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Is going topless legal on the Blue Ridge Parkway, like on a really hot weekend?
Imagine taking the family, including some pre-teens, on a lovely spring hike atop Craggy Pinnacle on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

You drive about 20 miles northeast of Asheville, climb through rhododendron tunnels and past giant rocks. You are breathless with excitement to see one of the prettiest summit sights in Western North Carolina, which sweeps across the rippling Blue Ridge Mountains.

When you get to 5,892-foot-high summit, you get an eyeful, all right.

But it’s not the kind the kids were expecting.

Hikers take in the view at the summit of the Craggy Pinnacle trail, Friday, June 15, 2018.
Hikers take in the view at the summit of the Craggy Pinnacle trail, Friday, June 15, 2018. Matt Burkhartt/mburkhartt@citize

A reader recently reported she was on just such a hike recently, enjoying the 360-degree view, when a man and woman, perhaps boyfriend and girlfriend, were taking the obligatory stand-on-the-wall photos.

The woman went a step further – maybe wanting the full-on effect of nature’s cool breeze? – and took off her top and bra.

She proceeded to pose, wiggle and wave her arms in the air for photos while the unsuspecting family watched in disbelief.

So, was the fresh-air flasher breaking the law?

Technically, no.

Was it tacky? This outdoors reporter thinks, yes. Asheville might be the “Paris of the South,” but our mountaintops are not the French Riviera, folks.

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Source: Asheville Citizen Times

Original publication May 25, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 1st June 2019

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The 7 beaches in Sussex where you can sunbathe totally naked
There are a handful of nudist beaches scattered across Sussex that you can enjoy while stripped off

It’s not long until summer finally arrives for 2019 in Sussex.

And while it means the potential for long days out on the beach it also means nudists from all over the country could soon be getting their kit off on our beaches after the popular spots were unearthed on a website.

The site, walkingclub.org, lists dozens of nudist beaches across the country – including seven in East and West Sussex.

IRENE ON THE BRIGHTON NUDIST BEACH WITH JANE RIDLEY
IRENE ON THE BRIGHTON NUDIST BEACH WITH JANE RIDLEY

There are a handful of nudist beaches scattered across Sussex that you can enjoy while stripped off.

But be warned – while some of the beaches are well established (and some of them are just for those in the know) there are often a number of local rules and regulations in place.

Prosecutors say naturists shouldn’t be targeted unless they are involved in an offence other than public nudity.

They say a balance needs to be struck between the naturist’s right to freedom of expression and the right of the wider public to be protected from harassment, alarm and distress.

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Source: KentLive

Original publication 25 MAY 2019

Posted on NatCorn 31st May 2019

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How I got naked in front of strangers at the nation’s second-oldest nudist resort in Littleton
Littleton’s Mountain Air Ranch is a nudist resort with a relaxed, community-oriented vibe

Here’s how I got naked in front of strangers: First, I drove down U.S. Highway 285 to the North Turkey Creek Road turn-off, where I followed globs of evergreens to a snaking dirt road that led to Littleton’s Mountain Air Ranch, the nation’s second-oldest nudist resort.

I entered a key code to raise the gate, headed to my room, stripped down, nervously walked to the clubhouse and voila — naked in front of strangers.

A swimming pool at Mountain Air Ranch, a nudist resort near Denver Colorado.
A swimming pool at Mountain Air Ranch, a nudist resort near Denver Colorado. Mountain Air Ranch

Now why I got naked in front of strangers, that’s a little harder to explain.

The Mountain Air Ranch bills itself as a family nudist resort. It was founded in 1935 for the purpose of Social Nudity, which means that you can be naked in a relatively public setting without infringing upon the privacy of others who don’t want to see your bits. Today it’s home to 20 full-time residents and more than 500 year-round members, many of whom stay on the grounds in RVs and pop-ups. There are rooms for rent, though, like the one in the tri-level, 80s-era, suburban-style home I rented one night in April.

This is not something I normally do. I’ve never been to a nudist resort, and my anxiety over partaking was as high as yours probably is thinking about getting naked in public. Still, I wanted to do it. I’ve always been curious about this lifestyle, envious of the care-free attitudes that I assumed nudists possessed. As a constantly-worrying neurotic, that sort of liberation appealed to me, the way that we grown-ups romanticize and covet the innocence of childhood.

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Source: The Know

Original publication May 22, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 30th May 2019

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Sussex nudists enjoy days out, country walks and yoga classes in the buff
For a growing number of people in Sussex being naked is simply more comfortable and allows them to enjoy a sense of freedom. While the majority would be embarrassed to bare all on a country walk, naturists are now organising a range of activities across the county and it doesn’t stop at nudist beaches and swims.

From naked yoga, hikes across the Sussex and Kent countryside, ten pin bowling, cream teas, meals out and trips to art galleries – it seems naturists are enjoying all sorts of ordinary activities in the buff.

Every Sunday, people drive from Horsham, Crawley, Tonbridge and Rye to the Edwardian Motcombe Swimming Pool in Eastbourne to enjoy a weekly naturist swim which has been running for 35 years.

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Naked yoga Alan Peill SUS-190523-155614001

Philip Baker from the group said, “The pool and naturism date from the same period and both were considered modern, healthy activities at the time.

“We use the term naturist rather than naked for our swim to emphasise that this is not a hedonistic, but a natural activity.

“Our ethos is respect both for ourselves and others, regardless of shape, age, gender, size, colour, or disability.

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Source: Eastbourne Herald

Original publication 23 May 2019

Posted on NatCorn 29th May 2019

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My Label and Me: I’m new to the nudist lifestyle but I’ve never felt more free
I am a nudist and proud of it.

On 8 July 2018 I had a decision to make: go to a pool party or stay home alone. I think most of us would prefer the pool party, but there was a catch – I would have to be nude.

When I was younger I desperately wanted to be nude as it would allow me to be open and free, but it was not accepted by people I knew and I therefore I didn’t have the courage to step out.

By choosing to attend the nude pool party, I made a life changing decision. I chose to be confident and believe in myself. As a result I have realised I do not care what detractors might think of me.

The Central Florida Naturists define a nudist as ‘a person who is strong, confident, open, honest and free.

