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    Andrew Welch

    Marina Fogle - the voice of reason

    News broke last week - if it really can be called ‘news’ - that the Fogle family (TV personality Ben, wife Marina, and children of 8 and 6) are happily naked at home, in fact, consciously so. It made a number of national newspapers and BN were also interviewed on national radio.

    Marina appeared on Good Morning Britain (about 1:45 in) and completely nailed it. 

    • She spoke sensibly about wanting her children to understand about real bodies and not be ashamed. 
    • She is keen to allow children to learn for themselves and stated her belief that leading by example is far more effective than telling them.
    • She was aghast that anyone can suggest there is an arbitrary age at which children should not see naked parents, or other adults for that matter.
    • She referred to relaxed attitudes overseas  - having recently experienced an Austrian spa - and the low teenage pregnancy rates in more enlightened countries

    As often happens on TV, the producers brought in an adversary. It’s no wonder our kids are stressed about their appearance if this mum’s views are representative of the public. She ranted without foundation, regurgitating the usual fear of nudity, and perhaps even misunderstood the discussion completely focusing on privacy when going to the toilet and clearly believing that anyone - especially a man - being naked around others is up to no good and about to do harm.

    Well done, Marina, we support your views completely. We expect there are many thousands of families in the UK - who, like Marina, would not consider themselves ‘nudists’ - who have realised that the learned behaviour of ‘modesty’, the social conditioning that somehow clothes are always essential, and that children need protecting from their own human bodies is all nonsense and actually causes harm rather than avoiding it.

    Read our report Children Deserve Better

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    This is damn right. I wish id have been fortunate enough to have had a naturist family and been able to find things out and ask questions. I had to learn it all myself with my friends! Thinking we were "naughty" for showing eachother ourselves nude as ot had been pressured that thats bad! But why?? Let kids be naked and understand its perfectly normal to be! Otherwise people get very conscious and only see nakedness as sexual nature!

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    Yes! Well done, and I totally agree.

    However I still have a fear of the naturist idea, and have yet to say anything about it to any of my friends (except my partner Linda) or family. I believe if I said something to my family I would be shunned and the fake/false rumours would spread like wildfire. I would be called filthy, a disgusting being, and up to no good. The 10th of march will be my first naturist activity at a swimming baths organized by NFV (Naturistföreningen Västkusten) in Sweden, and I am looking forward to it.

    If Linda and I were to ever have children I would gladly teach them about naturism and respect for the human body, not to be ashamed of it, and that it is not as sexual thing at all. Of course they would have a chance to decide for themselves what they want to do. If naturism is not for them then I would respect that and never try to force them to accept it. However my family would say that it is a bad thing and treat me like I was some kind of sick pervert. So my point is that I am not ready to share my new interests with my family because I know the outcome.

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    My partner & I are open about our naturism. Whilst not standing on street corners preaching out loud we make no secret of our lifestyle, we tell our textile friends when we are off on a naturist trip / event / holiday. What is there to hide. There is no shame in being naked.

    However there is always a time and a place for everything - personally I wouldn't walk down the high street naked, but if that high street was say at Costa Nature then being naked would be the norm.

    To a certain extent all of US naturists need to chill out a bit more and not be so furtive about our lifestyle 

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