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"Body shame originates in our minds with our thoughts and perceptions. Neither our religion nor our culture makes us ashamed of our bodies, only our belief that we should be ashamed. Shame comes from our own thoughts which we have the power to change. If we perceive no shame then there is none. No one can make you feel ashamed without your permission."
Rick Romig

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"Body shame originates in our minds with our thoughts and perceptions. Neither our religion nor our culture makes us ashamed of our bodies, only our belief that we should be ashamed. Shame comes from our own thoughts which we have the power to change. If we perceive no shame then there is none. No one can make you feel ashamed without your permission."
Rick Romig

Changing priorities

My ideas about naturism as well as my participation have gone through many transitions and evolutions over the past decade. Although I probably fit into the demographic profile of the average  AANR or TNS member, it’s not a comfortable fit. It’s been at least five or six years since I’ve been to a nudist park or otherwise actively taken part in social nudism. I’ll make tentative plans to visit one the three nearby clubs but the plans always fall through because I have other commitments or things that need to be done. Nude recreation isn’t really a high priority.

There was a time when I actively participated in a number of nudist/naturist forums and sites but at some point my participation and interest in the began to fade. Maybe I grew weary of hearing the same discussions and arguments ad infinitum. It seemed rare that I saw anything new in them. Even my postings on my own blog grew fewer and further apart. I still post occasionally when the inspiration hits or I feel to need to comment on something I’ve read that’s pertinent.

I’m still a naturist, though not necessarily in the common usage of the word. My focus as a naturist isn’t being nude in natural (outdoor) settings although that’s great too. I enjoy nude hiking and being naked in nature. My naturism is more about getting in touch with my own true nature. When I’m nude, I am in my natural physical state. I came into this world nude, not clothed, so nudity is my default physical state. Clothing is an addition to what already exists and I generally consider it an aberration. I guess I’m a conscientious objector in our war on what is natural about ourselves. (My take on humanity’s war on nature is a discourse all its own.)

I won’t go so far as to say that anyone has an inalienable right to be nude but I feel that there should be no criminal penalty or legal sanctions for simply being nude or having any part of one’s body uncovered. If there is otherwise illegal activity or behavior that occurs while one is nude, then enforce criminal and legal sanctions for that activity or behavior, not the nudity.

Possibly offending someone is not, in and of itself, a criminal act. Taking offense is a personal choice. And there is no right to not be offended. If anything, my right to potentially offend someone trumps their imagined right to not be offended.

Why shouldn’t I be able to tend my garden, check my mail, or take out my trash in whatever clothing option I feel is appropriate? Why should I have to make sure my blinds are closed or my curtains are drawn in order to be nude in the privacy of my own home?

To be nude is natural and being nude is a fundamental expression of one’s personal freedom. Personal freedom is in short supply these days and we should grab every opportunity to express it.

Back to the original topic. I’m undergoing another transition, both in my personal life and in my relationship to naturism. My participation in organized nudism has become less and less of a priority. While I think that AANR and TNS play an important role in representing nudists and their interests and that my annual membership dues are a good value, I’m evaluating many, if not all, of my memberships and subscriptions and cutting back or eliminating many of them. Sorry, AANR and TNS. Keep up the good work and perhaps one day I’ll join again.

My nude agenda (or lack thereof)

There is no right way or wrong way in spite of what various groups try to convince us. If there is a right way, it is decided on a personal level of one person. Any attempt to control others in terms of wearing or not wearing clothing is the real issue. Simple nudity that is simply being present in the world, is not the real threat that so many worry about. Rather, it is the issue that the nudity has control objectives that are aimed at others – a sexual agenda or other power agenda. One has to examine one’s motive for reacting to the nudity of another person, or one’s own nudity. Therein lays the answers.
Robert G. Longpré, Naturist Lens: The Problem of Trying to Control Others

Simple, casual nudity on my part poses no actual threat to anyone nor does it infringe on anyone’s rights. If people feel threatened or offended by my nakedness, it’s likely due to insecurities and feelings of inadequacy within their own selves. I have a pretty good understanding of my motives for wanting to be naked but you have to examine your motives for your reaction to it.

If I have any kind of agenda in being naked, it’s to enjoy personal freedom, to feel secure and comfortable in my own skin, and to be at peace with my natural state. My nudity has no other agendas; it’s not about sex or power. I’m not trying to control you or convince you that you should be naked although I’d certainly encourage you to experience it for yourself. If I can be comfortable wearing clothes why shouldn’t you at least make an honest attempt at being comfortable without them. Clothing is not natural. To be nude is to be in our natural state, our default state. Clothing is an aberration of our natural state. It may sometimes be necessary but it’s always an aberration.

