All posts tagged: nudism

Whom are you naked for?

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 …

old but accurate list of misconceptions

Top 10 Misconceptions About Nudism Many people have found nudism a great resource for freedom and relaxation. However, nudism (what some also refer to as naturism) is also one of the most misunderstood lifestyles among the general population. Lets take some time to explore nudism and break through the misconceptions many have formulated over time about this exotic lifestyle. [JFrater: You won’t believe how hard it was trying to find work-safe images for this list!] read more – Source: Listverse

What does it take for a person to decide to be clothes free ? Guest contributor verygary

The average (below average?) person needs to be nudged into understanding that nudity mainly involves familiarity with the practice, and that once anyone quits wavering between the dangers and joys, s/he may then take that first step. If there’s a way to help someone make that decision to try being comfortably dressed or undressed around friends, maybe that person could be coached into understanding it without being coaxed into doing something unwillingly. Just do it. That sounds easy enough, but a person does need to be okay with the clothes free  idea: the idea that being uncovered does not automatically mean being dangerously harmful. A first experience that happens to turn out comfortable can contribute to the success of the attempt, but actual nudity needs to feel intriguing yet possible — possible but not overwhelming — achievable, and above all, acceptable, but if even you cannot “just do it” you can still make a decision that nudity might be socially okay in relaxed situations. One more time: to agree to a clothes free  life doesn’t …

For her series Nudist Retreat Australian photographer Elise Derwin got into the spirit

Why I Got Naked For My Photography I am a nudist on some level. I go topless at the beach, I love skinny dipping and Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory is so damn hot it’s easier to do the house work in the nude but getting rid of all my clothing to spend the day with a group of grey nomads was daunting. I was curious to know more about the lives of nudists. What did they do for work? Were they full or part-time nudists? Were they always nudists or did they decide at a point in their lives to become nudists? Did their families know? What do you do on a nudist retreat? Through photographic documentation I wanted to portray nudists as normal people doing regular activities while on holidays. Cooking BBQs, playing darts, swimming, reading, relaxing, fishing and socializing—just all in the nude *read more – Source: * Format Magazine

Nudism/Naturism: Battle on the beaches

Originally posted on Jillian Page: Reflections on life in the global village:
An issue has flared up on a couple of clothing-optional beaches in Canada — specifically, Wreck Beach in Vancouver and Hanlon’s Point in Toronto. Apparently, some naturists are telling visitors in textiles that they must be naked to use the beaches, according to an article by the Canadian Press, which is dubbing the whole affair “a turf battle between nude bathers and their clothed counterparts.” At first glance, it seems somewhat petty, and possibly criminal. After all, these are clothing-optional beaches, which means people in bathing suits and such are allowed to be there. And, as one person who was told by nude men to remove her clothes says in the article, she was a newbie to the scene and “wanted to do things at my own pace. If I decide to (undress) or not, that’s my choice.” Her argument sounds reasonable to me. All naturists were beginners once, and we all moved at our own pace. But the naturists are saying they…

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 …

what happened to nonsexual social nudity?

We Were Supposed to Be Fine With Nonsexual Social Nudism By Now. What Happened? By the turn of the twentieth century, there was full-fledged nudist movement going on in Europe. This wasn’t the oil-soaked, full-penetration nudity of the Roman Empire, but a communal understanding among “nonsexual social nudists,” folks that felt the sting of the Industrial Revolution in their lungs and wanted to get back to nature. They were, predictably, mostly German and they let it all hang out in parks and naturists resorts. Though the trend made its way across the Atlantic, it morphed in America, becoming a beach thing and, eventually, becoming a subcultural thing. Mark Haskell Smith, who reports on subcultures for a living, shed it all to live as the nudists do for his book Naked At Lunch. Smith weaves his American and European nudists adventures with the fascinating history of nudism. Inverse talked to him about the future of the no-clothes pastime and what not to do at a nudist resort. read more – Source:* Inverse

on being clothes free in the Caribbean – guest contributor A Harrison

My clothes free life and musings I am a resident of Jamaica in the Caribbean. I have been a nudist for many years and i enjoy the practice. I personally have a nude yoga practice and i enjoy practicing yoga clothes free however nudity is not acceptable in Jamaica. I teach yoga to various individuals and wish to impart the liberating aspects of yoga to them Naturism is a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, and characterized by self-respect of people with different opinions and of the environment. We were born naked and should stay that way. There is nothing shameful or dirty about the human body. In fact it is clothing which causes sexual perversion; humans are always tempted by that which is hidden. Clothing suffocates and weakens the body which needs to breathe and absorb sunlight in order to function properly. The chemicals and detergents used to make and clean our clothes are detrimental to our health. Nakedness is natural. The first humans were clothed in a bright light or …

can we talk? – a barefoot connection to clothes free life – verygary

Some requests can be too demanding until a couple comes together to honestly negotiate them. Some subjects are taboo until a group decides that it can honestly discuss them. It is almost impossible to introduce the subject of nudity into a conversation. If the discussion begins to get serious, someone is likely to automatically dismiss the subject with, “Why would anybody even want to be naked?” and the possibility of nudity is promptly dropped. Then so is the possibility of any discussion. Nude activity feels too shameful even to be discussed. Barefooting is another subject that is almost as difficult to introduce into a conversation. Going barefooted is next to illegal. I want to suggest a parallel for talking about taboo subjects. Whenever someone voices reluctance to talk about a subject, then it needs to be introduced sideways ­­ sidewise. In places that frown on barefooted people, a person is not allowed to discuss the reason for going barefoot: shoes are required and there is no reason to discuss any further. For example, our county …