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Should nude beaches be allowed, or be banned?

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Freedom: Is nudity an expression of freedom that should not be restricted?

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  • Public nudity is a valuable expression of freedom. Nudity is an expression of the freedom of the individual to express themselves, even if others are offended by it. Banning or constraining nudity, thus impairs an important symbol of individual liberties and subsequent - given the value of symbols to individual liberties - impairs freedom itself.
  • Banning public nudity is offensive to nudists. Responding to critics, Mark Storey, who helped bring about 30 nudists together for a "naked beach rally" in Seattle in 2004, said "Frankly, I am offended that they are offended. All I am doing is being a human being ... Being naked does not cause any harm."[1]



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  • Allowing public nudity risks exposure to children Allowing public nudity creates a significant risk that individuals will expose themselves in places where kids are, in play grounds or at schools. Children could react very negatively to this, and potentially incur emotional damage. Parents will certainly be fearful of such a possibility. And, creating laws that disallow public nudity in these areas, but not in others is simply awkward.


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Health concerns:

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  • Nude tanning enhances exposure to sun and vitamin D production. Exposure to the sun allows the body to produce vitamin D, which helps to boost the body's immune system, thus helping to prevent influenza, as well as other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer as well as various mental diseases.


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  • Sun tanning can negatively affect human health. It is widely believed that excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays has detrimental health effects, including possible burn and even skin cancer. These effects can be enhanced by sunbathing without clothes (especially on delicate body parts).





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