The newsletter of the Naturist Education
Foundation and the Naturist Action Committee.
Volume 1, Number 10. October 2020.
Kraft Foods Learns What Nudists Already Know:
Nude (or Nood) is a 3rd Rail Word
Bill Schroer, NAC and NEF Board Member
The ad agency for Kraft Foods, makers of the iconic "Mac and Cheese",
recently decided to promote the brand in honor of National Noodle Day
(Oct 6). (Did you know National Noodle Day even existed?)
The campaign, promoted primarily virtually, was entitled #SendNoods,
urging customers to bestow boxes of their Kraft powdered mac and
cheese to loved ones who might benefit from comfort food during the
Video and print ads featured Vanessa Bayer (of Saturday Night Live
fame) who offered: "In these strange times, people are in need of
extra comfort. That’s why it’s always a nice gesture to send
noods, so they know you're thinking of them." Bayer also
repeatedly emphasized she was talking about "noods", not
"nudes". Unfortunately for Bayer, Kraft, and "Mischief" (the ad
agency), viewers were not amused:
"I do not want my boys growing up and seeing a commercial where they
joke about the exploitation of children!" commented one. Others
talked about the sexploitation of children.
One parent blamed Kraft for a marketing tactic that "grooms children
into believing it's OK and even FUNNY to 'send noods,'" they claimed.
Somehow, even though children were never featured in the commercial
and Bayer emphasized it was "...noods, not nudes", the Kraft Food
Company just got a lesson in the paranoia around the concept of nudity
that infects this country.
It gets worse.
The post was quickly overtaken by conspiracists who stoked fears of
widespread, high-profile child trafficking -- one of the prevailing
theories of QAnon supporters -- and implicated Kraft as a complicit
player in the alleged criminal scheme, adding the telltale hashtag
#SaveTheChildren to their comments.
Hashtags such as #BoycottKraft and #CancelKraft began to appear.
In response Kraft removed all traces of the latest campaign throughout
social media after their attempt at a tongue-in-cheek viral moment
prompted the above backlash.
Had a nudist been on the Kraft ad team, he/she might have warned
"There are lots of things you can joke about...but Americans do not
find nudity funny or 'tongue-in-cheek'." It is a regrettable
fact of life Americans, by and large, are so uptight about the concept
of nudity that they cannot envision it to be fun, liberating or a
positive and healthy philosophy of living, let alone an acceptable
topic for humor. It is the reason why the Naturist Action
Committee and the Naturist Education Foundation exist -- to imbue
Americans with a sense of perspective and appreciation for the
positive aspects of non-sexual nudity and nudism as a positive life
force....or at least something people can have a tongue-in-cheek
moment about without going ballistic.
Report from Haulover Beach
Richard Mason, NAC Board Member
Haulover's Naturist Beach section (1/3 mile) in the 2 mile long
Haulover Beach Park is open at this time during the pandemic.
The requirement is that you must wear a mask and practice social
distancing. However, members of the same household can sit
together with up to ten people in a group.
South Florida Free Beach's volunteer Beach Ambassadors are on the
beach most days. Miami-Dade County has employed monitors who are
in every public park to remind visitors to wear a mask and to practice
social distancing rules.
Haulover's Naturist Beach, rated the Number 1 nude beach in the world
by many who rate facilities, continues to set records in attendance
Haulover's Naturist Beach was established by Naturists as a Naturist
recreational facility in 1991. It is a model for Naturist Beach
designations on public lands in all 50 states.
Now in its 29th year, Haulover's Naturist Beach has been identified as
one of the Miami area's and the state of Florida's largest tourist
Haulover's Naturist Beach is evidence that Naturism, as a recreation,
is perfectly legal in a designated area on public lands.
National Park Seashore Advice
Richard Mason, NAC Board Member
When visiting a National Park Seashore that has a recognized
traditional nude beach section, be sure to stay within that specific
beach location and stay close to the main body of naturists.
There have been several incidents where a person has set-up away from
the main body of nude beach visitors or has gone to the wrong location
and then got nude, only to be cited by National Park Service officers
for "Indecent Exposure."
While there is no Federal Law that criminalizes "mere nudity", a few
National Park Rangers will cite a person using a state law, utilizing
a concurrent agreement that the National Park System has with a state
or locale or use the universal legal term "Indecent Exposure."
We at NAC who are made aware of these citations have no way of knowing
if these wrongful citations are part of a park management program or
just an individual judgement of a park ranger.
Once a citation is issued, they are difficult to get dismissed, and
most require an attorney which can get expensive. The best was
to avoid these type of incidents is to go to the traditional area and
stay there while nude.
The Pandemic Ill Wind...and Nuance Naturist B&B
Bill Schroer, Nuance Naturist B&B Innkeeper
When Covid-19 first hit our shores in February of 2020 there was much
confusion, concern and not much good information about how the virus was
transmitted or how easily spread it might be. Erring on the side of
caution a number of states, including Michigan, imposed lockdowns and much
of the hospitality industry closed. Often it was not because they
were forced to (hotels, hostels and B&Bs were exempt in Michigan as
travelers had to have places to stay), but because they wanted to or had
to. Economically, demand had fallen below the breakeven point.
