two years ago Karl Maddocks created Skinbook, a website that claimed to be the world's largest nudist social network. Thousands of people have flocked to the site that has many of the same features and functions as Facebook — except everyone on it was
Skinbook saw itself as a safe haven for those intrigued about stripping off in public, but without having to meet the strict regulations of many nudist clubs. It did have some rules though. Blank profiles were not accepted, or overtly sexual chatter. The
site claims to have had 150,000 applicants but only 10% made the grade.
But now the Skinbook experiment seems to have come to a bitter end.
As a network set up to be apart from the existing naturist and nudist organizations, Skinbook BY DESIGN was divisive. In a Time Magazine article, which claimed that Skinbook was the only genuine nudist social network,
Maddocks is quoted as being repulsed by single elderly guys in sandals and socks , clearly drawing some sort of line in the sand between young and old, labeling existing nudist resorts as being cultish and weird .
In addition, Skinbook only accepted 10% of its applicants, certainly rejecting a lot of real nudists. One has to speculate whether or not their membership, which they claimed averaged between 35 and 40 years of age, was deliberately
skewed by the administrators.
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