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I mentioned to one of my best friends from high school that I was going to St. Martin for a week, but didn’t tell him exactly where I was staying. He said that he and his wife might want to go. I then told him the “rest of the story”, and let him know that I was staying at Club O, and that he was welcome to come along and if they wanted to stay somewhere else that I would have a jeep for the week, so it should be no problem. He said, no, he wouldn’t mind staying at Club O, he just had to clear it with his wife.
The first time I went nude was when I was 22 at a nudist beach in the Florida Keys. The beach was a clothing optional one , and I had always wanted to run along the beach in the nude so I decided that I would do it. Well, that was when I started feeling a little bit of fear about the whole experience. I saw that there were other people there, and I just felt a little bit self conscious even though most were naked.
Naturism is not about sex or sexual misconduct. Sensual, yes. The freedom and relaxation felt by naturists as they lie in the sun, or walk in the natural environment, or bathe in cool water, has to be felt to be believed. Bathe without a costume (they’ve only existed for about 150 years and they were invented by men to control what women wear and what women see) and you’ll never want to wear one again! And in a naturist environment or event, a man who, for example, walked around displaying an erection or harassed woman or other men, would soon be thrown out never to be allowed back. Naturism is about freedom, equality, and total acceptance of and respect for others and yourself.
From December 2011 The Naturist Living Show discusses exploitation in naturism. From The Naturist Living Show: From the very beginning of naturism/nudism, there have been people who have exploited naturists and nudists. They go against the very core values of our movement. They objectify our bodies and sexualize our activities. They turn our philosophy into a source of personal gain. (money, sex, power, pride, etc…) Some of them even pander to deviants but conceal themselves beneath the cloak of legitimacy that naturism provides. All too often, we have been willing participants. The exploiters use our tolerance and open-mindedness against us. They infect a club and twist the definition of naturism to suit their purposes. They tempt us with the money that many clubs are always short of. Because naturists are intelligent, they understand that life is not black & white so some compromise is sometimes necessary. But those small concessions can lead to a very slippery slope. In this episode, we discuss two infamous clubs in Roselawn, Indiana that were victimized by exploiters. We listen to a 1966 radio interview with the founders of one of the clubs that illustrates the lofty initial goals of the club as a contrast to the current situation.
When I wake up in the morning, I don’t think I’m Asian. When I walk down the street I see myself as I am, a person with dreams and aspirations like anyone else. It’s hard to believe, even though it’s true, that there are people out there who believe me less than they are. To them I’m sub-human and…
Very important perspective for me to hear if not the whole nudist community
Diversity in Nudism – Last week we posted a new video entitled “Shit Clothed People Say to Nudists,” a quick roll of the funny, genuine and ridiculous questions we hear all the time from clothed people, along with our responses. (Also, if the title reference escaped you, it’s our take on the “Shit People Say” meme parading viral video charts these last few months.)
To create this video I called upon our lovely friends and members of YNA to be my actors and actresses for a day, and many came through! We shared and munched on Superbowl snacks, laughed a lot, and everyone gave it their best for the camera.
What we didn’t notice until a few days after posting it, was that this group was so fantastically diverse! Asian, Colombian, African-American, and the list doesn’t end there. The funny thing is that it only occurred to us after reading a question on Yahoo about minorities and nudism. After watching the video, it suddenly clicked that we were the most diverse group of people I’ve ever had the pleasure of being with.
Continue reading: Diversity in Nudism: Myth or Reality
Curator’s note: This is one of my greatest concerns to move into social nudism
5 Reasons Why You’ll Love Naked Yoga
Naked yoga helps you discover an entirely new way of looking at your own body, inspiring you to take pride and pleasure in your unique physique and capabilities. It teaches you to embrace your imperfections and open your heart to yourself and to the world with courage and confidence.
We are naturists because …… because our body is something entirely natural and we accept it just the way we got it from mother nature.… because the pleasure of being nude liberates us from our acquired inhibitions.… because the bare facts don’t hide anything, although this can lead to disappointment for those accustomed to having their fantasies inspired by sophisticated beach fashion. …because on a warm day out in the nature or on the beach, it’s more fun just in the birthday-suit, it’s more comfortable, more natural and even more healthy!.… and ESPECIALLY: On the beach, it’s more fun just in the birthday-suit, it’s more comfortable, more natural and even more healthy!… and Michelangelo said: What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?
- France embraces the nudist lifestyle with yoga, restaurants and art galleries (via The Telegraph)
- Would you ever vacation nude? ‘Nacations’ are the latest getaway trend (via NBC News)
- The secret life of a naturist #29 Do I part 1
- I Went to the ‘First Nudist Club Night’ in Paris (via Vice)
- My Experience Getting Naked in a Cave at Howe Caverns (via felicitysblog.com)