A campaign to allow nude bathing on a beach in the Eastern Suburbs has the backing of Sydney's Lord Mayor.
Clover Moore has written to the Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Carmel Tebbutt, in her capacity as the mayor for Sydney,
asking the minister to review the classification of Little Congwong beach on Botany Bay, La Perouse.
In the letter Ms Moore wrote that the NSW Free Beach Action Group's campaign had generated community support, demonstrated by a recent online
poll by the Southern Courier newspaper.
There were 320 votes in support of a two-year nudity trial at the beach and 32 votes against the plan.
One of Europe's most famous nudist colonies has become the subject of an unusual investigation by French detectives after the destruction of three nightclubs in fires blamed on naturist hardliners.
The normally peaceful Cap d'Agde, a
magnet for nudists in the south of France, has been plunged into anxiety. Investigators suspect fundamentalist naturists of harbouring a grudge against the échangistes, or swingers, who are drawn to the town by the promise of sex.
swingers club, called Glamour was the first to be razed, in April. The next day the Palme Ré, another orgy venue, went up in flames. In September the Tantra club and Zen, its neighbouring bar, were destroyed in blazes.
Nobody was hurt but
the fires have shocked a community. Tensions have arisen between the naturists, who believe that nudity is a healthy choice of lifestyle and nothing to do with sex, and the échangistes, who are attracted to nudist camps by the prospect of multiple
Some in Cap d'Agde attribute the fires to fundamentalist mullahs of chaste nudity , as one magazine called them, who have often harangued holiday-makers venturing onto nudist beaches in bathing costumes. Others denied that
naturists could have been involved.
When it comes to public nudity, Seattle may be the most liberal city in the US, but a number of organized, naked bike rides prompted the parks department to reconsider nudity on beaches and city parks.
But the city's parks board refused to ban
non-offensive public nudity despite some complaints from nutters.
Nude events will therefore likely continue in the future, although perhaps under tighter scrutiny.
The parks board decided that to limit nudists would be to single them
out. If nudists follow the rules, they can continue to use the parks.
Naked bike rides are a Seattle tradition. In Seattle it's illegal to flash someone, but perfectly legal to run around nude and police officers take action only if a nudist is
lewd or obscene.
The bare facts of the law are that if you knowingly show yourself naked with the intent to alarm and offend people that's illegal, said Sergeant Sean Whitcom, of the Seattle Police Department. Just being nude is not
against the law.
A month-long rainforest sex party at a notable Queensland nudist resort is a recipe for disaster that could attract sexual predators, prominent naturalists say.
The White Cockatoo Resort in Port Douglas has announced it will hold an
adults-only month of hedonism in March next year in a bid to increase dwindling tourist numbers.
The resort — once billed as the nation's top destination for swingers — is close to being booked out, according to owner Tony Fox.
nudists, who have described the planned romp as debauched , fear sexual predators will be enticed out of the woodwork by the throng of naked flesh.
The resort is asking for trouble — once these things start it's very becomes very
difficult to draw the lines about what's acceptable, Lindsay Parkyns, president of the Australian Nudist Federation, told ninemsn: This is going to fly in the face of years for campaigning . We try to get beaches to be clothes optional but
unfortunately that attracts the wrong sort of people — particularly single guys looking for sex — and [the resort's party] will keep reinforcing that problem.
Mr Fox, owner of the White Cockatoo Resort, said next year's event had nothing
to do with the prudie nudies and described their criticism as penis envy. The fact that it is almost fully booked out is proof there is a desire for a product like this.