Following my post Engagement, Howard Anderson wrote defending the notion that talking to your family, friends and neighbours about naturism. The Naturist Philosopher originally suggested that we do this in order to break down the distrust between the naturist and non-naturist, and to enable all of us to lead a normal life. I dismissed the idea because I thought that secrecy is too ingrained into each individual naturist for it to be effective or even happen. Although we feel comfortable in our naked bodies, we can’t quite get over the idea that the social norm is for our bodies should be covered in cloth outside the bathroom or bedroom.
Howard, on the other hand, thought it was a good idea for while organising and mounting a major campaign may require a particular set of skills that not everyone has, talking to family, friends and neighbours, do not. It just needed the right opportunity to occur. Howard calls this Micro-Campaigning and he has written an article explaining his experience when he practised what he preaches. He hasn’t said if it has been published elsewhere, or when if it has, but he has graciously given his permission for it to reappear here. As a result of reading it, I would like to change my view slightly. I still think, on the whole for the vast majority of naturists it is going to be hard to break the habit of not speaking about their participation and enjoyment of naturism. But if you are confident enough, and want to lead an otherwise normal life and not wait for when the neighbours are out then why not talk to them? It might only be a small victory for naturism, but it might be a huge one for yourself. Besides, many small victories can add up to an even greater one in the long run.