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This is why it’s not illegal to ramble naked in Doncaster after cyclist’s encounter with nude walker
Going for a naked ramble in Doncaster is totally legal it has been revealed, after a shocked cyclist spotted a nude man walking near the M18.

Cyclist Bob Allan spotted the starkers male walker while out on his bike between Rossington and Bessacarr.

But a spokesman for British Naturism has said that nude hiking is perfectly legal and not in breach of any laws.

She said: “Naked hiking in the UK is totally lawful.

It is perfectly legal to go for a naked ramble in Doncaster.
It is perfectly legal to go for a naked ramble in Doncaster.

“There are millions of naturists in the UK and abroad who enjoy a naked walk on a warm day. They harm no one – no not even children – and are not breaking any laws.”

Recounting the incident, Bob said: “I came round a corner and nearly ran into this guy who was starkers, in just his shoes, walking along, rucksack on his back and shorts in his hand.”

Bob, a keen member of Doncaster Rovers’ Fit Rovers project said: “I scared the c*** out of him.

“He covered his modesty with his shorts.

‘A bit cold for that isn’t it?, was all I could muster and got out of there as quick as I could. Only in Doncaster!”

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Source: The Star

Original publication 22 August, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 2 weeks ago

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Hot Topics: Nudity for Sport – Why public nude swimming is good for your confidence
Across the UK there are various naturist swimming pools, where you can swim amongst other naked people.

Before you completely rule it out, consider the positive impacts that nude swimming may have on your self-confidence.

A recent scientific study has shown that people who are naked in a social setting have higher self-esteem than the rest of the population

General relaxation and relief;

  • An escape from the repression of modern, daily life;
  • You have more skin (all of it, in fact) exposed to sunlight and, therefore, more Vitamin D – a vitamin recognised at government level as so significantly lacking for the majority of people in the UK that it is the only supplement nationally recommended;
  • When you swim naked, there is no soggy fabric sticking into every crease, no swimming costumes left getting colder and more uncomfortable the longer out of the water you are and no scratchy material to rub against your skin and irritate it;
  • Your naked skin also dries much quicker;
  • Think of the all-over suntan!;
  • Being naked in the company of others helps our perceptions of what constitutes a healthy body – we’re all very different and subscribing solely to mediated images is very unhealthy.

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Source: Give Me Sport

Original publication 12/08/19

Posted on NatCorn 4 weeks ago

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Naturist couple reveal how taking their clothes off helped them find contentment

A woman who has been in a wheelchair since 2010 said being naked in social settings has helped her feel good about her body for the first time in a decade.

Sixty-eight-year-old Joy Batley, from Wymondham, said she had always enjoyed the feeling of going without clothes, but had only felt confident enough to do so alone at home.

Following a period of illness in 2010, the former-nurse started using a wheelchair for mobility, and said the weight gain she experienced as a result had a big impact on her confidence.

Les Ford and Joy Batley regularly attend naturist events in Norfolk
Les Ford and Joy Batley regularly attend naturist events in Norfolk Les Ford

But in 2012, when she met Les Ford, 57, also from Wymondham, that began to change.

Mr Ford has been a naturist for more than 30 years, first experiencing the lifestyle in his 20s, when he visited Holkham beach, a well-known nudist spot in north Norfolk, while on holiday with his brother.

Since then he has been an active member of the Norfolk naturist community, regularly attending meet-ups at friends’ houses to play petanque and catch up over dinner.

Ms Batley said she was apprehensive when her partner first invited her to join him at an event, but went along out of curiosity.

She said: “As soon as I met the others I realised it wasn’t about how I looked. Nobody cares if you’re fat or thin, they care if you’re friendly. For the first time since I started using a wheelchair people talked to me, rather than addressing whoever I was with.”

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Source: Eastern Daily Press

Original publication 12 August 2019

Posted on NatCorn 4 weeks ago

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“Why nudity is the most important (and primal) form of self-expression”
“There is something ultimately freeing and grounding about being yourself in your truest, most natural form”

How often are you naked? And by naked we mean well and truly stripped of your clothes and shoes, à la Rachel from Friends dancing naked around her empty apartment.

Most of us probably don’t spend copious amounts of time in our most natural state, but being naked can be both freeing and an important form of self-expression – as Amy Redmond, creative director of club night Sink The Pink, knows all too well.

“When we’re naked we are literally stripped bare to the elements, and our true selves,” she tells stylist.co.uk.

Redmond has had plenty of experience with nudity, having grown up visiting nudist beaches with her family.

