Texas naked lady – nude vlogger

If you don’t know her yet, we would like to introduce you to the nude vlogger who calls herself the Texas naked lady. Our committed mission is sharing the stories of ordinary people who practice clothes free life. Other folks cover the celebrities of naturist travel and experience. We like to find the everyday folks who like to share their stories to inspire others to live everyday life clothes free. A few months ago were fortunate enough to come across the vlogs (video blogs) of the The Texas Naked Lady (Nicola) on Vimeo. We believe the vlogs are an expression of authentic clothes free life as experienced by a deaf woman. She shares her life working on crafts projects, swimming in her pool, planning activities of everyday life just clothes free. It isn’t  often that we hear the “voice” of the hearing-impaired or deaf in naturist circles. We eagerly share our interview with Nicola who vlogs under the name of the Texas Naked Lady.

CFL: Tell about yourself – who is the Texas naked Lady?

I am just a normal woman. A wife and mother and wanting to enjoy life to the fullest.  I was born in England but moved to the US when I was about 10 (and am now a US citizen).  I’ve gone to school and worked and raised my family.  I love sewing and other crafts and always like to keep busy.  My husband spoils me and supports me in everything I do and I try to do the same for him.  He helps me learn English better and I teach him sign.

CFL: Why did you start your video blog?

I started this Vlog to reach out to both deaf and hearing, naturist and nudist, and just anyone who will listen. I want to share my ideas and thoughts on topics that I feel are important, and just some of my daily life. Hopefully I can reach out to people and share my thoughts and let people see that I am a normal person.  I want to let people see that being deaf or naked or anything else for that matter, is not wrong, just maybe different than what you are used to at the moment.  Hopefully by listening and watching, they will become more comfortable with both and learn to be more accepting.

CFL: How long have you been comfortable being nude vlogger?

I have made a lot of videos when using sign language but not nude.  Most of my messages to deaf friends are recorded videos (sign language).  I made a few nude ones for family and friends just having fun, but this is my first time really public.  I have always enjoyed the freedom of being nude.  It is just so much more comfortable and free and open.  I decided that I wanted to have more of that in my life and don’t mind sharing my experiences with others.


CFL: Had you done anything like that before?

This is my first public Vlog or blog.  I wanted to start one before but really didn’t know how or where.  Most websites I knew had rules against nudity so would hardly be a good place to show my videos.  Vimeo gave me the perfect place to start.

CFL: What do you hope the viewers will experience from viewing the Texas Nude Lady vlog?

I hope that they will see me and see a part of my life. I hope that they learn about being deaf and to accept people for who they are, not for their first immediate differences.  The same with nudism.  Most people are so nervous about it until they actually get a chance to be with someone who talks about it openly.  So many times we’ve had people join us skinny dipping and the first words out of their mouth is always “Oh I could never do that!”.  Then they start asking questions and we just answer them. Before you know it off comes the bathing suits and their next questions is “When can we do this again?”.

CFL: What do family and friends think of your video blogs?

I haven’t shown a lot of my friends yet, but so far they have been interested and positive.  My close family knows but they know me so they didn’t worry about it at all.  I’m sure some of my friends will run across the videos some time and then they’ll all know in a short time…it’s fine if they know.  I told my Mom about it and her first question was “What!  Without me?”.  She went with us to the resort many times and loved it!  She never wore a bathing suit in our pool again if she didn’t have to.

CFL: Do you describe yourself as a naturist a nudist or some other description?

Going nude is something that I have always done to some degree.  I have never been real shy, but like most people, I worried what other people would think.  My husband helps me to learn that I need to let people accept me or not, and that in accepting me for who I am lets me know who I will let closer to me in my life. And I found that many people who I thought would judge me would instead just jump right in and go skinny dipping with me.  Very few worried too much about it and even in they didn’t join in, it didn’t affect their friendships.  I guess I would consider myself both.  I do it because I feel more free and healthy and excited to be alive, but I do get naked around others in social events sometimes.


CFL: Do you take part in any social nude activities?

I’ve been to a nudist resort here in Texas for several years and skinny dipping with friends at the beach or pool.  I’ve never been to any of the big events I’ve seen in the news or anything.  But I’d like to try

CFL: Do you describe  yourself as deaf or hearing-impaired?

I am completely deaf.  No hearing at all.  I have cochlear implants but have had very limited success wearing them and still can’t understand words (things all blend together).  So most of the time I just do without.  But in quiet places the implants help me hear things for the first time.  The sound of water splashing or an airplane flying was all new to me.  Sound is addicting!  :-).


CFL: Has it affected your clothes free life in any way?

Deafness hasn’t affected my way of dressing (or undressing). In fact it often create a great conversation opener when people ask me about signs or stop to talk about family or friends who are deaf.  And believe me, when you’re naked, people will watch your signing much more!  Lol

CFL: Is there anything else our readers to know about The Texas Naked Lady?

I would like everyone to get to know both more about being deaf and about being a nudist.  Hopefully they can learn to accept me for who I am.  I can do anything a hearing person can do, except hear.  As a nudist, I do everything others do, but just have more fun and freedom doing it.  I’ve decided to be completely open about everything to everybody, and getting naked on the Vlog means you don’t hide much.

View Nicola’s – Texas Naked Lady vlogs on Vimeo She this does with the support of her husband who she says helps her with her spoken English and she helps to sign with sometimes funny results. He shares her preference for clothes free life but keeps it private for job reasons.

