Yesterday’s post here on the business side of social nudism/naturism touched a nerve within our community — and I think we are a community when it comes to the common challenges we face, along with our shared perspectives on the textile world and other things. The post has drawn almost 1,000 views and several excellent reader comments in less than 24 hours.
Naturism posts are always popular here and usually draw very thoughtful responses, often more insightful than the posts themselves. I have learned a lot about this subject from my readers — and I am sure casual readers of this blog have learned something, too. Which is why I maintain a list of the Nudism/Naturism posts in this blog (I updated it again yesterday): The posts and their reader responses are good resource material for anyone looking to do some research on the subject.
I am cautiously optimistic about the future of social nudism — even in Donald Trump’s America — not only because of its growing popularity in social media, but because it may very well catch on with mainstream media as news outlets discover its readership potential. If 1,000 people read yesterday’s post here, think of how many would read a similar item on a mainstream print media site. A weekly column on, say, The New York Times site would draw thousands upon thousands of readers — perhaps hundreds of thousands — and go a long way to raising awareness. Social nudism/naturism could help struggling newspapers survive in their bids to transition to the Internet, while they in turn would be lobbying for more public spaces for us and helping people overcome body hangups etc.
In other words, social nudism does have the potential to be big business, with numerous spinoff effects. It could help save a lot of jobs and create a lot of new ones. It can help so many people in myriad ways. It can save lives.
It’s only a question of time before some mainstream executive editor has a light-bulb moment and gives a weekly social nudism/naturism column a try — perhaps after reading this blog post, eh?
Photo credit: Aitor Méndez from Spain (Wikimedia Commons)