We at the Bare Platypus wish to express our thanks to those who have already cast votes in our current poll. We also encourage those who have not yet voted to do so. This poll is scheduled to run only for about 90 days so please make your entries now. You do not need to follow this blog... whoever you are, we'd like to hear from you.
There are a few reasons why we're interested in your answers. It's probably "bad science" to tell you
about those reasons ahead of time, but we're not aiming for a truly scientific poll anyway.
See, we'd like to know when people first consider giving naked a try and are open to trying it. This may shed some light on when and how nudism should be marketed and to which ages and stages of life. It may also lead to some great discussions.
In previous blog posts we've wondered out loud whether nudists are "born" (have always had a natural inclination to do it) or "made" (only begin thinking about nudity when someone else puts the issue in front of them by having an article published on the subject, directly being asked to join someone else in visiting a nude beach or skinny dipping in the back yard pool.) The poll may not extract all the answers, but it's a starting point.
For our part, there are members of the Platypus team who were raised nudists, so there was never a discussion about when, or whether, to go bare. Others probably would have never thought about nudism unless their spouse had asked them to try it. Some report trying out a nude beach while in college (California universities seem to be sited near a lot of nude beaches... what a match!).
Finally, there are a couple of us who weren't raised as nudists per se, but always enjoyed and wanted to be naked. Even (Especially?) as kids, if we could have gone to a place where we could swim naked or walk naked in a forest we would have done so in a heartbeat. We ditched our pajamas, or quietly played naked in the garage where possible.
Every nudist has a story and we never get tired of hearing their stories.
Oh, and by the way, if you're reading the Platypus and don't consider yourself a nudist, you're welcome here too! There's a ballot choice for you and we'd welcome your thoughts.