The first issue of CWS focused heavily on updates about present clothing-optional sites. Many were, in effect, nutritional supplements to the World Guide. One issue might address websites in North America; the next might focus on Europe; this might be followed by one on the Caribbean; and another might print articles on a range of issues applicable to nudism. Issue 1.2 for instance, covered issues as varied as bare runners in San Francisco; sunbathing on urban rooftops; a nude demonstration in Wisconsin; the clothes-optional city of Cap d’Agde in France; a Fresh York naturist’s success in converting his cellar into a nude swimming pool; gardening naked; the surviving “sculpture” of Alice Beberman; and movie and book reviews. The first few years were comparatively composed for FKK. The office staff found production and distribution of the magazine much easier than that of the paper arrangement of the Sun. Unlike Sun, which was sent out to everyone who made a contribution to FBDC, CWS was mailed to the FKK membership. Surprisingly few difficulties appeared from fkk organizations which may have perceived CWS as competition to their publications. FKK and the American Sunbathing Association had mutually beneficial deals in marketing each other’s publications. Lee Baxandall wrote most of the content for the journal, but had the ready aid of Smith in writing posts for the first four issues of CWS. After, Nikki Craft would help him in Oshkosh in a similar way. After still, managing editor Pat O’Brien wrote many of the magazine’s features. A big part of the articles and reviews were provided however, by the FKK membership. Although at present FKK has a smattering of “editorial helpers” who will willingly supply routine attributes for FKK’ journal, the great majority of the magazine’s photos and articles are contributed by FKK members from all over the world.

Naturism Acceptance: The 1983 Gallup Poll

From 1980 through 1983, FKK managed to direct most of its energy to upgrading its World Guide, to establishing CWS as the journal of record for naturism in America, and to developing its schedule of gatherings. As FKK created itself in the non-naturist community as an informed and articulate voice for free beach use across the country, Baxandall found that he had increased access to the media. Often could compose posts for mainstream newspapers or magazines about a specific clothing-optional beach and they would print them. If the media wanted advice on a special skinnydipping dilemma, they started to phone Oshkosh for a naturist slant on it. In 1983 FKK commissioned the respected Gallup Organization to survey Americans on three questions pertaining to nude recreation. The Gallup Organization polled a representative sample of 1,037 guys and women over the age of 18. Interviews were conducted by between May 13 and May 30, 1983. The three questions asked were:

(1) Do you believe that individuals who enjoy nude sunbathing should be able to do so without interference from officials provided that they do so at a beach that’s accepted for that purpose? (71.6 % said yes)

(2) Local and state governments now set aside public land for specific types of recreation for example snowmobiling, surfing, and hunting. Do you believe specific and secluded areas should be set aside by the government for folks to enjoy nude sunbathing? (39.1% said yes)

(3) Have you personally ever gone skinny-dipping or naked sunbathing in a miscellaneous group of naturism gallery teenage or women either at a strand, at a pool, or somewhere else? (14.7% said yes).

(From the Gallup Organization, Inc., “Attitudes Toward Nude Sunbathing: A Custom Survey Conducted For The Naturists” June 1983.) It was especially gratifying to FKK to have dependable evidence documenting that almost three fourths of Americans favored permitting naturists to use seashores clothing-free so long as the strand was understood and accepted for that goal. Clearly, there was little call for a rising variety of legislative assaults on conventional nudity at free beaches. With the increase of social conservatism nurtured in the 1980s, however, FKK found itself confronting an unexpected anti-nudity prejudice in the media, in politics, and in the public at large.
Changing Social Approaches Bring New Challenges To Body and Nudity Acceptance