Nude Beaches Feature The Full Spectrum Of Humanity
BUT DO BIG, WIDE ANGLE PICTURES TELL THE WHOLE STORY?
Most of the pictures in these "exterior" pages feature single subjects, couples or small groups enjoying the nudist lifestyle. Of course, they tend to result from strategic cropping or focus, highlighting healthy, attractive subjects. Their participation expands our natural interest and curiosity. How representative are these subjects of naturism's entire community?
Somewhat might be the only correct answer. In truth, imagine everyone you see at your local mall is naked. Your eyes will bulge from their sockets reviewing the teens at the food court. Conversely, you'll wish you could un-imagine a fair share of the other patrons. Around sixty percent of our population is overweight, for example. That doesn't paint a pretty picture, imagining all of them on a nude beach.
But in fact, they are all there. And why shouldn't they be? Nudism is very democratic in that way, and one of naturism's mantras is "the body is beautiful, regardless of how it's shaped."
Personally I don't buy that aspect, that all humans are beautiful by the very fact of their being human. I have trouble looking at the morbidly obese, clothed or otherwise. I don't disrespect their humanity or their right to exist. I'm happy with the thought that "there's someone for everyone." No one should be alone if they don't wish to be.
There's an underlying notion that nudists respect a healthy lifestyle, and when such a lifestyle is adequately embraced, it's a pleasure to view the result and be in its company. One complaint young female nudists have is being leered at by older men with vast paunches standing with their arms over their guts by the shoreline. They're not looking out to sea, but back towards the beach. They're there not because they're nudists embracing the lifestyle. They're there because young women and teens are. That's the creepy side of nudism.
On the other hand, if you've clicked to the larger images of the above pictures, you've probably noticed that a fair share of these people are perfectly fine, fit people. There are some beautiful teens and younger women, as well as some older folks much further from their prime (where we all end-up).
I'm not particularly keen on seeing naked men, so when I'm on a nude beach I sort of automatically filter them out of my view. This goes for some aspects of the human anatomy as well (I'm not fond of rectums, for example - bend your knees, people!). But, as the above pictures illustrate, there's enough compensation in the form of truly beautiful examples of humanity to make the nude beach experience a pleasant one.