‘A person who enjoys being naked as often as possible. A person who loves, respects and appreciates their bodies as well as the bodies of others.

I am a nudist and proud of it
I am a nudist and proud of it Anthony Mair/Metro.co.uk

‘A person who knows all bodies are beautiful, no matter what their size, shape, or gender.’

Given this awesome definition, I can’t think of a reason for clothing.

When I first attended these nudist groups, I felt the people there tended to stand out because they were so unique.

I didn’t realise what I was picking up on was the huge confidence the attendees had in themselves.

But this confidence is not manifested in egoism, in fact I discovered that many are loving individuals who look at the inner self of others.

Nudists are used to looking past your outer shell and they speak to you as if you are just another good person.

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Source: Metro

Original publication 23 May 2019

Posted on NatCorn 28th May 2019

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Nudity and religion
Religion in (my) school

Religion keeps confusing me. I know I’ve been at this before, but it is something so incomprehensible to me that I want to address it again.

When I was 15 or 16, which is quite a while ago, I made sure the catholic church removed me from their subscription list. I’d gotten into arguments with the priest who, in school, taught religion and got thrown out of the classroom quite often ‘for asking the wrong questions’. Even at that age I was aware that, if someone who is supposed to be a professional at his job (priest is a job, right?) and he can’t answer the most obvious of questions, then there’s something wrong with the background of his job.

It was around that time that I discovered nudism (as it was still called back then). That was the straw that broke the religious camel’s back: I asked the priest why Adam and Eve had decided to put on clothes when being naked was so much more comfortable.

This was the result, as it were. Words like ‘insolent’ and ‘blasphemy’ (that last one threw me, still does) were the last ones from the priest before I left that class forever.

The library was my friend after that.

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Source: Zjuzdme

Original publication May 22, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 27th May 2019

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Almost 200 swimmers take the plunge in Cornwall charity skinny dip
Dozens of skinny dippers braved chilly sea temperatures

Nearly 200 skinny dippers braved chilly sea temperatures as they stripped off and bared all for charity.

The event, in aid of the mental health charity Mind, was held at Summerleaze Beach in Bude on Sunday morning.

Brave dippers
Brave dippers

Organiser Ruth Hunt was inspired by the work of the North East skinny dip – an established annual event now in its seventh year which has raised over £40,000 for Mind.

Teacher Ruth said she spends time simply listening to children who come to her with their troubles and sees first-hand how the pressures of modern day life are affecting the well-being of children and young people as well as adults.

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 19 MAY 2019

Posted on NatCorn 26th May 2019

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Naked Gardening Day — really, it’s a thing
World Naked Gardening Day, on the other hand, is celebrated on the first Saturday of May

Contrary to popular belief, Mother’s Day was not invented by a worldwide conspiracy of florists and confectioners. It grew from the desire of one Anna Jarvis to honour the memory of her own mother, and was first celebrated in 1908 although it was not proclaimed an American national holiday until 1914, thereafter spreading around the world to be celebrated generally on the second Sunday in May.

Apples aren’t the only things to take on a rosy blush on World Naked Gardening Day
Apples aren’t the only things to take on a rosy blush on World Naked Gardening Day

World Naked Gardening Day, on the other hand, is celebrated on the first Saturday of May and is the creation (naturally) of two men, Mark Storey and Jacob Gabriel, who founded the Body Freedom Collaborative in 2005 to promote a day for gardening au naturel. Boys will be boys, but this intended prank took off when it was endorsed by various nudist organizations. This year we evidently celebrated the fourteenth annual Naked Gardening Day. I am tempted to assume that it is being secretly promoted by sunscreen and insect repellent producers.

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Source: Cowichan Valley Citizen

Original publication May. 16, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 25th May 2019

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Naked is normal. The revolution of female nudity
The nude female body has been restricted by social conditioning throughout history.

Social rules have always determined the perception of the nude female body. Earlier this year, Playboy published the slogan “Nude is normal” on the cover of his iconic erotic magazine. The omnipresence of nudity in our digital era was previously the reason why editor Cory Jones stopped publishing nude photos in the magazine in October 2015. Creative director Cooper Hefner declared in February 2017 on Playboy social networks that the company will resume its publication of nudes. According to Hefner, “nudity was never the problem because nudity is not a problem. Today we recover our identity and affirm who we are “. The discussion around the nude female body and its relationship with eroticism is ongoing. The female form has been represented and seen for centuries, but is rarely accepted. Let’s take a look at the perception of the feminine form in recent years.

In the prehistoric era, it is presumed that the representation of the female body had a cultural and spiritual purpose. Some of the early gadgets that represented the female body were small clay shapes of the bodies of fat women, also known as Venus figurines. These figurines would guarantee fertility or encourage people to have sex. This spiritual meaning of the nude female form is evident in different religions in which eroticism and body are associated with divine powers. Think of the frescoes in the Roman Catholic Church of deceased angels or the Greek goddesses.

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Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 05/17/2019

Posted on NatCorn 24th May 2019

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Thousands fight to stop Soho’s iconic nudist-friendly Coach & Horses pub being taken over
Regulars fear their beloved boozer will become a ‘soulless chain outfit’

The landlord of Soho ’s nudist-friendly Coach & Horses pub says he feels “overwhelmed” after nearly 15,000 people signed a petition calling for it to be ‘saved’.

Pub company, Fuller’s, looks set to take over management of the historic boozer, known for becoming London’s first all-vegetarian and vegan pub.

A Coach & Horses punter poses for the pub's recent naked charity calendar
A Coach & Horses punter poses for the pub’s recent naked charity calendar Coach & Horses

Since opening in 1847, it has been a haunt for Spectator and Private Eye journalists, and was immortalised as the setting of a West End play about a writer’s gambling and sex-driven lifestyle.

But landlord Alastair Choat, 55, and daughter Hollie, 31, will lose their tenancy of the Greek Street tavern on June 23.

Drinkers and regulars responded en masse with more than 9,600 people signing a petition calling for the “beloved pub” to be saved, while another 5,000 signatures have been collected at the bar. They fear Fuller’s will turn it into a “soulless chain outfit”.

