One of America's favorite and most popular summertime activities is sunbathing. Millions of Americans enjoy this recreational pastime each year. Sunbathing is a form of relaxation shared by all people, regardless of economic or social status in society. In recent years, the social nudism movement has grown and gained considerable support. One statistic boasts that approximately thirty-three million people have, at some time in their lives, engaged in social nudism in one form or another. As a result of this growth, nudist groups have become highly organized national associations with local chapters throughout the country. It is through these national organizations that social nudism beliefs are being channeled-particularly the right to sunbathe in the nude on public beaches. Consequently, while nude sunbathing once was viewed as an individual preference practiced in backyards, it is now a belief which is being fostered by organized associations.
Richard B. Kellam & Teri S. Lovelace,
To Bare or Not to Bare: The Constitutionality of Local Ordinances Banning Nude Sunbathing,
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