“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.