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Source: MyLondon

Original publication 15 MAY 2019

Posted on NatCorn 23rd May 2019

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Sunbathers’ brutally honest reviews of Kent’s ‘top nudist beaches’
Nudist bathers are actually quite happy to discuss their experiences in great detail

There are a small number of nudist beaches scattered across Kent that you can enjoy while stripped off.

But what are these places really like?

Well, the website, walkingclub.org, lists dozens of nudist beaches across the country including five in our county.

Sandwich Bay
Sandwich Bay

And as well as providing information on the local facilities – and the area’s friendliness towards nudists – the site allows users to leave their own comments and reviews detailing their experiences on the beach.

There are 5 beaches in Kent where you can sunbathe totally naked

And while some of the beaches are well established (and some of them are just for those in the know) there are often a number of local rules and regulations in place, which bathers are happy to discuss in detail.

Here’s what nudists are saying about some of Kent’s apparently naturist friendly beaches.

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Source: KentLive

Original publication 16 MAY 2019

Posted on NatCorn 22nd May 2019

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Getting Naked With My Friends Was The Most Body Positive Experience of My Life

“Let’s go to King Spa,” a friend said seven months ago, inviting me to the Korean Spa. The trip involved saunas, relaxation, and critically, nudity. Four of my friends were going, and they wanted to welcome me to the naked club. I pride myself on being a body positive person— or acting like I am when I don’t feel it— so I responded: “I’m all over that.”

I was terrified.

"I feel more at home in my own skin, like I have less to hide. I walk through knowing that my body, and all of our bodies, are just as they should be."
“I feel more at home in my own skin, like I have less to hide. I walk through knowing that my body, and all of our bodies, are just as they should be.”

Nudity is something that we don’t really do in The U.S. I think it’s something that shouldn’t be weird, but I am a product of my environment, and it would be a lie to say that I didn’t feel weird about it.

Then my grandmother went into hospice. It was a lucky break (only regarding this one thing). I missed the trip, and I didn’t have to confront my nudity demons. Not yet.

In November, an email popped up in my inbox. The subject line read, “King Spa!” I was all in. My back had been killing me for weeks, and I was ready for some hot water, hot saunas, and time with my close gal pals.

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Source: Ravishly

Original publication 01.24.17

Posted on NatCorn 21st May 2019

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Cornwall’s Blue Flag or Seaside Award beaches 2019 are named
Cornwall has more Blue Flag and Seaside Awards than any other region in the UK

More than a dozen beaches in Cornwall have been awarded for being among the cleanest and safest in the UK.

The 14 Cornwall beaches to have achieved either world-renowned Blue Flag or Seaside Award status – or both – will be celebrated at Trevone Bay, Padstow, on Wednesday [15 May].

Blue Flags, an international quality mark for beaches, reassure visitors and locals that Cornwall’s key areas are clean, safe and recommended, boosting tourism, business and helping inspire return visits.

Blue Flags and Seaside Awards are only awarded to coastal destinations that boast the highest qualities of water, facilities, safety, keep clean programmes, environmental management.

Porthtowan Beach
Porthtowan

Alongside this, Blue Flag beaches have to run a minimum of five educational activities for the local community and visitors to make people aware of the importance of looking after the natural environment.

Six Cornwall beaches have received both Blue Flag and Seaside status; Gyllyngvase in Falmouth , Porthmeor in St Ives , Porthtowan, Widemouth Bay, Trevone Bay and Newquay’s Great Western.

Crackington Haven, Perranporth, Polzeath, Porth, Porthminster, Sennen, Crooklets and Summerleaze were awarded Seaside Awards.

This year Cornwall has the second most Blue Flag and Seaside Awards in the UK, behind Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 15 MAY 2019

Posted on NatCorn 20th May 2019

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Auckland nudist beach Ladies Bay set to unveil name options for historical signs

Is it a lady’s or is it for ladies – the history of an Auckland nudist beach’s names may soon be revealed for all to see.

Ladies Bay in the east Auckland suburb of St Heliers has long suffered from multiple spellings of its name – and a questionable reputation.

Now local politician Colin Davis is looking to solve the former with a new sign that spells out both of the site’s English names – and adds a Māori one.

While “Ladies Bay” is the name at present printed on an Auckland Council sign, the place has also been known as Lady’s Bay, prompting the question, who was the lady?

A local politician wants the name "Lady's Bay" and also a Māori name added to a new sign for "Ladies Bay" in St Heliers, Auckland
A local politician wants the name “Lady’s Bay” and also a Māori name added to a new sign for “Ladies Bay” in St Heliers, Auckland

Davis, of the Ōrākei Local Board, citing a local historian and reports on a 1940s plan for a flying-boat passenger terminal at the bay, said she was Eliza, Lady Grey, wife of Governor Sir George Grey.

“… hence ‘Lady’s Bay’, which spelling is recorded in a local history and most often in newspapers in the late 1800s, even up to the 1940s,” Davis said in papers for this Thursday’s board meeting where he hopes to persuade colleagues to support his move.

“Sometimes, but not often, the plural spelling ‘Ladies’ – with an apostrophe – was written.”

He told the Herald that work being done, following subsidence, to build new steps down to the bay gave an opportunity to replace the current sign with one that said “Ladies Bay – Lady’s Bay”.

He wants a Māori name added too, in line with Auckland Council policy, and a separate sign explaining the history of the names.

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Source: New Zealand Herald

Original publication 14 May, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 19th May 2019

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Man addicted to being naked says wearing clothes makes his skin crawl
Kyle Durack, an actor and producer from British Columbia, Canada, says he is addicted to nudity.

The 27-year-old has such an aversion to clothes that he says whenever he wears them for too long, it makes his skin crawl. When he was a child, Kyle would wait for his parents to go to bed before stripping off. Now he does it wherever he can, whether he’s among other nudists or not. He insists that after the initial shock, people quickly adjust to it and he thinks nudism should be accepted as a public lifestyle choice. Throughout his life, Kyle has become increasingly fascinated with the nudist community and began to do more things in the nude.

He says his skin crawls whenever he has to wear clothes
He says his skin crawls whenever he has to wear clothes

He now hates the feeling of any clothing, but has to wear clothes to work, much to his dismay. Often while working, he yearns to strip off somewhere and be in his natural state.