 

newbie’s first nudie experience

On July 12th was my 38th Birthday and for 2 years now ive been embracing the nudist life but mainly practicing as a home nudist but also been venturing out on my patio, I figure it was time to inhance my growth and try something new so why not a good time to try it on your day of birth, a true celebration! So I experienced my 1st Nude Resort! Won’t say I was Nervous but Anxious and turned out to be the opposite of preconcieve notions (just individuals sexualizing the whole automosphere of the resort and being gawked at) it was welcoming, calming, relaxing, pure freedom! It Confirmed my truth in this lifestyle, still been on a liberating high! 😍

be free be real – nude recreation is the way

As we engage in social media we come across many different groups and individuals who post naked photos. There are the collectors, who post naked pictures of naked people just to post pictures of naked people. The travel nudies who post naked pics from travel locations. The clothes free living folks who post here everyday life in nudes. And of course there are the creeps who simply post near explicit stuff as exhibitionist. In the midst of that glut of nakedness on  Instagram we discovered Be free be real and it seemed like some thing different.

These are naked pictures with a purpose. This IGer challenges followers to Be free 2 be you, the you YOU want 2 be.  Be real, don’t be fake. The subject describes herself as happily married PLUS SIZE NATURALIST. While most of the photos are outdoors whether indoors or out they are all at interesting scenic locations. In a world filled with fake social profiles and fake naturists,  we thought it was fitting on International Nude Day to share our Be Free Be Real project interview with you. As you read we extend their invitation to you to be real, be free on International Nude Day.

CFL Tell us about Be free Be real. What is it all about?

BFBR Be_free_be_real started as a way of rediscovering myself and re-learning to love myself.
Sometimes people are so busy being everything to everyone that they forget who they are themselves. That’s what happened to me, I forgot about me. So I guess you could say be_free_be_real is a living reminder to always remember to make time for me. Body acceptance is the idea, Nude recreation is the way.

CFL Who takes your for be free be real photos?

BFBR My husband takes my photo’s. He is a huge advocate of my journey. His support and encouragement is staggering.

CFL The majority of your photos are taken in nature, is this intentional? Why not just indoors?

BFBR I enjoy getting out and exploring, there is so much to discover. A beautiful bush trail, old relics, abandoned buildings, waterfalls. There are so many beautiful places to discover, the possibilities are endless, and make fantastic backgrounds. There is no better feeling than being nude in nature. To feel the wind and sun on my skin, to be one with the world around me.

I hope that my pictures inspire others to visit the places I have been, or to explore their own area.
Why not just indoors? I guess because there are only so many photo’s you can take indoors.
Out side the only limit is your imagination.

CFL Do you describe yourself as a naturist, a nudist, something else or nothing at all?

BFBR I would describe myself as a Naturalist. I enjoy being clothes free. Of course, there are times when clothes are necessary or required.

CFL You describe yourself as a plus size person, what does this mean to you?

BFBR Plus size to me is a term used to describe people who are above average.
The average Australian woman is a size 14 – 16. I am a size 18, I have a butt and curves. That’s who I am and I’m still beautiful. I can still bush walk and hike up mountains. I can dance and live and love. I am healthy and have a lot to be thankful for.

CFL Do you consider yourself to be a body positive advocate?

BFBR To me “Body Positivity” is about acceptance of all bodies! Your own and other’s. Being happy with your own body, doesn’t give you permission to steal that pleasure from other’s. I have had some followers tell me that I have inspired them, to be themselves, to get naked, to live their life their way. I hope that anyone who reads this article or follows my page can take something positive away from it. If I inspire others to live their life by their own rules, and accept themselves for who they are, then I’m happy. So, if I am seen as an advocate for Body positivity, I hope that I am inspiring both men and women to be themselves and love themselves and to remember everyone is beautiful, regardless of size, shape, colour, race or lifestyle.

CFL What has been the response to be free be real?

BFBR For the most part, the response has been very positive. I’ve made some like minded friends that I talk to regularly, and the support of my followers is fantastic. Some followers have shared locations, or suggested photo destinations.

CFL Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

BFBR In a culture where its seen as normal to dislike our bodies, to constantly try to change them. I hope people realize that their body is good enough right now, and it’s important that they start living their life now, not wait until they match some vision of how they think their body should look.
Try to love your body for what it does for you, instead of what it looks like.
We are not always going to love our bodies, and that’s OK.
Some days we feel bloated, sluggish, tired or self-conscious and that’s ok.

Just tell yourself “Be Free, Be Real, Be the best you can be… just for today!”  Above all else Be Happy!

Follow be_free_be_real on Instagram

first time wnbr la rider finds community

My name is Vince. My gf @naturesoulgoddess  and I rode for @wnbrla2018. We rode our bikes nude through the streets of downtown Los Angeles It was so liberating to ride in our natural state. This is my first time doing something like this aside from the naked hike a while back. It felt like a community there. Almost a different world. People were so nice and we met some friends as well. It was an awesome experience. My first time being nude in front of so many people. I got a real sense of community right away upon arrival at the WNBRLA. I never felt the type of unity that was there with everyone like I felt that day. I will definitely be back next year! Remember to embrace your body, live in the moment and always strive to become the best version of you. #worldnakedbikeride #losangeles #2018 @mcbelzar

A Maori perspective on nudity.

Maori in Aotearoa/New Zealand have a tradition of nudity.

Originally the war haka, or peruperu was performed naked, as was warfare itself. There were phallic implications in this.

British missionaries equated public nudity with licentious behaviour and gross indecency and were shocked at the naked haka and sought to stop it.

In day to day life girls were naked to puberty, there was no restriction on boys. Communal gardens were worked naked, as was the task of hauling logs from the forest to build waka.

Maori had no working clothes, and a narrow definition of nudity. In males this was the exposure of the glans of the penis. Women wore flax skirts.

Waka taua appear to have been crewed naked. A report from 1827 refers to a small European craft apparently pulling aside a large ocean going waka taua moving at great speed : their attention being drawn to shouts and chants and being shocked to discover the occupants were all naked and were fully readied for battle. ( Waka means Maori canoe or vessel. Taua means war. Taua could also mean war party. Waka taua could be also translated as a vessel carrying a war party).

