Some people say that getting naked is good for you, but according to the Wall Street Journal, it’s getting less and less popular, unless you’re really old. In a recent article, “Wearing Only a Smile, Nudists Seek Out the Young and the Naked,” the WSJ detailed the pending extinction of nudist resorts: Apparently, there just aren’t enough young people who like to get nude. While some young athletes are getting nude during their activity of choice (nude yoga, nude bike races, and nude runs are all popular ways to get active and clothing-free), nude leisure just doesn’t draw crowds like it used to, and some people would tell you that you’re missing out on some good stress relief.
Since they became popular in the 60′s, nudist resorts, cruises, and events have grown into a $440 million business according to the American Association for Nude Recreation. But now the business is far from booming. With a younger generation that seems a lot more partial to clothing, nudist resorts have begun to “calcify,” according to a woman quoted by the WSJ (apparently, that’s a new way to say the crowds are getting really old).
In attempt to turn the tides, nudist organizations are hosting events to attract younger demographics; the Young Nudists and Naturists of America are hosting a naked dinner party in a Financial District loft in New York later this month, as well as a “Naked Booze ‘n Schmooze,” aimed at getting the next generation to strip (and party) down.
So what’s the point? My cynical side says that it’s just a bunch of marketing to try and keep the industry alive, but according to some nudists, it’s not all about the money. According to the article nudism began back in the 1920s as a movement to encourage harmony with nature and an expression of physical fitness. “The barriers between people just fall away when you’re nude,” an organizer for the Florida Young Naturists told WSJ. “It’s like watching chains falling off.”
So will you be the nudists’ next recruit? Tell us whether you’re willing to strip down for stress relief in the comments section, below:
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