‘I always loved being nude, but for me it’s not really a choice,’ said Kyle. ‘If I go too long without enough nude time then my skin starts to crawl, and my mind becomes a broken record, nagging me to take my clothes off. It becomes my only focus to find a safe place to strip down.

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Source: Metro

Original publication 13 May 2019

Posted on NatCorn 18th May 2019

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‘It’s a nature walk, not a naturist walk!’ – shock as naked man seen by several witnesses cheerfully walking his dog
Police are investigating

Residents in a quiet Lincolnshire village might have thought they were seeing things over the weekend after a naked man was spotted walking his dog.

The man, who appeared to be in his 50s, was seen by multiple members of the public walking down a towpath along the River Witham near the town of Bardney on Sunday, May 12.

One member of the public, who asked to remain anonymous, saw the man walking along the old railway path at 3pm.

This is the man captured on camera walking his dog
This is the man captured on camera walking his dog Anonymous

“I said to him ‘what do you think you’re doing?’ and he just said it was a nice day for it,” they said.

“One of the people I was with challenged him and he just shrugged his shoulders.

“He seemed an intelligent sort. It’s a nature walk, not a naturist walk. Maybe he misread the sign!”

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Source: LincolnshireLive

Original publication 13 MAY 2019

Posted on NatCorn 17th May 2019

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Nudist urges followers to STRIP off to boost their body confidence
A NATURIST says getting naked can be “liberating” and confidence-boosting. Here, she reveals why stripping off can be so beneficial.

Liam and Lauren Cornell share a love of nudism and photography.

The South African couple promote their naked lifestyle on Instagram, where they have amassed 7,000 followers.

But this isn’t the reason why they enjoy stripping off.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, the pair said naturism helps them to feel more body confident.

FEELING BRAND NUDE: Lauren says naturism gave her confidence and freedom
FEELING BRAND NUDE: Lauren says naturism gave her confidence and freedom

Lauren, 35, says stripping off has helped her to accept her body.

While she used to have hang-ups about her appearance, she gained in confidence when she met her partner Liam, 39.

The Cape Town-based artist revealed why getting naked can be so liberating.

She told Daily Star Online: “Liam and I rediscovered our love for being nude.

“First at home, then a cheeky skinny dip here or there – and then we started visiting our local nudist beach, which is where our love for being naked in nature really rooted itself.”

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Source: Daily Star

Original publication 14th May 2019

Posted on NatCorn 16th May 2019

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This is the life of the Rainbow Family
As some of its members say, they are “the largest non-organization of non-members of the world”.

The encounters of the Rainbow movement are utopian-anarchist new age celebrations ; events in which the main protagonists are freedom, love and harmony and in which anyone wishing to participate is welcome. No matter who you are or where you come from, there you can enjoy freedom without giving explanations. This event arises as an attempt to create a world without traps, authorities or organizations in which we can be ourselves.

This movement has never existed as a formal institution. Among them they are called “brothers and sisters” and are considered the ” Rainbow Family “.

Guatemala, in Alta Verapaz, Rainbow world meeting, November 2012

The Rainbow movement was born in the USA in the early 1970s, a time when an important collective consciousness began to develop. Tensions arose throughout the world arising from social problems such as sexuality, women’s rights, traditional forms of authority, experimentation with psychoactive drugs and the different and very diverse interpretations of the American dream. Little by little a different and decentralized social fabric was created, elaborated with the thread of the hippie culture, the revaluation of rural life, the spiritual teachings of the American Indians, the oriental mysticism and the street wisdom of the vagabonds.

In 1972, more than twenty thousand people gathered in Colorado to pray for world peace. The intention was to celebrate a unique and unrepeatable event throughout the world, a four-day meeting in some remote and wild place to pray and meditate on how to change the world.

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Source: Info Nudism

Original publication 05/11/2019

Posted on NatCorn 15th May 2019

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Eastbourne Naturist Swim Club and ‘The Renaissance Nude’
I happened to see an article online about Paris naturists arranging a visit to a modern art gallery – the Palais de Tokyo. It made the news not the least because 30,000 people wanted to get tickets to be naked in the art gallery. Although this was a private event and only 161 people were able to attend it was notable for being so newsworthy.

A friend of mine suggested we try the Royal Academy and specifically the exhibition ‘The Renaissance Nude’. I wasn’t sure this would have great appeal and I thought that pictures that were 500 years old might be difficult to relate to. After all many naturists believe that staring at others (dressed or not) is rude and we engage in eye to eye contact much more that non-naturists and that gives new naturists a comforting experience as they are given the confidence that people are interested in their personalities rather than their looks.

So actually we are viewing the pictures, much as a non-naturist might, to find out what people really look like, except that we know when we see an idealised representation that is unrealistic. This period from around 1400 turns out to be very interesting and the reasons for painting nudes then was often quite different from the current, often commercial, standpoint.

A group of naturists admire a nude cast of Hercules during a private event at Royal Academy of Arts in May in London
A group of naturists admire a nude cast of Hercules during a private event at Royal Academy of Arts in May in London Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Royal Academy of Arts

I wrote to them and a group visit was quite easily arranged, although we would be segregated as usual from the public having to attend after normal opening hours. The Royal Academy provided online ticket arrangements and organised a low key media release.

62 naturists visited and we were provided with a room to undress, the cloakroom stayed open, a photographer from Getty Images made some pictures and we all proceeded naked up the grand staircase and then up some glass stairs to the top gallery. Here we had the exhibition to ourselves for two hours. We were able to purchase audio guides and the main shop stayed open. There are also quite a few free galleries available to see and although there were several members of staff in the building who were not officiating with us, there were no signs of awkwardness. The staff who looked after us were very welcoming and at ease. Any trepidation that there might have been from the RA’s very first naturist visit soon evaporated and by the end we were discussing a repeat visit and we are keen to do so.

Source: Philip Baker, Treasurer Eastbourne Naturist Swim Club

Posted on NatCorn 14th May 2019

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The Naturist Gaze: The Renaissance Nude

Some of us were privileged to attend a private viewing of an exhibition, The Renaissance Nude organised by the J Paul Getty Museum in association with the Royal Academy of Arts. The latter housed the chosen works of Renaissance masters (and mistresses) within its Burlington House headquarters in London. But there was a difference; everyone who attended the exhibition were themselves naked.