In the original powhiri (welcome), the chiefs would be naked. In “New Zealanders illustrated”, 1844,  George French Angas recorded the throwing of the spear ceremony at Matata pa, part of the powhiri. The ceremonial spear throwing outside the pa, involved the visiting party and the hosts and was conducted naked. Angas’s painting shows three naked males who would have been chiefs. The leader of the pa is shown in the process of throwing. His status is determined by his extensive buttock tattoo. To his left in the party of guests stand the two chiefs of the visiting people, also with extensive buttock tattoos.

In the colonial period the battles of the New Zealand Wars were closely covered by the settler press. It was recorded that the Maori troops who fought against the Colonial and British forces were naked,  this expressed in a way to denigrate Maori. What  was of particular and more pressing concern was, however,  the fighting ability of Maori.            ( “Daily Southern Cross”, 30 July 1861, ”Canterbury Press”, 16 April, 1864.) Fighting naked was in fact the practice of Maori, not that the settlers would have known that.

An account of Maori nudity in combat, immediately before the colonial period,   is contained in “Old New Zealand” by Frederick Edward Manning, published in 1863. The following excerpt was printed in the “Daily Southern Cross” of 14 February 1863 and describes Maori troops about to enter into a fight. “The men  are all equipped for immediate action, that is to say , quite naked, except  their arms and cartridge boxes,  which are the warriors’ clothes…. As I have said, the men are all stripped for action. But I notice that the appearance of nakedness is completely taken away by the tattooing, the colour of the skin, and the arms and equipments. The men in fact look much better than when dressed their Maori clothing.”

The Hauhau  or Pai Marire , were a Maori religious movement active in Maori opposition to the colonial state between 1865 and 1868 and combined elements of traditional beliefs including nudity with an interpretation of the Old Testament. A document explaining Hauhau beliefs in Maori seized by the Colonial forces in 1867 refers to Maori  “standing in a state of nudity” and are the “lost sheep of the House of Israel” (“Daily Southern Cross”, 26 April 1867). Te Kooti is often associated with the Hauhau but this not the case, though it is known the some of Te Kooti’s guerrilla force were  Pai Marire. Both troops were naked in the Maori tradition. (“ Otago Witness”, 30 June 1866 for the Hauhau. “Daily Southern Cross”, 16 January 1869 for Te Kooti’s  forces.) There was a major fight involving Te Kooti’s forces in 1868 which led to Te Kooti being forced into the Ureweras. Skirmishes with Te Kooti continued to 1872. In 1883 he was pardoned. In 1885 there was a huge gathering of Maori outside Napier at a place known as Petane with the purpose of welcoming Te Kooti. According to the press reporter he was received at the river by the Petane natives, stark naked,  who then gave haka in the original way. (“North Otago Times”, 24 December 1885) Te Kooti founded the Ringatu Church.

Reports of Maori nudity are of male nudity. But in 1866 the press reported a strange case from Port Waikato involving one Maraea Rangingu who has been running about in a state of nudity who was sentenced to be detained at the Auckland Lunatic Asylum. (“Southern Cross”, 16 July 1866).

In 1867 there was huge gathering of Maori at Wairoa. A grand gala day was organised.  After  the exhibition of military tactics had  ended the Wairoa Maori divested themselves of all clothing and commenced a haka. The return haka was given by the guests from Nuhaka, Te Mahia, Turanga (Gisborne) and the East Cape. From the description of the  journalist the hakas  were naked in the fullness of the tradition. On the next day the whole body marched to Hatepe, and with some other tribes formed a column 4-5 a breast and 600 yards in length. A rough guess would indicate the total strength of 2500-3000 troops. On nearing the pah they stripped themselves of clothing and advanced in a state of nudity where they were met in a like manner by the Hauhau leader Te Waru and his people. Then ensured a series of war  dances and haka.  (“Southern Cross”, 30 April 1867).

The “Taranaki Herald”  reported an incident involving Tuta Nihiniho in Gisborne of a naked haka involving Nihoniho and his “whole hapu” with fire-arms being discharged. (11 July 1879)

In 1895 two correspondents for the “Hawera & Normandy Star” visited Te Whiti’s settlement at Parihaka and witnessed several naked haka between the followers of the Te Whiti and someone described as his rival known as Tohu Kakahi. On their way in, they reported that the “road before  us appeared  thronged with natives attired much as Adam might have been after the Fall”. (2 March 1895) The same newspaper reported of the activities of Paora Eta in 1880 who had set up a religious cult in the Wairarapa in which his followers, “men and women bathed perfectly naked in a stream each morning” as a religious rite “believing they would be cured of all diseases by doing so.” (19 May 1880)

According to the “Waikato Times” of 25 March 1882, quoting the “Auckland Star”, “the haka in a state of absolute nudity” was being performed at Ohinemutu and for money to boot.

A story carried by several newspapers in 1892 concerned the description of a trip by canoe down the Wanganui River, a sort of travelogue. The party seems to have been made up of European and Maori with a guide. In the “Otago Witness” of 2 June 1892 the reporter refers to himself taking a mid-day bath at Athens. His guide was not so concerned about where he swam “and plunged in from the canoe, as did the girl. The natives seems to bath a good deal, and are not very particular about securing privacy , though the girls usually retain a garment at least when bathing near the village.  As we passed several villages we saw lots of lads playing in the water … and sometimes girls, who modestly crouched down while we glided past.” The “Taranaki Herald” of 6 June 1892 carried  a further account. The reporter describes the scene as they are about to embark on the second day : ”small canoes are darting about, dexterously managed by naked boys, bronze figures in action, some wading the river chin deep, and near the bank small girls bathing, being actually clothed in bathing dresses. I wonder what the old Tory Maori think of this innovation.”

The tide in Maoridom does appear to be turning. A trend has been for males who are already bare chested in kapa haka groups (competitive haka) to wear less : the buttocks are often exposed. In contrast women are still fully clothed. Moko are coming gradually back into fashion and certain Maori tattoo designs are popular amongst non-Maori. Genital tattoos are also making a comeback.

In time we can expect to see the peruperu as it was originally.

A short history of nudity in New Zealand before 1914.