“There is comfort and nostalgia in remembering my grandma’s comfortable, soft boobs, and now I’ve had a baby and breastfed I have the same boobs!” she says. “Being naked gives me comfort and makes me feel entirely at ease.”

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Source: Stylist

Original publication 20 Sep 2018

Posted on NatCorn 9th August 2019

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Cornwall is the second most family-friendly holiday destination in Europe
It was the top spot within the UK

Cornwall has been picked as one of the best family-friendly holiday destinations in Europe.

Planning the perfect family holiday is no easy task, with parents facing the challenge to keep their children entertained.

From ensuring there are hotels that cater to family needs, checking the area has plenty of activities and keeping travel time to a minimum, there are multiple factors that contribute to the perfect family holiday.

Thankfully, Columbus Direct has analysed popular holiday destinations within a 5-hour, or less, flight time from London to show the 20 best locations for a family-friendly holiday.

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Source: CornwallLive

Original publication 30 JUL 2019

Posted on NatCorn 7th August 2019

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Call for nudist areas at these Burton and Swadlincote beauty spots
Naturist is leading the fight so people and strip off in public

A naturist pensioner from South Derbyshire is calling for popular beauty spots in Burton and Swadlincote to have areas where people to be able to take their clothes off in public.

Stuart Haywood, who has spent 10 years enjoying what he claims to be the benefits of nudity, said parks in Burton and Swadlincote could take a left out of the book of other successful nudist areas in Paris and Germany.

Stuart Haywood wearing nothing but his smile
Stuart Haywood wearing nothing but his smile Wendy Roberts

He suggested Burton’s Ox Hay and Swadlincote’s Eureka Park would be ideal venues.

However, while council bosses haven’t binned the idea they said such requests need to be made in writing.

Mr Haywood, 82, said: “For two years in the public parks of Paris, nudists have been allocated areas in which to enjoy the park free from the encumbrance of clothes.

“How about a similar arrangement in Burton or Swadlincote?

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Source: Derby Telegraph

Original publication 26 JUL 2019

Posted on NatCorn 1st August 2019

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Britain’s most daring regions revealed as London and Cornwall top list of nude sunbathers – where does your town rank?
BRITAIN’S most daring regions have been revealed as London tops the list of nude sunbathers.

Summer temperatures are set to reach heights of 37C this week with more than a quarter of all Brits set to soak up the rays in the buff.

A poll of 2,000 found that that 31 per cent of us – that’s 620 in all – sunbathed naked regularly when the sun came out.

London topped the research with 42 per cent of people stripping off with Northern Ireland second with 39, then the Midlands 37, Cornwall 33 and Scotland with 31 per cent.

Those in Norfolk were the most restrained, with just 22 per cent confessing to sunbathing in the altogether.

Bosses at Hotels.com, who carried out the research, said naturist beaches were “fast becoming go-to travel hotspots” – with 20 per cent of those polled saying they loved going to them and stripping off completely.

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Source: The Sun

Original publication 22 Jul 2019

Posted on NatCorn 23rd July 2019

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Woman, 52, is the ‘happiest she’s ever been’ after ditching clothes to become a naturist
A WOMAN has opened up about how “whipping of her clothes off” helped her regain confidence after “everything went wrong at the same time”.

Jane Baker, a first aid trainer, hit rock bottom after losing her job and relationship.

But when the 52-year-old spotted an advert in a local paper for an event at a naturist B&B, it all changed for her.

Now the mum-of-four admits that stripping off at the nudist hog roast party changed her life.

Speaking about the experience, Jane, from Carmarthen, South West Wales, said: “I stuck out like a sore thumb when I arrived. [It was] surrounded by three dozen or so strangers, all completely nude.

“But after I whipped off my clothes I felt the most comfortable I had in years.”

HAPPY: When she began naturism it changed her life
HAPPY: When she began naturism it changed her life

Jane, whose confidence was at an all-time low, will never forget her first foray into nudity.

She added: “Everything seemed to be going wrong at the same time and I knew I wanted to get away from it all, but I couldn’t afford a holiday abroad so decided to look for somewhere closer to home, which was when I found Acorns [Naturist Retreat in Tiverton, Devon].

“Driving down there I had to pull over twice and collect my thoughts – I was nervous beyond belief. When I finally got there it turned out to be one the most surreal moments of my life.

“On one side of me was a woman absolutely starkers doing her knitting by the pool, on the other side of me was a gentlemen in the buff doing the Telegraph crossword.”

“But the thing that struck was that, after 10 minutes, I completely forget that everybody was naked and started seeing people for who they are.

“That’s the beauty of naturism. When you take your clothes off you’re quite literally taking away the barriers and that’s the best way to meet new people.”

