Canada, 1 in 5200; and in the U.S., 1 in 6856.155 According to a French survey, one in ten members of the

nation’s inhabitants have tried nudism at least once, and an equivalent amount are ready to give . Naturist vacations are a considerable element of the tourist trade in several countries.
As of 1983, about 2 million individuals vacationed at French Naturist clubs and resorts each year.157 Before its
Disastrous fragmentation and civil war, more than one hundred thousand tourists visited Yugoslavian nudist camps
and resorts every summer.158 According to the president of the Naturism and Camping Department of Yugoslav
Tourism, Naturist vacations in 1984 accounted for 25% of the foreign tourism income.159 And while American
travel booklets make virtually no reference at all of bare or topfree beaches in other countries–basically lying to
vacationers–foreign travel agencies offer opulent, uncensored booklets, and openly advertise and market Naturist
110. Nudity is far more common in foreign media.
For example, one of Brazil’s most popular T.V. shows, “Pantanal,” has featured frequent nudity; a survey
conducted by the local paper found that 83% of viewers were “comfortable” with the nude scenes. A University
of Sao Paulo survey in June 1990 counted 1,145 dis plays of nudity in one week of television.161
111. Public nudity, including clothing-optional recreation, enjoys growing acceptance in North America.
A 1983 Gallup poll revealed that 72% of Americans don’t think designated clothing-optional beaches
should be against the law, and 39% agreed that such areas should be set aside by the authorities. One third said

they might try going to one. Fourteen percent said they’d already tried coed nude diversion.162 A 1985 Roper Poll
agreed, reporting that 18% of all Americans–including 27% of those age 18-28, and 24% of college-educated
Americans–had already gone swimming in the nude with a group that included members of the other sex; other
studies imply these numbers are on the increase.163 A Psychology Today study found that 28% of couples under
the age of 35 swim in the nude together, 24% of couples age 35-49, and 9% of couples 50 or older, and that such
Actions tended to correspond to a higher level of satisfaction in the marriage.164 A 1990 Martini and Rossi poll
reported that 35% of Americans would “bare it all” on a nude beach.165 A 1986 survey conducted by People Weekly
asked folks how guilty they’d feel when they engaged in any of 51 actions, rating their probable guilt on a scale
of 1 to 10, w here 10 represented the finest feeling of guilt. Bare sunbathing came in second to last with a evaluation of
2.76, behind not voting (3.07), swearing (3.34), smoking (3.38), and overeating (4.43).166
In 1991, visitation at Wreck Beach, British Columbia on a good day was estimated at 15,000, and 90,000
beach users were recorded in one month on an individual accessibility trail.167 A survey conducted by West Area Park Staff
revealed that half of these visitors go naked. When that choice was threatened in 1991, more than 10,000 folks sent
letters or signed petitions to secure the seashore’s clothes-optional status.168
Given the opportunity and license to do this, girls do take advantage of the the alternative of going topfree.
During the 1984 Olympics in L.A., Police determined not to arrest European girls who went topfree on local
beaches. American wo men, noting the double standard, took their tops off also, and feigned inability to understand
English when told to cover up. Police called it “taking advantage of the relaxed rule,” 169 though it should more
accurately be considered “taking advantage of a more civilized custom.”
112. Membership in nudist organizations is growing fast.
Membership in the American Association for Nude Recreation, for example, topped 40,000 in 1992, up
15,000 in only five years!170 By 1995, the number had increased past 46,000. Based on a study commissioned by
the Trade Association for Nude Recreation, contribution in nudism is currently growing by about 20% per year.171
113. The tourism industry is finding that it is in their economic best interests to accept clothingoptional
When it became a popular vacation spot for Europeans in the mid-1980s, Miami Beach began allowing
G-string swimsuits on its beaches, and ceased applying its ordinance against topfree swimming and sunning.172
Dade County is the sole county in Florida that experienced an increase of tourism in 1991, a year of serious recession.
All other counties, and Disney World, had considerable losses in tourism. 173 Nikki Grossman, manager of the Ft.
Lauderdale Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, recognizes that “requests for bare or top-free beaches rank among
the very best five priorities of international conventioneers,” 174 and Fodor’s Travel Guide has observed that “nudism” is
“tourism’s fastest growing sector.” 175 Nudism, in the USA, brings in about $120 million each year in direct
revenues alone.176
Constitutional support for Naturism. 177