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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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Naked Time

I enjoyed some extended naked time today. I had a naked lunch, watched a couple of films on Netflix and did some reading. Why do I enjoy my naked time? I believe that it’s because I simply enjoy the comfort of being nude. Other factors such as the feeling of freedom, the physical and mental health benefits, and a form of rebellion against a repressive and prudish society are secondary. For me, it’s definitely about the comfort I feel when in my natural state.

No One Can Explain Nudism

No one can really explain nudism (via http://zjuzdme.org)

Trust me. You can talk until you’re blue in the face, or any other colour you fancy, but it’s just as easy to explain how wonderful it is to walk around nude and carefree as it is to explain how an orange tastes to someone who’s never seen or…

Continue reading No One Can Explain Nudism

Celebrity nudity

Nudism/Naturism and the Jennifer Aniston Story by Jillian Page is one of the few articles I’ve seen recently on the topic celebrity nudism that reflects my own thoughts on the subject — what’s the big deal? If an actress or an actor is a nudist, a naturists, or just likes to relax in the buff, so what? Do we really need formal celebrity endorsement of nudism? Does the revelation that a celebrity gets naked normalize our lifestyle in they eyes of the public?

People expect our celebrity gods and goddesses to live on the edge of or even a little outside social norms. We expect them to be a little different. The idea that they actually do mundane, normal stuff that we do is terribly unexciting. We want live vicariously through them while pretending to be outraged by their behavior.

If Jennifer Aniston likes to be naked, I’m okay with that, as long as I am free to be naked too.

Sharing your naturism

I saw in the latest edition of the AANR Bulletin (August 2013) that AANR and TNS have teamed up to develop a “Sharing Your Naturism Program” which will provide nudists and naturists with instructional materials to help them open up about their nudism and share their nudist experiences with non-nudists. This is an idea that has been too long in coming. I brought up the idea back in July 2009 in Presenting Naturism. It’s about time the national organizations got together and began providing information to help their members advocate and promote nudism and naturism. It’s a start. We need to become more articulate and get better at promoting ourselves and our way of life.

Naked

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.

The People I Want To See Naked

The People I Want To See Naked by Chelsea Fagan

I found it to be a positive article, promoting the idea body acceptance and denouncing our culture’s ideas of beauty and whose nudity is and isn’t acceptable. However, I do take issue with one statement she made.

I like nudity. I don’t always enjoy it in an erotic way, but I almost universally enjoy seeing it. (Provided that it is consensual and adult, of course.)

Limiting nudism to only consenting adults makes it an “adult” activity which can be a slippery slope leading to the kind of sexuality and eroticism that nudists have long been trying expunge from how the public views nudism. Our national organizations (AANR and TNS) work hard to promote nudism and nude recreation as a family lifestyle. There is little or no data that shows that nudity or exposure to adult nudity is in any way harmful to children. Most of the evidence that’s out there shows otherwise, that casual, non-sexual nudity is actually beneficial in terms of positive body image and lower instances of sexual problems among young people raised in a nudist environment.

Perhaps I’m misinterpreting or not fully understanding her intent but her use of the “consensual” caveat does not sit well with me. In most situations where there would nudity is likely to occur, there is at least implied consent. Some examples might be a nudist venue, a nude beach, a locker room, a nudist home, or anywhere else nudity could reasonably be expected. A public event such as the World Naked Bike Ride would also be a case of implied consent as anyone attending either as a participant or a spectator can reasonably expect there to be nudity.

I want this because we have come so far from what is, at the end of the day, our most natural state. I want it because none of us should look at our own bodies and think that they are deeply unloveable, or nothing that anyone would ever want to see, or all that we are good for. I don’t want some girls to feel that they are uniquely sexual while others feel that they will never be seen as erotic. I don’t want us to scoff at a Playboy model’s thoughts on politics simply because we have seen her vagina. Because none of this matters. Our bodies are a mode of transport for our personalities and intelligence and collective memory. They are as malleable and as subject to change as any other physical entity in this world. And they are not who we are. Being naked should be beautiful, and liberating, and a state in which we all feel represented — not something that most of us hide away because we assume that being natural is something reserved for a certain caste of beautiful people.

I’m in full agreement with her closing paragraph. Nudity is our natural and default state. There is no inherent shame in our bodies. The only shame is that which we attach to our own. Nudity is not reserved solely for just for those deemed beautiful by society (and popular media). Everyone can benefit from being nude and and find enjoyment in it. If you don’t want to see me naked then don’t look. But consider that your disgust is very likely a reflection of your own self image. Why don’t you want to see yourself naked?

Those who say, “I don’t want to see so-and-so or that kind of person naked” miss the point. Nudism is not about seeing anyone naked nor is it about being seen naked. It’s simply about being naked and enjoying the benefits derived from being naked and doing so among others who feel the same way.

Care to Join Me?

Penultimate Day, 2012

“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 NYC (video)


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.

Added 11/14/12:

Naturist Math - East Texas Area Naturists

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.