All posts tagged: social

wow: i’m here, i’m me

August 19-21, 2016 I found myself running around the hills and trees of Camp Ramblewood stark naked during Field Festival 2016. I was one of very few women who had opted to go nude at this clothing optional event. What’s more is that I was the only black woman who chose to bare much of anything. Black women wore the most clothing of all women present at that festival, even as other women of color experimented with going bare chested or completely nude. I find nothing wrong with one choosing to wear clothes. I believe that we all should have the right to choose how much or how little we want to wear and to be respected. And I should also note that I did not poll the women at the festival to ask them why they chose to wear what they wore. In fact, many people took this festival as an opportunity to use clothing etc. to express themselves in ways they might not normally get to do in la vie quotidienne. However, this …

wow: choice

I don’t aspire for a world in which everyone is nude all of the time. I do, however, aspire for a world in which everyone has the right to choose how little or how much to wear without being penalized. 

wow: face to face

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of finally meeting a woman with whom I’d only had email conversations about clothes free life. She and I were introduced via email by a mutual friend, another young woman who lives in my city. This mutual friend is a very close friend of mine, basically my sister, someone with whom I’ve talked about my clothes free life. Although she doesn’t engage in clothes free life, she follows my posts on Instagram, and I share all my stories with her when we hang out. About a year ago, she was moved to tell this lady about my clothes free life, and this woman wound up adopting it for herself.

Felicity Jones: Nudist Club Photography Policies: Is It Time To Change?

Felicity Jones of Young Naturists America on balancing privacy, respect and consent at clothes free venues with regard to photography policies.   “…I think it’s time we start to move beyond the overly-cautious, paranoid approach of the 20th century and allow nudism to be more easily documented in the digital age. We can emphasize privacy, respect and consent while still letting people have fun and without turning nudism into a secret, hidden activity.” Read her full post here: Side note from hontouniheart: Reflecting on my own experience, I was most certainly concerned by the possibility of people taking photos of me, or being caught in photos without my consent. Last year was a lot of firsts for me during year 1 of my clothes free life, and I wasn’t really sure what to expect or whom to trust. I didn’t even really trust the approved photographers who were there to document the event. However, I will say, that because those were my first experiences, I really wanted to document them for myself, for my own records …

Block Party -clothes free community in action -sunny naturist 

Community is defined as a unified body of individuals with common interests or an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location. That definition could not be more true of those supporting and living a clothes free life. Yesterday we had the opportunity to participate in our first block party at Turtle Lake Resort in Union City, Michigan. Like your typical block party, it was complete with traffic cones to block traffic, a DJ and food. Food is actually a pretty generic term. There were approximately 9 tables lined up covered with all the dishes and desserts your heart could desire. As unique and different the people, so was the food. This has been going on for over 10 years on the Labor Day weekend. We were told yesterday that each year it continues to get larger. We took our place towards the end of a VERY long line when it was time to eat. Our first thought was, there isn’t going to be any food by the time we get up …

Another clothes free comedy performer at resort

I performed comedy naked at a nudist resort and it wasn’t even the most uncomfortable part of my day. Frankly, I was kinda bored. It didn’t take me long to revert to my normal naked time activity: picking at ingrown hairs. In the few hours I was there, I developed a new fear about performing with toilet paper stuck to my labia. What’s the etiquette there? Do you tell someone, like with spinach in their teeth? The show was a special comedy/sword fighting/Renaissance themed dinner—think big turkey legs and elaborate costumes, but also nudity. I know, it was weird. The Pun Gents opened the show. Get it? Lord Seymour Thanue and Sir Thomas of Lipton, otherwise known as David Barone and Matt Harlow fought each other with swords while throwing pun-filled insults at each other. Next, Alex Feldman, aka Alex the Jester performed. Alex is a literal jester. The first part of the show was family friendly. I felt sort of silly explaining that I couldn’t perform a clean, kid-friendly set naked. Read the full …

NY times offers tips on going socially clothes free

How to Be Naked in Public Choose your activities carefully. Swimming is the easiest for beginners. Volleyball and other jumping sports are more challenging. Yoga can be particularly intimidating, even for committed nudists. Don’t be surprised if you occasionally experience phantom clothes. After decades of living as a naturist — his preferred term and the one used in Europe — Deschênes still sometimes reaches to pull up his nonexistent pants after using the restroom. Read full article from NY Times Curator’s note:Stephane Deschenes owner operator of Bare Oaks naturist park in Toronto Canada was interviewed for the article. 

self-confidence, discernment and sharing

 Some time ago, I shared an image of myself on Twitter, and one of the comments I received was to the tune of, “A clearer shot shows you’re getting more confident.” I’ve also had this kind of perspective said to me with regard to video chats. This along with a recent experience stirred reflection in me. Here’s the thing: I am actually plenty confident and have no shame around my clothes free life or my body. But, I have to discern when and how to share myself. I would say especially because I’m a young woman, but I know men also have to navigate mindfully…but maybe still the whole being a woman thing, I don’t know. When I first started my clothes free journey a year ago, I was indeed hesitant to post pictures of myself and not entirely rooted in self-confidence. At that point, I on Instagram with a locked account. But, check this out: most of the images I shared there were (and still are) actually clear as day: one could see me, face and all, just …

clothes free vacation pt. 5: the women

I had a much needed healing experience with the women I encountered on my clothes free vacation, both at the Northeast Naturist Festival at Empire Haven Nudist Park and at the clothing optional beach we visited towards the close of the adventure. This was a very important moment for me, because my introduction to clothes free life happened through social media. And similar to what others have shared, I found it difficult to find clothes free accounts / users online that weren’t primarily focused on the human body as just a body and incessantly commenting on it sexually. I have seen various genders post those kinds of images and have seen various genders make sexual commentary on pictures, even when the images were not at all about that subject.