A short history of nudity in Aotearoa/New Zealand before 1914.

In colonial times attitudes towards male nudity  were quite relaxed in NZ.  Males had considerable freedom to be naked in a public situation. Public opinion allowed males to swim without having to wear a swimming costume. In towns the social convention was to restrict this to beaches early morning or late evening, but this condition was often broken by young people. In country districts youths swimming in rivers simply swam naked without any restriction. The early swimming pools in towns provided segregated swimming and the practice was for men and youths to swim naked. It would appear that sessions for women were limited. There was considerable pressure from newspapers to restrict the right to be nude. The regular reports on the “nude bathing nuisance” invariably were accompanied by demands for the “authorities” to take action.  Early bylaws in Wellington allowed nude swimming in the sea in certain hours in a public situation. Certain beaches were known for their nudity and their nude beach culture. Nude swimming in public pools in Wellington was over in 1904 and around 1910 in Lyall Bay reflecting a general conservatism.  Maori forces in the New Zealand Wars fought naked. Originally the haka was naked and Maori children were commonly naked, with girls only up to puberty. Males were commonly naked in day-today life. Maori adopted the prevailing European view around 1900.  Naked swimming survived at the Rotorua baths into the late 1960s.

The subject of naked bathing on the beach came up in the early days of the New Plymouth settlement. Bathing in the natural state was permitted by custom during the early and late part of the day in a secluded location (“Taranaki Herald”, 7 January 1879). In the early 1890s the Borough Council banned naked swimming and furthermore ensured swimming on the town beach was segregated: males were allocated the early morning and evening and women in between. And away from residences and hotels. The allowance for women is interesting as most records in colonial newspapers are of males (“Taranaki Herald”, 17 January 1894).  At any rate boys under sixteen were exempt from wearing a costume.  Later on there were problems caused by housing spreading and naked men becoming visible. The test was whether offensive had been caused   (“Taranaki Herald”, 15 January 1895). In 1879 there was trouble caused by boys going down in the afternoon and riding up and down the beach naked (“Taranaki Herald”, 7 January 1879). In 1887 the Mayor said he had received numerous complaints about naked boys on the beach and he himself had noticed naked people on the beach (“Hawera and Normanby Star”, 15 February 1887). In 1895 the issue according to the “Taranaki Herald” was more of the scanty swimming togs male bathers were wearing in the vicinity of the Railway Station, though it had been reported that bathing without costume was being investigated by Sergeant Duffin of the Police, though the Police were under instruction only to prosecute boys over 16 years. No reports of any prosecutions can be found, leading to the conclusion there were none. Council had in fact banned all swimming in the vicinity of the railway station in the early 1890s. But rescinded the bylaw in 1893 requiring full costume to be worn. (“Taranki Herald”,  14 February 1893.)

In 1865 according to the “Daily Southern Cross” (26 January 1865)  naked bathing was  common in certain parts of the Waitemata and in secluded locations of Auckland.  Periodically there were complaints from householders and the press (“Daily Southern Cross”, 26 January 1865). In 1872 the same newspaper objected to men bathing at Parnell in front of private houses (28 December 1872). There was an earlier complaint printed in the “New Zealand Gazette and Wellington Spectator” copied from “Auckland Chronicle” late 1843 about  Maori women living in commercial premises in the vicinity of Shortland Crescent. It being claimed that “at times they come out of the side door almost naked” (13 September 1843).

In the middle-late  19th C several public swimming pools were built in Wellington.    Te Aro Swimming Baths were opened in 1862 and for many years were run by Henry  Meech. On his death in 1885 his wife Matilda took over the business. Her tenancy was terminated in 1898 to allow for the building of the Te Aro Municipal Saltwater Pool, which opened in 1900. Noted features of this were completely separate men’s and women’s sections separated by a high fence. The Freyberg freshwater pool, opened in 1963 is on the site of the old women’s section (“Evening Post”, 4 October 1962).

In 1875 a privately owned pool was opened at Pipitea Point, Thorndon.  Around 1897 this was re-built further west at Thorndon, on a site now part of the railway yards, as a municipal pool. A new freshwater pool was opened above the yards in 1924.

With Meech’s Baths and the Thorndon salt-water pools, swimming was segregated. Men and boys.  Women  and girls.  Swimming garments were required for the second group.

The Petone Pool  was a mixture of salt and fresh water, and in a further difference was on the land.

At Te Aro, a private operation, and  as with Thorndon, the pool was formed by enclosing part of the sea. Te Aro was in 1895 about 55m long and about 25m wide. The depth varied from less than a metre to about 4 metres at the deep end. The baths were described as being securely protected from the visits of sea monsters. In terms of hours the baths were open daily in the season : for ladies 9am to 2pm. And gentlemen  outside these hours.   (“Cyclopedia of New Zealand”, 1895).

Jackson’s Baths, the Petone Swimming Baths, was owned by Edwin Jackson, was seasonal, and provided for the same segregated swimming but with longer hours for the ladies. (“Hutt and Petone Chronicle”, 26 October 1892)

Swimming at Te Aro was evidently popular and the subject of regular comment. One case was in November 1882 was when naked men and boys could be seen on a summer’s day by passersby on Oriental Parade. They had climbed on to the walls enclosing the pool (“Evening Post”, 14 November 1882).  In 1897 a letter was printed in the local paper objecting to “men and youths” being “seen in a state of nature from the roads “ and “from the houses overlooking the [Te Aro] bath” (“Evening Post”, 27 January 1897). When the later Thorndon pool was opened in 1897 the practice of naked male swimming continued, (“Evening Post”, 29 January 1897). But the enclosed area was open to the view from those living above. Another imperative to dropping nude swimming was the growing  popularity of mixed swimming.  The change appears to have occurred in 1904 when it was expressly stated that swimmers were not to appear outside the dressing rooms at both locations without bathing costumes. This is contained in a Letter to the “Post” printed on 2 December 1904. The writer blamed the “great body of officials whose business it is to formulate laws and regulations to justify their own existence” for the change. He was one of “many” who had swum wearing trunks, but sunbathed without any covering afterwards.

