Nudism is a simple preference for one’s own nudity — no more and no less. There is no qualifying amount you must be nude, no particular community you need to be a part of. Nudism isn’t a club. It’s a way of being.
On a beautiful July day, I drove to a nude beach. I followed the directions: enter the park and go to the furthest lot. Walk to the beach, turn right, and walk to the sign marking the park’s end. I could see people in the distance, but no one close enough to see clearly. Were they nude? Was it real?
Newspapers and websites love nudism. The nudity taboo is so strong that naked people is an automatic reader magnet. Journalists play into this narrative with articles that work on readers’ naughty thrills.
The result: terrible writing about nudists and nudism.