Which, in and of itself, was an education. But after said 3. And, never having spent a full day wearing nothing but sunscreen, I thought it would be an interesting little trip outside of my comfort zone.
In the Flesh: Types of Nude Beaches
Gunnison Beach—a modest, two-mile stretch of white sand in North Jersey—was divided into three types of people. First, a bit about myself, this undercover reporter crowd of one. I am not someone who you would call a "naked person. But here I am, faced with a decision. I can observe the nudists with a judging eye and clothed body, or I could try to understand the appeal. So, I took off my top—which was weird, but a bit like taking off a Band-Aid. One swift motion and the anxiety was over.
View research View latest news Sign up for updates. This ethnographic project considers the politics of public sexuality at a Canadian nude beach. This study explores the interaction of the naturist versus sexuality discourses that arise at the beach. On the surface the beach reads like a simple heteronormative space that is controlled and dominated by heterosexual men. Upon further investigation of the discursive field of sexuality at the beach, where different sexual scripts, postures, and identities are elaborated and inscribed, an amalgam of these discourses emerged that complicated the simple power relation of heterosexual males over females and gay men.