Advocating for Nude Recreation

The Government Affairs Team spends a lot of time researching laws and trends. Not just proposed laws, but those that have been helpful to us when advocating for nude recreation. A couple of years ago, drone bills were a big concern and a lot of bills were introduced dealing with privacy protection. We try to build our personal knowledge of bills so we can effectively educate others on the impacts a proposal can have when enacted. 
 
Team members each have their own level of knowledge and use their own resources to gather this information. It’s not a closed group. People tire of the effort, have other commitments that require their time, or otherwise move on. It is not easy being a longtime member of the team without feeling some frustration at the repetitive nature of some proposals. It seems that every few years someone feels they need to protect the public from nudity, or some kind of dress. Pants hanging below underwear, for example, have seen laws being drafted. No shirt, no shoes, no service, or the nudist response — no problem! 
What we really do is educate, or advocate for nude use. I never miss a chance to talk about AANR, my club, or just how nice it is to have places where you can skinny-dip! If you become relaxed with talking about it to others, you become a nudist ambassador. Casual nudity in speech or action can lead others to think it is a normal way of life and not something of an oddity. 
 
I have seen online discussions about nudity in the locker room at the gym. I always use the showers when I am at the gym. No towel dance or seeing who might be there before I just change out of my gym clothes, grab my towel, and head to the shower. Back at the locker, I dry off and get dressed. No big deal, and if someone is around I might engage them in chat — just normal everyday activities. That is the way to approach how you advocate nudity in your normal routine. 
 
I have my “Nudist and I Vote” pin on my backpack and when I go to a baseball game or out for a hike, it is always with me. Sometimes I get comments, but most times I don’t. At least it is there and seen. Not an in-your-face approach, but sometimes the subtle approach is the best approach.