I have visited the RA in London many times over the last 35 years: but usually to attend their Summer Exhibition. This annual event has been one of the highlights of the artistic year in England now for over 250 years. The grand courtyard entrance, marble foyer and steps to the galleries are as familiar as my own home, but then step into that space without clothing then the feeling is unsettling and dreamlike. Yes, indeed, it was like that anxiety dream we all have.

Author Thomas Kren — Royal Academy of Arts 2018

My fellow Naturists drifted up the steps, past the friendly but nevertheless frozen faced security staff on our way to the main gallery. As we entered the subdued lighted rooms, the purpose of our visit began. Which was what exactly?

On the surface, it must have seemed like a bit of a wheeze for the gallery. “Let’s put on a show about how nudes were portrayed in the 15th and 16th Centuries and then get a bunch of 21st Century nude people to look at the art works.” And for the Naturists themselves? Well, any opportunity to get naked and promote naturism as a reasonable and mainstream activity is always welcomed. But then we have the obvious problem: what connection is there really between the two? It might just as well have been an exhibition of steam engines. We might all have been dressed as Firemen.

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Source: Medium

Original publication May 7, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 13th May 2019

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The pioneers, a walk through the naturism of Europe at the beginning of the 20th century
They were the pioneers, the first naturists of the Europe of the early twentieth century, with them began a process of development of nudism that has not stopped until today.

The revolt against Victorian dress took another turn in Germany where, in 1903, Richard Ungewitter wrote a book, Die Nacktheit , which supported a return to the attitudes of ancient Greece towards nudity for hygienic and moralistic reasons. In 1905, Paul Zimmerman opened the first social and family nudist complex, Freilichtpark (Park of free light). At the same time another German, Dr. Heinrich Pudor , wrote a book called Nacktcultur , which dealt with the benefits of nudism in coeducation and advocated the enjoyment of sport free of annoying clothes. Dr. Pudor called aristocratic nudity and slavery to clothing a plebeian characteristic, affirming that”All nations that completely disregard the right of their people to nudism quickly become decadent . ” The nudist movement (today international) expanded from these simple beliefs, in clear defiance of what had been a century-long mentality of rejection of the body.

They were times of changes where photography was also beginning to take its first steps, and where the camera was a direct witness of what was happening around it, thanks to this evolution of photography, today we can know and see how the nudity of Then, thanks to photography we have graphic testimonies of the time.

Beautiful and romantic images of our nudist ancestors taken between the years 1906-1942, curious images, some theatrical that seem more paintings than photographs, difficult images to take with the cameras of then, hence the “poses” that the photographed people keep in some of the photographs, images difficult to preserve given the chemical products that were used, hence some do not have the technical quality that would be desirable, but they are no less beautiful.

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Source: Info Nudism

Original publication 05/05/2019

Posted on NatCorn 7th May 2019

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Planning on gardening naked? Here’s what you need to know about the law
What the law says about getting naked

With warmer weather on the way, it is finally time to peel off those layers.

Whether it’s sun bathing, gardening or a spot of al fresco dining, many of us can’t wait to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors.

Some, may even want to throw caution to the wind and strip off entirely.

But beware – you could get into trouble for doing just that if it causes offence.

Follow these rules to stripping off in the heat
Follow these rules to stripping off in the heat

The law says it is not an offence to be naked in public. But it can become an offence if being so causes distress or alarm to others, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

What does the Crown Prosecution say about being naked in your own garden?

The CPS says: “In the absence of any sexual context and in relation to nudity where the person has no intention to cause alarm or distress it will normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were actually caused harassment, alarm or distress (as opposed to considering the likelihood of this).

“In this case such conduct should be regarded as at most amounting to an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986; and regard needs to be had to the question of whether a prosecution is in the public interest.”

Aside from the Public Order Act, there are other areas you could fall foul of if you decide to mow the lawn without covering up.

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Source: LeicestershireLife

Original publication 16 APR 2018

Posted on NatCorn 6th May 2019

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Do nude whatever is possible
In case you didn’t know: it’s not a perfect world

Naturists and other clothes-free loving people often complain that the world isn’t accepting us the way we want. True, I immediately agree with you. However, we still have options to do what we want, be it in our home, in saunas, on nude beaches, nude resorts and any kind of venue that is organised by people with open minds. Like the British Naturism swim in a water park that attracted so much attention lately.

Compared to many people who have no opportunity to be as free as we are in their country, we can count ourselves lucky in a way. Of course, there are those who are in our league and they draw the short end in their country too. For instance in Egypt, where nudism is illegal. I once read an article by the Egyptian Nudist where he and some friends occasionally came together in someone’s home to have some relaxing nude time, and even that was risky for them.

The world is a weird place. Let’s be happy with what we can do, instead of constantly bemoan what we can’t. Life is too short to whine and complain, trust me. Suddenly you’re old and you should not look back in regret.

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Source: Zjuzdme

Original publication May 1, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 5th May 2019

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“Why my days as an ‘at home nudist’ are numbered”

I have a confession to make: I quite like getting around with my gear off.

To clarify, I’m only clothes-free within the confines of my own home. You won’t find me baring all on a nudist beach, or playing mixed doubles in the buff at a naturist camp, or at the World Naked Bike Ride in Sydney.

I haven’t always had a penchant for being a nudie-rudie; in fact, growing up I was quite the prude when it came to being in the ‘altogether’.

Cathrine Mahoney
Cathrine Mahoney

Of course, like any self-respecting toddler I used to LOVE nappy-free time and not wearing anything at all, apart from my Dad’s tennis shoes.

Maybe it was a British thing, and maybe it was because it was too cold in my homeland to be sans clothes.

At school I was always the one who would wait for the one cubicle that had a door to put my PE gear on rather than getting changed in the communal area.

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Source: Nine

Original publication 1 May 2019

Posted on NatCorn 4th May 2019

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Farm Babe: Get ‘dirty’ on Saturday for World Naked Gardening Day

This Saturday, May 4, marks the 15th annual World Naked Gardening Day, during which people all around the world trim their hedges and prune the bushes … all in the name of being one with nature in the buff.

