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Why do Blacks view Naturism as ‘so white’.

Interesting exploration of blacks and naturism not sure I agree with conclusion but worth reading to get conversation going.

Naturism For People of Color

This blog post is in response to this post here: Why is nudism portrayed as being so White?

So as you can see in these pictures there are almost no black people in these pictures.  Why is that?  It is not because of racism on the part of whites, but on the part of Blacks.  Black America, for years, in an attempt to create their own culture, have designated every thing from clothes, to music, to even certain activities as for Blacks, or for Whites.  I can remember this going on ever since i was a child.  Country and rock music were designated as ‘for white people’, while Rap, Soul, and R&B were designated as ‘for black people’.  The stupidity doesn’t end there.  Riding bikes through the park: white people.  Bird watching: white people.  Skiing: most definitely for white people.  And finally Marlboro cigarettes: for white people.

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  1. Maybe it’s not about race / racism at all. Skin color and other physical features are easy visual factors to go to, so I can see how a lot of people might put the conversation in that context, but, at least speaking for myself (I can’t speak for others), I never saw it as a “race issue” or a “race problem.” I am a young black woman in the US. I came into clothes free life in August 2014 by way of a naked yoga challenge on Instagram. Another black woman I followed tagged me to join her in trying out the challenge. One of the co-hosts of that round of the challenge was a black man who leads a clothes free life. So, it was by following him during the naked yoga challenge that I learned about clothes free life / naturism. Prior to that, though, I had never heard of it in my life.

    Naturism / clothes free life was one of many things about which I had never heard in my life. I grew up in a very uncertain and unstable family environment where we kept losing our homes and everything we owned. We struggled financially, and my small world of the city in which I lived was all I knew. I had never heard of gouda cheese, I had never seen real bread (only the weird stuff sold at the market, I had never had real fresh yogurt, and I didn’t know what “organic” or “natural” was. I thought real ramen was that $0.10 Maruchan brand pack stuff from Aldi (low budget grocery store in the city in which I grew up). I had never heard of lacrosse, rugby, udon, tempura, blues dancing, tamales, or the country Kyrgyzstan… and the list goes on. And it was all because I just lived where I lived, and my family was so busy struggling to make ends meet that we simply didn’t explore a lot of other things out in the world.

    And as far as clubs and so forth go, I don’t think race is a sufficient place to focus on for that either, at least not on its own. I have seen plenty of people talk about how going to clubs and resorts is challenging for them because of the time and cost to get there, gender balance rules, wanting to go with someone rather than go alone, not wanting to be tagged as belonging to a club / membership (memberships generally are not necessarily the most popular thing for younger crowds), wanting to have active endeavors, and so forth.

    My point is that tossing the conversation into the context of “race” leaves out a whole other set of factors that go from broad all the way down to the individual. Might there be racists? Sure. I dunno, but if so, it’s not because of naturism, it’s because these people pop up everywhere in the world, everywhere in life. There are racists who do yoga. And we all have biases, whether or not we see them, whether or not we work through them. So, focusing so hard on race, and race alone, I don’t know how helpful that is to get a sense of all the nuances that influence how people choose to engage with anything in life, really.

    I’m actually writing some reflections right now about some related thoughts, not regarding race, but why clothes free life should matter when people have so many other pressures to deal with: being single parents having to work 3 jobs to make ends meet, jobless, homeless, and so forth. From my own experience in this last 1.5 years, I have a lot of personal healing and growth experiences that motivate me to continue writing about and sharing my clothes free life with others, and that inspires me to want to teach naked yoga and to show how clothes free yoga / clothes free life / naturism could help people heal from traumas and so forth. A friend and I were just talking about this a few days ago as he popped a similar question. For some, there can be many factors that make them ask, “why does this need to be important?” Why does naturism / clothes free life matter, when they don’t have the right to marry? Why make naturism a big deal when they can’t make ends meet? Or if they are worried about being deported every single day? And those questions can come up for anyone, regardless of the color of their skin, their background, class, whatever.

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  2. sassycoupleok says

    Blacks are welcome and treated as any other person at our resort. We accept all regardless of size, shape, gender or race.

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