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    The film we contributed to about last year’s The Great British Skinny Dip will be aired on Channel 4, 10pm, 14 Feb…

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    The Great British Skinny Dip

    In 2016 British Naturism, Britain’s largest group devoted to the naked lifestyle, organised a mass event to encourage more people to give it a go, challenging British attitudes to nudity along the way. “Septembare”, the brainchild of the organisation’s Andrew Welch, offered the British public the chance to join a mass skinny dip in pools, lakes and beaches across the country, over one weekend in September.

    Filmed over 8 months, this documentary follows the attempt to co-opt venues and drum up support, and explores what the appeal is – why a range of people from all walks of life enjoy spending their spare time in the buff and how they manage to do it in a country where the climate doesn’t naturally lend itself.

    Naturism is increasingly being sought out online by young people seeking escapism, fun and freedom – choosing to lay themselves bare at a time of increased body consciousness and airbrushing. With access to nudist clubs across the country as well as wilder activities off the beaten track, this film lifts the lid on the world of naturism, climaxing with the skinny dip weekend which may or may not bring new converts to the faith. 

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    Just watched the programme. A lot of effort was clearly put into this and its a brave move to try to increase membership Andrew. Perhaps too much was made of the "us and them" side of Naturists v Textiles. To gain wider acceptance it might have been better to go more along the lines of "why wear clothes when you are in a situation when it does not make sense to do so, e.g. in the sunshine, at a beach, at a sauna, in the pool etc". This makes being nude all inclusive - i.e. anyone can do it at any time - what really is the issue here if you really think about it? - whereas saying "we need more Naturist members" can create a us and them separation.

    Just trying to look at it from a different angle.

    Tony

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    I guessed that might be the case Andrew. But anyway, kudos for allowing yourself and your girlfriend to being in front a film crew for so long and be on Ch4 :-)))

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    I thought that it was better than many previous programmes about naturism.  Well done to Sheryn for joining in so enthusiastically.    I chatted to her at Bournemouth and found her to be a delightful lady and wanting to support Andrew by getting her kit off for the first time.  We need more programmes like this to show that naturism is natural and wholesome.

     

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    11 hours ago, Tony_Garratt said:

    There must be some way we can open up the general public to be more accepting of not others wearing clothes :-)

    How about a documentary on Channel 4?

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