World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) was founded and organized by Mark Storey from Nude and Natural magazine and permaculturalist Jacob Gabriel as a project of the Body Freedom Collaborative (BFC). In its early days, Storey had a vision of BFC engaging in “guerrilla pranksterism” such as hopping out of a van or showing up spontaneously in an urban environment and engaging in guerrilla gardening, which is the act of people who garden in areas where they don’t have legal rights to cultivate. (Abandoned lots, private property, neglected areas, etc.)

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Despite spending very little money to promote the concept, over time WNGD has “grown,” and they’ve collaborated with groups such as the Naturist Society, the Naturist Action Committee, the American Association for Nude Recreation, and Clothes Free International. They claim it’s a fun way to promote wholesome and unashamed acceptance of the human body in a way that’s meant to be funny, lighthearted, and non-political.

Why garden naked? From WNGD.org:

“First of all, it’s fun! Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude. Moreover, our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment. Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us — even if only for those few sunkissed minutes — that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.”

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Source: AGDaily

Original publication April 30, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 3rd May 2019

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People do love to take off their clothes, with nudism and naturism definitely alive and well.
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Another wonderful World Snooker Championships in Sheffield where the city centre takes on a buzz and excitement rarely felt at any other time.

Some years ago you could barely, (no pun intended) watch a sporting event without seeing a streaker and the Crucible was no exception. Where have they all gone?

One of the most prolific streakers of all time Mark Roberts made two appearances at the World Snooker Finals at the Crucible, once at the Graham Dott and Ronnie O’Sullivan game in 2004, and again in 2008 when Ali Carter played Ronnie.

After a few good years of notoriety, during which he was banned from every football ground in the UK, he hung up his boots which were often the only things he wore!

People attending Nudestock go for a walk.
People attending Nudestock go for a walk.

Streakers apart, people do love to take off their clothes, with nudism and naturism definitely alive and well. And it can be closer than you think!

A farm in Doncaster is holding the annual ‘Nudestock’ event in May which is certified by the British Camping and Caravanning Club. However, the week-long event is well managed, doesn’t hurt anyone or cause any trouble with local people, and really if that’s what floats your boat! The theme this year is ‘Space’ to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lunar Landing, although I seem to remember the astronauts wearing quite a lot on the way of protective clothing, which would have been quite useful given that one of the sporting activities is darts! Ouch!

It is a chance for naturists to socialise with other like-minded people and is a real family affair. Other activities include yoga, body painting and Scottish dancing and there is live entertainment.

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Source: The Star

Original publication 30 April 2019

Posted on NatCorn 2nd May 2019

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This is the best hotel in Birmingham – where people walk around naked
The Clover Hotel and Spa is ranked #1 on the travel website, out of 117 hotels in our city

When it comes to getting away from it all in Birmingham – you are spoilt for choice.

From five-star luxury to quaint boutique rooms, to budget stays and themed hotels, there is something for everyone.

Travel website TripAdvisor has used customer reviews to recognise the city’s best hotels, spas and B&Bs by ranking them on location, cleanliness, service and value.

But the number one hotel in Birmingham might come as a surprise.

Top ranking across the whole city is the Clover Hotel and Spa.

The Clover Spa & Hotel in Erdington which has been ranked number in Birmingham by reviewers on TripAdvisor
The Clover Spa & Hotel in Erdington which has been ranked number in Birmingham by reviewers on TripAdvisor

But the venue, nestled between a nursery and residential housing on the busy Chester Road in Erdington, isn’t all it seems.

Because owner Tim Higgs has fulfilled a naked ambition – by turning the detached family home into a naturist hotel.

And the clothing-optional venue has become a hit with customers who are clambering to stay at the swish pad – which also boasts a hot tub in the private garden.

Of the 312 reviews on TripAdvisor, 278 are excellent and the rest ‘good’.

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Source: BirminghamLive

Original publication 28 APR 2019

Posted on NatCorn 1st May 2019

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Naturist, 62, reveals all about the lifestyle and the laws on getting your kit off
"Once you've swum naked you never want to swim with clothes on again"

A naturist has revealed all about living life with her clothes off - and sought to set the record straight on the laws surrounding nudity in public. Somerset Live recently published an article about the legal rules for sunbathing naked in your garden. Following this, Christine Wright got in touch to tell us off and point us toward the correct information about getting back to nature. The 62-year-old, who is a manager on the legal team for British Naturism, said the laws "hadn't changed for years".


Ms Wright estimates there are some five million naturists in the UK
Ms Wright estimates there are some five million naturists in the UK

"The police get it wrong because they don't often get called out for naturism," she said. "Young officers think Mrs Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells has called because she's got a flasher, but, if what they're doing is a lawful activity, then no offence is being committed." According to the Crown Prosecution Service's website, the recommended approach to naturism should be that 'in the absence of any sexual context and in relation to nudity where the person has no intention to cause alarm or distress it will normally be appropriate to take no action unless members of the public were actually caused harassment, alarm or distress'. Ms Wright, who lives in the North East of England, said she was involved in clarifying the law with the CPS and the College of Policing a few years ago.

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Source: Somerset Live

Original publication 26 APR 2019

Posted on NatCorn 30th April 2019

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Aussies strip off for nude snaps at country’s famous spots: ‘Everyone loves being naked’
NUDISTS are loving this body-positivity craze.

Get Naked Australia amassed a huge following of 230,000 followers on Instagram. The account, which was started by Brendan Jones, shares photos of Aussies promoting body positivity. Brendan, from Sydney, began the account after getting a positive response to some cheeky skinny dipping snaps online. Since then, the 29-year-old is inundated everyday with fresh nude photos from across the country.


BODY-POSITIVITY: The people do it for a good reason
BODY-POSITIVITY: The people do it for a good reason PEN NEWS / GET NAKED AUSTRALIA

He said: “Myself and a group of friends started hiking to really remote locations. “We’d often find swimming holes and there was never anyone around so we naturally just stripped off and jumped in. “I got a few snaps of our bums in nature and shared it to my personal Instagram and the response was generally along the lines of ‘good on you’ and ‘looks like fun.’ “So I decided to create an Instagram page and call it Get Naked Australia.”

