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Comments From the Peanut Gallery

Comments From the Peanut Gallery

Confession: I have been working on this post for months. Writing. Reviewing. Scrapping. Writing a new one. Reviewing. Scrapping it, too. The truth is that this is a really simple and exquisitely complicated subject all at the same time. What is it? Personal labels, namely, my dislike of the labels “nudist” or “naturist”. Read more

Harley Quinn 8 cover

Harley Quinn #8 2016 comic book review

This is my first comic book review. Both sides of the comic book world Marvel and DC Comics have been battling on several fronts recently. Competing movie and television series, as well as reworked, re-envisioned, rebooted comic book universes with lots of diversity are the components of the current battle. Still I was surprised to see diversity extending to placing two of the most popular female characters in the DC universe in a nudist setting. Harley Quinn #8 2016 Harley And Ivy Go To A Nudist Colony Together does just that.

It was clear after seeing the above tweet that review was in order. So here is the review of Harley And Ivy Go To A Nudist Colony Together.

I was a huge comic book fan as a kid and had a huge collection all the way up through high school. I have had a hard time with the evolution of the comic book and the recent reworking of several long time and popular comic book characters. Based on the cover Harley Quinn #8 seems to be a part of the D.C. Comics rebirth effort that seeks to reboot the top 52 characters in the DC Universe and breath new life into D. C. Comics with some modern twists. The Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy of this comic are definitely the new reimagined versions, though there is a bit of a flashback element to start the story and again later in the mid section.

For my taste the story seems a bit jumbled. There are multiple story lines and sub stories going on alongside the visit of the Harley and Ivy to a nudist “colony”. No spoilers here, so I won’t go into the storylines but rather comment on the depiction of the nudist experience. That depiction is a mixed bag. On the one hand when Harley and Ivy arrive at the The Colony (the name of the nudist community) the writers present an accurate and straight forward depiction of nudist values. That is a positive as the dialogue is similar to what any first timer would here at most nudist venues. On the other hand the responses of Harley and Ivy are filled to overflowing with sexual innuendo and double entendres.

While this is very much in character for the two it reinforces the kind of silly social association with nudity and sex that makes the clothes free life and nude recreation less than mainstream. This is evident in the use of the work Colony to describe what is depicted as a modern day clothes free community. The depictions of activity at the nudist community are on point. Community member play tennis and water volleyball and eat meals outside. So it appears some research was done. However, the nudist community only serves as a limited backdrop for the rest of the storylines. In that respect it could well have been any other vacation spot. Though I read the comic on a tablet I thought the artwork to be of the highest quality. The artist’s adopt the technique used in television which has frontal nudity drawing objects in strategic places to avoid the view of any cleavage, genitals etc.

Comic book fans, particularly Harley fans should be pleased with this volume. Nudists and naturists who are not comic readers may not to find much to hold their attention. For an inexpensive frivolous read one might take this Harley out for a spin.

Harley Quinn (2016-) #8

Harley Quinn (2016-) #8

“LIFE’S A BEACH”! Harley owes Ivy a trip to the Bahamas…and delivers way more than either of them expected!

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Paris nudists to get their own green space to roam in and hang out

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Nudists in Paris are potentially about to be given a dedicated space in the city where they can roam free of clothing without fear of being fined or arrested. Public nudity is forbidden in France unless in sites specifically designated for naturism and can carry a penalty of €15,000 (£13,050) and a year in prison. Aside from a swimming pool on the 12th arrondissement that reportedly allows nudity three evenings a week, there are no dedicated spaces for nudity.

Source: Paris nudists to get their own green space to roam in and hang out

how to take better nude self portraits

This article talks about how to take better nude self portraits and contains some helpful tips and tricks that might help you improve your photos!

Before I start I just want to point out that anybody who follows me on twitter might notice that I share a lot of nude self portraits and this article is going to outline the steps I take to capture those self portraits that many have asked me questions about how I got those shots. Well there are a number of different techniques you can use & I’ll try my best to cover them in this article.

Personally, I normally use a camera w/a tripod for my photos but if you only have a cell phone I have outlined steps for those in this as well.

Camera w/Tripod

Here are steps for using a camera with a tripod.

  • Camera w/shutter timer or wireless remote (if your camera supports it)
  • Tripod
Some Photography Gear

Canon EOS M w/remote and Manfrotto Tripod

Now that you have your equipment you need to setup your camera on a tripod and get it positioned where you want it for the photo. You will have to guesstimate whereabouts that you plan to be in the photo.

