The American Sunbathing Association (A.S.A.), prospered during the next eight

years, but in 1941 the start of World War II disrupted the naturist movement. Following
the attack on Pearl Harbor, many nudists went off to war, leading to the closure of many
Naked resorts. Well, I think I was 14 or 15…. managed to endure due to the ongoing publications of the
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After World War II nudism slowly started to take hold again, reemerging as a
stronger movement. Dlsley Boone, nicknamed Uncle Danny, continued to be the leader
By now, 1946, Boone monopolized the entire nudist movement.
As noted by Johnson, other organizations comprised: The
Sunshine & Health magazine, The Sunshine Book Company, Sunshine Park Inc,

students to participate in art classes outside at Sunshine Park. Boone’s unwillingness to
delegate any of his authority to others resulted in many dissatisfied members. 25 Boone
Commanded all of the mailing lists and was able to obtain enough proxies to outvote
everyone, therefore enabling him to control the election of officials?6 When members

requested an audit of the books, Boone turned them down saying the expense was not
justified? 7 Clash towards Boone continued to brew among the board members of the
A.S.A. The members successfully elected a awesome leader, Reed Suplee, just to be
disappointed by his resignation a month or two later due to Boone’s unwillingness to let him
review the novels. Finally in 1951, the A.S.A. backed by most of the organization members,
Compelled Boone to step down. Boone continued to influence the Fkk movement by remaining
active in board matters and management of the corporations.

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He introduced a fresh
Plans were also announced
for a brand new international fkk organization. In spite of Boone’s resignation, he’s still
considered the chief individual accountable for the A.S.A., which continued on to become the
dominant fkk organization in America.
million individuals in 22 states were participated in Social Nudism.
Association has since changed its name to The American Association of Nude Recreation
(A.A.N.R.), and now claims more than fifty thousand members? 8

The issue of Social Nudism generates many differing viewpoints. Some individuals find
the behavior deviant or strange, using labels for example immoral, unethical, and anti social,
when referring to people choosing to engage in this lifestyle. Others, however, deem the
Conduct as moral, ethical, and socially appropriate, insisting that social nudism functions to
enhance total well being. Where did these beliefs originate, and why do they continue?
Much of what forms our societies and laws stems from religious views. Although
this study doesn’t focus on the practices, theories, or beliefs of one particular faith, it
does admit the basis of religion as being a leading contributor to modern perspectives
on nudism.
During early formative years of religious teachings, dominant views in Greek and
Roman cultures expressed real matter as evil and only religious things as great. This was
known as Gnosticism, and represented a negative perspective of what God had intended. It states
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good.” Many Christians believe this passage to be true but only in the circumstance of occurring
The emergence of sin spots heavy a weight, specifically
Remorse and shame, upon human beings. It was not until Adam and Eve sinned that shame
would become a major controlling factor in individuals lives.

What effect does shame have on us?
source of low self esteem, abuse, and illnesses such as depression, paranoia, and sexual
addictions. According to Pastor Ted Roberts “Shame is a feeling of deep abasement that
convinces me there’s something essentially wrong with me …and that’s a killer. “

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Hartman Fithian & Johnson, noted in their own book, Nudist Society, that many religious leaders
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are responsible for linking shame, with nudity and sin. As an example, the constant
reminder that premarital sex and masturbation are incorrect, and so sinful, implies that
these actions are black. Women, as opposed to guys, are more readily criticized for
engaging in sex before I first realized I appreciated and loved practicing nudism some years ago. and consequently more prone to feelings of shame. Nonetheless
deserving of shame? Perhaps in the eyes of the church the answer is yes. More notably
though, the true answer lies within our own selves. To mention another example,
As Pope John Paul II once declared:

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