The issue is not being naked…it is the perception of that nakedness.
Naked with the Shamans by Freya Watson and Naked. Perfection. Celebration by Carly Mountain both discuss our relationships with out bodies. Our society gives us contradictory messages about how how our bodies should be and how we should feel about them. These messages are at odds with how our relationships with our bodies truly are. What society tells us is often in direct contrast to the reality.
We are taught as soon as we begin to become aware of our bodies that they are shameful and unclean. We are taught that certain parts of our bodies are particularly shameful and disgusting. We are brought up believing that these illusions are the truth when the truth is that in reality, there is nothing shameful or unclean about them.
It is time that we stopped perpetuating the lies of our society and our culture. No part of our bodies are inherently shameful or immoral, no part of the body is inherently unclean, obscene or a source of shame.
We need to change how our society perceives nakedness from the vilifying object of shame and disgust to the wholesome expression of our our natural state.
“I simply find myself caring about the issue less and less. It’s not a passion for being naked that draws me to nudism, but ambivalence about being clothed. For some people it may be about a thrill, or a movement, or even some sort of cause, but for me it’s just about being comfortable.” ~ Daniel Jacobs, Why Get Naked? One Young Man’s Thoughts
Once again it is Penultimate Day, a day in which I look back on the year that’s about to close. My perspective on nudism and naturism has probably undergone some subtle changes and become more ingrained into the way I live. I don’t see it as so much of a lifestyle choice as a practical choice. I can’t really put a label on it. I’ve been moving away from labels because I find them so limited and inadequate.
I haven’t been as active as a social nudist in either the virtual or real worlds. And I probably haven’t been as much as of an advocate for the nudist lifestyle as I once was. It’s not that I don’t care about naturist issues but that my energies are spread in other directions as well.
I’ve done a couple of posts about Naked Yoga. I don’t see anything special about doing yoga naked. It’s still yoga, just without clothes. Nothing about my practice changes and I approach it the same way as my clothed practice. I guess some people need to attach something special to doing something in a way that’s outside the societal norm. I do my naked yoga privately but I’d have the same approach with a group of other naked people.
Is there a “legal” right to be naked? I don’t know.I see being nude as our natural state, our default. Clothing is supplemental, a deviation, a compromise. I don’t believe there should be laws prohibiting simple nudity, regardless of the circumstances. Maybe this idea infers a right to nudity. If one is nude and engaging in illegal behavior, then prosecute for the illegal behavior, not the nudity. I don’t see that happening any time soon as we live in a fear-based society that scorns anyone who has the courage to live free. Freedom scares most people and there is a cultural bias against anything that’s truly natural.
Nudity in 2013? I’ll continue to promote the naturalness of being nude, particularly when there is no obvious need for clothing other than to concede to society’s fetish about covering our bodies. I’ll also continue to point out the absurdity and dangers of our society’s clothing compulsiveness. Western theology and culture has our relationship with nature and the natural order completely ass-backwards.
“Nudity is our ideal state, our pure state, our natural state, our default state. Clothing is always a deviation and a compromise.”
Have a naked new year.
Naked Yoga N.Y.C. by BlackNaturistUK
Good video with commentary by Isis Phoenix.
Naked Yoga is just like clothed yoga but without the clothes. One of the students stated that she felt more self-conscious and more distracted in a clothed class while in a nude class she felt more focused on the practice.
If you have a home yoga practice, I recommend doing it in the nude if at all possible. I find it adds to my practice.
We can choose to honor naturalness rather than condemn it,
for that condemnation builds a prison in our own minds
that manages to divide us from the vessels that carry us through the day.
Skin is skin and just that.
The rest of the story is a trick of the mind.
Such tricks separate us from our humanity and from our beingness,
for beneath our titles, our wealth, our geography, (ego)
that is what we all are: human beings.
After 400 years, let’s construct normalcy,
a relationship between our mind and our body that jettisons man-made
prurience, replacing it with honor, dignity, and love.
I enjoyed reading Naturist Math on the East Texas Area Naturists blog. Nothing was said that hasn’t been said before but I liked the innovative way in which it was presented.
I believe that when we are nude, we are in our natural physical state. Furthermore, I believe that when we are in our natural physical state it can aid us in achieving our natural mental and spiritual states.
Our society and our culture has long had a tendency to shun and revile that which is natural about ourselves and the world we inhabit. We seek to suppress and control nature but time and time again we see that the natural order eventually prevails. Our attempts to suppress and control natural states often cause unforeseen, and sometimes disastrous, problems. Our belief that we can dominate nature may very well be our undoing as a species.
There is nothing shameful about the human body, only in our attitude towards it. Body shame exists only in our minds, beginning in our thoughts. We all have the ability to change what we think. When we change our thoughts, we change our attitudes, our words and our actions. It all begins with a thought.
Open your mind and discard the body shame and realize that the cure is that which has been erroneously deemed the cause.
One of my favorite places in the galaxy.
If I were to give space travel a try, the Nude Beach Planet is where I’d want to go. I love Matt Groening’s treatment of casual nudity in Futurama. Who knows? Maybe in a thousand years casual nudity will be acceptable. I really hope it doesn’t take that long but maybe there is hope for the future.
I haven’t really been putting much effort into keeping up on the news and the various issues. I find it raises my blood pressure, stirs up gastric juices and adversely affects my normally pleasant disposition. Still, a few recent stories have shown up on my radar.
