A petition online has surfaced with thousands of signatures protesting what’s been advertised as an all-ages naked swim event in Calgary.
A Meetup.com page says the event—”Naked Water Slides and Wave Pool”—is to be held on Sunday, January 14 and will be hosted by a group that calls itself Calgary Nude Recreation. It claims tickets to the event are sold out.
Calgary Nude Recreation describes itself as “a group for like minded people who enjoy being in their birthday suit! Family friendly, non-sexual social nudity” on its Facebook page. The page appears to have been active since early November 2017, around the same date that the group’s website was registered.
The page for the event states that the group’s 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.”
Comments on the Change.org petition, started by someone calling themselves April Parker, range from “This is gross” to strongly worded concerns about children’s safety. One comment reads: “I think any parent who brings there child to an event like this needs to be investigated as well as the event coordinators. Who are they and why would they allow kids there hmmm. This is so wrong in so many ways!”
The petition itself, which aims to get the event shut down, lists a number of perceived concerns, including “Children with previous sexual abuse traumas will be heavily effected if they attend the event” and “Sexual predators will be on the prowl – having an event like that is just like Christmas to them.” Worries over the risk of photos and videos being taken at the event is also listed—though the event prohibits such things.
Though the event page does not list a location, an earlier post on Calgary Nude Recreation’s Facebook mentions Southland Leisure Centre in Calgary, a public facility. The centre’s schedule does not include the event.
The group supposedly hosting the event, Calgary Nude Recreation, also appears to be involved with promoting naked book readings in the Alberta city via its Facebook.
The group posted about altering its nudity policy at the event after media attention: “Men are REQUIRED to be naked. Women are REQUIRED to be topless at minimum, or fully naked should they choose. Other genders need to make the decision themselves.”