.
Foley also got in front of a television
camera on Fox network's The O'Reiley Factor. He no longer focused
just on the camp, but wanted to ban everyone under 18 from all nudist
parks, resorts, and beaches. In short, he wants to outlaw family
naturism. In his talk, he assumed that (1) any two nude teens are
engaged in pre-marital sex, (2) nudist resorts are crawling with dangerous
sexual predators, and (3) children of all ages are too young and
impressionable to make decisions about taking off their clothes for a
skinny-dip. Foley keeps using the phrase, "loophole in Florida law,"
as though any other state interferes in family lifestyle.
Jeb Bush has refused to get involved in Foley's election bid. The
governor's office wrote Foley that if he had any evidence of illegal
activity, he should report it to the police, effectively telling him to
put up or shut up. The governor's legal counsel added, "The rights of
parents to impart their values to their children and raise their children
as they see fit are sacred."
While AANR worried about bad
publicity, the Naturist Action Committee of The Naturist Society moved
swiftly on the political front. South Florida Free Beaches
immediately requested a meeting with Foley to set him straight on the
facts. As a subtle reminder a few days later, South Florida Free
Beaches used the Freedom of Information Act to request the factual basis
for the suppositions Foley had been spreading. He finally agreed to
meet with Florida naturist leaders on July 7.
It took more than a
week for both national organizations to issue public statements.
AANR addressed their members, defending their overall publicity
record. TNS addressed the public, pointing out the error of
identifying nudity with sex. The TNS statement also called on Foley
to reveal any factual sources behind his accusations.
nudity foes smell blood, so it has become open season on nudists. A
television announcer in Orlando has taken it on himself to send the AANR
promotional video, “Welcome to Our World” to the FBI to investigate for
child pornography. The video has been shown to countless politicians
and chambers of Commerce over the last 16 years.
has set up a web site, http://www.votervoice.net/groups/foley where, with
a single click, citizens can bombard the governor, attorney general, and
Republican leaders of the Florida House and Senate with identical
messages. Naturists quickly figured out they could erase his subject
line and message, and substitute their own. South Florida Free
Beaches has established a similar, but more cumbersome, web site,
http://www.sffb.com/lawthreats.html. People who want to nip this
thing in the bud before any sweeping new law is proposed would do well to
utilize one of these services. Our club's political committee is
contacting our local legislators.
Stay tuned for further
AnnouncementsJuly 26, a Saturday,
Hidden Rivers will be doing a LOW COUNTRY BOIL
which as you may or not know is a feast of seafood, corn, potatoes,
onions, spices and all thrown in a pot, cooked, then dumped on a large
table for everyone to help themselves. It is messy, casual, and
delicious ! Maybe bring a bib........ We do need advance
reservations to purchase adequate seafood.
$7.50 per person. Some deserts would be
appreciated. Please join us and reply by July
2003 Calendar of Up Coming Events
4 The lake is
open, starting at noon
11-13 National Nude Weekend
13 Open House & board
26 Pool party at
27 Picnic & seminar. Doug will
Convention, Cross City TN
Picnic. Kenny will
Check calendar updates on our web page: