The PR Problem: Comments from the Peanut Gallery

Comments from The Peanut GalleryThe other week (okay, it’s been nearly two months… I’m sorry!) I was asked why I hadn’t commented on this post: Naturism and Nudism have a PR Problem. Frankly, I really thought I had nothing more to add to the comments. Then I was asked if I would write another piece for CFL (doesn’t anyone else feel like an efficient light bulb when they type that? No? Just me? Okay) and I thought, “How opportunistic!”

Houston...We have aproblem.Right there in the first paragraph is reason numero uno why I refrained from calling myself a nudist: “the term has become associated with sexual nudity”. If I declared myself even a casual nudist, I knew I was going to have all of the “pornmongers, pervs and sex trolls” coming out of the woodwork. Why? Because even with my clothes on I’d had enough issues with people of that ilk. Were I to burn my bra, so to speak, I would be tossing my hat in the internet ring of Open Season on ALL THINGS SEX ALL THE TIME!

So, what did I do? I did what any self-respecting model, who models nude and thinks she’s pretty clever does: I called myself the “Accidental Nudist“. I’m still proud of that; don’t hate me.

But, I can hear you all asking, “What actually happened?”

Where are the boobs-!On Facebook, I received messages from a few moon-eyed admirers. Some turned sour when their advances were spurned.

On my own website? New followers unsubscribed just as quickly as they had signed up because I wasn’t flooding their inboxes or reader pages with my nude images.

My Instagram? Not as much action, but I know they are there… just waiting for a nude to show up. Sorry, you’re more likely to see photos of adult beverages, flowers, honeybees, and Cedric the Roaming Gnome.

On Twitter? Well Lovelies, that is where I got more new followers than I could count who were tweeting and retweeting every photo of tits and ass, cock and balls, or even all four together (literally) with the hashtags “Naturism/#Nudist and every derivative thereof that were blatantly NOT naturist or nudist in nature. It was porn. So I reported… and I blocked.

Also, I’m pretty sure I got at least one stalker out of the deal. Super Fun!! (No, not fun.)

“But Sarah, you’ve been on nude cruises and ‘nakations’! Surely they are events to make Bacchus proud!”

Yes. Yes I have. No, no they aren’t (at least not that I’ve seen). My eyes were opened to the wide world of naturism/nudism, and just like the textile world, while there are some bad apples in the barrels, most of them are good. On nude cruises and nakations there are people from every walk of life. They also come in every size, shape, color (some more than one thanks to tattoos), and often with extra hardware (piercings… I’ve seen a LOT of piercings). While there are people who enjoy swinging or casual sex who are on the look out for other like-minded, consenting adults, the vast majority of folks are people who just want to sun their buns, relax without clothes, meet friends old and new, and not think too much about the rest of the world. Through both venues, Mr. Muse and I, made some great, long-lasting friendships.

So, it’s not ALL THINGS SEX ALL THE TIME?

It’s not ALL THINGS SEX ALL THE TIME in the textile world so why would it be in the  naturism/nudism world just because there aren’t clothes? That’s just silly to think so.

So, how do you get western culture to see that being sans clothes isn’t just about free love? Well, the original article covers those steps well; if you’ve not read it yet, I encourage you to do so. Does it mean that as a naturist/nudist, even an accidental one, that you absolutely must stop posting nude photos of yourself? No. You should, however, be conscious that posting photos of just your genitals or breasts perpetuates the reduction of the body, your body, to an object. You’ve effectively dehumanized yourself.

The fact that photos of that variety are of anatomy seen in Western culture as sexual does nothing to break down the stereotypes, only to keep them going. (Can’t show your face but want to show you’re proud to be a nudist? Get creative! Take an image from the side or the back where you’re not looking at the camera.)

It means that you need to divest yourself of the naivety that is held so dear about body freedom and invest yourself in creating an environment, a culture, a society, a group, that is beneficial to your beliefs and a reflection of the reality that being without clothes does not equate a lifestyle of overactive hormones and imaginations. It’s great that you believe and know that naturism/nudism isn’t all about sex, but a good portion of society does not. Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Are you against using the terms “nudist” and “naturist” as identifiers for people who are only looking to pop their weasels? Then enforce that belief! Don’t condone by silence. Don’t just “follow back because they followed [you] first”! Report. Block. Publish that they are “porn mongers, pervs and sex trolls”. I do.

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The Amusing Muse lives in Southern Wisconsin with her husband, Mr. Muse, along with their menagerie of livestock and pets. She has had images appear in print and online for ISLANDS and N magazines and has written articles for both Clothes Free Life, AANR, and N magazine. She is an online extrovert and an in-person chameleon confusing people and making them wonder if she’s really an introvert or not. 

 

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Redeeming Nakedness via Fig Leaf Forum

Nudity is now found just about everywhere in our culture, due chiefly, I believe, to the powerful and pervasive influence of Madison Avenue and Hollywood. They have made nudity an integral part of much of what they produce for viewing by society at large. Partial nudity (usually very provocative) is often present in advertising. Complete nudity is no longer a surprise at the movie theater. The nudity of soft- and hard-core pornography is finding more and more public acceptance. Nudity is even becoming a part of highly rated television dramas. Whether it’s welcomed or not, nudity has become a fast-growing component of our culture. It’s becoming so commonplace that I think it can now rightly be called a “convention” of our society.

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Private Nudism vs. Public Nudism via Turning the Page Montreal Gazette

Still, despite all I have researched and written about this subject, I’m not quite sure about the benefits of public nudism, i.e. with absolute strangers. I’d love to hear from my readers about this particular angle: What are the benefits to you of nudism in public settings with other like-minded people? Is it a social thing for you? Or might it be simply a matter of convenience, i.e. you want to do it outdoors and have no other options but nudist resorts and beaches and pools?

 Public vs private

5 Ways to help your spouse embrace social nudism – National Nudist Culture | Examiner.com

Social nudism has come a long way in the last five years. Celebrities and athletes are now posing in the buff for magazine covers and nudity has become main stream. At least, for some of us it has. When a person is married to a nudist who enjoys being socially nude, problems in the relationship can surface-if they themselves aren’t comfortable being nude in public.

Nudists are usually up front, right away, about their lifestyle preferences; but occasionally people realize later in life that they want to live sans textiles. That could be a deal breaker for some couples. Here are five ways to make the transition easier…

via 5 Ways to help your spouse embrace social nudism – National Nudist Culture | Examiner.com.