A correspondent to the “North Otago Times” (15 November 1894) claimed to have come across that day “good sized lads running around the land side of the[Oamaru sea] baths in a state of absolute nudity” and questioned why no action was being taken  on the “naked bathing nuisance”. The Oamaru baths were opened in 1877.

In Petone the Town Clerk wrote to the Constable on 27 January 1908 drawing his attention to “persons bathing in the sea… without wearing sufficient apparel” . An incident of a man walking naked in Jackson Street, Petone, one evening, was mentioned in the “Free Lance” of 11 March 1905. To passersby he explained that he had been “spearing flounder in the harbour.”

Evidently in Wellington naked swimming in public areas occurred as well. This occasionally brought comment from the “Evening Post”. In April 1877 the “Post” reported  that some youths were swimming naked in the Harbour at the rear of Mr Barber’s premises, Willis Street and mentioned this was a regular occurrence (5 April 1877). In 1892 it was reported that a number of members of the Wellington Rowing Club were naked in the sea near the Te Aro reclamation one Sunday. It was claimed they not being contend with swimming in the water near their Star Boat shed had climbed on to the wharf at the north end of the shed and dived into water without wearing costumes. Oddly the claim of nudity  was denied by the informant in a note appended to the report in the “Post”.   (“Evening Post”,  12 January 1892). Another account of naked youths and boys swimming in the vicinity of the Rowing Club appeared in the “Post” of 17 March 1892. The practice of young men bathing in a naked state from Waterloo Quay before 7 o’clock in the morning was brought before the City Council on 29 November 1897. The men were within their rights under the existing by-law, but it was decided that in framing the new bylaws bathers should be required to wear decent clothing at all times (“Post”, 30 November 1897). Some years later, in 1910, a young man threw of his clothes at Oriental Bay and swam over to King’s Wharf. He was arrested for his trouble (“Evening Post”, 24 January 1910).

In 1885 a letter to the “Post” alluded to the practice of  nudity elsewhere in Wellington, claiming that there was nudity in the Basin Reserve from time-to-time involving athletes training naked  (“Post”, 1 December 1885).

In 1886 there was quite a commotion when it was found that a mother in North Street, off Tory Street, was allowing her children to roam naked, despite being given clothes for them. “They appear in them for a few days, and then return to their former state, i.e. nakedness” (“Evening Post”,9-10 March 1886)

Yesterday afternoon, according to the “West Coast Times” of 27 October 1874 a number of naked boys and youths were disporting themselves in the calm sea [at Hokitika]… this was between three and five o’ clock. According to the newspaper there were no restrictions with reference to bathing on the beach.

A Press Association report  in 1883 described how two boys had swam out naked from the Ocean Beach, Dunedin, to collect the eggs of sea birds from an offshore rock, had become trapped by the incoming tide, were stranded naked for 6 hours until they were rescued by a party of 60 and were no worse for their experience (“Evening Post”, 16 November 1883).

In Colonial Wanganui nude bathing occurred in the river in the centre of town.  The local newspaper reported on this in 1878 (“Wanganui Herald”, 28 December 1878).  In 1882 a  resident took the law into their hands angered by boys swimming in the river near to where they lived. There was a hearing in the Wanganui Court  concerning the removal of clothing of a boy named Ryan swimming by a Mr J. Abbott. Ryan’s father sought 5 pounds damages and claimed that his son had been stranded for several hours naked “on the sand”. The Magistrate ruled that whereas Mr Abbott had been subjected to great annoyance owing to nude boys disporting themselves on the river bank,  Mr Abbott was not entitled to remove clothing and fined him 1 pound and costs. (“Evening Post”, 12 May 1882) On 30 January 1886 the “Wanganui Herald” said that the problem was not the nude bathing as such but when, and displayed a pious concern for women and children who had to be protected from this kind of activity. In 1909 it was again reported that “young men and youths are seen displaying themselves in the nude from the banks of the river, even quite close to the town.” The journalist further mentioned that a man was sentenced “this morning” at the Police Court to 14 day’s imprisonment  “for indecently exposing himself on the River Bank near the bridge…yesterday afternoon” (“Wanganui Herald”, 12 January 1909). Police were unable to gain a conviction for a previous incident of a seaman diving naked from a vessel at Castlecliff on 24 December 1906. His counsel was able to argue with success that the act was unintentional. The Magistrate found anyway  that there was no penalty for a person bathing in a public place in a nude state. (14 January 1907).

At Hawera around Christmas 1903 seven men were seen bathing in a nude state at the local beach. (“Hawera and Normanby Star”, 28 December 1903)

The “Wairarapa Daily” in early 1897 related a story reprinted in the “North Otago Times” of a group of eight youths skinny dipping in the Waiohine River, near Carterton, and having to chase naked across fences and paddocks  a number of Maori women who had grabbed their clothes objecting to the boys using a Maori canoe to dive from mid-stream. Only some items were recovered (3 February 1897).

In Rotorua a meeting was called attended by 350 people in 1901 to hear the Government’s responce to objections moves requiring swimming costumes to be worn in the Rotorua Sanatorium Baths. The Government  said that the wishes of the majority would be respected and that the use of garments would be prohibited as before (“Evening Post”, 12 January 1901). Some unusual protests had occurred before the Government backdown. Several males entered the baths naked, in defiance of the regulations. They were thrown out. The next day they entered the baths with their bathing trunks tied around their necks. The authorities were outraged, but couldn’t show the clause of the regulations which required the garments to be worn on any particular part of the body (“New Zealand Free Lance”, 2 February 1901).

