Frequently Asked Questions

"Some day people will grow up and realize that the only thing vile about human bodies is the small minds some people have developed within them."

— Dick Hein

"Two men were sitting by the swimming pool at a nudist resort when they noticed a beautiful young woman walking toward the pool. Her tan lines traced the outline of a tiny bathing suit with elaborately crisscrossed straps across the back. 'Mmmm,' one of the men said wistfully, 'I'll bet she looks great in that suit.'"

— Barbara Hadley, quoted in Reader's Digest.
(Barbara is one of the owners of Cypress Cove Nudist Resort in Kissimmee, Fla, and a very good friend of Bare Buns.)

"Quoting from Genesis, 'They were nude but they were not ashamed.' Furthermore, because God created it, the human body can remain nude and uncovered and preserve intact its splendor and its beauty."

— Pope John Paul II
(Explaining why a restoration committee had removed loincloths from figures which Michaelangelo had originally painted nude, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.)

Question: What kind of people are you?

Visiting BARE BUNS is like going to McDonald's or to church. You're going to meet lots of families, lots of children, and lots of singles. Nudists include every major religious denomination, the entire political spectrum, all ages from newborn to elderly; all shapes, sizes, and physical conditions including missing body parts, all educational levels, and all races, brown, black, white, yellow, and pink.

We have jobs, we commute, we complain about traffic, we pay our bills and try to pay our taxes, we vote (although we're sometimes frustrated by the limited choice of candidates), we send our kids to school and worry about their safety, we shop at the same stores you do. We put our pants on one leg at a time.

Man and woman by pool © Charles Myers. Used with permission.

The one thing that can accurately be said about all of us us that we are very accepting of nude bodies — our own and others' — just the way we are. This can be wonderfully therapeutic, especially for those whose body image is poor. People have told us that the first time they felt good about themselves was when they visited a nudist club.

One of the nice things is that you can't tell a teacher from a truck driver, therefore, social stature becomes unimportant. We don't care where you shop, what kind of car you can afford, or where your kids go to school. The most important consideration is what kind of person you are. Setting aside those artificial barriers could be part of the reason people find nude recreation so stress-relieving.

Many of our members are brand-new nudists who have been attracted to BARE BUNS through our community outreach programs. We encourage but do not require our members to be open with friends, family, and co-workers about their participation in clothes free recreation. Surveys show that over 23 percent of adult Americans have participated in mixed-gender recreation without clothes — skinnydipping while hiking, on a beach or in a private pool, or hot-tubbing with family or friends, for example. That's more than one in five of your co-workers, people you worship with, and members of your child's PTA! And our numbers are increasing at a rate of 2.5 million American adults per year, although the vast majority of those have not yet joined a club.

Clothes-free recreation has become the fastest-growing form of recreation in America today. When people who have experienced it "go public", saying, "What's the big deal? I've done that!", nudists will begin to gain the respect and acceptance that we deserve from the public, media and all three branches of the government.

Last updated: July 7, 2003
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