are fought outside our movement at this moment as there
are very few registered naturists who still think that
we must demand special places or ghettos which limit
our freedom of movement. And there are also the uninformed
few who still come to our associations expecting to
find easy sex.
there is another battlefront which we have not begun
to fight either inside or outside: there are many who
think of us as a group of people who practise all kinds
of alternative therapies, credulous people without a
critical mind or people opposed to any scientific breakthrough.
assumption is partially true. A given number of our
members may have a certain inclination towards this
belief, but it is not less true that this sceptical
attitude permeates all levels in our society.
ago, Science was thought capable of putting an end to
all superstitions and absurd beliefs. In fact, it was
thought that astronomy would mean the end of astrology,
doctors the end of quacks, pharmacology the end of magic
potions, Physics the end of magnetizers, and, in short,
all kinds of witchcraft would fade away.
It has not
happened, though. To the contrary, the percentage of
people who believe in this kind of nonsense keeps increasing,
even among people who may see themselves as cultivated
or scientifically oriented. In bookshops, the sections
dedicated to paranormal, magic and alternative beliefs
keep on growing. On the radio, on TV shows at not so
popular time slots and on numerous rubbish programmes,
(some even claiming to be of a scientific nature), we
are told to buy fridge-like magnets as painkillers,
medicines without medicine and miraculous ointments,
among others. Nevertheless, if you happened to ask these
people whether they are superstitious, most of them
would indignantly deny it. The feeling is that there
are scientific data which support these beliefs.
joins this third battle, which must be both internal
and external to the movement, and so, we welcome a new
section in these pages: ‘The Sceptical Naturist’,
which aims to undo this misconception from a purely
scientific and common-sense point of view. We hope you
like it and look forward to your contribution.