Nude Bucket List (kinda short)

Yesterday I read a couple of blog posts talking abouts things the authors would like to do in the nude before they die. I’ve probably made such a list at some point but I’ve probably forgotten most of what was on the list. Priorities have changed. To be able to freely live a nude lifestyle without judgment and sanctions is more important than checking off a list of nude activities just to say I’ve done them.

However, given the reality that I don’t live in a society in which I can freely exercise the option to be nude with impunity, I do have one item on my nude bucket list, to take, at least annually, a nude vacation. I’m not talking about a nude cruise or a visit to a nude resort in some exotic location although those would undoubtedly be great experiences. My idea of a nude vacation might not necessarily be to a naturist camp or park. My nude vacation would be somewhere a bit removed from civilization in general, a place where I could be in my natural unclothed state for the duration of my stay, a place where I would be in my natural state amidst natural surroundings.

Nude recreation is all well and good but as promoted by our national nudist organizations, leaves me wanting for something more substantial. What I’m looking for in a nude vacation is nude solitude in which I could sleep, hike, skinny-dip, sunbathe, meditate, practice yoga, write, or whatever. A vacation in which I could completely relax, where I wouldn’t beholden to any schedule. To me, a nude vacation would be time spent undoing the damage incurred by “civilized” society. A retreat such as this should be at least an annual or semi-annual excursion.

Yes, I need to look into this, even if it’s only a weekend or a few days.

Not Gonna Pay It

Earlier this week I Received a ransom note from the cyber-terrorist who hacked the Nudist Clubhouse site. It included a sampling of posts I’d made on the site.

For a mere .02 bitcoins, which I understand is about $6, he promises to remove my data that he stole from the Nudist Clubhouse server from his system. If I don’t pay (and I have no intention of doing so), he said he will send my information and my posts out to some 400,000 email addresses he has in his database.

So he sends my posts and pictures to 400,000 people around the world who probably don’t know me or even give a shit that I get naked. I’ve been public about my nudism and my naturist activities for years. Any pictures I may have had on the site have also been posted elsewhere.

I’m sure that whatever data this guy has is rather old as I haven’t been active on Nudist Clubhouse in several years. I had a premier membership for a short time but gave it up when I discovered that its limited benefits didn’t seem to justify the cost.

YNA: Open Letter to the INF

I read with interest Stéphane Deschênes’ following his resignation from the INF’s Central Committee. I’ve followed Mr. Deschênes since I took an active interest in naturism and have been greatly influenced by his ideas on naturism.

In his letter, he lists several reasons why the INF needs to exist and then makes several recommendations to them. Most of the recommendations are pertinent to what he believes the INF should be doing to support the national naturist federations and organizations. I’m in general agreement and won’t expound on most of them.

However, his first recommendation, I believe concerns all naturist organizations and their members, indeed, all naturists.

1. Naturism as an Ideology or Philosophy

The INF-FNI needs to remember that naturism is an ideology or philosophy, not an activity. While events, clubs and resorts where naturism happens should be supported, the INF-FNI should be more focused on promoting naturism itself.

Like Stéphane Deschênes, I view naturism as more than an activity for summer weekends.  I see naturism as a philosophy and a lifestyle that I try to incorporate into my life as much as possible along with other interests and philosophies. For me, it’s an attitude and a perspective. I feel that nudism and naturism have gotten away from their roots as a healthy way of life and moved almost exclusively toward being primarily a recreational activity. Our largest national organization is the American Association for Nude Recreation and the motto of The Naturist Society is “Body acceptance is the goal, nude recreation is the way.”

In his letter’s introduction, he says, “The INF-FNI does many things simply because of tradition.” I think that may also be applied to AANR and TNS. Many of their members are older and set in their ways. While they enjoy lounging by the pool or playing shuffleboard and pétanque, it’s of little interest to younger nudists. Like anything else, only those who can adapt to change survive the change. Over the past few years I’ve noticed that nudist organizations and clubs have been slow to adapt to changes in technology (i.e., the Web and social media) and to changes that would attract new members.

I can hope that the INF and other naturist organizations can adapt to change so they can be of service to a new generation of nudists and naturists.

Commando in February

How marvelous it is to go commando in Ohio in February. When the temperature is in the mid-sixties I usually take advantage of the opportunity. When temperatures are warm enough to permit full nudity I’m frustrated that society is not enlightened enough to permit it as well.

Nudity is our natural state, our default state of being. We are born naked and, almost immediately, we are covered in fabric and from that moment on, most of us will be taught that we must be covered at all times with only certain, clearly defined exceptions. Most will never know the joy and freedom of being nude or, for that matter, even realize that it’s even an option.

