Nudity as the Symbol of Our Surrender to God

We are born naked. We are created naked.

God created us naked, because He wanted us to see the real of us. This is the real of His creation.

When we wear clothe, we are not show the truth of us. We can choose what colour of our clothes, what kind of clothes that we want to wear. But our body? We cannot choose what God will give for us. We cannot choose our skin color. Unless, we operate it. But, back to the topic, its not the truth of us.

So, for me, when we are naked, it is the time that we stand for what God has given to us. It is the time for us to surrender before God…

Jakarta, 21 of October 2016

10 p.m.

Looking good with your clothes off is one of the biggest drivers for weight loss and these six women have decided to strip to celebrate shifting the pounds

Six women strip naked to show off their new bodies after weight loss

Three quarters of women dislike their body and one in five say they never look at themselves naked.

And if we are honest we all admit to feel a little less than confident with our bodies in front of complete strangers.

But for six women fear is in the past after they banished their hang-ups and let it all hang out for a weight loss version of the Full Monty.

To celebrate the launch of WeightWatchers magazine’s first ever Naked Issue, six brave members posed nude to celebrate their new-found body confidence.

Here are their stories their reason behind their battles:

read more – Source:  The Mirror

weight loss service is tapping into the body positivity movement in its September magazine

Weight Watchers to release Naked Issue after survey finds majority of women dislike their bodies

many as three quarters of women dislike their bodies, according to a new survey coinciding with the release of Weight Watchers magazine’s first “Naked Issue”.

Some 60 per cent of women and a third of adult men in the UK revealed that they avoid looking in the mirror when they undress, while a fifth said they did not look at their naked body at all, the poll showed. 

The research also revealed how shame is impacting relationships, as some 27 per cent of women said they had sex with the lights off or avoided the act entirely because they lacked body confidence. In addition, 38 per cent of those surveyed said they believed that their partner would not find them as attractive if they saw them in the nude. 

read more -Source: The Independent

Jo Stanley: I went naked at work, and it was wonderfully therapeutic

There’s something I never thought I’d say. I got starkers with three strangers. Their names were Caryn, Georgia and Claire, and they were generous enough to initiate me into the world of just hanging out in the nicky noo nah. It was scary and weird and exhilarating and strangely an anti-climax all in one, but let me go back a step to explain.

After my morning in the buff, I’m calling BS on “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Going naked with three strangers showed me that beauty is entirely mine to own.”

I host a breakfast radio show in Melbourne and, inspired by a similar event in London, for one night we hosted a naked restaurant for our listeners. It wasn’t sleazy or salacious or in any way sexy. I mean, even Chris Hemsworth wouldn’t look his best hoeing into a plate of ribs.

Instead it was an exercise in complete body acceptance. In shaming the body shamers. We are bombarded with nude imagery from the perfect people – selfie-addicted models and Kardashians and fitspo gurus – all in the name of feeling confident and beautiful and proud. So, why shouldn’t the curvy and floppy and bumpy and hairy and stretched have the right to show everybody just how much they love themselves sick, too?

While I couldn’t bring myself to join our restaurant full of listeners, I was drawn to the notion that, through the shared vulnerability of getting our gear off, I might find self-acceptance.

Read full article: Stuff

mothers bare postpartum selves and stories

Seeing your naked, postpartum body for the first time can be a real come-to-Jesus moment. I know it was for me. Staring at my fleshy tummy in the brutally unforgiving lights of the hospital bathroom, I remember thinking, “I can’t wait to look like I used to.” Before pregnancy. Before birth.

It’s easy to get caught up in these types of musings, given how as new moms, we are inundated with images of seemingly perfect celebrities who practically sprint out of the labor and delivery ward in skintight spandex.

That’s why photographer Liliana Taboas of Divine Mothering wants women to see different images of new moms, and how they really look postpartum.

But the photographs featured in her new book, “I Will Always Be Your Mother,” are about more than showcasing women’s bodies after baby as a way to suggest it’s okay to look like a real person after birth. No, according to Liliana, it’s about time we shifted our focus from how a woman’s body looks postpartum, to what it just did!

“I want women to feel proud of their bodies,” she told BabyCenter in an email. “I want them to see the beauty that I see in the female form. Mothers are an incredible symbol of love and nurturing. Women’s bodies are so often reduced to their sexuality. I want to remind women that their bodies are so much more than that; they are strong, powerful nurturers and birthers. Mothers need to be proud of what their bodies have done, and it is to bring forth the next generation.”

Read more: Baby Center Blog

Project website: Divine Mothering

Sketch on Why Certain Women Are Always Naked in the Gym Locker Room

A sketch by Monica Heisey for the new all-women Canadian comedy show Baroness von Sketch

Source: NYMag

Editor’s Thoughts:

It was interesting to come across this the day after we mentioned a piece that had been done on the question of nudity, body image and younger populations.

One of the questions in the clothes free community is about why younger people do not engage in social nudism, at least in the way that those who frequent resorts do. Some comments on the topic insist that younger generations just aren’t as comfortable with their own bodies, that older people are more confident. But, as other commenting parties have noted, I would say that assumption is too simplistic.

