The idea that men at nudist resorts have a great deal of trouble avoiding erections is a myth. One nudist said, "Erections are quite rare, even for first timers." Another nudist said, "I haven't seen one in two decades."
According to Scarlett Schmitt, co-owner of the family-owned Ponderosa Sun Club in Roselawn, Indiana, "The camp does have ways to deal with those situations. If a man becomes aroused or is staring at others, most of the time he's given a chance to control himself or stop gawking. On the second offense, he's asked to leave. This happens a handful of times a summer." This is the official policy of the Ponderosa Sun Club:
A public erection is not acceptable. 99% of men do not experience this problem. If you happen to be in that 1%, we suggest that you cover up with a towel or take a discreet cold shower until it subsides.
The American Association for Nude Recreation is the largest organization of its kind in North America, with approximately 50,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and beyond. According to The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR):
Q: Do males get visibly excited?
A: Not often. Nudist clubs are far less sexually charged than places where bikinis, thongs, or other provocative clothing, are worn. On the rare occasion where this occurs, simply don a towel, turn over, or take a quick dip in the pool.
According to an article entitled "Why nudists don't get erections" by Peter Doskoch:
Lawrence Casler, of the State University of New York at Geneseo, studied 115 nudists, removing his own clothes to minimize defensiveness or false responses. One of his major findings: Nudists are not sexually aroused by the sight of unclad bodies.Why don't nudists react as we expect them to? Casler believes that sexual arousal is a learned response to nudity and that the naked body arouses us only under certain conditions. Anthropologists do not report unusual promiscuity or a higher birth rate among habitually naked primitive tribes; nor is there any other sign that such groups are more sexually active than their clothed neighbors.
Under what conditions, then, is the unclad body an erotic object? The answer seems simple. In non-nudist life, we see the opposite sex undressed during love making, and conditioning causes nudity tobecome associated with sexual excitement or behavior. Nudists, on the other hand, associate the naked body with volleyball. The body becomes deconditioned as a sexual stimulus.
Male nudists have reported, however, that immediately upon leaving the nudist camp they are stimulated by women wearing ordinary clothes (Excerpted from the article "Nudity," by Leonard Blank from 'Psychology Today' dated June 1969).