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The nude normal?

How can nude become the new normal? Have you ever thought about that? I have. It is an interesting question with a lot of challenging hurdles to overcome before an answer is even possible. We’re facing big ‘competition’ in our nudity, the competition of big bucks that are made off the ‘other’ kind of nudity. Action speaks louder than words. Take this image for example. A woman expressing what she stands for by riding a bike in as much nudity as she wants. This image is from the World Naked Bike Ride in San Diego last year. These events become more and more popular, and there are more and more of them it seems. That is a good way to put into action what we stand for, and at the same time it asks attention for the vulnerability of the human body, of people on bikes in traffic. That makes 1 strike and gets attention for two goals. Actions like these are wonderful and usually they are attainable for lots of people because many WNBRs …

Reality check

The reality of ‘the nudist’. I think that most people who do their best to promote nudism or naturism should consider what they are doing. Don’t get me wrong. They probably think they’re doing something good, for which I applaud them, but is this what you’d expect to be a typical nudist? A fit girl on a bike? I’ve been a naturist for quite a while and I still have to encounter one of those. Maybe I live in the wrong place although the Netherlands is a country where bicycles are very prominent. We are the real thing. And with the real thing I mean ordinary people who don’t all look slim and fit. Who have some excess skin-filling, scars, and in general less than perfect bodies. (Present readers excluded of course. 😉 ) This is more likely. Normal people, like you can encounter at a World Naked Bike Ride. Good humoured people with their flaws, and not caring a damn about that. Posting pictures of naked people that look like anyone would present a …

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: http://youngnaturistsamerica.com/nudist-club-photography/ 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 …

Germans love going clothes free on vacation/holiday

CNN reported recently that Germans by and large are very comfortable in their skin. In fact the report suggests that even they readily seek out opportunities for clothes fre vacations or holidays. Something that survived  the Nazi WWII regime.  Divided by the Iron Curtain, united by nudity Germany’s passion for clotheslessness finds its origins in late-19th-century health drives when stripping off was seen as part of a route to fitness and sunbathing a possible cure for TB and rheumatism.  In 1920, while the rest of Europe was still getting feverish over the sight an exposed ankle, Germany established its first nude beach on the island of Sylt. Barely a decade later, the Berlin School of Nudism, founded to encourage mixed sex open-air exercises, hosted the first international nudity congress. The Nazi era brought mixed fortunes for nudism, its ongoing popularity tempered by a moral clampdown.  Laws passed in 1933 limited mixed-sex nudism as “a reaction to the increased immorality of the Weimar state.”  More restrictions followed amid claims the scene was a “breeding ground for …

Vritomartis resort adds renovations and new services for 2015 season open

Vritomartis Naturist Resort Announces New Renovations with Improved Services and Quality The clothes free/naturist resort located in Crete Greece, has announced renovations for the opening 2015 season in a press release.  This last year, recent renovations took place in public areas such as the pool bar, restaurant and the reception area. Smaller renovations also took place in other areas to offer modern, beautiful, relaxing and eye-appealing accommodations.. Other changes include enhancements to the buffet food service, improved public areas and a blog where visitors can share their experiences and learn about the experiences of others.     Also, upon viewing our blog you can receive information about our contests, exciting activities and unforgettable excursions. If you are curious to know more about our trips, photos can be viewed here as well. We encourage our visitors to actively participate in our blog. Comments and reviews can be shared as well as videos and photos etc. of your activities, trips and excursions during your stay at Vritomartis. Visit the Vritomartis site to read more about all the changes …