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Source: Daily Star

Original publication 25th April 2019

Posted on NatCorn 29th April 2019

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The Case of the Disappearing Nudist Children
[It takes me a while to actually get to the point on this one, but eventually, this post is going to be about the absence of children at most naturist places in the US – or at least my perception that this is the case – and what that may or may not mean for the future of naturism in America.]

I’ve been ruminating on this post for quite a long time. In fact, since my oldest daughter just turned 31 a few days ago, maybe for about thirty years. The subject matter? The ever-controversial topic of children and social nudity, and simply what to make of it all.



The blogosphere is a strange place as people don’t typically read a blog in any sequential sort of way. Maybe one finds a link on Facebook or Twitter and clicks through. Or perhaps you’re even a follower of a particular blog, and if the timing is right, you’ll read posts as they are released in succession. But personally, I find the digital age to encourage rather impulsive behavior. “Oh… look at that! I think I’ll read that, or maybe part of that post, or maybe I’ll bookmark it for… I don’t know when.” All that said, if you’re a regular reader, I apologize for the redundancy here.

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Source: The Meandering Naturist

Original publication FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 28th April 2019

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Nudity in the sport of ancient Greece

In ancient times, even before the classical era, for example, during the Cretan Minoan civilization, athletic exercise was an important part of everyday life. In fact, the Greeks credited several mythological figures with athletic achievements, and the male gods (especially Apollo and Heracles , sponsors of the sport) were commonly represented as athletes. While Greek sculpture often showed men completely naked, a new concept appeared for women, "venus pudica" (or partially nude), see " Nike of Samothrace ". Nudity in sports was very common, with almost all sports performed naked. As a tradition it was probably introduced for the first time in the city-state of Sparta, during the late archaic period.



The civilization of ancient Greece (Hellas), during the archaic period, had an athletic and cultic aesthetic of nudity that typically included adult men and adolescents, but sometimes also children, women and girls. The love for beauty also included the human body, beyond love for nature, philosophy, the arts, etc. The Greek word gym means " a place to train naked ." Male athletes competed naked, but most of the city-states of the time did not allow female participants or even spectators at those events, with Sparta being a notable exception. The origins of nudity in ancient Greek sports are the subject of a legend about the athlete Orsipo de Megara . There are several myths regarding these origins; in one, Orsipo loses his clothes during the race for the stadium of the XV Olympic Games in 720 BC, which gives him an advantage and wins. Other athletes emulate it and fashion is born.

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Source: Info Nudism

Original publication 04/23/2019

Posted on NatCorn 27th April 2019

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From the grotesque to the erotic: ‘The Renaissance Nude’ at the Royal Academy of Arts
The Renaissance fascination with the human form is on full frontal display at the Royal Academy

The human form in its infinite variety, at one extreme idealised, at the other rendered grotesque, is the unifying factor in the Royal Academy’s The Renaissance Nude, an exhibition that brings together a roster of artists, working in many media, who may not normally share a show. On the one hand are the showstopping Venus Rising from the Sea (c1520) of Titian and magnetically attractive Saint Sebastian (c1533) of Bronzino. But three steps away are voyeuristic inspections of the bathhouse and of priapic satyrs, erect male members poking from their goaty groins. Eroticism is never far away but, as with the human body, it is better disguised by some than by others.


Renaissance nudes: Titian, Venus Rising from the Sea (‘Venus Anadyomene’), c. 1520.
Renaissance nudes: Titian, Venus Rising from the Sea (‘Venus Anadyomene’), c. 1520.

The exhibition opens and closes with the religious art that was at the heart of 15th- and 16th-century painting and sculpture, and whose narratives come ready made. Christ is stripped naked for his baptism, flagellation and scourging. Depictions of his vulnerable, mortal state were intended to demonstrate that he was only flesh and blood, like those who contemplated his plight.

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Source: iNews

Original publication April 23rd 2019

Posted on NatCorn 26th April 2019

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Petaluma’s Past: When D-Day dawned and nudists descended in 1944
“Nudes is nudes, whether it be good nudes or bad nudes!”

On June 6, 1944, 11,000 planes, 4,000 ships, thousands of smaller craft and 250,000 men invaded the shores of Normandy in northwest France, just 120 miles from German-occupied Paris. This incredi-ble event was to become forever known as “D-Day,” and it was to mark the beginning of the end to World War II in Europe.


The Normandy Invasion.
The Normandy Invasion.

History’s greatest armada had begun crossing the turbulent English Channel at midnight, in a driving rainsquall. Consisting mostly of American, British and Canadian forces, 4,400 of them were to perish as the troops beat down the Nazi coastal defenses. The following day, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that several strategic bridges had already been captured. But, the news wasn‘t all about war, that summer of ‘44.

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Source: Argus Courier

Original publication April 19, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 25th April 2019

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Be naked for a comedy play at Oxford

Sandra Ballard has negotiated a performance, for a naturist-only audience, on Friday 9 August 2019 in Oxford, of the play Redcoatsby the well-known travelling Mikron Theatre. “Mikron’s radiant Redcoats will guide you through 80 years of Butlins splendour with their trademark mix of fun, pathos and songs. Join us as we delve into holiday huts, bonny babies and knobbly knees with guest appearances from Marlene Dietrich, Gracie Fields and Laurel and Hardy.”


The narrow boat Tyseley.
The narrow boat Tyseley. Jon Gascoyne.

This special performance will be at Toad Oxford Artisan Distillery, Old Depot, South Park, Cheney Lane, Oxford OX3 7QJ. Don’t forget to bring a towel to sit on! Arrive on Friday 9 August at 6.30pm for tasting a gin or two, before the play starts at 7.30pm. Tickets for the play are £15.50 each and can be purchased from the BN website. Book early to avoid disappointment!

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Source: Naturist Action Group

Original publication April 2019

Posted on NatCorn 24th April 2019

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Naked in the city
Naked in public, supposedly can be seen as an act of madness, free, a disdain of decency.

