Vintage Nudists Naturisten Classics Nudism and Finnish Bath Vol.25 No.10
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NATURISM AND THE SAUNA
The sauna and naturism are such close relations that we may confine ourselves to mentioning some extra-special connections. It is practically a universal rule to sauna naked. Generally speaking there is sex-segregation — men here — women there — but nudity is the rule. This arrangement frequently finds the silent and amicable concurrence of all these quarters for which nudism is normally anathema — something to be opposed on every possible occasion. Their acquiescence in this particular case is justified on two grounds: firstly, the extremely valuable service to health provided by the sauna; secondly, the strict segregation of the sexes prescribed therein. The only ones who break this prohibition in the sauna as on all other occasions are, of course, the naturists. Here, as elsewhere, members of both sexes mix freely in the nude.
We are tempted to ask ourselves whether this toleration nay, even furtherance — of sauna can really be explained away for the given reasons as the only way to escape inevitable opposition to nudism from the above-mentioned circles is to put forward medical grounds. But the sauna has never once been officially accepted as medical therapy. People crowd together in the sauna in a way unknown to medical practice. In addition we find all sorts and conditions of people there, many whose private lives would not pass muster. Such individuals, of course, can go anywhere so why not to the sauna? This applies to males and females with equal force.