All posts tagged: woman

making do in leftover spaces – nude exhibit by catherine shields

Making-do in leftover spaces by Catherine Shields features a series of photo media works set in “ordinary” landscapes, alongside railway lines and corridors, throughout regional Victoria. “Most of the time we just travel through these spaces on the train and we glance at these spaces and that’s what intrigued me to begin with,” Shields said. In many of the images Shields had included her naked body in the scene, as a way of reclaiming the space. “I felt thwarted by a particular obstacle like the cyclone fencing and the track and freeway and could see that I couldn’t go any further,” Shields said. She described positioning her naked body in the scene as an act of defiance “to being stopped”. Being a women she said there were often expectations including self-regulation and a wariness to enter certain spaces because of a feeling of vulnerability. “So taking off my clothes was like a way of compensating for that, and an act of defiance in occupying these spaces” Shields said. Read full article: ABC Central Victoria

barely in the family

Two weeks ago, my mother, aunt, brother and I went up to Manhattan for the day. As we ventured through Times Square, we came across a group of bare chested women body painted in red, white and blue who permitted tourists to stand with them and take a picture. I paused in my steps and, after a few deep breaths, shared that I wanted to take a bare chested picture with the women. This would be my first time telling my brother and aunt about my bare-chested and clothes free life. My mom was over the moon and shouted ecstatically, “My daughter’s a naturist and she’s going to take a topless picture with these women!” in the middle of Times Square as she snatched my phone to capture the moment. It was heart-warming to see her excitement. I pranced over to the women and informed them of my request, and they expressed some excitement given that I, too, would be standing bare chested, enjoying the right to be. The moment I freed my chest, the breeze brought a refreshing breath to my skin, and I felt like …

Losing your clothes just might help you find yourself

The Naked Truth Ask most women to strip down in public and you’ll get a look of horror, probably accompanied by a deep shudder. Notoriously hard on ourselves, we don’t embrace our bodies as temples for our spirits; we fight them for their flaws.  >Not so for three Okanagan women who happily dare to bare it all—in front of complete strangers. They’re not exhibitionists and there’s nothing sexual going on when the clothes come off. For these nudists, it’s a sort of shedding—a removal of the protective layer that hides the bumps and bulges, varicose veins and slightly saggy breasts, lumpy legs and puckered parts. The opposite of angst, getting naked they say, is entirely freeing. read more – Source Okanagan Woman

body image movement film “embrace” world premier

Taryn Brumfitt, Australia-based activist and founder of the Body Image Movement, will be celebrating the world premier of the documentary Embrace at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival. “When body image activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photograph in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. In her forceful debut, Brumfitt continues her crusade exploring the global issue of body loathing. She travels the world to interview an impressive range of women about their attitudes to their bodies, including: Mia Freedman, the youngest ever editor of the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan; Emmy Award-winning television presenter Ricki Lake; Adelaide researcher Professor Marika Tiggemann; UK talk show host/photographer Amanda de Cadenet; body image blogger Jes Baker (a.k.a. The Militant Baker); and motivational speaker Turia Pitt.” Sydney Film Festival “We’re on a quest to redefine and rewrite the ideals of beauty. Body Image Movement’s job is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by encouraging women to be more accepting of who they are, to use positive language …

YES, this is my female body. NO I am not ashamed

Previous this week my photos from the album I had created on Facebook and called: “Celebration of the beautiful – natural, naked – woman body” got reported to Facebook security. The next time I tried to lock into my account I could not. Instead I was a given a warning from Facebook. “Remove any violating photos” It said. Either you delete all photos containing any nudity, or we will delete your Facebook account. Not surprisingly. I knew it was a matter of time before my photos would be reported. (Photos to be found at the end of this blog post) I know Facebooks guidelines concerning nudity. I know many artists whom in the past have been trying to share their work (photos, videos etc) of the naked human body with their network on Facebook – but with same result as my attempt had. A couple of years ago the Danish writer Peter Øvig Knudsen tried to share his photos from his book: “Hippie 1 – Tre år og 74 dage der forandrede Danmark” (three years and 74 days…

Sección de libros: La mujer desnuda, de Desmond Morris -the naked woman

The book is an overview of the female body from hair to toe, but it would be a book more if not start by a section that seems to me very important: evolution. Because just being aware that the female body is the result of a complex evolutionary process makes sense this work.For example, Why humans, unlike other apes, we occupied the entire planet? What distinguishes us humans from other species? The answer is neoteny, a characteristic that makes human keep juvenile characters into adulthood. And neoteny is the first thing that distinguishes men and women: men are slightly more childish behavior, women in their anatomy …But there are many other curious questions: why women have overly long hair, or have virtually no hair out of his head, armpits or genitals? For what reason we have that portion of skin visible above our eyes we call front, which have no other apes? Because Orientals have called epicanto, a fold of skin on the upper eyelid? Because female female are the only ones that keep the …

naked women sell “naked” athletic shoes

NAKED & REEBOK – THE CLASSIC CLUB C “DAZE” Naked, the Copenhagen-based sneaker boutique for women, has joined forces once again with Reebok, with this latest go-round revolving around the Classic Club C “Daze.” Decked in tonal white, the minimalist sneaker features a calf hair upper for a uniquely sophisticated look Post by @thedropnyc. Source: NAKED & REEBOK – THE CLASSIC CLUB C “DAZE”

Questions from a newbie naturist

Joining the clothes free community has been overwhelming, but in a good way. I’ve been welcomed with open arms and words of encouragement. With that being said, I have so many questions. For those of you who are single, how do you date living a clothes free life? How do you even bring that up in a conversation with someone you are interested in dating? What if they aren’t down with it? What if they want you to stop posting nude photos? If you live with your parents, and obviously this is for the younger crowd, how do you go about telling them you want to be clothes free outside of your room? For instance, living with parents, and even though she birthed me, my mother can weirded out when I walk around in a tank top and boy shorts. If you plan to have children – I don’t, but I’m interested to know – how will you raise them? At home they don’t wear clothes and at school they do? Will you live in a clothes free community? Will you …

I’m living Clothes Free and here’s why

I have always had a hate relationship with clothes and I think it stems from being self-conscious about my body when I was younger. I always thought I was fat even though I wasn’t. When I got to high school and joined the dance team, I lost a lot of weight, but I still was not comfortable. I grew up where what you wore defined who you were as a person. Everything had to be name brand, matched and the latest style. I felt like no matter what I wore, I never fit in. In my first year of college, I wore as little clothing as possible not because I wanted to be clothes free, but because I was seeking a certain type of male attention. I later found out that no matter what I wore, I would get the same attention. My college years involved a lot of soul-searching and self-discovery that did not reveal itself until a couple of years ago. I have always hated standing in my closet searching for something to …

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, …