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French Nudist Colony Sick of Being Public Sex Destination

No Sex, Just Nudity in French "Naturist" Community

Just because Europe's largest nudist community eschews clothing doesn't mean it has lost its sense of propriety. Nude sunbathing may be a-OK, but sex on the beach is where it draws the line in the sand.

Residents of the Village Naturiste in Cap d'Agde, France, are fed up with being Europe's number-one destination for public sex. Fingers are being pointed at Italians, who are largely the reason the community's Winter population of 300 swells to 40,000 in the Summer.

At first I had no sympathy for these "naturists." What else do you expect when your town is synonymous with nudity? But locals report witnessing orgies, voyeurism, genitals "waved in people's faces," and public acts of S&M. And all of Cap d'Agde is suffering while only members of Village Naturiste (five percent of the town's population) are nudists.

A local politician is writing to the state prosecutor, demanding public decency laws be upheld. A Swiss town banned hiking in the buff last year, but grocery shopping without clothes wasn't its town's pastime. Maybe this is just what happens when you start a nudist colony? An unfortunate byproduct of getting your way, like smog in LA. Or do these people deserve nudity without the sex?

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Girl101 Girl101 6 years
I think they should be prosecuted the same as if they were anywhere else. Nudity does not mean you can have sex in public. I am a nudist for all practical purposes, as is my husband (actually belong to the American Association for Nude Recreation) but we don't have sex in public or at the nudist/clothing optional locations we go to. It is a real shame that some people just can't separate nudity and sex.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I agree with Anon #3 and chatondeneige. I was actually really unpleasantly shocked when I read your "what do you expect..." comment. It's an insensitive and worrisome view to take.
Venus1 Venus1 6 years
I was brought up by naturist parents. Today I regularly attend nude beaches with friends in the summer. I love the feeling of being naked and beach friends are special to me. I also love sex, but sex at a public beach, nude or otherwise, NO!
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
On the same point, when I was at the nude beach this one time, I saw a toddler with his parents. The kid being naked I don't think was no big deal, because where I was raised kids were always naked when they went out swimming, especially young babies and toddlers. But this kid obviously didn't mind seeing his parents naked, or other people, because I guess he was used to it. I don't think that's hurting the child. But if people started having sex in front of this kid, that's just wrong and perverted. Keep that to people who consented to watching you get it on!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I totally agree with comments 3, 4, 5, and 6. You should be able to comfortably practice naturism without being subject to indecent individuals who take it way too far. I'm not a nudist and I have never known a nudist, but I'm sure a lot of them would agree with me that being a nudist does not mean you are horny and humping all the time. I'm sure their philosophy has little/nothing to do with sex.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
Very well said, Anynomous!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 6 years
What else do you expect when your town is synonymous with nudity? That sounds an awful lot like talking about a rape victim and saying "What did she think would happen when she went out dressed like that?" or talking about a mugging victim and saying "Well what did he expect when he was walking down the street at that time of night!" No one deserves to be involuntarily exposed to sexual acts.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
Nudity doesn't equal sex! I've been to a nude beach before (I kept bottoms on, as did most girls, but there were a lot of naked dudes) and the atmosphere was very hippy, everyone in their birthday suits tanning or swimming. Now, if they started doing sexual activities on each other, that's a whole 'nother story! Seeing someone naked, or having sex is a huge difference! You want to be able to relax, not end up in a huge orgy you didn't ask for! I'm not a nudist and going there with a friend was really out of the ordinary for me, but I'm really glad noone had sex infont of me!
GTCB GTCB 6 years
I though it was the English tourists that were the drunken shame of Europe? Anyways, intoxicated orgies in public are the domain of the cops... I mean, the police should be getting right in there and doing someone, er, something about it.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
I find it pretty hard to feel bad for them. They live in the nude. Sex happens when everyone is naked.
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