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Source: Daily Star

Original publication 18th July 2019

Posted on NatCorn 20th July 2019

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Naturism booms in France as young eager to ditch clothes
Why are more and more people, especially the young, opting to get naked in France? Hattie Ditton finds out more.

The term “naturist” may conjure up the image of jolly elderly hikers walking bare-bottomed clutching hiking sticks – but it might be time to update the stereotype.

Indeed, over the past three years, the phenomenon has begun to attract a younger audience according to the the FNN (French Federation of Naturism), seeing many more young families showing up to camps with their children.

Nudism is become all the more common too, with the federation reporting an increase of 40 percent in memberships between 2014 and 2015 alone.

More and more young people are going nude in France.
More and more young people are going nude in France.

In fact, the group estimates that in the past three years alone, the number of naturists in France has leaped from 1.5 million to 2 million.

And perhaps contrary to popular belief, it’s not all about the connection to sexuality.

Jacques Freeman, the head of communication at APNEL (Association for the Promotion of Naturism in Liberty) believes that young people are gaining confidence in speaking out against authority on all levels and this is a reason for the increase in naturists.

“Nudity is synonymous with freedom,” he told The Local.

“We’re currently at a time where there are many questions being asked about the future, work and problems surrounding integration into society are being challenged by young people.”

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Source: The Local

Original publication 13 June 2016

Posted on NatCorn 13th June 2019

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Family Naturism: Let’s just all get naked
We are always surprised when we receive the question whether naturism can be practiced with the whole family. For us, family naturism has always seemed a very normal thing. Although neither of us was born in a naturist family. Yet there seem to be many doubts about this. We are asked whether we find it okay that a child sees nude adults and whether nude kids won’t attract people with wrong intentions. Some adults even seem to feel uncomfortable being naked when there are children around.

It’s all in the mindset of course. And it’s everybody’s right to feel about family nudism the way they do. Nevertheless, we believe that nudist families are a very important part of the naturist community and that it has lots of advantages for both the children as their parents. We’re certainly not the only ones who think so. Naturist federations all over the world see the importance of having families among their members and promote naturism as a very family oriented lifestyle. In the USA and Canada we even noticed that many resorts have put their main focus on nudist families and promote themselves as family oriented. They even put it in their name. A good example is Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. Even the first naturist venues were often called a family nudist colony.

Growing up in nudist families

Children are born nudists and not only in the way that they are obviously born naked. We’ve met few little kids who prefer to wear pants over no pants at all. And the sight of nude children has also become a widely accepted thing. They or their family don’t have to be nudists for that. On a warm summer day you’ll see nude kids running around on many textile beaches as well. Until a certain age of course. Sometime between the age of 3 and 6 they lose their clothing optional status. Suddenly their nudity is not decent anymore. Suddenly they are taught to consider their bodies shameful.

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Source: Naked Wanderings

Original publication May 6, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 10th June 2019

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A naturist ‘in jail’.
An intriguing topic, isn’t it? The more as this is not about a brick-and-mortar jail but one of a totally different kind.

A little while ago I received this message. A cry for help. As I don’t feel equipped to comment on this just like that, I asked the sender of this (who asked if he could remain anonymous) if I could post his message on my blog. He agreed. Please read this and if you have suggestions, ideas or constructive comments, please leave them at the bottom of this page!

I was a naturalist growing up from the age i say 10 years old. On my own only deep in the woods in hidden ponds, rivers, creeks i found or knew from geological maps. As i got older and working like EVERYWEAR there was in Puerto Rico. On job assignments. I did hiking in the rain forests and along the beach for 1/8 to 1/4 mile from an access point to a nude beach was aloud.

Now handicapped. I cant drive or visit beach’s because my wheelchair or rollator can’t make it through the sand to reach the nude beaches or even some nudists resorts/camping grounds. There not handicapped equipped! Also i need someone that can drive me there with my wheelchair or rollator and gear (emergency oxygen tank and meds and meters and such.) To sleep at a place would require power and a 4 person tent just for me!

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Source: Zjuzdme

Original publication June 5, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 8th June 2019

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Liberate yourself to Naturism

As it is said in the song ” Una noche y media ” by Renato Rocketh , sung by Marina Lima : “Summer approaches, a warmth in the heart, this colorful, magical things in life”.

Each season has its magic, but summer seems more conducive to bare the body and in it feel the energies of nature, it is something that can not be spoken because each person can feel differently. Unfortunately in that tropical country, whose first inhabitants were already naked, the practice of Naturism / Nudism as an agent of integration between mind-body is still unknown.