But for the lenses of artists like Spencer Tunick , Pablo Saborido and Erica Simone (in the photograph above), however, the attitude gains new meanings: stripping naked in the urban space can also be a way to strip the urban space itself. The king paraded in his carriage, showing the population his new and magnificent visible clothing, according to the supposed tailors who produced it, only for the most intelligent people. And all those who attended the stop, elegant as they were, made a point of praising the fabric, the cut, the colors of the clothing of the clothes except a child who, noticing the obvious and screaming , the king is naked! He made the people understand what he was actually seeing: a naked king.



For different reasons - social, political, cultural, economic - the distinction between what is public and what is private becomes increasingly complicated. Few people know, today, what belongs to each other's terrain. At the same time cause, consequence and "solution" of urban conflicts, the construction of closed shopping centers and condominiums, for example, ended up transforming the city into a place full of walls and surveillance cameras and empty of encounters and visibility. We are so locked in ourselves that others or the other are somewhat invisible in our day to day. And it is precisely the meeting or the direct contact, without any barrier between men and women of the city that the American Spencer Tunick promotes by registering crowds of naked people in various parts of the world.

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Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 04/17/2019

Posted on NatCorn 23rd April 2019

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Spencer Tunick in Valencia – April 2019
I have taken part in Spencer Tunick’s art installations before & I love both the experience & the resulting art, so when I heard he was coming to Valencia I didn’t hesitate to book some cheap Ryanair flights direct from my home in Ireland.

Through previous installations and the Spencer Valencia dedicated Facebook page I met with some friends old & new including two other friends from Ireland for a meal the night before. There was a real international flavor to our group with people from Russia, Norway, the Netherlands, the UK, Brazil & Ireland all having a good time with no politics at all. There was much speculation about what Spencer had planned and several of us had spotted a few cherry pickers (raised platforms) around the city but as usual none of us really knew what Spencer had planned. The morning of the installation we met in Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània Carrer Museu, a museum in the centre of Valencia at 5 am. We gathered outside and the air of anticipation was palpable and even for people like me who’d taken part before it was hard to resist being swept up in the buzz. There was much nervous chatter and introductions, I got chatting to a Spanish girl who was alone so I introduced her to my friends so she felt part of a group.



Finally the door opened to the museum & we were filtered through a small entrance way where we had to hand in our model release forms before proceeding into a large courtyard with a walkway around it; here the men & women were separated with the men being brought into a second separate courtyard with a similar walkway around, there was more waiting and nervous chatter. After a relatively short wait Spencer came in and with the help of a male & female model Spencer demonstrated the poses he wanted us to do during the various installations he had in mind.

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Source: Irish Naturist Blog

Original publication APRIL 17, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 22nd April 2019

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Britain beautiful coast of Cornwall (HD-video)
Follow us on a clockwise tour round the coast of Cornwall from Polperro to Widemouth Bay. Music by Arnd Stein.



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Source: Harry Mateman

Original publication 9 Nov 2016

Posted on NatCorn 21st April 2019

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A Simple Method to Share Naturist Activities With Others

A lot of naturists remain what I call closet naturists. They do not share their lifestyle with others, keeping it in the confines of their home, or going alone at the nude beach, without making nudist acquaintances. However, most closet naturists would love to meet other naturists and share their lifestyle with others, friends and families.



If you are a closet naturist or do not share with others openly your naturist lifestyle, this post is for you! If you are, however, a fully disclosed naturist who is very open with your lifestyle, this post may help you increase the number of your nudist friends by using simple and powerful psychological techniques. If you learn and apply these techniques that I’m about to share, you will get more nudist friends, more acceptance of your lifestyle among friends and family, and more alignment with your deep beliefs. At the same time, you will avoid being considered as a pervert. Many people confuse nudism and sex, you will avoid shocking people by disclosing your lifestyle and you’ll avoid losing your friends because you shared your preferences when it comes to clothing, or the lack of.

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Source: Nude and Happy

Original publication April 12, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 20th April 2019

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I Have A Few Problems With Naked Beach – For One, No One Is Naked (NSFW)

The first episode of 'controversial' new reality show Naked Beach aired on Thursday night. I’ve put controversial in inverted commas because Greggs' sausage rolls have caused more fuss than this flogged-to-death format is likely to generate. So what’s it all about then? I could say it’s Love Island with love handles, Big Brother with baps, or maybe just Oglebox (apologies) but that would be doing the makers of Naked Beach a disservice because it’s actually a very serious show – nay, a noble 'quest' to make us all feel better about our bodies.


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A serious show requires serious people and that's where the fully clothed (boo!) social psychologist Dr Keon West of Goldsmiths University comes in. Dr West's genuinely interesting and insightful studies (including "Naked and Unashamed: Investigations and Applications of the Effects of Naturist Activities on Body Image, Self Esteem and Life Satisfaction") show that people’s body image, self-esteem and life satisfaction could be vastly improved by seeing more "normal, naked bodies and spending more time with our own naked bodies". Naked Beach puts this to the test with the ambitious aim to "help fix the nation’s body confidence issues".

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Source: Refinery29

Original publication 12 April 2019

Posted on NatCorn 19th April 2019

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Facebook brands ‘nude’ picture of Alton Towers amputee as ‘disturbing
A disabled rights activist’s page has been blocked after Facebook branded a photo he shared of an Alton Towers crash amputee ‘disturbing’.

Simon Sansome, 37, who runs campaigning group Ability Access, posted an ‘empowering’ image of Vicky Balch, 23, as an example of bravery. The activist, from Leicester, slammed Facebook’s action as ‘discrimination’ and said he was left ‘appalled’ by the decision.

Vicky Balch’s photo was branded ‘disturbing’ by Facebook
Vicky Balch’s photo was branded ‘disturbing’ by Facebook Andrew Wood/Sunday Mirror

The image in question shows Vicky, 21 at the time, in a nude shot focusing on her amputated leg, which was shared almost three years ago. Simon, who suffered spinal damage after a rugby accident four years ago and now uses a wheelchair, recorded a call with a member of Facebook’s marketing team. The operator is believed to have said: ‘Anything that’s disturbing isn’t allowed on Facebook. ‘You have to understand, I’m sure some people find it disturbing to see pictures of disabled people. I don’t, but some might. ‘I have never come across a page that promotes disability.’

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Source: Metro

Original publication 11 Apr 2019

Posted on NatCorn 18th April 2019