Ever since man decided that civilization was a good idea, he was been in a constant state of warfare with nature and all that is natural. Man has separated himself from nature even though, despite his vehement denials, he is very much a part of nature. Through the process of becoming civilized we have convinced ourselves that we are separate from nature and somehow above it. Nature is something that must be tamed, controlled, and conquered. We have even extended our war on nature to ourselves, waging war against all that is natural about ourselves and the natural processes that affect us all. We repress our natural inclinations and our instincts. Those we can’t repress we attempt to modify or bend it to conform to our will or to society’s expectations. Our bodies, our minds, and our souls have become our mortal enemies in a fight to the death which we will eventually lose.

Can’t we have a harmonious mix of civilization and nature? Can’t we accept what is natural about us and recognize that we are all connected to one another and to nature? We will ultimately lose the war against nature. The Earth was around billions of years before Man walked upon it and will be around billions of years after there is no longer any trace that Mankind ever existed. The Earth continues evolve in spite of our efforts to conquer it. Extinction is the rule rather than the exception. All dominant species that came before are now extinct. We will eventually become extinct and some other species will become dominant. Perhaps we will have the distinction of being the first species to actively contribute to and be the cause of our own extinction.

Hiding in the Shadows of Fear

Hiding in the Shadows of Fear

I am lucky in comparison to so many who are trapped in their workspaces and living spaces by the weather. I remember looking out on sunny winter days when the temperature was harsh, longing for a bit of freedom to escape au naturel into the world.

At least I was clothing free in my home. The same can’t be said for so many who are trapped in their clothing, trapped by their minds that have embraced fear, or false norms of what it is to be a human. Some are so imprisoned that they even hide from themselves, denying themselves as though that would somehow grant them entry into some afterworld of pure light where everyone who makes it is swaddled in layers and layers of robes singing the praises of a god who has condemned most of humanity to eternal suffering. So, they practice being sexless, subservient denying the gift of their mind and their body and their gender and their instincts.

If one assumes there is a god, then that god created these human bodies, naked. He or she created bodies and minds and instincts. We have a story of that creation and in that story we are celebrated in our nudity. Our rejection of that nudity got us tossed out of that Garden, a paradise. So we created a different paradise based on our initial rejection of the Garden, a paradise where there is no way to differentiate gender, no temptation of body, no temptation by environment – we have a featureless paradise that is more cocoon that reward for living a good life. And then we redefine a good life to be one that is lived in fear and swallowed pride and anger where “self” is denied, where the “present” is denied.

And so we hide feeling empty, longing for freedom yet terrified that to engage fully in the world will damn us for eternity. We fear our god, we fear, we cower, we hide.

Robert G. Longpré

So many people are trapped and imprisoned in their clothes, their minds, their identities, their beliefs, their ideologies, and the other prisons we create for ourselves. Most have never really known freedom, true freedom – freedom from fear, freedom from the illusions we carry around in our heads.

Penultimate Day 2015

It’s the penultimate day of 2015 and as good an opportunity to reflect on the past year as any. I was not spectacularly active in naturism  during the past year. Indeed, I was probably conspicuously absent from it. I don’t think I’ve been to a naturist event or venue in at least four years. The only place I’ve been nude is at home and not often enough. If it means anything, I did renew my AANR and TNS memberships so I’m at least a card-carrying nudist. I’d like to be nude more often, in more places, with more people but it hasn’t been a big priority.

With my impending retirement form the active workforce, I might have more time to visit nearby venues (there’s nothing local) but with my income more limited, it’s not likely to be a regular or spontaneous thing,

I”m not sure I’m as interested in nudism/naturism as a cause or even a lifestyle as I am in the idea that displaying the human body should be free of sanctions and repercussions. Nudity is our default state and we should embrace it and celebrate it when possible. I know it’s a Utopian pipe dream but it’s a blissful one. I’m so sick and tired of the repression of everything that is natural.

 

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Naked and Happy: Nudity is a complete and normal state

Nudity is a complete and normal state describes how being nude is a natural state but how being a naturist in a textile world is a journey. I certainly agree.

nudity is a natural state. Shame of nudity is a learned behavior. Nudity equals sex is a taught equation, and for many religions, sex is bad, therefore nudity is bad. I believe sex is good, and nudity is good too, although nudity and sex are two different things. We need to deconstruct those beliefs, but it’s worth it, because nudism is just a wonderful natural state. When you start being nude at home, at the beach, or in nature, you do not think any more about it. You are just who you are, naked.