Some people tell me that they will never be naturists / nudists, they do not understand that saying that way reflects a negative psychological side of their own body and consequently to life. The civilization trains the individual to live in unreality and he assumes as if it were real, he dreams and when he awakens he still feels the reflections of what he dreamed. This negative side leaves no openings for changes and evolution, assumes an intransigent stance, sometimes even arrogant before its nature. The conflict between social x natural will never cease.

The most correct would be to say: “I am not a naturist / nudist, but who knows some day” At least a door opens to make evaluations, study the issue, make reflections about himself before the universe. The historian Viegas Fernandes da Costa when writing about his experience with social nudity in the article ” On social nudity ” places his finger on the wound of a society that recriminates the body and continues to do so with the endorsement of those who still did not understand what they have not yet understood what the naturist / nudist movement represents in the world. He quotes:“We know, therefore, of how transgressive the gesture of removing clothes and socially cohabiting without it can be characterized. I insist to remember that the transgressive character of the nudity is related to the social context in which the textile society is inserted, in our case. The transgression and boldness of the act seems even greater when it comes to bodies that society classified as defective or disabled. That is, that by some characteristic that manifests, it departs from the image we have of a normal body, built in our imagination . “

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Source: Info Nudism

Original publication 06/05/2019

Posted on NatCorn 7th June 2019

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3 insights into being more body positive
My time as a nudist has led me to explore more than just the stunning nude beaches and nudist resorts of the world…

It has further inspired me to embark on a more purposeful journey of raising awareness about, and encouraging, body positivity. As a thirty year old, I have witnessed the rapid rise of social media and, with that, the pressures that a ‘filtered age’ have placed upon body image. An age where the beauty industry sells us our definition of ‘beautiful’ through the narrowed and distorted lens of the media, and where consumerism prevails and profit is the goal; it is a breeding ground for mass consumerism, greed, materialism, narcissism, divide and loathing. We must be the pioneers to step in and steer it in a direction which ushers in acceptance, self-love, positivity and union. So I believe that, now more than ever, it is of utmost importance to grow into our most authentic state and have the talk about body positivity.

I believe that being defined by our bodies is what creates the unhealthy relationship between the mind and body in the first place. Most of the time, we become defined by our bodies rather unconsciously, from the moment we enter into this world in this form. Whether it’s because of cultural upbringing, societal conditioning, systematic patriarchal norms, personal experiences or pop culture, we are conditioned to see ourselves in a way that puts us at odds with our bodies. From unhealthy obsession to complete disconnect, being defined by the physical form can manifest itself in various ways. Narcissism, self-loathing and low self-esteem are prime expressions of this manifestation, and all of which tend to be rooted in superficiality and impermanence.

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Source: The Nude Blogger

Original publication JUNE 3, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 5th June 2019

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How to sleep: Five important health reasons why you should always sleep naked
HOW TO sleep: Do you sleep naked? If so, you’re not alone, and the habit comes with some surprising health benefits such as losing weight.

Sleeping naked is common among much of the UK population, and if you’re yet to swap your pyjamas for your birthday suit then you might want to reconsider. According to research by Sealy UK, one in five people in Britain sleep naked, with those in Cardiff, Brighton and Southampton most likely to sleep in the nude. Sleeping naked has been scientifically proven to be good for you, and Neil Robinson, chief sleep officer at Sealy UK, explained all its top health benefits.

How to sleep: There are five health reasons why you should always sleep naked
How to sleep: There are five health reasons why you should always sleep naked

Your body needs to be naturally cooler at night, ideally around 1C lower than normal, to help you get a good night’s sleep, said Neil.

He explained: “A study conducted by the US National Institutes of Health found that keeping yourself cool while you sleep could help speed up your metabolism, as your body compensates by creating more brown fat to keep you warm.

“This brown fat produces the heat needed by burning calories, helping boost your metabolism all day long. The best way to keep yourself cooler when you sleep? Either invest in a duvet with a lower tog, or sleep naked.”

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Source: Daily Express

Original publication May 26, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 2nd June 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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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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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

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Family’s tribute to ‘naked gardener’ Ian who put Malmesbury on the map
Tributes have been paid to a true Malmesbury legend who helped put the town on the map.

Ian Douglas Pollard, former architect and developer, has died at the age of 73. He was best known for his work creating the stunning Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury as the 'naked gardener', due to his penchant for working in the nude.

Ian Pollard at Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury.
Ian Pollard at Abbey House Gardens in Malmesbury. Richard Pasco

In a tribute released by his family, they said: “Ian was a tremendous and larger than life character; always upbeat, always entertaining, and truly unique in his outlook and attitude to life. “Both pragmatic and creative, and never one to shy away from controversy, he was truly a ‘renaissance’ man. “He is, and will, be sadly missed.”