The settlement of Sydney in 1873 had several swimming baths and two in Woolloomooloo Bay which were run by the City Council. The gentlemen’s pool was outdoor. Swimming was without costume. The Ladies’ pool was enclosed and swim wear was required. The gentlemen’s pool was “easily seen into, both from the water and the land”. (“Otago Witness”, 3 May 1873). In 1909 the “Post” reprinted an article from the “Sydney Daily Telegraph” objecting to youths and men sunbathing on Sydney beaches not being fully attired (Evening Post, 9 November 1909)

The question then in Wellington was also one of attire and how males were wearing revealing costumes (“Evening Post”, 25 February 1905).  In 1910 the Wellington City Council was horrified at the “indecency” of this and attempted to push a by-law through requiring the wearing of the heavy Canadian suit. This brought protests from the Lyall Bay Surf and Lifesaving club who commented that the new suit was not satisfactory for those who actually swam in the sea. The Council backed down (“Evening Post”, 4 November 1910). Another attempt to introduce the heavy suit was made in 1914 (“Evening Post”, 11 March 1914). And was again objected to. The difference between the usual male suit and the Canadian was a skirt arrangement and so was more modest. Interestingly the “neck to knee” suit was considered better than the “scanty bathing trunk” popular in 1905.

In the early years Lyall Bay was known for its nudity. The “Post” in an editorial article entitled “In the nude by the sea” (8 March 1909) provides a detailed description. The paper begins by mentioning that the “clothesless army has been much recruited lately” and goes on to say “On Saturday afternoons and on Sundays youths attired as lightly as wrestlers of ancient Greece, have romped the sands. The newspaper called for the bylaw to be enforced.  By 1910 Police acting on complaints from the City Council had brought the practice to an end (“Post”, 17 January 1910). This appears to have resulted in a further push to require the heavy suit. Council moves were similar to those of the New Brighton Borough Council, with the exception that their counterpart in Christchurch required bathers to wear an overcoat above the high water mark  (“Post”, 30 September 1910).  Lyall Bay in the early 20thC had extensive areas of dune country well away from the tram route. Also in 1910 there were complaints about drivers swimming their horses at Oriental Bay and undressing in public and not wearing “proper costumes” (“Post”, 17 January 1910).

In 1911 the “Post” printed a copied article from an English newspaper reacting to the unnecessary modesty of bathing and looking forward to the day when “we all shall bath naked without shame” and hoping for a change in public opinion.  (“Evening Post”, 21 October 1911)

The battles of the New Zealand Wars in the Waikato were closely covered by the press. It was recorded that the Maori troops who fought against the Colonial and British forces were naked,  this expressed in a way to denigrate Maori. What  was of particular and more pressing concern was, however,  the fighting ability of Maori.( “Daily Southern Cross”, 30 July 1861, ”Canterbury Press”, 16 April, 1864.) Fighting naked was in fact the practice of Maori, not that the settlers would have known that.

An account of Maori nudity in combat, immediately before the colonial period,   is contained in “Old New Zealand” by Frederick Edward Manning, published in 1863. The following excerpt was printed in the “Daily Southern Cross” of 14 February 1863 and describes Maori troops about to enter into a fight. “The men  are all equipped for immediate action, that is to say , quite naked, except  their arms and cartridge boxes,  which are the warriors’ clothes…. As I have said, the men are all stripped for action. But I notice that the appearance of nakedness is completely taken away by the tattooing, the colour of the skin, and the arms and equipments. The men in fact look much better than when dressed their Maori clothing [European garments].”

The Hauhau  or Pai Marire , were a Maori religious movement active in Maori opposition to the colonial state between 1865 and 1868 and combined elements of traditional beliefs including nudity with an interpretation of the Old Testament. A document explaining Hauhau beliefs in Maori seized by the Colonial forces in 1867 refers to Maori  “standing in a state of nudity” and are the “lost sheep of the House of Israel” (“Daily Southern Cross”, 26 April 1867). Te Kooti [a Maori leader] is often associated with the Hauhau but this not the case, though it is known the some of Te Kooti’s guerrilla force were  Pai Marire. Both troops were naked in the Maori tradition. (“ Otago Witness”, 30 June 1866 for the Hauhau. “Daily Southern Cross”, 16 January 1869 for Te Kooti’s  forces.) There was a major fight involving Te Kooti’s forces in 1868 which led to Te Kooti being forced into the Ureweras. Skirmishes with Te Kooti continued to 1872. In 1883 he was pardoned. In 1885 there was a huge gathering of Maori outside Napier at a place known as Petane with the purpose of welcoming Te Kooti. According to the press reporter he was received at the river by the Petane natives, stark naked,  who then gave haka in the original way. (“North Otago Times”, 24 December 1885) Te Kooti founded the Ringatu Church.

Reports of Maori nudity are of male nudity. But in 1866 the press reported a strange case from Port Waikato involving one Maraea Rangingu who has been running about in a state of nudity who was sentenced to be detained at the Auckland Lunatic Asylum. (“Southern Cross”, 16 July 1866).

In 1867 there was huge gathering of Maori at Wairoa. A grand gala day was organised.  After  the exhibition of military tactics had  ended the Wairoa Maori divested themselves of all clothing and commenced a haka. The return haka was given by the guests from Nuhaka, Te Mahia, Turanga (Gisborne) and the East Cape. From the description of the  journalist the hakas  were naked in the fullness of the tradition. On the next day the whole body marched to Hatepe, and with some other tribes formed a column 4-5 a breast and 600 yards in length. A rough guess would indicate the total strength of 2500-3000 troops. On nearing the pah they stripped themselves of clothing and advanced in a state of nudity where they were met in a like manner by the Hauhau leader Te Waru and his people. Then ensured a series of war  dances and haka.  (“Southern Cross”, 30 April 1867).

