Without Clothes, Life Goes On…..In A Good Way

It’s a crisp autumnal morning and you get out of bed to begin the working day. However, you’re wearing nothing at all, completely naked and you ponder what to do next? For many naturists, the answer is simple, carry on. There are some who dont like to sleep in the nude so when they get up, the first thing they do is undress.

Life continues on with or without clothes, we continue to work, watch TV and where it permits go into our gardens and enjoy the weather. The only difference is the dress code.Attitudes towards Naturism are changing as seen from British Naturism having an increase in membership by 10%, that is fantastic and I’m glad to be part of this great organisation. However, there is still lots of work to be done to ensure Naturists are protected and allowed to continue their business in the public sphere.

I’m still looking forward to getting a picture with a great view in my birthday suit, that day will come be it here or elsewhere in the world. But as the article says, life goes on without my clothes and Im enjoying every minute.

gazette-20120628r-6.jpg

URL

Too rude for more exposure (via Noosa News)

A rude shock for Noosa retreat owner

THE owner of Noosa Edge Nudist Retreat has been barred from advertising in Australia’s main naturist magazine because his business is “too sexualised”.

Rainer Mueckenberger has run the clothing-optional bed and breakfast with its own man-made cave in Doonan for five years.

But he has had his advertising barred from the Australian Naturist Magazine TAN after complaints.

Source: https://www.noosanews.com.au/news/too-rude-for-more-exposure/3192551/

curator’s note Great to see a naturist publication drawing the line on advertising sexually oriented venues and sticking by the INF definition of naturism.

Nudism and sexuality – An outlet for closet exhibitionists and swingers?

Over three years ago this was a draft post after seeing someone ask this question online. Is nudism just an excuse for closet exhibitionists and swingers to justify their lifestyle? Three years later the question of the connection between nudism and sexuality is even more relevant. Recent events have caused me to take another look at this subject. There are some today who suggest there is no inconsistency between the practice of nudism or naturism and sexually driven nudity practiced in the swinging lifestyle or exhibitionism.

Re-examining the question

The tipping point for the re-examination was the report of a tragic killing at a swinger resort which described as a nudist campground by the newspapers. But the same papers list activities at the facility that sound more sexual .

Upcoming events include a “festival” devoted to partner swapping, as well as a “festival country sexy,” a “festival fantasme” and a “festival érotique.”

We should not dismiss the fact that three lives were lost in this tragic act involving an alleged sexual relationship triangle.  However there is another tragedy here. It is the continuing tortured history of connecting nudism and sexual activity. Writer Brian Hoffman has chronicled this in his book Naked a Cultural History of American Nudism. This led me to the conclusion  that  looking at the history of nudism, the mix of sexual activity and nudist practice has not been good for the image of the practice. Here are some thoughts from Hoffman.

..many leaders feared that the original ideals and principles of nudism would be lost to an unregulated market of magazines and films that linked nudity and nudism to the commercialization of sex. For decades, nudist leaders and advocates had struggled to balance the movement’s therapeutic goals and its family-oriented recreational character with the erotic appeal of its magazines and camps. Naked a Cultural History of American Nudism

Although many nudists criticized Lange’s sensual photos and worried that they would lead nudism away from its familial character and respectability, Lange’s influence continued to grow in the nudist community.

Naked a Cultural History of American Nudism

However, some do not agree with my conclusion. Popular blogger,writer and self-described naturist Jill Page suggests purists  find the mix of sex and nudism disagreeable. She uses the phrase “libertine naturism” to describe as a totally compatible expression of sexual activity and nudism/naturism.

Some naturists are already saying that Adam et Ève is a place for “swingers” as opposed to “nudists,” as if one cannot be both a swinger and a naturist.