- Kate Middleton’s topless pictures. Yawn. They’re just breasts. Being royal breasts doesn’t make them any more interesting or newsworthy. And she was on a public beach where topfree sunbathing is the norm. No cause for excitement.
- Prince Harry’s naked buttocks. Again, yawn. Shouldn’t have been a big deal even if they may one day sit on the throne of England. It was a private party with a little strip pool. It’s not like it was a drunken orgy. We all like getting naked at parties, don’t we? Well, I do.
- Nipples in the Sears catalog. And to think that as a teenager, I thought the women’s undergarments section was hot stuff. It’s just a nipple. Most women (and men) have two of them and they’re quite harmless. I’ve never even heard of anyone having an eye poked out by one. Accept that most people have nipples and get over it.
- Nipplegate – New Yorker comic banned on Facebook for two dots representing nipples. Why the fuss over imagined nipples? If real nipples are completely harmless, then imaginary ones are even less so. FNBs under cloth are not a problem, apparently.
- A college professor breastfeeds while lecturing in “Sex, Gender and Culture” class. So what? I guess the hoopla shows that some of the students were awake and paying attention. Presumably a few were taking notes. Will this be on the final exam? When I was in college that’s all anyone cared about in a lecture.
- Go Topless Day. I support the cause but I won’t wear a bra nor will I encourage its use by anyone else. Now if we could just disassociate top freedom from the UFO thing, maybe people might take it more seriously.
- Alison Pill’s accidental topfree post on Twitter. She deleted it (after half the world had downloaded it) but at least she was cool about it. An innocent technological blooper, could have happened to anyone.
Let’s face it, nudity without a sexual context is so humdrum but people want to make it something it’s not by sexualizing it. Come to think of it sexual nudity isn’t all that exciting either. So what’s the fuss about?
Yesterday Yahoo! Sports ran an article online – Is Naked Yoga for You?. I read it and wasn’t particularly impressed so I tried to ignore it. Finally, I gave in and decided to comment and clear up a few things as many of those who commented on Yahoo! apparently didn’t understand what naked yoga (or naked anything else) is about.
Naked yoga isn’t exactly a “new” trend. I’ve been talking about it here for at least a couple of years. It’s not sexual although I’m sure you can find places that will promote the more sensual aspects of it.
Reasons to perform naked yoga
There are many good reasons to practice yoga in the nude, including the following:
- It can build self-esteem.
- It helps you to approve of and be comfortable with your body.
- It lets one feel liberated, being able to let go of life’s problems.
- It is new and exciting.
- You are not restricted by clothing.
- It may aid in enhancing intimacy while performing couples yoga at home.
Yes, it can build self-esteem and learn body acceptance but this is true of any nearly any activity done in the nude, particularly when done with a group of like-minded people.The feeling of liberation and being able to let go of life’s problems is something I get from yoga whether clothed or not and from being nude in general.
If you’ve never taken part in nude recreation or done everyday activities in the nude, then it is new and exciting. Not being restricted by clothing is a great benefit when you’re doing yoga along with many other activities where you might normally be dressed. I can’t really say anything about the last bullet but I’m sure that many couples activities done in the nude will enhance intimacy.
I often practice at home in the buff because it’s comfortable and my movements are not restricted by clothing. Being nude allows for greater awareness of how my body looks and feels in the poses and it’s much easier to check your alignment and see how the muscles are engaged without clothing in the way. I often work up a sweat during a practice and being nude allows my perspiration to evaporate naturally. Without the restrictions of clothing, elastic waistbands and such, the prana (energy) flows better.
If I could find a nude yoga class in my area, I’d certainly go at least once. I’d probably go back again if the yoga practice was good. If the atmosphere was sexual, I’d stay away. For me, attending a nude yoga class isn’t sexual nor is it about seeing people naked or having people see you naked. It’s about being comfortable in your own skin. And your drishti (focus) shouldn’t be on anyone else. Hmm, sounds a lot like nudism but with yoga. I find it a great combination. Doing yoga while naked is pretty much the same as doing any other activity in the nude.
Today is International Go Topless Day. I don’t personally know anyone who is rallying for top freedom equality. If I did, I’d totally support them though I wouldn’t wear a bra.
I think it’s a matter of equality that women should be allowed to go shirtless anywhere a man can. Despite all the gains made by the feminist and women’s movements, women are still in many ways second class citizens and treated like property. There is still a predominantly patriarchal mindset in the world which regards a woman’s breasts and reproductive system as a man’s property to do with and control as he pleases. Breasts are seen as sexual toys for a man’s pleasure and only begrudgingly allowed to be used for their naturally intended purpose of nursing children. Vaginas are also thought of as being there for the pleasure of men and to take their seed to propagate the species. This thinking is archaic and needs to change. We men need to evolve.
As an aside I think GoTopless.org and their movement for top-free equality might be taken more seriously by the public and the media if they could separate the movement from the UFO-religion thing. I don’t care that the founder/head of the organization believes in it but the movement should be a separate thing. That’s just my humble opinion.
P.S. The danger of nipple radiation is a myth. There is no scientific evidence to support this belief. However, I do realize that the unevolved men in power have never let scientific evidence (or the lack of it) stand in the way of establishing profound ignorance as public policy.