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Few people understand that swimsuits, as we know them

today, are a comparatively recent notion. The notion of


wearing special clothes to swim in is hardly a century old.
160. Skinnydipping, in the local river or farm pond, is well-documented as an important
historical part of
our national heritage.
Skinnydipping and outside nudity appear in the writings of Walt Whitman, Mark Twain,
William Allen
White, Lincoln Steffens, William Styron, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Herman Melville, James
Michener, and Henry
Miller, among many more, and in the depictions of Norman Rockwell, Rockwell Kent, Andrew
Wyeth, Thomas
Eakins, John Sloane, and Grant Wood.
161. Many YMCA, college, and high school man-only pools or swimming courses were
historically
"swimsuit-discretionary" or bare-only until federally-mandated "equivalent access" fit
programs (for the sake of women)
were instituted in the mid 1970s.231
162. This really is Michelle. She first appeared in Private Pictures in February in a
contribution called Hottie Michelle @ 18 & 42. We had a bet about how many opinions she
would receive. I won! This contri is the effect. She received over 100 comments, which made
her so hot that this session ensued. Part two will reveal one the many orgasms. She loves
the opinions, and great remarks will bring more great images. Do not make me lose this
round. You do not desire to view my graphic (laff). Due to Kate, Sailor and all our buddies at
nudist. This really is really much pleasure. ps Sorry for the blurring but you have to
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Nowadays, there are still public locations where nudity is, by local tradition or custom, the
accepted
practice.
Nudity is the norm, for instance, in natural crude hot springs as well as on nude beaches;
and, practically
universally, for models in art classes.
163. The few formally approved nude beaches in the U.S. (for example, Rooster Rock State
Park,
Oregon) and Canada (Wreck Beach, British Columbia)--and many of the unofficial seashores
as well--have existed for
decades without significant problems.232
164. Many highly respected people, historic and modern, have espoused and/or participated
in
Naturism to some degree.
Benjamin Franklin took daily nude "atmosphere baths." 233 So did Henry David Thoreau,
who was also a frequent
skinnydipper.234 Alexander Graham Bell was a skinnydipper and nude sunbather.235

George Bernard Shaw, Walt


Whitman, Eugene O'Neill, and painter Thomas Eakins argued in favor of societal nudity.236
President John Quincy Adams was a routine skinnydipper. According to reports, "each
morning he got up
before dawn, walked across the White House lawn to the Potomac River, took off his clothes
and swam in the nude.
He then returned to the White House to possess breakfast, read the Bible and run the
country." 237 President Theodore
Roosevelt frequently swam nude in Rock Creek Park in Washington, once skinny dipping
together with the French diplomat,
Jules Jusserand.238 President Lyndon Johnson sometimes swam bare with guests in the
white house pool,
including evangelist Billy Graham. 239 Senator Edward Kennedy has been photographed
skinnydipping at people
beaches in Florida. At the White House of his brother, John F. Kennedy, nudity had been
common around the White
House pool.240 Many U.S. congressmen enjoy nude recreation, albeit segregated: U.S.
Senate members may use the
Russell Senate Office Building Pool in the nude (the few female Senators make
appointments to ensure there won't
be men on hand), and Representatives may use a clothing-optional steam room, where
President Bush was said by
Newsweek to hang out sans towel with his buddies. Representatives also sunbathed nude on
the Speaker's Porch until
one day in 1973 when Rep. Patricia Schroeder wandered into the gathering inadvertently.241
Billionaire insurance man John D. MacArthur often went skinnydipping, and left a beach to
the state
of Florida, meaning that a piece be designated clothing-optional (a wish that has been
spurned); word has it that
MacArthur went skinnydipping with Walt Disney at this shore in the late 1960s.242 World
Bank president and
former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, and American Civil Liberties Union
founder Roger Baldwin,
both have been routine skinnydippers.243 Charles F. Richter, the co-inventor of the
earthquake measuring system,
was a life -long nudist and Naturist.244 Actress Lynn Redgrave and her family practice
societal nudism.245 Celebrities
Bridget Fonda and Brigitte Bardot appreciate societal nudity.246 The late actor Gary Merrill
recommended nudism.247
Christy Brinkley openly admits to frequenting nude beaches,248 and Christian singer Amy
Grant goes topfree on
foreign beaches while on tour overseas.249 Even the late Dr. Seuss published acceptance of
a nudist doctrine, in
one of his first books.250

165. Historically, a great many writers and artists have viewed Naturism, or something close
to it, to be
part of the utopian ideal.
R. Martin writes: "Anthropologically, nakedness would appear to be the best and worst of
states.
Involuntary stripping to nakedness is defeat or poverty, but willed nakedness can be an ideal
type." 251 Nudity is
Additionally consistent with the Christian utopian idea of paradise, in which, according to
biblical accounts, garments isn't
Essential.
166. Nudity has often been used, historically, as a sign of protest or rebellion against
oppression.
For example, the early Quakers, in mid-17th century England, frequently used nudity as an
element of protest.
Historian Elbert Russell notes that "A number of men and girls were arrested and punished
for public indecency