Naked

The story

Imagine living through a Ground Hog Day experience naked. Yep naked, that is the premise of the new Netflix original movie Naked. Rob Anderson (played by Marlon Waynans) wakes up on his wedding day naked in an elevator. He makes every attempt to make it to his wedding and his betrothed but is returned to the elevator naked after an hour to relive that hour again, starting each hour off without clothes.

From this initial premise “Naked” evolves into add a bit of romantic comedy. Lead Marlon Wayans and the rest of the cast (which includes some familiar faces) give serviceable comedic performances.

Clothes free elements

Though the main character Rob spends a significant part of the movie without clothes, the nudity is all implied. Simple nudity is not expressed in positive terms, rather it is the main source for comedic elements of the movie. Which leads to negative depictions and comments.

Rating

In the end while the story, acting and production are decent, “Naked” is a predictable romantic comedy.  Nudity is used as a prop for laughs. It lacks the poignancy, creativity and inventiveness of Ground Hog Day. The elements of romantic comedy are overshadowed by nude hijinks. I rate it 3.1 out of 5 stars

Check out “Naked” available for viewing exclusively on Netflix

Nude or naked?

Some of you may know that I write books. Writing books and stories means you have to consider the meaning of words carefully.

Considering the words ‘nude’ and ‘naked’.

They both refer to the state of being undressed, uncovered, clothes-free, yes. Still, to me they have a different charge as it were. Wikipedia’s take on these point to the same thing. Nudity. To me there is however an underlying difference.

What nude is to me.

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To me this is nude. You may argue that I’m naked in this picture so let me explain. When I am nude, I’m undressed, I appreciate it to the max and I am ‘in my power’. I am undressed by my own choice and proud of my state of being. When I took  this picture it wasn’t warm. There was fog all around. Still I felt wonderful there, in nature, one with the elements of the moment. That is when you are in your centre of power.

What is naked to me.

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Here is an example of someone I think is naked. It’s the ‘oops’ moment, the shyness, the not wanting to be seen like this.

It is when someone feels exposed and vulnerable.

Look at it this way: when you are nude and you walk around in the rain when it’s not cold, that’s all fine. You’ll get wet but you won’t shiver, you don’t feel bad.

When that same rain comes over you and it starts getting cold, you’ll feel naked. Exposed and vulnerable because this is not pleasant at all.

Note that this is just one example.

Naked does not always mean you’re weak.

Absolutely not, unless you make yourself weak. Having the courage to make yourself vulnerable is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of a different kind of strength. The world live in is a hard place where being weak is frowned upon. You have to be strong, in armour, fast and in control. Daring to be naked means you dare to be yourself, to be a real person who doesn’t want to be strong all the time. Trying to be strong all the time will wear you out on an emotional level or even detach you from your emotions. You become a machine, a robot.

Naturists and nudists, as far as I have met and talked with them, have the deliberate ability to go beyond that trap. They bare themselves. They make themselves naked as well as nude. They want to be vulnerable. Go into the mountains where you encounter nothing but sharp rocks and take off your clothes there.

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Me on the rocks in Wales

See? You are vulnerable. This doesn’t mean you’re weak. This just means you acknowledge you’re not made of iron and you understand how thin your skin is, especially when you scrape against that rock.

The vulnerability is where you put it.

As you see, there are more ways to feel vulnerable. Good ways and bad ways. Getting caught in something you shouldn’t do makes you vulnerable, even when you’re completely dressed. The power of allowing yourself to be vulnerable, naked, is something different. You bring that upon yourself. You say to the world, “Yes, this is me as I am. Naked, unprotected.” That kind of vulnerability should gather respect. It does from me.

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It’s entirely different from the popular TV series ‘Naked and Afraid’ where people put themselves in danger willingly.

I certainly respect the courage of the people who do this, but I don’t respect their nakedness as the kind I described earlier.

Be nude, dear friend. And dare to be naked. It makes you more complete as a human.

