Local Calgarians are expressing deep concern about an upcoming event at a public recreation center in Calgary, Canada, where individuals both young and old will be swimming in the nude together at a “naked swim day” that many feel has overtones of encouraging pedophilia.
According to reports, the group “Calgary Nude Recreation” decided to rent out the Southland Leisure Centre for a nudist experience to be held on January 14, at which children under the age of 18 are being encouraged to attend.
The naked swim day, which will be staffed by government employees, is being dubbed as a “family oriented and kid friendly” event that’s “open to people of all ages, body types, all genders, sexual orientations, and anyone else in between.” Under the “Why” section of Calgary Nude Recreation’s Meetup page, the group explains its rationale for inviting children to a nudist event:
“Because being naked is awesome! The meetups are not a place to show off your body to others, compare or stare, but rather a place that you can enjoy being naked, in your rawest self expression in a safe and welcoming, non-judgmental environment. We as a society are inundated with so much false ideals about body image that we can easily become lost in self criticism, judgement and insecurities. This group is a place to break free from our societal constraints and tap into the liberation and freedom from embarrassment and shame and allow us to fully embrace and courageously love all of ourselves in the presence of others.”
Everyone who attends the naked swim day will be required to be naked, including women who are being told they have to be “topless at minimum.” Children will also have to be naked, as their portion of the event will apparently take place at the Naked Water Slides and Wave Pool.
When the local community got wind of what will soon transpire, many spoke to local media about their concerns. Some of them even started a Change.org petition asking that the event criteria be changed to allow for only people 18 years of age or older, as it simply wouldn’t be appropriate to have young children present in the nude alongside adults whom they don’t even know.
The Southland Leisure Centre, however, isn’t at all concerned. Jarret Hoebers, a recreational regional manager with the City of Calgary, told CBC News that this type of event creates “no issue,” and that people book out the center all the time for special events that represent all sorts of interests. He also says that the government’s workforce has “a huge variety and diversity,” so there shouldn’t be any problems.
But this hasn’t quelled the fears of many locals who insist that hosting a nudist event with really old people alongside really young people could be problematic if any pedophiles are present. Having naked children around a bunch of naked adults isn’t exactly a smart idea because there are many people out there with mental illness that could use it as an opportunity to prey on young victims.
In the Change.org petition, its crafters explain that holding such an event is like “Christmas” for pedophiles, as it basically welcomes them to try to indulge in their perversions in a public setting – unless, of course, pedophilia is just the latest form of leftist “gender expression.”
“Please take this into heavy consideration, [especially] if you have kids or grandkids,” the petition reads. “Take a look at them and ask yourself if it feels right for them to run around naked with naked older folks.”
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