I recall something Chelsea Handler recently mentioned in her piece for Harper’s Bazaar:

“As the youngest of six kids, I grew up spending summers on Martha’s Vineyard and I was always topless. All the pictures are of me in jean shorts, no shirt; with my brothers playing football. I remember one day, my dad came out on the balcony and said, “She’s getting little buds, shouldn’t we put a shirt on her?” And my mom said, “You put a shirt on that girl and she will never be the same.” And she was right. Because the second I had to start wearing a shirt, I felt self-conscious.”

When people throw the age comment out with no context, it fails to acknowledge all the factors that contribute to socialization. What if in the video referenced, for instance, instead of waiting until a woman turned 40, people told all women, all people for that matter (because all genders deal with this), that they had nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to how they look? What if those conversations started when we were toddlers?

And what about the fact that not everyone talks about nudity to begin with? In my case, no one had ever discussed simple everyday nudity in my entire life, so I simply never thought of it until I came across clothes free life posts on Instagram. And, when I first mentioned it to a friend a few years younger than me, she squirmed at first. But when I said, “Oh, I just felt so comfortable just being me outside in the sun while camping,” she immediately responded with, “Oh yeah, actually, that sounds wonderful!” The same thing happened with another female friend around my age.

What about cultural contexts? One of the reports about the nude Shakespeare play that took place in a park in New York mentioned that some of the female international students who had attended as part of a class got up and walked out.

What about activities and venues? I’ve seen a number of folks my age running around naked on a clothing optional beach when I went, even though we were few and far between at a resort. There is also the issue of cost. When you have college graduates carrying 5 or 6 figure loan debts and scampering for entry-level jobs, the basic cost of living (existing) in a city probably wins over the cost of spending a weekend at a resort. I’ve had a few clothes free meals with friends in my city, even though none had been to a resort.

What about the discomfort added by all these reports of people’s nude pictures being stolen from their personal devices, or demanded through pressure, and then distributed around the internet?

So much more goes into the question than simply “age.”

my journey to nakedness

The Surprising Reason I’m Always Mostly Naked

This exploration of how little I can get away with wearing in public was fucking liberating.

As I removed layers of fabric, I also removed the burden I had been carrying around for over a decade: the burden of controlling how other people experience my body. I was removing myself entirely from the responsibility to control how people receive me, and I felt wildly free.

People made fun of me, sure. One night I was out with my best friends and they were laughing about my shorts, which didn’t even pretend to cover the bottom of my butt cheeks. I realized in that moment how far I had come, how little I cared, and what a big deal that was.

I felt completely safe to be myself, and that meant all of me. No hiding.

And that’s when I realized the deeper significance of my journey to nakedness.

I have several instances of sexual assault in my history, and I went through an experience at 19 involving an emotionally abusive partner.

Wearing clothes had been, without even realizing it, a layer of protection between myself and a world that felt unsafe.

read more – Source: ReModel Fitness

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Repost from @remodelfitnessnyc Check out this very real fitness pro as she shares her journey to #clothesfreeliving and body acceptance while authentically pursuing personal fitness "The Surprising Reason I'm Always Mostly Naked." New blog post just went live. This shit is personal, and important. Link in bio. "Through those glorious fashion magazines, I learned that I had been using clothes wrong. Clothes weren’t for self-expression and fabulous visuals, I finally learned. Clothes were for tricking people. It became clear as I consumed story after story on how to dress myself that some clothes were only ok for some bodies, and other clothes were ok for other bodies. It became clear that as a woman with curves, my job was to constantly downplay and disguise those curves and keep people from noticing them. It was unacceptable to just “wear” my clothes, I had to arrange them in a way that created complicated optical illusions, so as to not offend anyone or give the wrong impression." #remodelfitness #fitness #natural #naturist #yoga #bodypositivity #bopo #naked #nude #confidence #selfesteem #feminism #selfworth #selflove #nakedness #authentic #inspiration #vulnerable #growth #peace #love

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I will show you my body so that you might see a body that looks like yours

I Got Naked For The Camera Because Fat Bodies Need To Be Seen

On a down comforter-covered king-size bed, in a Courtyard by Marriott hotel, I got naked for Substantia Jones and the Adipositivity Project.

I don’t mean that I took off my pants or my shirt. I mean that I took off my clothes, all of them, even the ones underneath. Just me and my bare-naked ass and Substantia and her camera (and my daughter, Kelsey, to tell me I’m a badass).

It’s a radical act, I guess, stripping for a relative stranger — showing someone your wobbly bits, your unkempt bikini line, the topographical map of varicose veins that run across the back of your thighs.

You might be asking yourself, “Why would she take her clothes off?”

A fair question.

Let me hit you with this hard fact: Ninety-eight percent of the bodies we see displayed in the media are a form less than 2 percent of us can achieve.

(Congratulations, 2 percent. I salute your perfect bone structure.)

read more – Source: Ravishly