The “Taranaki Herald”  reported an incident involving Tuta Nihiniho in Gisborne of a naked haka involving Nihoniho and his “whole hapu” with fire-arms being discharged. (11 July 1879)

In 1895 two correspondents for the “Hawera & Normandy Star” visited Te Whiti’s settlement at Parihaka and witnessed several naked haka between the followers of the Te Whiti and someone described as his rival known as Tohu Kakahi. On their way in, they reported that the “road before  us appeared  thronged with natives attired much as Adam might have been after the Fall”. (2 March 1895) The same newspaper reported of the activities of Paora Eta in 1880 who had set up a religious cult in the Wairarapa in which his followers, “men and women bathed perfectly naked in a stream each morning” as a religious rite “believing they would be cured of all diseases by doing so.” (19 May 1880)

According to the “Waikato Times” of 25 March 1882, quoting the “Auckland Star”, “the haka in a state of absolute nudity” was being performed at Ohinemutu [now part of Rotorua] and for money to boot.

A story carried by several newspapers in 1892 concerned the description of a trip by canoe down the Wanganui River, a sort of travelogue. The party seems to have been made up of European and Maori with a guide. In the “Otago Witness” of 2 June 1892 the reporter refers to himself taking a mid-day bath at Athens. His guide was not so concerned about where he swam “and plunged in from the canoe, as did the girl. The natives seems to bath a good deal, and are not very particular about securing privacy , though the girls usually retain a garment at least when bathing near the village.  As we passed several villages we saw lots of lads playing in the water … and sometimes girls, who modestly crouched down while we glided past.” The “Taranaki Herald” of 6 June 1892 carried  a further account. The reporter describes the scene as they are about to embark on the second day : ”small canoes are darting about, dexterously managed by naked boys, bronze figures in action, some wading the river chin deep, and near the bank small girls bathing, being actually clothed in bathing dresses. I wonder what the old Tory Maori think of this innovation.” [Written 2008]

a journey of self discovery – guest dj

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As I sit here in my birthday suit, I ponder – How did Naturism come into my life? Was it by chance or by fate? When growing up, I didn’t have many close friends at school, I was a bit different from the others and I tried very hard (probably too hard) to fit in. I was doing some work in my house and had just picked up a book to read. It pointed out that journeys start with a single step and that first step for me was to take my clothes off. The barriers came down and the stresses of daily life disappeared. Being naked meant I was comfortable with me, being me and no one could change that. I visited Vera Playa 2 years ago and the environment it creates where Naturists are able to explore and enjoy the outdoors naked was wonderful. The chance I took by removing my clothes that day was the start of a journey that led me to a much happier path, whether it was by chance or fate – I’m glad I did. A clothes free lifestyle suits me for comfort factor and being naked doesn’t bother me. The journey goes on but I’m looking forward to what I discover in my birthday suit.

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beautiful – more than a pretty face

You’re so beautiful. You hear this statement a lot but what is it really saying? Especially in today’s society. It is so consumed with how people look. I can appreciate beauty in many places, faces and actions. However, it has come to cut me deeply lately.

I’ve been told “you are beautiful” many times, even from complete strangers. Compliments are always nice but at what cost? Those words are so loosely used and used to get what one wants. It goes to show that many people rely solely on looks. Once beauty fades all that you have left is your withered body and brilliant mind. So why don’t more people use it? An intelligent mind is so damn sexy, it’s unreal.

This brings me to nudism. Why is it still so shocking to so many people? Just because a body, (place or thing) is not visually pleasing to the eye, does not mean it’s not beautiful. Our society is a reflection on the human race. At this point in time many are lost and broken and reach for what is visually pleasing to the eyes. They look no deeper. They are scared of what is beneath (clothes, a face, a feeling) and they are scared because they think it won’t be beautiful. The best part of this human experience is what is beneath. What makes your soul dance, what scares the shit out of you, what raw instincts hide in that animal part of you, beautiful or not.

I am here to tell you what I believe to be beautiful. When a person can completely let themselves be free of judgement and stand there completely naked, baring not only their body, but their soul. They stand proud of who they truly are. The physical scars show you have experienced life. The emotional scars show that you have loved deeply and grew from the pain and the love. The stretch marks on a women’s stomach stand proud to show you have gave birth to life. Those tears you shed after your heart has been shattered to pieces. The fury you feel after being beat down. The fire in your eyes while proclaiming your beliefs. This is beautiful.

I see beauty everywhere I look but I am not blind to the shadows that lurk around each corner on the street and in our minds. We all have a choice each day on what to focus on and practice. We need to expose every crack and crevice in our being and challenge what it is that makes us human. I choose to see the beauty in things and accept all life’s challenges. Yes I am beautiful, but I am not just a pretty face.

I take on Florida with Black Naturist Association (guest the melaninated nude)

This was first published on the melanated nude and replushed in its entirety with permission

Many of you who have been following the blog for a while, know that my main reason for starting this project a few years ago was to provide more positive spaces online that highlighted naturism and its connection to black people. Most of the experiences i have blogged about have been me reflecting on the various events I’ve been able to partake in via St. Louis or in the DMV area. My ultimate goal for years has been to connect with other black naturists and create a group where we could share experiences, support each other , and travel with one another to various naturist friendly spots. That goal was realized, but just in a slightly different way than i had envisioned.

Last year, I was looking around on the net doing research on black naturists and was looking for anything I could find that would give me a new perspective to create different conversations for the blog. What I would find was a group that had already been established a little less than a year ago. That group was the Black Naturists Association. Upon finding a blog post about the new “BNA” i quickly clicked on the link to try to get in touch with someone involved with it. I didn’t really know what to expect. As a matter of fact, i intentionally set my intentions kinda low because I didn’t want to get my hopes up just to be let down. After clicking the link to the BNA info site, I was contacted immediately by one of the administrators and before the end of the day I was already a paid member of the association. This was a big deal! As a person of color, I had always noticed that I was usually the only one at events I was going to. Being the only one never kept me from participating but it did create a need for me to see others in the room who looked like me. I had found my tribe with the Black Naturists Association.