Next you need to set your timer to at least 10 seconds (or set it to use your wireless remote)

When you are ready to take the picture push the shutter button and go pose for the photo in the desired area where the camera is aimed.

If you were successful you should have a new photo of yourself nude in your birthday suit on your camera.

Self Portrait of Matt taken with Canon EOS M.

Self Portrait of Matt taken with Canon EOS M. – More like it at Twitter

Cell Phone Tips

There are many ways to take self portraits with your cell phone and I have listed several different ways below.

Use an app with a timer
Set your timer on your cell phone to 10 seconds or so and prop up your phone against something so it stands up. When ready tap the shutter button and go stand where the camera is aiming for your selfie!

Use a Selfie Stick or camera stand
Use the selfie stick to aim the camera back at yourself while keeping the stick itself out of the photo. Snap the picture. Using a phone camera stand with your timer is an alternative to the tip above.

Use your Arm
This one is pretty self explanatory. Hold your camera out away from your body with your arm. The goal here is to capture yourself while trying to keep your arm out of the photo as much as possible.

Use a mirror
I only recommend this method as a last resort as it can result in some fairly tacky results.

Hold your cell phone up in front of you with the camera turned on (flash off) and aimed into the mirror. You should be looking at your cell phone screen and seeing your reflection in the mirror on the screen.

Adjust your pose until you are happy with the image and cannot see your arm in the cell phone screen. Snap the picture.

Share your tips in the comment section and let us know if this guide was helpful!

A photographer learns that baring it all isn’t so bad

#The Naked Truth of Washington’s Clothing-Optional Park

The word “nudist” comes with some baggage. It conjures the image of sexual deviancy and a world where standard rules of ettiquette don’t apply. Jordan Stead, a staff photographer for seattlepi.com, found the contrary to be true. Nudism, or “naturism,” has a lot of rules.

Most of the etiquette at the nudist park he photographed is common sense. Don’t stare. Children must always be supervised by a parent or guardian. All members and visitors need a background check. The “take-everywhere sitting towel” is a necessity, because as the official park rules stipulate, “it’s a common practice to place something between your bare buns and any public surface you sit or lie upon

Stead first became aware of Fraternity Snoqualmie’s family nudist park when he saw a portrait by Alan Berner of the Seattle Times. Three older men, completely nude, were photographed holding volleyballs in front of their nether regions. The picture remained in Stead’s mind until April 2014, when he embarked on a photo story about the park

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interview with tim chizmar actor, comedian and producer of bare with us the movie

Tim Chizmar is a man of many talents and a true nudist. Chizmar has hosted naked comedy shows;he is an advocate for body positivity He is an on camera personality for clothes free news. He has written screenplays and acted in movies, done stand up comedy (clothed and clothes free), a true man about town. Chizmar latest project is a nudist comedy, he took time to answer a few questions about the project for CFL this week.

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Tim Chizmar nudist and man of many talents

CFL – Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions about your upcoming movie project Bare With Us. Looking at your resume you have a rich and diverse experience in show business from stand up comedy to movies how did you get started?

TC – Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to reach out to your readers. I grew up in a rough spot (as many comedians do) and thus comedy was an outlet for me to not take things too seriously. My parents are both convicted felons.. I’ll leave it at that as not to bum you out. I dabbled in theatre, ran a radio station, worked in professional wrestling, sold a screenplay, got into standup which lead to some tv/film work- my time promoting and performing in fully nude standup shows with a fully nude audience has been most rewarding and authentic to me.

CFL – It’s also clear that your are an authentic nudist tell us about your nudist journey?

TC – I’ve always felt right about nudism. Heck I was born naked, how about you? I was in college when I started modeling for art classes and realizing there was a community that thought as I do. My first resort was White Thorn Lodge in Darlington PA. Once I graduated from college with my BA I moved to sunny Southern California and discovered lots of nudist resorts and a few nude beaches, non landed clubs etc. I’m home!! My favorite places and groups are SCNA, Clothing Optional Home Network, Glen Eden Sun Club, Blacks Beach Bares, NITOC, Vita Nuda.. I could go on and on!! Plus we have a great WNBR every year!!!

CFL – By way of further introduction to our readers who may not know you. You have done a lot in terms nudism and show biz from your broadcasts on Clothes Free News to your nude comedy shows tell our readers a bit about that.

TC – It’s an authentic way to show my support for body freedom while having the chance to be silly. I say: love every body.

imageCFL – Why a movie now? What was the motivation behind Bare With Us?

