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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 …

5 marketing hacks for promoting nudism naturism and clothes free living

Today I came across a post on the R/nudism Reddit which is emerging as a place for some of the best and most intelligent conversations about nudism and naturism online.  Ideas to promote nudism/naturism online? from nudism The question is a very important one for the future of nudism/naturism. As has been shared before it seems to this writer that we have lost our brand and are I jeopardy of not ever being able to reclaim it. So I responded to the original post and thought to share the response here for those who are not on nudism.reddit.com and to illustrate an effective marketing technique. Share in the comments if you recognize the technique.  My reponse The issue is really as simple as you state it. Those doing the marketing are typically out of touch with current  fast moving marketing trends or promote other stuff using nudist label.  We have tried to address some of these issues through our web site but they remain a challenge.  Most of the images you find on the internet …

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. ūüėČ ) 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 …

The PR Problem: Comments from the Peanut Gallery

The other week (okay, it’s been nearly two months… I’m sorry!) I was asked why I hadn’t commented on this post: Naturism and Nudism have a PR Problem. Frankly, I really thought I had nothing more to add to the comments. Then I was asked if I would write another piece for CFL (doesn’t anyone else feel like an efficient light bulb when they type that? No? Just me? Okay) and I thought, “How opportunistic!” Right there in the first paragraph is reason numero uno why I refrained from calling myself a nudist: “the term has become associated with sexual nudity”. If I declared myself even a casual nudist, I knew I was going to have all of the “pornmongers, pervs and sex trolls” coming out of the woodwork. Why? Because even with my clothes on I’d had enough issues with people of that ilk. Were I to burn my bra, so to speak, I would be tossing my hat in the internet ring of Open Season on ALL THINGS SEX ALL THE TIME! So, …

your choice is right for you

“You can stay in Bridge Pose or take Wheel. Listen to your body and make your choice without judgment. Whatever you choose,¬†press your feet into the floor, stand in your choice and breathe.” This is what I offered during a free¬†community yoga class I taught a few weeks ago. It¬†was inspired by teachers in my life who offer options for students to¬†explore new possibilities throughout class while always¬†reminding them¬†to be mindful, choose wisely and breathe. This approach¬†connects me intimately to my body¬†¬†and teaches me to be responsible for my path. Most of all,¬†¬†it instills¬†in me the right to choose and it teaches¬†me to trust myself.

beginning where we are

Recently, a number of naturists /¬†clothes free lifers have expressed increased concern regarding individuals who use the labels of naturism, nudism or clothes free life while consistently posting sexual content. In turn, those posting such content express frustration when naturists argue that the content they share does not align¬†with the¬†intentions set forth by naturism.¬†From reading conversations on Twitter as well as the piece¬†written by the¬†Chief Editor and Curator for clothesfreelife.com, “Naturism and Nudism Have a PR Problem,” and the comments associated with it,¬†I gathered that the contentions continue. Much of what I have heard on¬†both sides of the argument speaks¬†to principle, which is certainly an important conversation. At the same time,¬†I have also found,¬†particularly from my yoga teacher¬†training, that in support of principle, the question¬†becomes, “What is the impact of my actions?” For instance, there are many ways to teach a yoga class. The more important question becomes less about what is morally right/wrong, or what I even like, and more about what is effective for a particular student or class on a particular day, …

Naturism and Nudism have a PR problem

Naturism and nudism have a PR problem and if it isn’t resolved the consequences could be disastrous. The problem originates from the advent of new technology social media and cultural shifts. Often while browsing the web looking for news stories I come across ordinary people who share their clothes free experience who start by saying I am no nudist. The word nudist has become so associated with sexual nudity that ordinary people who genuinely want to explore naturist and clothes free living avoid it. Porn mongers, pervs and sex trolls have coopted the term nudist to describe their sexual activities and promote their sexual proclivities. Google the word nudist or search on Twitter and the majority of items returned will be porn related. I can also tell you that the cultures between swinger nudism and family-oriented nudism really aren’t all that different. Source:¬†r/nudism All over the internet people sport the nudist and increasingly naturist label while blogging, posting and retweeting, sexually explicit (images etc.) material. While everyone has the right to blog, publish what they …

Naturist Witches and Batty Vicars – John Harding

In my last column I wrote about my National Novel Writing Month challenge: it is the task of writing 50,000 words inside one month and I chose to write a sequel to my first NaNoWriMo book ‚Äď the Bare Necessities. Although I completed the challenge and wrote the 50,000 words required inside the month, the book is nowhere near finished. I have around 40% of the story to write and then there is the several rounds of editing. I don’t expect it to be ‚Äúfinished‚ÄĚ until well into the New Year. However, during writing the story, the lead character is referred to a ‚Äúfundamentalist naturist‚ÄĚ and it got me thinking. While Paige is far from being a true fundamentalist, I try and show that she is at ease with her nudity in situations where many people wouldn’t be, and is intolerant towards intolerance. The word fundamentalist has a very specific meaning and derivation; it truly means unwavering attachment in literal or ridiculous beliefs, and where the challenge to them is not tolerated. Could there every …

A call for the creation of a clothes free creatives guild

This year I have read, view or watched tremendous works of artistry created by people who life the clothes free life. In the process I have observed the emergence of high quality literature, art, movies.This is something not seen in the clothes¬†free¬†community for quite a while. It is the opinion of this writer that if the clothes free life is to be normalized there needs to be more high quality expression of the clothes free life to counter to conventional wisdom. However, many of our great artists and most creative clothes free people have a difficult time getting their work ¬†completed and published for a larger audience. Here are a couple examples of how a clothes free creatives guild might benefit existing artists and creatives. Nick Alimonos¬†has the workings of a fantastic fantasy adventure which has a clothes free hero and heroine¬†in Ages of Aenya. However his last Kickstarter was not fully funded. The video below gives a glimpse of the potential. ¬†Artists from a guild could help¬†to bring his characters to life and support …