As a member of the Black Naturists Association, I was now connected to an entire network of other black naturists who had all been looking for community like me. I was also connected to a network of black naturists who were great at planning events and loved traveling. I had only been in the group for about a month when the admins started talking about a Florida weekend trip. After checking the dates and my schedule, I decided it was worth the investment and I started to make payments for the trip. As a member of the BNA, I received the cheaper rate and the payments were split up into three monthly fees. This made the trip so much easier to budget for and after three months I paid off my trip. After making my last payment, the wait was on! January was ending, February came and seemed like it took an eternity to pass! Before I knew it, March was here and it was finally time for the trip.

The night before my plane would leave for Florida, I have to admit I was extremely nervous. I mean I was about to travel to Florida, meet up with a group of strangers, and spend the entire weekend with them nude. My mind was racing with the “what if” thoughts! You know…what if the people judge me, what if I don’t really click with anyone, what if it rains, etc… As those thoughts were bouncing around in my head, I remembered that I had already paid for the trip and bought my plane ticket. I had made a financial commitment to go and I was going to do everything I could to make the best of the experience. I would go to bed that Thursday night at peace and woke up Friday morning ready for a new adventure!

Friday was here!!! I had made my way to the airport to board my flight. Before long, I was in the Orlando airport making my way to the meeting place to be picked up. Everything from that point on was perfect. BNA crew had organized a meeting location in the airport for us to wait and be picked up. After being picked up, we were taken to the house where we would be staying for the weekend. Once we arrived to the house, there were people already there to greet us! I, personally, felt welcome from the door. Shortly after being greeted at the door, one of the moderators took me on a tour of the mansion and showed me to my room. After I placed my bags down and settled in for a sec, I was encouraged to come downstairs and meet everyone by the pool/hot tub area.

Once I made it back downstairs, the party had officially began for me. People wasted no time at all stripping down and getting naked and were already relaxing in the hot tub area. I was encouraged to join and the rest was history. The group was friendly and welcoming! Although we were all black, diversity was definitely present. There were people of all ages, genders, shapes, sizes, etc. It was an amazing experience because those differences never seemed to be the focus. We were all able to celebrate the things that we had in common and were committed to having a good time.

The house was unlike anything I had ever seen before! I’ve stayed in some very nice Airbnb’s over the years but nothing could compare to this place. The mansion had 14 bedrooms in total, 3 full sized kitchens, two pools, 3 hot tubs, a sauna, a wet room, basketball court, bowling alley, game room, workout facility, several bar areas, and a movie theatre. We had unrestricted access to the entire house and we made sure to use everything we had at our disposal. While at the mansion, there was also a live in chef, who prepared 3 meals a day for us. There was a massage therapist living in with us, who you could set up appointments with throughout the weekend. As I stated earlier, we were literally living in the lap of luxury over the weekend! It was definitely worth the investment I had made.

During our second day, we took a trip to Cypress Cove, which is a Naturists resort in Kissimmee. This was an interesting experience. Although I had been to many naturists events over the past few years, this was my first time at a nudist resort. I could spend hours talking about that experience, so I think I will just make a separate post reviewing that place. Overall, it was an amazing experience. We definitely made the space more diverse when we showed up. The people were very warm and receptive to us and made sure we had a positive experience.

Besides being free to be nude around others for an entire weekend, I think I enjoyed the conversations we were having the most! We had so many conversations about how we’ve been socialized, why nudism is still taboo in our culture, what we can do to change the negative perception of naturists, positive/negative experiences we’ve had as naturists, etc. I think the fact that we all met nude, allowed us to be open about a lot of other things. As a whole, the trip was a success and I am extremely glad that I decided to go. I feel like I’ve been typing for hours now and I’m exhausted from looking at this screen. As usual, I’d love to talk more about my experience with you all. If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to message me on here. Also, please share if you like the post. Is like as many people to know about the Black Naturists Association as possible and the incredible trips they plan.

If you’re interested in joining the Black Naturist Association, check us out! https://www.facebook.com/blacknaturistsassociation/

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Let’s Go Back to Our Roots guest post (raw soul real)

Let’s go back to our roots. Way back. Where we simply existed just like the rest of the creatures on this planet. No houses, no cars, no electronics, just nature. When I am nude in nature I feel a deep connection with the Earth. It brings me back to whom I am and why I am here. It brings a sense of inner peace and calmness in me.

I always felt comfortable in my own skin and was never ashamed to be nude. I grew up with a family that accepted being nude and didn’t make a big deal out of it. They also taught me that keeping a sense of humour about life is a must and to not take things so seriously. Some people get so caught up in life, they forget to have fun.

When I would go camping, it was only natural to me to remove my clothes. My partner did not fully understand it but accepted it. When I was at home, I would be comfortable being nude and my partner would ask if I was worried about someone seeing me through the windows. That never was a concern for me. It’s only a body, I would say.

​Going to a nude beach was always on my bucket list. I moved to the Edmonton area in 2015 and quickly discovered one when I was searching for lakes and hiking areas. So I made my way to the beach one sunny afternoon. I was a little nervous at first but that didn’t last long when others started introducing themselves and made me feel very welcome and comfortable.

I was blown away the openness and acceptance of everyone. This was where I belonged. All the labels are shed when all the clothes are shed. All of that nonsense falls away. We are all in our full glory and it’s beautiful. Everyone is there to simply exist in their natural peaceful state of being. You are so vulnerable but at the same time powerful. It is an empowering experience to say the least.

The nudist community I have got know here is amazing. I have met some of the most wonderful people and they have become like family to me. I have met people of all ages, cultures, etc. And the acceptance among everyone is heart warming. This is how it should be, all the time, everywhere on this planet. When we can reach of point of consciousness that we can accept one another for whom we truly are, then we will find world peace.

So many people misunderstand nudism and you cannot explain it to them. Believe me, I tried. They simply have to experience it to truly understand the lifestyle. It’s difficult to express how it makes you feel to someone who has accepted society’s notions about being nude and how it is sexualized. It seems like most of society is so lost and disconnected and it makes me very sad. I can only hope people will eventually “awaken” and I feel one way it can happen is through naturism. Which brings us back to our roots.

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