Thursday, August 8, 2019. New York City – Today, I read the article “The naked truth: is naturism dying out in Germany?” on The Guardian.
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The article written by Kate Connolly says, “The practice of FKK – being naked in nature – has declined because of a new nudity taboo. But some groups report a rise in membership.
For decades Germans have extolled the benefits of free body culture – or being naked in nature. But a German sexologist has claimed that the practice of FKK, as it is widely known, is dying out due to a new “nudity taboo”.
Once a focal point of German bathing culture, FKK has been pushed to the margins of most of Germany’s beaches and lakesides, according to the author Kurt Starke.
“FKK is no longer a trend,” he states in a new book, Nudity Congestion, in which he argues that a practice that once dominated large parts of German holiday resorts is now considered old-fashioned and too regulated. “Now stretches of beach dedicated to FKK are reduced and often even combined with the stretches of beach reserved for dog walkers.”
The movement has its roots in the late 19th century when it was promoted as a healthy lifestyle, particularly for workers. The first FKK beach appeared on the North Sea coast 100 years ago. For more than 70 years entire sections of beaches, lakesides and campsites have been reserved by law for those who choose to be naked, and the practice – with its strict rejection of any shame about nudity – has seeped into the national psyche.
The Nazis largely suppressed it. Revived again after the second world war, in the 1970s the FKK movement attracted its largest number of followers.
Starke says that FKK, the first movement of its kind in the world, led to a widespread acceptance of public nudity without an overt connection to sexuality, which is reflected in Germans’ relatively relaxed attitudes to nudity.
But it was in the former communist east, the GDR, that its impact was most felt. There authorities positively encouraged it, particularly among the proletariat. While swimming aids such as lilos, rings and dinghies were banned for fear people might try to escape by sea to neighbouring Denmark, nudity was positively encouraged.”
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“We have members in their 80s who are extremely active. You never know if the naked person next to you is a doctor or a car park attendant, and it really doesn’t matter.”_Christian Utecht, president of the Association of Free Body Culture for Berlin and Brandenburg.
Do Afro-Germans go to nude beaches?
“Afro-Germans (German: Afrodeutsche), Black Germans (German: schwarze Deutsche) or during the German Empire Imperial Negroes (German: Reichsneger), are an ethnic group, namely people who are citizens and/or residents of Germany and who are of Black African descent. Afro-Germans are found across Germany, but are mostly situated in larger cities, such as Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne.
Cities such as Hamburg and Berlin, which were formerly centres of occupation forces following World War II and more recent immigration, have substantial Afro-German communities, with a relatively high percentage of ethnically mixed and multiracial families. With modern trade and migration, communities such as Frankfurt, Munich, and Cologne have an increasing number of Afro-Germans. As of 2013, there were approximately 817,000 Afro-Germans in a country with a population of 82,000,000 people. This number is difficult to estimate because the German census does not use race as a category, following the genocide committed during World War II under the “German racial ideology”. Up to 70,000 (2% of the population) people of Afro-German origin live in Berlin.”_Wikipedia.org
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