A friend of mine in cyberspace sent me an email commenting and wondering about my photos which generally let the viewer know that I am skyclad, but somehow not showing my penis. Now this practice makes sense if using social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter; but it doesn’t make sense on a naturist…
Surprising question? Don’t be surprised. Just consider the question and think of a good answer. You have until the end of this post to come up with something good (but pay attention here!)
Whom are you naked for?
Here is that question again. I have found that many dedicated nudists still have some reserve about being naked in places where they can be seen. Of course being at a nude beach or in a naturist resort there is no problem. But tell me: would you drive your car naked?
I would. I’ve done it many times already and I will keep doing it, unless it’s just too cold.
Yes, there is the chance that people see me. I know that. There is also the chance that lightning strikes and kills me (although not on that particular day as it was at least 100F, which is quite insane for where I live).
The thing is that I am naked for myself. Because I enjoy it. Also in my car, which I declare my personal, moving naturist area. I’ve literally done thousands of miles naked and that has never created any problems. Oh, sure, people saw me. So what? People see me at a naturist beach too. Of course a motorway isn’t exactly the same but I am in my car, paying attention to traffic. They should do that too, not stare into my car to see what I’m doing. Or (not) wearing. I’m going home, not inviting viewers by doing weird things.
The same thing happened one day when I answered the door. People stared at me and commented: “You’re not wearing clothes.”
Well, I knew that so I said “I know.” That response seemed to puzzle them but after explaining why I was naked they understood (at least they said so). They didn’t seem to make a big point of it after that.
Be self-conscious, not afraid.
I’ve been out on naked hikes quite a bit. What I found during those is the same as what I described happening at my door. If you meet people in clothes they’re almost never so panicky as some clothes-loving organisations and governments want you to believe.
It may surprise them to see someone walk along in the nude but as long as you act normal there usually is no problem. This doesn’t mean there never is a problem. Always be prepared to cover yourself. Not everyone is accepting towards nudity. Don’t go into heated discussions over something that other people can’t wrap their mind around – you can’t win. Be the smart one, cover up, and drop that stuff once you’re in the clear.
SO. Whom are you naked for? Have you made up your mind?
I thought that this month it’d be very appropriate to organize a sports competition, mini-Olympics of a kind – in the nude, of course – to remind about the origins of the Olympic games in Ancient Greece,
and very much in spirit of Active Naturists and our Gymnasium project.
We’ll have a few events throughout the day on Saturday, 20 Aug (raincheck Sunday) at my favorite Gunnison beach on Sandy Hook peninsula (just across the bay from New York City) :
- long jump around noon;
- wrestling around 2pm
- running and swimming races during low tide time – to run on wet sand/swim in shallower water – between 3pm and 5pm; 100m and 500m;
- discus throw (frisbee) at 6pm;
- + there are always volleyball games going on at Sandy Hook;
- and maybe we can even have some gymnastics and capoeira!
Look out for our Gymnasium banner on the right hand side of the…
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Fantastic “Wild” body paint in the wilds of nature
“Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.” .
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I believe in beautiful strong women
Six women strip naked to show off their new bodies after weight loss
Three quarters of women dislike their body and one in five say they never look at themselves naked.
And if we are honest we all admit to feel a little less than confident with our bodies in front of complete strangers.
But for six women fear is in the past after they banished their hang-ups and let it all hang out for a weight loss version of the Full Monty.
To celebrate the launch of WeightWatchers magazine’s first ever Naked Issue, six brave members posed nude to celebrate their new-found body confidence.
Here are their stories their reason behind their battles:
read more – Source: The Mirror
Young Naturists And Nudists America YNA YNA August 2016 Gathering Recap & Review of Stony Kill Falls This past weekend, we took another trip upstate for our last YNA weekend gathering of the summer! It was a bit of a re-do from our rainy weekend at Juniper Woods back in July. This time the weather…
Vancouver-based photographer Dylan Hamm envisioned his Naked Faces series to physically capture the impact of being naked on someone’s face.
Dylan put the project together by putting out an open call for subjects in January this year, looking for people willing to be photographed while naked – albeit without any of the nudity being included in the final images.
He then photographed each of the subjects with their clothes on and again after they had stripped, but just from the neck up.
‘The purpose of this was to demonstrate the differing facial expressions between clothed and not, to physically capture evidence of the impact that something as simple as being naked can have on subtle facial expressions,’ he explains.
‘Men and women looking nervous, happier, silly all these emotions giving a fleeting glimpse into the inner workings of these subjects - via totally involuntary facial communication,’ Dylan writes.
In the end, Dylan explains that the results likely raise more questions as to the level of consciousness behind the changes or even as to how gender stereotypes may come into play.
Read full post: Daily Mail UK
The struggle for body equality continues
Weir’s Beach, Laconia, New Hampshire, Summer 2016. New Hampshire has been debating topfreedom for more than a year, but after one court ruling and two legislative debates falling in favor of allowing female bare-chestedness, more and more women have been doing so.
New Hampshire’s state motto is, “Live Free or Die,” which was taken from a toast made by a Revolutionary Army General named John Stark. (The phrase was used widely in the French Revolution prior to that, according to Wikipedia.)
The motto has created a lot of irony over the years, as New Hampshire has continually been a cultural battleground between traditional, fiercely independent isolationists and the waves of transplants that vacation and retire there from the more urban areas to its south.
New Hampshire is also virtually entirely white in population, (94% white, 2% Asian-American, 1% African-American), and there can exists a palpable lack of nuance in their…
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FAO Esther: an email arrived from Scotland on 22nd July. All The Young Nudes wondered if I might be about in Edinburgh in August, to hold an event with them for the festival. We hadn’t been thinking of it but it was within the scope of my schedule and I didn’t hesitate to book it in. It had been 3 years since my last trip there, with Lucy and Thelma. We had done 3 events across Glasgow (with ATYN) and Edinburgh (with Edinburgh Drawing School at Marchmont St Giles parish church centre, and at Arts Complex, St Margaret’s House).
At the end of the evening, Steve and I clearing away. Taken by a model
The event would be held at Studio 24, an alternative nightclub in the heart of the city, and a festival venue. Joanna, director of ATYN, reckoned we could comfortably fit about 10 models in the…
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A naturist love story