I respectfully disagree. There are people who combine the two — and why not, as long as it is between consenting adults? We talked about the “libertine” naturism issue here recently when such a camp — the Diamant Noir — opened in France. – Nudism/Naturism: Tragedy at a Quebec campground

https://twitter.com/jillianpage1/status/874464684061097986

https://twitter.com/jillianpage1/status/874467370894581760

I do not consider myself a purist by any stretch, and I  am a regular reader of Page’s posts. However, on this matter I must respectfully disagree. Though I understand the conclusion she comes to through her “libertine” views, I simply disagree. I don’t understand how the partner swapping event described by the papers as scheduled for the venue, reflects naturism or nudism. But that is my opinion, and it does depend on the definition of nudism used. If nudism is defined as being nude in social company regardless of the intent then there would seem to be no issue. But is nudism simply the act of getting naked without any consideration of intent? Yes, I know it is difficult if not impossible to tell the intent of an individual. But here we have group of people at a venue with a clearly stated intent. Still Page is right in one respect, we live in libertine times.

Libertine times

Libertine- a person who is morally or sexually unrestrained – dictionary.com

The reality is we live in a libertine age. A time not too different than the sexual revolution of the 60s. Which the nudism movement had to contend with in its effort to keep the practice family-oriented. But now everything is up for grabs. Even what constitutes a family. This is an an era when everyone defines things through the lens of their own experience. This is the singular characteristic of the postmodern age. Deconstruct everything, and if there is an undefined vacuüm be assured someone will put their definition on it. Nudism is subject to this postmodern deconstruction. Without a clear definition, anyone may define it as they see fit, and they have. It is hard to know what nudism and, to a lesser degree, naturism, is anymore.

The folks at the swinger resort in question seem to make use of the postmodern ethos as they define their brand of naturism through a libertine lens.

 naturist camping for liberated people –  Camping at Adam and Eve

Promotional images from the venue web site don’t seem to reflect something other than clothing optional/clothes free nudism or naturism.


What matters and why

Why does it matter? I would share a personal experience to explain. Two summers ago while at a clothing optional nudist venue I met a young woman, who had travelled solo to the venue for an event. She connected with me and a female  friend who was also at the event.  The woman shared that she wasn’t a newbie to nudist activities. However, the companion she had expected to be with her backed out at the last-minute. She was feeling a bit isolated and vulnerable. So when a “nice looking” couple invited her to join them for dinner, she gladly took them up on the offer. As she shared in conversation it came as a surprise to her,  the dinner invitation came with some unexpected after dinner desserts. Here was a person who was just enjoying being clothes free, with nothing else in mind. But she was confronted with the expectation that being naked was a precursor to sex. That’s why it matters. Conflating the two activities can create a confusing  and potentially dangerous environment for everyone.

If simple nudity is simply nudity nothing else why does it have to be attached to something else?  All over the internet and in social media I see memes pronouncing “nudity is not sex” or something similar.  At the same time our social media accounts often get followers who list themselves as both nudist and exhibitionist. As editor of the web magazine I have personally interacted with people both male and female who claim the nudist label but seem to then gravitate towards exhibitionist behavior.

The deriving of sexual gratification from fantasies or acts that involve exposing one’s genitals Free Dictionary

Why does this matter? Consider this recent tweet from a world naked bike ride group (an event being adopted by many nudists world-wide).

So what if nudists are exhibitionists and riding with naked around kids? We live in a nudity paranoid society that now exists every time the connection is made. It creates an issue of concern for those who  say “we need to keep kids safe.” Then simple nudity becomes something unsafe. That is the battle being fought in Ocean City against bare-chested freedom to keep the beaches there family friendly”. Before anyone suggests I am just a nude prude let me say there is absolutely nothing wrong with sex. Everyone is entitled to their own sexual choices. It is the connection between sex and nudism that I have an issue with. It sends a mixed message that we can ill afford to mange even in these “libertine” days. Whether I like it or not western society tends to associate nudity and sexuality. That association already makes it difficult for people to express simple nudity without being considered a sexual deviant.   It is not enough to say parents need to watch out for their own kids. What actress Emily Browning said is true we need to acknowledge the reality  that people are weird about nudity.


