Georgia is a beautiful state. Living here, one learns the importance of respecting the beautiful landscapes one can find. The beauty of the land makes this state special, and it is something to be respected and celebrated. Just as we have given way to respect our environment, we must allow others to practice their beliefs.
When you think of a nudist or naturist, what is it that first comes to mind? Many people assume that nudists are over-sexualized and vulgar. These negative stereotypes and judgments have been assimilated by America's cultural links to Puritan and Victorian moral codes, as they have connected nakedness and sexuality together. The question is, when dealing with nudity and sexuality, is one really the cause of the other? When one is naked, should it only be seen as sexual?
Much of American society depicts that answer as yes, however, some think differently.The practice of nudism is purposely nonsexual. It serves as a personal comfort and a stronger sense of freedom. There is the belief that nudism helps with self-esteem, relaxation, and overall well-being.
It should also be noted that in cultures around the world, nudity is not seen as strictly as it is here in the States. Rick Steves, a journalist with the Chicago Tribune wrote within one of his articles,
"Americans may be taken aback, but Europeans think nothing for shedding their clothes at the beach or in a public bath. Nudity is the norm."
-(In Europe, Strip Off All Your Inhibitions).
Yet in the end, I am not here to convert you to believe in one or the other, but rather ask that we respect each belief.
This is why I believe, as a resident of Savannah, Georgia, that the North side peninsula of Tybee Island's Beach should be designated as clothing optional. Tybee Island stretches out over 2 sq miles. With only one-quarter mile designated as clothing optional, more than 2.45 miles of the beach would still be left as "clothing-required" -- or however you want to term it. In this, we give way for everyone to go to the beach however they choose. As many will want to go to a clothing-required beach, they will definitely have the choice within more than 2.7 miles of land; and for those who recommend clothing optional, they may now have the option also.
I love this country we live in. One statement I read by a journalist named Larry Darter in an online article on nudism read, "After all, personal freedom is one of the hallmarks of democracy" (Stereotypical Naturism). This statement is very true. I am asking that the city of Tybee Island allow all people to practice our personal freedom and designate one-quarter mile of Tybee Island's Beach as clothing optional. If you agree, please sign your name and spread the word.
For more readings on this subject:
Molecular Evolution of Pediculus humanus and the origin of clothing
Stereotypical Naturism by Larry Darter
In Europe, Strip Off All Your Ihibitions - Chicago Tribune