At YBN we are always welcoming to media persons – as an organisation we are always looking for ways to publicise our group, our events and the fun and positive values we have found in naturism. Reading the article, we can see Clover Spa and its customers are reported in a good light,and the positive, relaxed and happy atmosphere of a youth event comes through in the piece. We at YBN are particularly pleased to have so much space given, uncritically, to the statements of Simon, our co-ordinator, and we thank Mr Lockley and the Birmingham Mail for that.
Unfortunately, much of the rest of the article is sadly awash with cheap innuendo, as Mr Lockley displays more of his own misconceptions about naturism than an account of the reality. From the very first paragraph, where he makes a terrible joke about naturist men “putting holes in donuts”, it seems like rather than actually trying to learn anything about naturism, he spent most of his time at Clover Spa dreaming up juvenile puns and cheesy one-liners to pad out his journalism writing, and this nudge-nudge wink-wink schoolboy humour mars the article throughout. While the humour is disappointing, nobody in YBN takes naturism so seriously as to be unable to laugh at ourselves (although maybe not at tired gags about naked men eating hot dogs).