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Florida nudist association: U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder is 'typical American who enjoys skinny-dipping'



The Florida-based American Association for Nude Recreation put out this amusing news release.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (August 21, 2012) -- The U.S. has a long history of political skinny dippers: John Quincy Adams, Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and George W. Bush all abandoned their skivvies for a refreshing swim. President Johnson even went skinny-dipping while in office with evangelist Billy Graham. Other famous promoters of skinny-dipping include such notable Americans as Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Herman Melville and Norman Rockwell.

Heck, prior to the mid-1800s, most everyone skinny-dipped -- swimwear hadn't been invented.

But in light of the broo-ha-ha over Rep. Kevin Yoder’s skinny-dip in the Sea of Galilee, the American Assn. for Nude Recreation ( weighs in on the issue …

Fact: in a 2006 Roper poll, it showed that 25% of adult Americans have skinny dipped in mixed company. Worldwide, topless and nude sunbathing is one of the fastest growing vacation choices. Did you know all beaches in Spain are legally topless, and many are nude.

Fact: Congressman Yoder's mistake was picking a spot to go skinny-dipping that is illegal under Israeli law. Alternatively, he should have gone to Tel-Baruch beach north of Tel-Aviv, which has a long history of topless and nude sunbathing. Then instead of being in hot water, he'd have been in refreshing nudist waters.

Fact: The American Association for Nude Recreation advocates people should skinny-dip in appropriate settings like their own back yards, nudist resorts and clubs, legal nude beaches, etc.

Obviously, Congressman Yoder is a typical American who enjoys skinny-dipping, like over 50 million other Americans. In the spirit of keeping him out of trouble in the future, here is a list of Legal Nude beaches for him and other Americans (in the public eye or not) to skinny dip at in North America.

Haulover/Miami Beach; Gunnison/Sandy Hook, NJ; Rooster Rock/Columbia Gorge, Or.; Lighthouse Beach/Fire Island, NY; Hippie Hollow/Austin, Tx; Black’s Beach/La Jolla, Ca.; Baker Beach/San Francisco, Collins Beach/Sauvie Island, Or.; Little Beach/Maui; San Gregorio Beach/Ca.; Wreck Beach/Vancouver.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:08pm]


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