I posted this somewere else, thought I might get some interesting responses here.
I think it's interesting to think about the Generation Gap, and how it will shape the future of nudism.
In the 30's, nudism was a dynamic and calisthenic activity. People got together, got naked and exercised. This was a product of the industrial Revolution, with the alienation - from both the physical self and nature - that it created. In the 50/60's, nudism was reshaped by post-WW2 prosperity; it became "lighter", with nudist pageantry and group activities - extoling unadorned youth and beauty. In the 80/90's, a sort of nudist "farniente" came about, where relaxation and acceptance were proselytized; shaped by the civil right and anti-war movements of the 60/70's. Every generation with its own take on social nudity, shaped by its individual era.
Here are some adjectives associated with the different generations of our time:
Obsessed with values - Crusading Causes - Confident, driven - Political correctness - They were raised to believe anything is possible
Questioning of authority figures - Cynical - Ethics and standards are situational - Informal approach
Achievement oriented - Very aware of the world - Respect for diversity - Very impatient - Goal is to have fun
Obviously these are generalizations - but they are generalizations with a scientific basis.
I'm a Gen Xer. As Baby Boomers "turn over the keys" to nudism to my generation, we will very likely take it in a different direction. My daughter's (Gen Zer) generation, who will have lived their entire life "connected", will likely have a completely different relationship to their physical nudity. How will this all play out? Will a more "enlightened" form of nudism emerge from the digital world? Will my generation bury social nudity with commercialism?