At Nuance Naturist
...which is the only nudist B&B in Michigan and one of
the very few in the Midwest, I closed because of the former reason...I
wanted to help contain the spread of Covid-19 while "staying safe".
Fast forward to June....much more awareness of the virus was available and
"best practices" had been developed for how to keep guests safe while
still allowing them to have an enjoyable time. While many B&Bs
stayed closed in Michigan, I decided to open Nuance Naturist B&B with
some changes to the operation.
Once that decision was made and the opening date announced, the phone
began to ring, online reservations came in and the season began with a
bang. Far from the pandemic hurting the Nuance B&B business,
Nuance was slammed. Occupancy more than doubled from the prior
summer, and guests booked both weekends and stays during the week.
Couples that worked virtually could work anywhere, and a number of them
decided being at a nudist B&B was a better alternative than home.
The boom lasted the entire summer...with guests continuing to book past
Labor Day and have continued to make reservations up to and including the
writing of this article. While the volume has slowed, the
reservations have not stopped.
While no one was more surprised at this summer's business boom than I and
my partner Jan, the phenomena is perhaps not that surprising.
Factors influencing stays at Nuance include:
- Some nudist resorts in the Midwest stayed closed, and many others
restricted admission to members only. This motivated many
nudists to look for other venues close to home.
- Restrictions in air travel encouraged many nudists to shift their
vacation plans away from nudist resorts in Florida, Mexico or the
Caribbean. I found Google metrics analysis of visitors on the
Nuance website used the search terms "nude beach" followed by "nudist
resort" most often.
- Nuance B&B's small scale (I restricted the number of rooms to 3
plus the carriage house apartment) turned out to be a huge
advantage. As opposed to a big resort with lots and lots of
people, guests booking at Nuance found the notion of being on a large
40 acre resort with only 3 other couples to be extremely attractive.
- Finally, and perhaps most inexplicable, but confirmed by
observations internationally, almost 40% of guests this summer were
first time nudists. For some reason the pandemic has brought out
an interest in exploring naturism for guests in all age brackets, not
only from Michigan, but from Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania with one
couple traveling six hours for their introduction to naturism.
(They loved it!)
I noted operational changes made to help keep guests safe. Without
getting into too much detail, policy/procedure changes included
temperature checks and surveys of incoming guests, ongoing cleaning and
sanitizing, serving breakfast at separate tables (outdoors whenever
possible), triple sheeting beds, exclusively designated bathrooms per
couple, refreshing towels and other changes all helped keep guests
safe. I Covid-19 tested weekly, and we strongly encouraged mask use
by guests when in proximity to other guests.
Some lessons learned from talking with guests this summer include the
notion that naturism, living nude, is not only pleasant...for many it is
essential. I knew I felt that way, and didn't realize how widespread
that feeling is. Guests needed to be nude. They couldn't wait
to take their clothes off and most never left the resort...or did so only
for a quick dinner or shopping trip. When a first time couple asked
how long they thought it would take them to become comfortable being nude
once they had checked in, I responded "About 20 minutes". They
laughed thinking I was kidding. I wasn't, and they were right on the
A second lesson was the sheer demand for a nudist venue in the
Midwest. There are nudist resorts in Michigan and the Midwest...but
as guests began to look for and find an alternative to Florida...they came
and came back. Many of this summer's guests have discovered Michigan
in the summer can be as or more enjoyable than Florida, Mexico or anywhere
else. And, while Michigan doesn't have year round tropical
warmth...one can offer a warm, welcoming and nude environment all year
here and people will come.
Finally, and most nudists already know this, nudists are genuinely
friendly and nice people to be around. Being an innkeeper at a
nudist B&B is a pretty good job. It is a lot of work...but
nudists are among the most genuine, kind and thoughtful people on the
planet and I've valued the experience and talking with and becoming
friends with many of the guests this year and since opening the B&B.
"It is an ill wind that blows no good" and while the pandemic has been so
hurtful and destructive to our economy and many of our countrymen and
women, it has provided an opportunity for many in the Midwest to discover
and enjoy living nude in a nearby place they perhaps least expected.
And, for that I am most appreciative.
[Editor's Note: We still have boxes available!
Send your order in soon!]
Voting Coverage Requirements for You and Your Ballot
Claude Richards, NAC and NEF Area Representitive
Four years ago Katy Perry made a video about her confusion over the
required dress code for voting: (video link
A number of years ago when Illinois started allowing anyone to vote by
mail, they launched a Vote Naked campaign with a video ad that reached
over 100,000 people. They openly declared that there was no dress
code for voting by mail, stating "Voting Law in Illinois has changed. For
the first time ever, you may now vote by mail from home. No need to go to
the polls, wait in line, or even put on pants": (video link
With anxiety over the pandemic and rightful concern of crowded polling
stations, the previously tighter absentee ballot restrictions in many
states have become more relaxed this year. This change has allowed
more people than ever before to be able to vote in a safer manner by mail,
AND it has greatly increased the number of people being able to VOTE NAKED
from the comfort of their own homes. This fall a new Vote Naked
campaign was launched in Illinois: (video link
However, with the changes, a new "problem" has developed in some states --
THE NAKED BALLOT!
