Naturists and nudists today reap the benefits of the hard work and efforts of those who came before us. They accomplished positive things during a time when opposition to nudism and intolerance was more fierce than today. While the familiar quote that some attribute to Thomas Jefferson, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance" refers to our democracy, in a real sense it is just as applicable to the nudist and naturist lifestyle. It is incumbent on every generation of nudists and naturists to work toward preserving the gains won by previous generations and hopefully to expand on them.
Over the past several years, hard-won gains are being reversed. On several beaches that had been clothing optional for decades, nudity is no longer permitted. More are at risk. For whatever reason, society as a whole is noticeably shifting towards moral conservatism. There has always been opposition to the nudist and naturist lifestyle but today the opposition has become more organized and more vocal. As a result it has been successful in convincing local governments to remove clothing optional access from many areas. Apathy and inaction on the part of the naturist and nudist community bears part of the responsibility for what has occurred.
Now, more than ever it is critical that naturists and nudists act in order to stop the loss of clothing free public areas. As a whole, nudism needs to become a community of activists. The term activist tends to bring to mind things like protest marches, civil disobedience and perhaps the chance of getting arrested. But that isn't the kind of activism that I'm referring to. There are some very simple and easy ways that every naturist and nudist can get involved and help support and defend nudist and naturists rights. Click on the slide show to see some suggested ones. Many of them don't require a big investment of time or money. Some can be done right from home.