Paul.

academic makes  naked brexit protest

Brexit leaves Britain naked’: Cambridge academic stages nude protest against outcome of EU referendum

A Cambridge academic walked in naked at a meeting at the Faculty of Economics in protest against the results of the EU referendum.

Victoria Bateman had written on her breasts and stomach ‘Brexit leaves Britain naked’.

The academic arrived at the faculty’s meeting last Wednesday where director of studies across all the university’s colleges as around 30 economists discussed teaching material and courses.

read more – Source: The Telegragh

science and clothes free living

The Scientific Reasons Why You Should Just Always Be Naked

Show a man with a gun… it’s called action. Show a man with a dick… it’s called indecent.

There’s something wrong with the way Americans have come to accept almost every aspect of the human condition except for the most natural one. We’ve accepted guns, drugs and violence, yet refuse to accept bare breasts and genitalia.

Put a man killing and raping women in a movie and it may go on to win an Oscar. Put a naked woman on the screen, and it won’t be allowed a nomination (take “Blue is the Warmest Color” for example).

We’ve become so desensitized to everything, but the one thing that makes us human. We’ve come to accept almost every negative aspect of human nature, yet refuse to condone the most natural state a human being can be — the nude.

With the recent craze of the health benefits of sleeping naked, I couldn’t help but wonder if there were more benefits we’re missing out on by always covering up.

Are nudists colonies onto something? Are we depriving ourselves of essential nutrients and benefits due to our perversion to the human body?

read more – Source: Elite Daily

Living in the frenzied times that we do, dining naked and without smartphones is surprisingly pleasant

I checked out London’s naked restaurant and now I’m converted to eating in the nude

Located in a disused pub south of the river (the organiser asked me not to be more specific, presumably fearing some kind of naked flash mob), the vibe was very much ‘spa at a luxury hotel’ as I walk in, with guests in bathrobes lounging in a dimly lit bar that is all tree trunk tables, bamboo and candles. After changing and putting our clothes in lockers, my friend and I are led by a similarly naked waitress into the restaurant space, which is a winding hallway with little circular booths branching off, some shared, some private, depending on your level of comfort. Neither of us are particularly fazed by being naked around others (we say we’re good to share a booth but end up on a table for two) and frankly in 2016 it seems pretty childish to be, but the nudity aspect really isn’t that overwhelming – the space being so dark that passing figures are mostly silhouettes.

read more – Source:* Independent UK

a quintet of places this student paper says you should be naked

Top 5: Places We Shouldn’t Be Naked

In light of the opening of pop-up restaurant in London where customers are invited to dine naked(?!), qmunicate decided to list our top 5 places that we definitely should not be naked. Because who thought that chowing down with their bits out was a good idea?

read more – Source: Qmunicate

four ways to feel comfortable naked from allure 

4 Ways to Feel More Comfortable Being Naked

We all know a “naked person.” Like that dude who always seemed to be streaking across the quad. Or the woman who can’t stop parading around the locker room. The rest of us—those who like towels&mash;can crib some of their confidence. Here are four ways to warm yourself up to feeling way more comfortable being naked.

Dance around your bedroom. 

read more – Source: Allure

curator’s note  This article has some very reasonable, no sensational non titillating tips for getting comfortable in your own skin. Easy, fast and well worth it read.  

What People Who Are Naked Have To Know

To be naked is to make a choice. The choice is to not wear clothes.To be naked is be vulnerable. A person who is naked is, implicitly, saying “See me. All of me.” Of course, just by being naked a person isn’t revealing everything about who they are. A person is more than their body. But a person who is naked is more vulnerable physically and, I would say, more vulnerable emotionally, than a person who is clothed.Vulnerable physically: A person’s entire body is exposed. Including their sensitive reproductive organs/orifices.Vulnerable emotionally: For example: A person who is naked wonders “Are people seeing me? Or are people only seeing my penis/vagina/abs/legs/waist/biceps

Source: What People Who Are Naked Have To Know