The weather has been rotten for the last two days and during this time events and conversations have made me wonder if, attitudes have ever really changed in certain countries or whether once again we are just fooling ourselves. Over the years and definitely since the 1960’s attitudes in many areas of life have changed tremendously, especially with regards to race, sexuality and the balance between the two sexes. When it comes to genuine attitudes around the world things have moved on but in the UK and America especially, attitude are still on the whole still very ‘Victorian’.
In France, Germany, Spain and many other European countries the attitudes to life and naturism especially is very live and let live, where here in the UK and in America is very hush hush, don’t tell anyone, hide it away and the urge to control things comes from the powers that be.
What is it with people in the UK ?
It happens everywhere just as I mentioned in earlier posts about Holkham, where innocent naturists get the blame for what others do.It also happens in society with people telling shops what they should put on the newstands and also what they should advertise. How dare they ! It comes from the police in how they deal with the public and interpret the laws of the land. Police for example would rather send 4 police cars racing to the scene where someone is skinny dipping than send them out to real crime scenes, catch real criminals and apprehend people who commit real offences.
Social media comes into the spotlight often with people being interviewed by police after posting an opinion on Facebook or twitter. The FA also seem to think they’ve a right to chastise a football player for something that’s nothing to do with football. This sort of behaviour is happening everywhere, employers seem to think they have a say at what employees post on social media, while at home and others try to gag posts that say or imply nothing derogatory at all.
Where will it all end ?
Freedom of expression is a universal human right. It is not the prerogative of the politician. It is not the privilege of the journalist. It should not be the casualty of their skirmishes nor regarded as a matter of little importance to anyone else. Freedom of expression is fundamental to a democratic society. Democracy after all is government by the people. This should require the participation of all. It would be meaningless without information to inform, debate, shape policy, or found judgment. Proper democracy entails an open society. Social media searches out and circulates information, ideas, comments and opinion. It provides the means for a multiplicity of voices to be heard and should not be silenced unless maybe when it hurts others personally. The Human Rights Act 1998, incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law, which includes both rights to the privacy of the individual and the rights to freedom of expression, open justice and to protection of private life
Naturism is no stranger to these Victorian attitudes either with many people going to such extreme lengths to keep their naturism secret. At a meeting last year I heard more than one person say “advertise as a club…we couldn’t possibly so that…what would people say” at the same time others said “we’d be silly not too”. Nearly all naturists enjoy this wonderful lifestyle and at the same time want it to flourish. Clubs complain at lack of members then do nothing to encourage people to join, some even put outdated rules and constitutions in the way which really does put people off joining most organisations. Some venues go textile some just close due to lack of numbers and this is such a shame, when just a change of attitude and proceedure is necessary.
Singles and couples just want to turn up at venues, events and locations get undressed enjoy their day with the least hassle possible(they get enough hassle at work) and at the same time they want to live life as they would at home. Naturism presently (in the UK especially) is lacking the younger generations to help the lifestyle to grow, why this is a problem I really don’t know, it’s not yet a crisis but one day clubs and organisations might fold through lack of numbers, something needs to change if its to prosper once again.
If any younger people(under 35) are reading this, please let me hear your opinions and views through the comments section or directly at the link just under the ‘advertise here’ banner.