TC – Corky at Clothesfree and I realized that my live standup shows are regional and this is a way to show it to fans all over the world. But only if we hit out goal!!!

CFL – The tag line for Bare With Us is “Not for the clothes-minded” a nice play on words. Is there a message you want to share through this movie?

TC – Yes the villain of the movie played by DYLAN BRODY a talented comedian that opens for David Sedaris, is a Dean trying to outlaw nudity at an Arts College. The message is in America we are pro violence and swearing but freak out about the most basic human right.. To be ourselves. Honest open real..

CFL – What do you hope folks will take away from the movie when they get to see it?

TC – That nude is an option. That you don’t have to be in your 60’s to discover nudism! Seems like nudist communities skew older because it takes us that long to realize it doesn’t matter what people think about you. Don’t live your live for other people. Try it. Live.

CFL – On your Twitter feed you mention some of the actors who will be in Bare With Us, Lahna Turner, Julianna Acosta to name a couple. How did you find actors to play the roles in the upcoming movie?

TC – Over the years of the naked comedy tours we’ve had various headliners. I took a survey of over 600 fans and cast based on their recommendations. Katie Hall and I came in tops, she has a history of having starred in the disappointing “nudist film” Act Naturally. I say disappointing because it did not embrace nudist as folks were sold on it doing at the beginning, instead it treated nudists like an Austin Powers skit with placed objects, clipboards in front of genitals, etc. this film we are shooting is authentic and not be a cash grab. I recommend seeing MASLIN BEACH as a truer nudist comedy, we will be closer to that one, Katie and I are excited to show what a real nudist film is like.

The cast of Bare with Us

The cast of Bare with Us

CFL – Why did you choose these actors? Are they nudists as well?

TC – They have performed nude on my shows. They are nudists or appreciate the cause and wish to promote it. Lahna had spent time as a photographer on a nudist project, Juliana is a proud nudist, Kevin loves the freedom, etc.

imageCFL – I noticed that the movie is also being co-produced by clothesfree.com and will be distributed though their web site. What can you tell us about this partnership?

TC – Corky and I go way back. I love his site and what it promotes. He and I share a legit vision to make the world a better place for body freedom and no shaming. Love Every Body.

CFL – You are launching a crowd funding campaign to find making the movie, can you give us some details on that?

TC – Yes- it’s fixed which means if we do not hit the minimum goal then we receive nothing, that’s to show how serious we are and that’s it’s not just a scam or something, also if we do not hit the goal we do not make the movie so we are asking people to meet us halfway. Once it’s completed we are giving it away for free to be viewed on ClothesFree.com

CFL – Is the crowd funding campaign the best way for our readers to support this project?

TC – It’s the only option! Nudists aren’t rich so we can only make it happen as a team.

CFL – I hope you will keep us updated as the project progresses maybe you’ll be a guest on our weekly podcast. Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

TC – Please share and spread the word, if you can donate a pledge that’s cool but letting like-minded folks hear about us is very helpful at this stage. Thank you again for the opportunity. ~Stay Naked

Help fund Bare with us

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bare-with-us

The Shy Nudist

Dani Okon NYU Tisch 48 Film Festival 2016
We were given 48 hours to write, edit and produce a short film including 3 mystery components revealed at the kickoff.

Are you an online nudist?

Are you Digitally Enlightened or an Online Nudist?

* Online Nudists seek out and bare everything to their online community, craving a high amount of interaction with their peers through social media.

Source:  Beta News

Curator’s note : Please read the full article to see how the term nudist is perceived and described in online setting. Also note the perception of privacy in the online environment.

New Zealand broadcaster reveals he is nudist calls on judge to do the same

Paul Henry uncovers his nudist ways

During a feedback segment on Tuesday’s show one audience member wrote in suggesting Henry tell the public why he was so passionate about the subject.

“I’m actually not passionate about it, in fact, I’m exactly the opposite,” Henry said before announcing he was a nudist.

“We know that people have huge hang-ups on nudity,” he said.

“And for me it’s no big deal, is it? It’s no big deal at all.”

Another commenter said judges needed to be transparent and should avoid situations where they left themselves vulnerable to blackmail.

“If he is a nudist, who cares, be proud of who he is. It has no reflection or consequence on how he holds up the law,” the audience member said.

Paul Henry agreed with this statement.

“I think it does a disservice to nudists that he’s hiding behind it.

“He’s been caught out, but caught out for doing nothing illegal, it’s just the way he leads his life. Just tell us who you are, judge.”

Source: The Stuff Co NZ