Nudist Colony Gets Sued for Banning Children

When it comes to kids and nudity, people can get weird. Very weird. Remember the photographer who took a picture of himself with his two young children in the bath and was arrested for raping them? Yeah, that kind of weird. Well, a nudist resort in Palm Springs, California wanted no part of people getting all weird about children and nudity. The couple who owned the resort didn't want to deal with people with cameras -- who might then put up photos of naked kids in the wrong place. They didn't want to deal with naked adult customers who felt strange with kids around. And they didn't want to deal with whatever weird lawsuit could crop up. So they did something sensible: They banned kids from the resort. And now it gets really weird.

The couple, John and Elizabeth Young, have owned the nudist resort, Desert Sun, since 2004. It was always geared towards adults, and very few children accompanied their parents. But in 2011, what with technology making it so easy to capture photos without people knowing, the Youngs decided they didn't want the hassle of trying to protect kids, or the potential of a lawsuit, so they banned children. The adult patrons didn't seem to care.

Except some did. A few months after the ban, the couple were sued for discrimination by unnamed clients as part of a larger suit against nudist colonies and gay hotels that don't allow children. So the Youngs essentially try to avoid a lawsuit -- which you know would happen eventually when someone's naked kid ends up online -- and they walk straight into another lawsuit. Crazy.

But this brings up the whole idea of having kids in nudist colonies. They used to be very popular with the "flower children" set. Believe me, I know. I grew up with hippies and trips to the local nude beach were a regular thing. But there comes a time when a kid can be excruciatingly embarrassed to be around naked adults -- especially mom and dad. Will it traumatize them for life? Doubtful. But don't underestimate a young kid's ability to feel embarrassment around naked adults -- especially when they start to get a bit older.

So, moms, if you want to bring your kids to a nudie resort (provided you can find one that still allows kids), and the kids are over, say, 7-years-old, ASK them if they are okay with it. Or, you know, hand them blinders. Or sunglasses. Very dark ones.

Would you bring your kid to a nudist colony?

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amazz... amazzonia

can someone please explain me what this country has against the human body?!?!?! just insane!

nonmember avatar Cee

Amazzonia,

Well being a nudist resort, I suppose they have nothing against the human body. Yet, they are aware how society works. They're afraid of outraged mothers when they see a camera near their child especially a naked child..and why not? Child molesters are getting very creative and seem to know where to find children. A private company has the right to protect themselves against this kind of mess.

It is nothing against the human body, especially in a nudist resort. It is the understanding about how twisted some people can be.

ghost... ghostbaby

What type of sick freak brings kids to a nudist camp anyway? It has nothing to do with being against the human body. Some places just arent for kids, and a nudist camp is one of them.

marie... mariesmama

would you want your toddler asking questions or worse making rude remarks about the nudity of the opposite gender?

RobJar RobJar

Jus curious, but did the couple or persons that filed the lawsuit attempt to visit the resort with their children. Or are they just trying to find a reason to sue someone. I spend the majority of my childhood in Italy and on the beaches the women didn't wear tops, and for me even being a young child. I would get embarrassed. The owners did the right thing.

MamaD... MamaDee83

This is silly! These people are trying to be responsible and PREVENT someone trying to sue them, and what do they get? Someone trying to sue them! Only in America! I don't think that there is an issue with the human body on the table here - It's an issue of the Youngs being smart enough to think a few steps ahead and try to protect themselves AND children. The people who are suing should be lobotomized.... If they aren't already. WTF?

nonmember avatar Thesimpletruth

I don't think the problem is with kids seeing nudity- that's very common everywhere else but here in the US. I think the owners are actually trying to protect kids from perverts. Creepy molesters that know there will be nude kids on the beach will be first in line. And yes, I have had my life upset by a sick-o. My family destroyed by a child molester.

DebaLa DebaLa

Instintively I side with the Resort owners. Key words: It's privately owned. That's like suing someone in their own home for not extending your kid an invite to play in their backyard. It's their right to exclude, pure and simple.


Plus, on a side note, if you know anything about Palm Springs — a mostly seasonal/resort/retirement community — it has an above-average number of child-molester permanent residencies for the population. I wouldn't want the risk either. 


ps: I'm all for anything that celebrates what is natural, including nudist resorts — my father belongs to one — so, I have no issue with that.

the4m... the4mutts

This lawsuit is nonsense. I am a nudist. I go topless outside, in the front yard, nude in my house, and on nude beaches.

But I don't subject my kids to the nudity of other people, or let them be naked around strangers. Its common safety precaution.

Also, when I am in a state of undress in my front yard, I also know when the neighborhood kids are and aren't home. I've never exposed myself to my neighbors children.

Its my right to be nude, and their right not to see it. So I'm polite about it where kids are concerned.

I support the right to be nude. I also support the right for kids to be safe.

4cadi... 4cadillac

I would not take my children 2 one. Children should b taught about their bodies but n a controlled envirnoment & not where perverts can have access 2 them.

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