Does anyone have a “right” to be nude? At one time I would have said, “Absolutely!” Now I’m not quite so sure. Maybe I feel inundated by naturist evangelism and affirmations and it’s starting to sound like a lot of other presumed rights that are advocated by countless groups.
I enjoy nudity either alone or with others and I’m comfortable with it. Whenever possible, I prefer to be nude and I think of it as my natural physical state. I wish I could be nude more often, in more places, and in more social contexts. If nudists have a right to anything, it is the right to pursue our recreational and casual activities without criminal, civil, or social sanctions for simply being nude. Simple nudity causes no harm, endangers no one’s property, and does not infringe on anyone’s “rights.” Being offended is not being harmed since it’s the offended individual’s choice to be in that state and there is no “right” to not be offended.
I know acceptance isn’t going to happen any time soon, but I can hope that one day, we will evolve into a more tolerant and more enlightened society where nudity is just another clothing option.
Today Young Naturists America published Naked Yoga : A Story of Transformation by guest blogger Isis Phoenix. I’ve talked about it and discussed several articles on the subject but this is by far the best article on naked yoga I’ve read.
I would be naked in the air, at a fair, or in the square.
I would be naked on a dare or with a mare.
I would be naked here or there.
I would be naked without a care.
I would be naked anywhere.
Long, long ago, in a faraway land two friends and I were eating pizza in the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning. None of us was wearing a stitch of clothing. When I relate this story, I’m of often asked, “Why?” My answer is always, “Because we were hungry, of course.” Invariably, the response to that is, “No, why were you naked?”
At that particular time and in that particular place we didn’t see any reason to be wearing clothes. To not be naked seemed superfluous in that situation. It was simply casual nudity among friends although, admittedly, we had only known our female companion but a few hours before we shared a pizza with her. I believe making friends is easier when you’re nude, there’s one less barrier that you have to overcome.
Charlie Hebdo and Naturism ~ Stéphane Deschênes, Bare Oaks Blog
The article doesn’t so much relate naturism to the Charlie Hebdo attack as it talks about intolerance of views contrary to your own and taking offense to opinions, life choices and behaviors that you don’t embrace.
Blasphemy and offence only exist when people who consider the ideas, words or images being expressed as blasphemous and offensive. These are not universal values. What offends one person is meaningless to someone else. …
Fundamentally, we should not prevent people from saying and doing things that don’t impact the liberty of others — even if it is offensive to some. To a naturist, being nude is natural. It does not impact anyone else other than causing offence to some. …
If it does not limit someone else’s freedom, what a person says, does or wears should not be subject to restrictions just because it might offends others. Offence is very personal and should stay that way in a free and democratic society.
Stéphane Deschênes, Charlie Hebdo and Naturism, Bare Oaks Blog, 17 January 2015
Mr. Deschênes’ words echo my belief that taking offense is always a personal choice. You always have an option. You can take the perceived blasphemy, insult, or breach of social conformity and be offended. Or you could ignore it, or you can accept it. If the perceived offence doesn’t cause harm to anyone or infringe upon the rights or liberties of anyone, then what’s the big deal? No one has the right to not be offended. It doesn’t exist and the illusion that it exists is illogical. In a free and democratic society, the right to potentially offend someone actually pre-empts the illusion that they have a right not to be offended.
A conceptual view of how nipple radiation might appear were it visible, One can conceive how this radiation hitting the retinas of an average human being might disrupt the ability to think rationally.
For more information, see: Nipple Radiation
Lately, I’ve been reading some great nudist articles and blogs that I’ve found via Twitter and Facebook and rather than just add them to my blogroll, I decided it was time to go through and clear out the dead links. In my list were a lot of nudist blogs that are still on the Net but haven’t been active in a year or two. They still have some good posts and information so I grouped them together in a new category, Old Blogs.
Nudity is our default and natural state. We all entered the world in that state and we felt no shame or embarrassment as we saw our first light and took our first breath. As we grew older we learned how to feel shame and embarrassment about our bodies from our parents, our teaches, our churches, our media, and from our culture in general.
There is, however, a place deep inside each of us where we remember our innocence, our freedom, our natural state. In this place we intuitively know that any alteration to our natural state (i.e., clothing) is an aberration. Unless the addition of garments is a necessity for warmth or for protection from the elements and hazards, the choice to cover our natural state is likely either a compromise or vanity (satisfaction of the ego).
Our natural unclothed bodies are not, in and of themselves, in any way offensive, shameful, sinful, repulsive, or degrading. These adjectives are applicable only to behavior and reflect our own fears, inadequacies, and insecurities. Using them to shame or degrade a fellow human being is an attempt to project our fears, insecurities, inadequacies, prejudices, and our ignorance upon others. The shaming of others is a reflection of the shame we feel toward ourselves.