traffic or public consciousness of the store, the

Skinny-Dipper Shop is still open for walkin customers. About once a year
an undercover police officer steps into the
store to see if the public exterior can see
any pictures containing nudity. So far, these
visits have not resulted in any issues for

TNS & Nude
Networking in Europe
TNS began in the early 1980s as what
seemed to many to be the younger---and
perhaps estranged---sister to the old and
larger American Sunbathing Association
(now AANR). In its first decade yet,
TNS matured to take the leading role in
America on the problem of nudity on public
Acreages. As AANR and TNS enter the year
2009, both admit that they and
other naturist organizations need to work
Jointly if they are to continue to grow
and be successful.

TNS has, from the earliest years,
sought out opportunities to work with like-minded groups. The attempts
to form inter-organizational coalitions like
the Naturist/Naturist Leadership Council
are an example. TNS has also, when the

Clara Bailey playfully painting Lee.

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Individually Lee Baxandall and I came to recognize the link between
the right to privacy, my specialty, and nudism, his forte.
Fortunately for me, he tracked me down in the early 80s, and jointly
we notified each others' work and doctrines. I saw his societal
activism as a model for mine, but I understood that I did not have the
Daring bravery that he did. Furthermore, Lee's activism improved in skinny-dipping and made more chances
In the early phases of his sickness, he rose before several lawyers
defending naturists rights. His shoulders slumped a little and he'd
A number of tremors. He was naked. "I always said, 'It Is about body
Approval. And so here I 'm. I never said it was about body
acceptance only when your body is exactly how you want it to
Robert Ellis Smith, Publisher, PRIVACY JOURNAL

opportunity has presented itself, actively
sought ties with naturist groups outside of
the United States.

On June 14-18,1986, TNS representatives and two dozen others from the
U.S., Greece, Chile, the Netherlands, the
United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark,
Finland, and India met for the first
International Convention on Nude Beaches,
held at Antiparos, Greece.16 Angelos
Mimikopoulos of Greece suggested the
idea to TNS in 1983, but it took three
years to bring the convention to fruition.
Attendees offered position papers on a
variety of matters relating to free beach philosophy and history. Lee Baxandall chaired
the string of meetings.

The subsequent year, Mimikopoulos,
Baxandall, and Johanna Moore responded to the suggestion of photojournalist
Leif Heilberg, organized a second
International Convention on Nude Beaches,
which took place in Hungary from June 27
to July 5, 1987.17 This again drew naturist leaders from around the world. A third
such occasion was coordinated by TNS for June
31-July 7, 1990 in the Provence area of

The Naturist Society Network:
Policies Support Inclusion
of Singles, Gays, Families,
What differentiates TNS from other naturist groups in many people's heads is the
organization's dedication to inclusion.
Freely admitting that its members are
Varied in view, interests, and lifestyle,
and that many of them WOn't agree with
everything they see reported on or praised
in N, TNS nevertheless has a distinctive
leaning on particular issues that are occasionally just obliquely related to naturism.
A number of these issues need to do with the
Approval of others.

TNS established the Naturist Network
as a means to promote those naturist clubs,
resorts, and beach-support groups that
adhere to TNS' fundamental philosophy. These
groups consent to support TNS and allow
TNS members to get involved in their own activities; and their policies and actions must
not be in disagreement with the TNS Statement
of Naturist Worth, which says, in part:
"The Naturist Society does not recognize

groups or clubs which promise or mean of accessibility to club or group tasks. Singles
Mostly to promote intercourse, or contribute as many useful resources
which practice a policy of exclusion based to a group as do married people.