The impact

Is naturism or nudism being used as an excuse? Excuse is probably not the right word. To be real sex sells. It sells more than simple nudity. That is why “nudist” venues hold sexually oriented events and nudist magazine accept ads from those advertising swinging.

It seems an association of convenience, one which I personally would prefer was eliminated. It seems I am not alone. Those of us who see nudism and naturism as the non sexual practice of social nudity want to have our practice unencumbered by the sexual association. It only serves to create confusion among the  public about nudism and naturism.

Surely once we have read the title of the topic to all nudists and naturists you will quickly come to the head several opinions or experiences about the confusion between nudism and swinger. The sexual connotation that is intended to give a wrong way to a lifestyle and a way of understanding the world. There is a fairly marked current where nudism is mixed with the sexual realm of the exchange of couples or exhibitionism when it really has nothing to do but rather in its real sense are totally opposed. – La confusión entre nudismo y mundo swinger

 

Given this situation “nudists” who continue to push for the acceptance of a connection between nudism and sexual activity are doing the practice of nudism or naturism no favors. For my part it seems cynical for swingers to hitch their lifestyle to nudism. It seems like an effort to lower the social stigma or gain some measure of credibility. If swingers are confident in their chosen lifestyle, a choice I acknowledge their right to choose, why not just own it outright? Why does it need to be attached to nudism? Nudity and sex yes I understand that it’s how most of the world thinks. But nudism and sex? Why?

It seems to me that the intent is different naked for the sake of being clothes free or naked as precursor to sexual activity. I personally will fight for those folks to live their lives and make choices that they feel are right for them. I just wish they would stand up for that on its own and not pull nudism into it. If you are a swinger be a swinger. If you are an exhibitionist be an exhibitionist! Let nonsexual clothes free living stand on its own without drawing the association. A call goes out to those practicing lifestyles outside the mainstream, swinger, nudist, exhibitionist, naturist. Stand up and define yourself. If you don’t, someone will do it for you. Let your choice, be YOUR choice not someone else’s interpretation of it.

A final note, sincere sympathies  to the family members of those whose lives were tragically ended. A sudden loss of life is always traumatic and even more so under the alleged circumstances.

To the religious naturist

Religion and naturism

Image result for religionYes, this is for the religious naturists, especially those who aren’t very certain if they can be naturists because of their religion.

First off let me make it clear that I am not religious.

I’m spiritual though.

Many doubts

When I read forums, articles and other bits and pieces I can’t help noticing that lots of religious people still have this worry in the back of their heads if they’re doing the right thing by leaving their clothes behind and going out in the nude.

It’s sad that this happens. Why this doubt? Your maker, creator, god, deity, name him, her or it, knows what you look like beneath those garments. After all, he, she or it created you, right? So why would it be a problem to go out in the attire your god handed to you?

Wikipedia has a page dedicated to christian naturism and also a page about nudity in religion which might be interesting for you to check out.

Creation

Another something to consider is that you are part of your god’s creation. A creation in which clothes weren’t part of the beginning (at least for the Adam and Eve part I am sure). They were naked in the garden of Eden.

In Virginia there’s a (rather controversial) church called White Tail Chapel. It’s located at the White Tail Resort. The pastor there, Allan Parker, invites everyone to come to his church the way they were born. Naked. And that is how he is too.

If you want to learn more about this remarkable place, have a look here.

For those not that interested, the website at http://www.naturist-christians.org might be interesting, though. It’s not difficult to find like-minded people if you take the trouble to wander around the Internet a little.

Don’t be afraid to be naked. It’s natural.

The introverted naturist

Introvert naturist – This may strike you as odd. In that case: read on. If it doesn’t then you know where I’m coming from. Still: read on. Maybe something good comes from this anyway.

Being a naturist

naturist alone in the woods

Me in a German forest during a nude walk.

