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    I read the following on uk.rec.naturist, I thought it was an interesting line of thought on teenage naturists that could be quite true, for some at least. Maybe something to ponder about....
    (link: http://groups.google.com/group/uk.rec.naturist/browse_f...33#1c0426db7476e233

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    > We have been regulars at Studland (our favourite beach) for many
    > years. Around 15 years ago there was always a smattering of teenages
    > at the beach (not a large number but a small representative) but since
    > then the numbers have dwindled to almost zero. This year we stayed in
    > the area for two weeks visiting the beach many times and not once did
    > we see any teenagers apart from our own. (...) Do they tend to stick to
    > clubs as it more likely to be free from pervs (yes, we are aware of
    > them at Studland) or do they only feel comfortable enough to go naked
    > in places like the resorts in France? Are there a greater number of
    > teenagers there?

    I think a contribution of blame must go to the teenage media. The music
    channels now are so powerful in shaping the attitudes of teenagers. Just
    watch some the channels for a hour or two (if you can take it) and you'll
    see that the body image portrayed is one of almost impossibility. Couple
    this to teenage magazines which cover acres of paper with beautiful slim,
    honed young people and your average kid feels he/she doesn't stand a chance.

    My teenage kids (14 & 16) are far more image conscientious that I ever was.
    They are reminded everyday by their media of the need to be perfect. So when
    I discuss being naked they immediately respond by saying that most naked
    people are ugly or words to that effect. The visit to a naturist beach in
    France earlier this summer was not really appreciated. They firmly kept
    their clothes on which is understandable but afterwards they told me they
    were almost repulsed by the bodies of the "un-perfect".

    They don't have fears about perverts and as parents we know there are far
    more dangerous things in life like cars, motorbikes and drugs to worry
    about. So perverts are not a problem.

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    I read the following on uk.rec.naturist, I thought it was an interesting line of thought on teenage naturists that could be quite true, for some at least. Maybe something to ponder about....
    (link: http://groups.google.com/group/uk.rec.naturist/browse_f...33#1c0426db7476e233

    summary

    quote:

    > We have been regulars at Studland (our favourite beach) for many
    > years. Around 15 years ago there was always a smattering of teenages
    > at the beach (not a large number but a small representative) but since
    > then the numbers have dwindled to almost zero. This year we stayed in
    > the area for two weeks visiting the beach many times and not once did
    > we see any teenagers apart from our own. (...) Do they tend to stick to
    > clubs as it more likely to be free from pervs (yes, we are aware of
    > them at Studland) or do they only feel comfortable enough to go naked
    > in places like the resorts in France? Are there a greater number of
    > teenagers there?

    I think a contribution of blame must go to the teenage media. The music
    channels now are so powerful in shaping the attitudes of teenagers. Just
    watch some the channels for a hour or two (if you can take it) and you'll
    see that the body image portrayed is one of almost impossibility. Couple
    this to teenage magazines which cover acres of paper with beautiful slim,
    honed young people and your average kid feels he/she doesn't stand a chance.

    My teenage kids (14 & 16) are far more image conscientious that I ever was.
    They are reminded everyday by their media of the need to be perfect. So when
    I discuss being naked they immediately respond by saying that most naked
    people are ugly or words to that effect. The visit to a naturist beach in
    France earlier this summer was not really appreciated. They firmly kept
    their clothes on which is understandable but afterwards they told me they
    were almost repulsed by the bodies of the "un-perfect".

    They don't have fears about perverts and as parents we know there are far
    more dangerous things in life like cars, motorbikes and drugs to worry
    about. So perverts are not a problem.

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    • #3
      The quote about teens being repulsed by bodies of the "unperfect" is sad, though of course it is true. Soon enough those "unperfect" bodies are going to be their own, or maybe they already are.

      There seems to be a strong connection between eating disorders in girls, use of steroids in boys, and even teen suicide and body shame. It's easy to say that it comes from the media, which a lot of it does; but that would be counteracted if children from early age routinely saw naked bodies of all ages, shapes, and types. As it is they grow up utterly unprepared for what life is going to bring them.

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