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French Nightclubs Burned Down in War Between Nudists, Swingers

Neatly following on from my previous post “Can we have our Nudist back please” comes news that night-clubs on the Cap d’Agde “nudist” complex have been torched, allegedly by genuine naturists who have become incensed at the antics of the échangistes, or swingers, who they feel are taking over the resort.

Cap d’ Agde has always enjoyed a reputation for a certain raciness, but it seems that the sexual licence has gone too far. Whatever the motive and whoever is responsible for the arson attacks, if that is what they were, it is clear that once again genuine naturists fear that their traditional haunts are being stolen from them by  groups with a more sexual agenda. ( See here also).

However, the swinging set tend to be younger and more free-spending. Clubs and resorts are commercial ventures, and can’t be blamed for trying to maximise profits.

Maybe the time has come to draw a line in the sand, to “give us back our nudist”. Maybe the INF (International Naturist Federation) should bestow an “INF Approved” certification on clubs and other entities which meet agreed nudist standards, and withhold it from those that don’t. This would go someway to distinguishing between genuine nudists and the so called “nudists” with a sexual agenda, and be a clear signal that we were trying to put space between us. At least it might force the more dubious “nudist” groups, clubs and resorts to reveal where their true interests lie.

One caveat though. Genuine naturists don’t tend to be big spenders and good quality nudist resources are expensive to build and maintain. Many successful clubs and resorts have been subsidised for years by a discreetly risqué minority, but an “Approved ” certification would put a stop to this.  It would be up to us genuine naturists to dig into our pockets to support them. Use them or lose them.

Are we up to it?

Caliente attracts swingers

Caliente nudist resort, FloridaAccording to The Tampa Tribune, nudist residents at the upscale Caliente Nudist Resort are up in arms over a new marketing strategy to attract “swingers” to the resort.

Until its recent suspension by the American Association for Nude Recreation, Caliente had an excellent reputation as a family-friendly nudist resort, and residents are concerned that the progress made trying to convince others that nudism has nothing to do with sex will be now be fatally undermined by the new direction.

We’ve long campaigned for a distinction between sex and nudism and can indentify with their point of view.

On the other hand, we’ve also campaigned long and hard for the provision of top-class facilities for nudists, and to their credit, the Caliente management have been prepared to make the enormous financial commitment to provide and maintain just such a high-standard resource. However, simple economics require that such a commitment is matched by a generous level of spending by the guests and residents, and if this isn’t forthcoming the management are faced with the choice of looking elsewhere for revenue, ( and the “swinger” element tends to be younger and more free with their cash), or closing the resort down.

There are many who believe that the nudist way of life is incompatible with a self-indulgent lifestyle, and they may have a point. But the resort companies are not charities. They will only provide great facilities if we nudists are prepared to pay for them. So we must use them or lose them. The choice is ours.