We all know that naturism is something we all enjoy. Otherwise we wouldn’t be here. If anything has brought me freedom it was naturism, the actual being out of clothes. And I do enjoy that very much, be it at the local nude beach or anywhere in nature where I’m not scaring people. It’s a good thing for me to live in Europe where people are much more accepting of nudity than for instance the US of A from where I hear horror stories at times.

Being an introvert

This is where things begin to get complicated. Since the nude beach is the perfect place to take off all clothes and worries, it’s the perfect place to go to in order to do that. But I’m an introvert. A very introverted introvert, almost down to the level of being a sociophobe. (And yes, that should be a word.)

Woman in jar

Happily introverting

I prefer to stay away from people. Which is difficult when it’s a great day and lots of folks assemble on the nude beach.

Yes, I know, it sounds dumb. Most people I know don’t understand how this feels. Even worse, they try to help by inviting people like me to parties and other crowded places to get over it. Unfortunately, despite their good intentions, those things don’t help at all. If anything they make it worse.

This doesn’t mean I never go to a nude beach or a party. I just need a lot of time to mentally prepare for it, and I need my time alone/away after that. That in turn can be ‘sad’ because usually the weather to go to the nude beach is there for many days. I can only go one day. Maybe you recognise this.

If so, I’d love to hear from you how you deal with this in a naturist setting. If you don’t recognise this, be happy about that. If you know people who seem to shy away from company, there’s a good chance you know an introvert. Some of us don’t try to explain ourselves, we just are known as recluses or hermits. That doesn’t mean we’re anti-social even when it looks like that. We’re just selectively social. To the point where we can take it.

Alone is not bad

Naturist alone on the beach

Walk on Fuerteventura

Many people connect being alone to being lonely. That’s not true. I know people who are always in the middle of large groups, yet they are the loneliest people in existence.

I love being alone. I love, need and crave my solo vacations to places where I can be naked and do my crazy long walks (12 km / 8 miles is fabulous). I appreciate social media. They fill up the ‘hole’ that I might experience by not having a social life and they offer me the option to stay away without having to answer all those questions where I was and such things.

Well, I think this is a wrap for this post. Thank you for reading all the way down here. I appreciate it, as will many other introverts. I hope it created a little understanding. If you have questions, please ask them. I’ll do my best to answer as clearly as I can.

Have fun, everyone. And be nude. Be happy and healthy. Either alone or in a group as large as you like.

🙂

how naturism helped me go vegan

It’s a little over a year now since I adopted a planet based diet, one could say I have discovered being vegan and naturism go perfect together . At the risk of riling up the hardcore vegans, while I use the term vegan in the title tranparency requires I admit I am neither a vegan activist or purist. I avoid animal based foods in preference for plant based ones. I drink almond milk and enjoy non dairy ice milk, but on occasional I do treat myself to comfort foods like dairy ice cream. So it’s best to describe my diet as plant based.

Vegan photo

Photo by daniel.julia

Before I made the switch I often thought about a vegetarian or vegan diet. I had lunch a a PETA sponsored event (ironically the worse vegan meal I have had), saw the case made by the PETA ads heard the points made by the vegan activists. I learned from yogis about the connection between [amazon text=yoga and veganism&asin=B002WEY41I]. I viewed the [amazon text=industrial farming&asin=B00942G4UA] movie, and read [amazon text=sustainability book&asin=1623367573].  However, none of those things made the difference in switching to a plant based diet. It was a deepened expression of naturism and experience of clothes free living that did it. My understanding of naturism and the connection between clothes free living and natural choices in life brought me to shift my diet to a plant based one.

