It’s Time for Naturist Clubs to Change Their Policies on Genital Jewelry

There’s an problem in the nudist world that’s long been troubling us as an organization that bases our principles on recognition. It’s the issue of nudist clubs and naturist resorts that bar entry to individuals with body and genital jewelry.
FKK Addresses Body Jewelry & Piercings at Nudist Clubs
Several years ago, we discussed the problem of nipple piercings. My home club, Rock Lodge, had a rule against them, but they changed this policy not too long after we published this article. Now nipple piercings are permitted. We were really happy about that and felt the change was long overdue.
As we pointed out in discussing nipple piercings, even Susan Weaver, who was then president of AANR, had her nipples pierced. Despite this, AANR hasn’t taken a stance against clubs that would bar entry based on nipple or body jewelry. Even if a club is a 100% AANR club, they can have a policy that would technically exclude an AANR president from visiting (though to my knowledge, no club ever told Susan that she could not visit, even if they had a rule against nipple jewelry).
I’ven’t come across any club or resort that still has a policy forbidding nipple jewelry. ( in case you know of one please share in the remarks.) But the issue of body jewelry policies doesn’t quit at nipples. Rock Lodge, along with several other nudist clubs, still has a rule against genital jewelry. This troubles us, for the exact same motives as the nipple piercings.
Those people who are against genital adornment assert that individuals are making naturism sexual by having their genitalia pierced, and they are doing something wrong by drawing attention to that body part.
Let’s clarify why this makes no sense. The primary tenet of naturism is that the body can be sexual or not, determined by the context. When people are bare jointly in a naturist setting, the genitals are no more sexual, “dirty” or black as opposed to belly or elbow.
Humans are sexual beings, not to mention, being naked does not prevent anyone from thinking sexual thoughts about others. As a result, it becomes quite clear that your largest sex organ is really one which you can not see your BRAIN.
As it pertains to the body and sexuality, it’s about context. There is a time and place for everything.
So it’d go that genital jewelry can only be equally as innocent as pierced ears or a pierced belly button. Or on the flip side, earrings are in the same way sexual as genital jewelry. You will find undoubtedly those who get sexual pleasure from their piercings, in private, behind closed doors. Unless a person is treating their jewelry like a sex toy in public, there’s really no reason why they should not be allowed to join a nudist setting.
As for how it draws attention to the incorrect area, nicely 1. By saying that, are not we treating the genitals like some taboo body part in the same way that society at large does? 2. I am able to say from experience that unless someone has decorated their crotch like a Christmas tree, nobody seems to have any trouble with staring. You look or you peek at it, just like you would at a necklace, then you go back to looking at the individual’s face.

These anti-piercing arguments were even more troubling when it came to nipples, which are not sex organs. The primary function of female breasts / nipples will be to feed infants. Some individuals, of all sexes, do get sexual pleasure from their nipples in a sexual context. Exactly like some folks get sexual pleasure from their ears, but we do not prohibit piercings on them.
One other argument against piercings has to do with the notion that they’re improper in family settings where children can be found. But the issue here consistently falls on the shoulders of those parents who are often fearful to handle their youngsters’ innocent questions. (As a side rant to parents, please don’t lie to your children or refuse them information about their bodies. There is such a matter as age-appropriate answers. We’ve got the Internet now. If you are unsure how to answer a question, Google it or e-mail someone who might have the information you seek.)
If a kid points at a penis ring and says, What Is that? The response is simple: It Is a piercing.” If the follow up question is, “Why does he have it?” then the reply should be something like, “because he thinks it is pretty.
The issue of genital jewelry also came up in the circumstance of San Francisco’s nudity ban. Some of the male naturists were wearing cock rings in public. As we noted in this article, a cock ring is typically worn on the base of the penis and is used for keeping erections, but can also simply be worn for decoration. In that same post we also ran a survey on whether cock rings were too sexual to be worn in public, even if just worn as decoration.
Some 300 people took the survey, and these were the results below. Almost 70% said cock rings should be acceptable in public if they are just worn as a piece of cosmetic jewelry. A small percent said they believed it should not be worn around children.
Cock Ring FKK survey results
In the nudist world, opinions on body jewelry have undoubtedly changed recently. Like it or not, an increasing number of folks have nipple and genital jewelry, especially young adults. Some clubs have altered their policies out of necessity, as brianna beach tits or members have showed up with body jewelry. Others, however, are holding onto their policies that seem increasingly outdated for 2015.
I’dn’t claim that a body piercing is critical to a person’s identity or an aspect of themselves that they can’t change – like race or sexual orientation. Piercings are removable to some extent but they’re a kind of self-expression. We see this issue as a dent in the naturist doctrine. At least as far as accepting a person as they are, as well as recognizing that nudity does not have to be sexual.
In the northeast, I Have located only 2* nudist clubs that still forbid genital jewelry: Berkshire Vista (MA) and Rock Lodge Club (NJ). (I have also found that many naturist clubs in the U.S. do not address piercings on their websites at all. I’ven’t inquired with every club, but the ones I did contact said were allowed.)
For clubs that do allow jewelry, many define that it must be discrete or inconspicuous. I think this really is acceptable. Nobody must walk around with enormous chains and bells on their genitalia.
Solair Nudist Resort in Connecticut is one co operative club in the northeast that recently changed their rules to allow genital jewelry. We’ve been speaking to them about this policy for several years, so that as a coop it took time to get enough votes to support it. It was changed this past June and we applaud Solair for becoming a more inclusive, accepting club!
Not everyone was on board with their new policy, nevertheless. On a recent trip to Solair, we met one member who said he believed it went against family values. Regrettably he was not able to articulate how just.
In 2015, I think the nudist community is ready to become more inclusive when it comes to body jewelry. It is time to better practice what we preach.
(*In fact there are 3 clubs that bar entry to individuals with genital jewelry if we count Cedar Waters Village in New Hampshire. Cedar Waters is an exclusive resort for heterosexual couples ONLY who do not desire to hang out with gay people. They do not allow nipple or genital piercings or same sex couples. You read that rightthey openly discriminate against homosexual people. In 2015.)
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