We Should All “Come Out”

Asian American Naturist

The actress Ellen Page just announced she was gay at the Human Rights Campaign conference in Las Vegas.  I applaud her for living out in the open and authentically.

That got me to thinking, we naturist need to do the same.  We will never achieve respectability or equality if we continue to hideaway in the “closet.” But there is still the stigma that nudity equals sexual activity.  A lot of non-naturists think we are a bunch of sex crazed perverts or swingers.

I have spoken to many naturists and there is a price to be paid for being open about their lifestyle.  Many naturists have jobs or responsibilities that would be compromised if they were known to be a naturist.  A few years ago, I had a conversation with Red of “Nudes in the News” at Clothes Free International.  Red told me that she was past over at work for promotions and…

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” Hippie Culture “

The Naked Truth.........

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Whether you believe naturism/social nudity has a uniquely true historical background or not, looing back you can find historical references to it or examples of it, in various eras over the past 150 years. Whether it was a lifestyle born in Germany in the latter part of the nineteenth century or whether it was crystallised through the Tolstoyan movement around about the same time. As time moves on attitudes relax and what was once frown upon suddenly seems normal and just a part of life. Attitudes changed through the 1960’s and cultures sprang up offering new ideas and new ways of living life.One such era was the 1960’s hippie culture and in this post i look at the culture that lead to many things good and bad, but which also at times for some people lead to a clothes free existence.

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The hippie (or hippy) subculture was originally a…

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My Journey In Naturism, My Journey within Myself

Asian American Naturist

Chapter One: The Awakening

Why am I a naturist? How did I become a naturist?  When was the first time I was nude at a beach or a club?  It’s hard to answer these questions.  Much of it is lost in the fog of time, or was so natural that it’s like being asked when did I first notice the sky was blue.

As far as I can recall, I’ve always been fascinated by nudity.  As a child I thought it was strange that people wore clothing.  I didn’t like wearing shoes, preferring to walk home from school barefoot.  I could recall finding my dad’s stash of Playboy magazines, looking at the pictures of the nude women, I was neither titillated or repulsed.  The nudity of those naked women seemed normal, beautiful, the most beautiful thing I ever seen.

As a teen I was drawn to being nude. …

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The “Shame” of Nakedness…

How many times have you heard something like: “Get your clothes on!“, or “Cover that nasty thing up!“, or maybe “Running around naked is just plain WRONG!“. We have all heard those statements at some time in our lives, but why? Is there something “shameful” about our bodies? Is God’s image in us, which He called “very good“, somehow “shameful“? Why are Adam and Eve described as being “naked and unashamed“, and then a few verses in that narrative later, Adam told God that “I was afraid because I was naked“? Is it really “shameful” to be “naked“? That is what our churches and society would have us believe…

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Showers and Growers

Naked Imp

The onset of winter heralds a prelonged withdrawal from naturist activities for me. I loathe the cold and despite central heating spend the winter months swathed in layers praying for spring or cowering in the hot tub. But spring has come early this year and the glorious sun of recent weeks has encouraged me to examine my summer wardrobe and dispense with my winter layers. These are exciting times.

This year I have decided to dispense with the razor. I have not downed my epilator (and never will) but I have become bored of shaving my nether regions. It’s not that I am particularly okay with displaying ‘bush’ again. I love that first day smoothness. But after that it’s all spikey and uncomfortable. So I’m trying to go for a happy medium that is tidy but doesn’t require a haircut every time I take a shower.

Even so, I’m not…

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Solving naturism’s problems, part 2: goals

Naturist Philosopher

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There are various ways to think of naturism’s situation right now. Some are more useful than others, but it’s still worthwhile to approach the situation from more than one direction. So far, we have discussed underlying problems and possible causes of these problems. (Previous relevant posts: here) Now we are going to get into a discussion of reasonable goals for naturism. It’s very important to state what our goals are, since otherwise it’s very hard to come up with effective strategies for reaching any goals. By thinking in terms of goals, we realize that we’re probably going to have to do things differently than we’ve done in the past.

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But let’s think a little more about problems first. In particular, does naturism have one big problem, or a number of smaller problems? The truth is that most of life’s major problems are just too big and unwieldy to deal…

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A Sun-Bath-Nakedness – Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

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Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Prose Works. 1892. I. Specimen Days 133. A Sun-Bath-Nakedness

Sunday, Aug. 27. Another day quite free from mark’d prostration and pain. It seems indeed as if peace and nutriment from heaven subtly filter into me as I slowly hobble down these country lanes and across fields, in the good air as I sit here in solitude with Nature open, voiceless, mystic, far removed, yet palpable, eloquent Nature. I merge myself in the scene, in the perfect day. Hovering over the clear brook-water, I am sooth’d by its soft gurgle in one place, and the hoarser murmurs of its three-foot fall in another. Come, ye disconsolate, in whom any latent eligibility is left—come get the sure virtues of creek-shore, and wood and field. Two months (July and August, ’77,) have I absorb’d them, and they begin to make a new man…

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