How did naturism help me go vegan? There were two main factors related to the practice of naturism and clothes free living. The first is practical and personal experience. I love to camp and I go camping clothes free as often as I can. One of the most important factors to an enjoyable camping experience is the food. On one occasion I (the experienced camper) went camping with a friend who was an experienced vegan, something had to be figured out. Could the clothes free camping and cooking experience be a positive one if all the meals were plant based? Turns out the answer was a resounding yes! Four full days with three square meals all filling and flavorful and no meat products in sight. The camp food fare was not very different from most camp cooking, kabobs, tacos, and one pot hobo meals were all on the menu and no one went hungry.

clothes free campingThe second factor was doing all that cooking out in a field connected to nature and the environment cooking with a stove that used twigs for fuel. It made the nature and natural part of naturism real. The definition of naturism as expressed by the International Naturism Federation has been quoted often on this site. The connection to nature as a way of life seemed to be most fully expressed for me in a plant based diet.

“Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature, characterized by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging respect for oneself, respect for others and for the environment.” • International Naturist Federation

I already had the experience of  nudity in community and camping clothes free but eating a plant based diet brought a life in deeper harmony with nature. This was the critical shift because I was connecting all of my clothes free life to nature. So often when people are exposed to naturism or nudism at first, it is seen as being about getting naked. That’s certainly how I first experienced it. But as my experience and understanding grew, it grew to be more about connecting. Through connecting with others and the environment in nature  the shift to being just seems natural. It wasn’t forced, it was prescribed by anyone it was just another part of my clothes free life falling naturally into place.

Now I have found ways to recreate most of my favorite meals using plant based ingredients. Meals have the same variety as before, chilis, curries, soups, stir fry, burritos, stew, kabobs, burgers and so much more. (See the gallery below) I have discovered that the best way for me to keep a plant based diet is to find ways to recreate the sights, tastes and smells that I am used to having in my food. I find recipes online, from followerson Instagram, twitter and recipe sites like Yummly (my favorite) and Allrecipes.com. The dishes are Caribbean, Indian, Mexican, European and North American. Simply put these days

vegan and clothes free

I’d rather be vegan and clothes free

My intent here is not to convert anyone or preach about the virtues of veganism. I will leave that task to others. I do want to express how the embrace of the naturist, clothes free life can lead to life changes far beyond just getting naked. For my part I’d rather be vegan and clothes free. Hmm that sounds like a book title.

INF struggling ro restructure

The first day of the INF Congress in Wellington revealed an organisation struggling with coping with change. Never before have there been this amount of proposals for changes to bylaws presented for discussion and voting as well as proposals of a more general nature.

The first day passed or rejected five motions for changes of the statutes. And tomorrow. Friday. the stream continues.

All delegates found a brochure from NAT on their table along with branding items distributed by the Australian federation.

Several participants had clearly decided that they wanted to go nude through the Congress. None of the Executive Committee members were among them. It must be said to their excuse that it was cold and during the afternoon even the Braves . .. like yours truly … put on all the clothes I had brought with me. And still froze.

Source: INF struggling ro restructure

Naturism is a way of life

"

“Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment”. International Naturist Federation

Ancient lands don’t belong to big business.

Although they’re out of fashion now, in the cinema and on TV, there was a time when westerns were a dominant cinematic genre.

There was a time when John Wayne could be relied upon to ride to the rescue, fight off ‘redskins’, save the damsel in distress and bring peace to a land still marching westward across undiscovered tracts of land. Often, a bugle would sound and the US 7th Cavalry would ride to the rescue.

Thus, we think we know about ‘redskins’/Red Indians or, more accurately in the 21st century, indigenous people of America or ‘First Nation’ peoples. We think we know about their reservations, their smoke signals, their capacity to ‘scalp’ victims and drink ‘firewater’.

I’ve been thinking about the indigenous people of America lately, due to them being in the news regarding Native Americans battle against the Keystone XL pipeline. It’s a battle not confined just to them, as there have been other battles across the north American continent to defy it being built.

Source: Ancient lands don’t belong to big business.

curator’s note This is an interesting discussion as it bears relevance to two aspects of naturist definition being in harmony with nature and respect for others.