This year with a considerable number of states requiring voters to return
their completed ballot in a privacy envelope placed inside an outer
envelope, Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Campbell,
Amy Schumer, Chris Rock and a number of other celebrities got together to
create a PSA about the dangers of inadvertently sending in a NAKED BALLOT
(caused by a voter's ballot being inside only one sealed envelope rather
than two) resulting in THE VOTE NOT BEING COUNTED: (video link
Naked Ballots can have a substantial impact on election results. For
instance, based on estimates from previous elections and the massive
increase in first-time absentee voters expected this year, Philadelphia
officials estimate that in Pennsylvania with the rejection of all absentee
ballots arriving without sleeves (internal envelopes), more than 100,000
ballots could likely be thrown out during the 2020 general election.
Of the 16 states that include sleeves/envelopes to be used in their
absentee voting packages:
- Four states -- Florida, Georgia, Hawaii and Washington -- have
declared that they will still count Naked Ballots statewide.
- Some large counties in five other states -- Alaska, Minnesota, North
Dakota, Texas and West Virginia -- have also confirmed that Naked
Ballots will be counted in their counties.
- The remaining seven states -- Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey,
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia -- have firmly indicated
that all Naked Ballots will be rejected.
Therefore, voters in all of these states, but particularly the last seven,
should closely follow ballot instructions and make sure their ballots are
dressed, even if you aren't. So, rejoice in your American "Right to Bare
Arms -- as well as Other Body Parts" while you vote this year. And
while voting au naturel, here's a jazzy PSA from Parlour Noir ("The Naked Ballot Song
") for your listening
Just be careful (if you are in one of the listed prudish anti-naked ballot
states) and make sure to dress your ballots, since Naked Ballots have no
And, if you're voting in person, don't make the same mistake Katy Perry
did. Remember, a mask is mandatory, but you probably need more than
a mask if you don't want to get escorted away in a patrol car.
Treasures of the Library
Doug Hickok, NEFRL Director
A perk of being a FREE registered library patron is that you can request
Digital Loans. Read about how it works by clicking here
One of my favorite findings so far, among the "other stuff", is a
membership badge. Trust me, this membership badge is way cooler than
anything you get nowadays! Request "other102" to see it for
This tri-fold membership badge was issued by the Deutscher Bund für
Freikörperkultur (DFK) in 1953. The DFK is still active
as being the main German association
for the Free Body Culture. They have 9 regional associations with
about 160 naturist clubs and total about 50,000 members. Their logo
appears on a few different FKK-related publication titles at NEFRL.
The membership badge was issued to a Berlin woman in her early 30's
named Gerda on September 1st, 1953. It includes her full name,
signature, address, birthday, and even a B&W photo of her stapled on
the designated space. (Privacy was apparently different back
then. If you request to see this item, NEF does black out the
private details.) The membership number is 830, which considering
the DFK was founded in 1949, might imply the organization didn't have
their first 1,000 members yet. To somehow make it more official,
there are several stamps (like from a rubber stamp) and a signature.
Like a passport, this item features numerous travel stamps (like the
lick and stick paper kind). The first one, in green, is next to the
word "Aufnahme" (Admission). The BKE on the stamp matches the
rubber-stamped-on name and address for "Bund für Körperkultur und
Erziehung". There are 14 paper stamps, each has "B.f.K.u.E" and "DM
1.-", some with months written on them, but they don't seem to be
consecutive like it would be a membership renewal. My best guess is
that she got a stamp each time she visited a club. Perhaps the 1
Deutschmark per stamp was an entry fee? The last ones are in late
1954, or 1956. It's hard to read.
I would love to have a membership "passport" like this, with a stamp
from every club I've been to proudly displayed within it.
NEFRL's Updated Magazine List
Doug Hickok, NEFRL Director
Our giant list of naturist magazines
has grown to nearly
16,000 after we've been hard at work merging in the new magazine
donations. Our backlog consisted of nearly 30 boxes (medium-sized
flat-rate shipping boxes) from one donor, 6 various-sized boxes from
another donor, a box from our "big trade" with ANRL, and a few other
Some of these donations have been waiting almost two years to get
merged in. Before we could do that, we needed a clean "baseline" of
what was already on the shelf. The last version of that baseline was
in February of this year.
From February 2020, we had 15,322 unique magazines among 1,027
As of October 2020, we have 15,992 unique magazines among 1,130
Note: That doesn't include any duplicates. We have an
entire wall of those too.
As the saying goes... Size doesn't matter, it's how you use
it. That's why we offer a Research Request form, so that anyone can
get access to the articles they seek from our collection.
Now that so many donations have been merged in to the main collection,
our "incoming donation" shelves are looking pretty bare!
Assembled and published for NEF
and NAC by Doug