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Source: Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard

Original publication 11th April 2019

Posted on NatCorn 17th April 2019

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My Nudist Educational, Enlightenment Video Sampler
NOTE: This channel features Videos which may sometimes feature NON SEXUAL nudity. These are EDUCATIONAL videos meant to show how simple nudity is not lewd, sinful, nor indecent. Indecent acts are indecent, not human bodies. Our content is age restricted and complies with YouTube guidelines.

This is a sample of the many nudist educational videos I have shot. I'll be releasing these as we gain support on this channel. My intent with the videos is to educate society about what it truly means to live without clothes, whether part time or as often as possible, like me. I'll show examples of me and my wife doing ordinary things like Shopping naked, Naked hiking, walking through the neighborhood nude, mowing the lawn naked, raking leaves nude, and even hanging out with a Buck deer who stood just 30 feet away. If you just want to see a naked man in public, do what you want, but this is not an erotic video and I don't do it to be seen, only to be accepted just as I am.

Being a nudist or naturist is NOT about showing off our bodies, or our genitals, etc. We are NOT exhibitionists, we simply find it much more comfortable to be without clothes. We don't do it because we have a higher sex drive. We also find nudists to be much more of an accepting crowd, we don't have to worry about body shaming, and nudists are just kinder, nicer people as a whole, much more than the clothed society.

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Source: Living Naturally Channel

Original publication 11 Apr 2019

Posted on NatCorn 14th April 2019

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New Research Shows That Naturism Improves Body Image & Happiness
Research Study Shows How Naturism Improves Body Image, Self-Esteem and Life Satisfaction

At last, we have an actual research study about naturism and its positive effects on body image and happiness! The research was published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies on January 21st, 2017. It set out to investigate the “possible psychological benefits of naturism.” As the author notes, naturists have long been making claims about how naturism improves self-esteem, body image, happiness and has many other benefits. But as the situation indicates, “very little empirical research has investigated these benefits or any plausible explanations for them.” This is sadly true. You’d think in an industry as big as this one, some organization would’ve funded this type of research by now.

Previous research studies demonstrate the positive effects of naturism on kids
Previous research studies demonstrate the positive effects of naturism on kids

The paper cites the few relevant studies that were conducted in the past 55+ years. There are a number of studies that show how naturism or nudity benefits children. Marilyn Story’s research from the 80’s found that nudist kids had a more positive body image than non-nudist kids. In their 1988 study, Lewis and Janda found a correlation between childhood exposure to non sexual nudity and increased self-esteem as well as comfort with sexuality in adulthood.

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Source: Felicitys Blog

Original publication September 18, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 13th April 2019

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Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong
For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. It’s time for a new paradigm.

From the 16th century to the 19th, scurvy killed around 2 million sailors, more than warfare, shipwrecks and syphilis combined. It was an ugly, smelly death, too, beginning with rattling teeth and ending with a body so rotted out from the inside that its victims could literally be startled to death by a loud noise. Just as horrifying as the disease itself, though, is that for most of those 300 years, medical experts knew how to prevent it and simply failed to.

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In the 1600s, some sea captains distributed lemons, limes and oranges to sailors, driven by the belief that a daily dose of citrus fruit would stave off scurvy’s progress. The British Navy, wary of the cost of expanding the treatment, turned to malt wort, a mashed and cooked byproduct of barley which had the advantage of being cheaper but the disadvantage of doing nothing whatsoever to cure scurvy. In 1747, a British doctor named James Lind conducted an experiment where he gave one group of sailors citrus slices and the others vinegar or seawater or cider. The results couldn’t have been clearer. The crewmen who ate fruit improved so quickly that they were able to help care for the others as they languished. Lind published his findings, but died before anyone got around to implementing them nearly 50 years later. This kind of myopia repeats throughout history. Seat belts were invented long before the automobile but weren’t mandatory in cars until the 1960s. The first confirmed death from asbestos exposure was recorded in 1906, but the U.S. didn’t start banning the substance until 1973. Every discovery in public health, no matter how significant, must compete with the traditions, assumptions and financial incentives of the society implementing it.

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Source: Huffpost

Original publication SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 11th April 2019

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We could do with a new hippie-wave
This might strike you as odd, certainly if you don’t know a thing about hippies.

Hippies rose in the 1960. Flower power, free love, and yes, nudity, were some of the things that hippies promoted. They were against war (I like that) and most of them promoted a relaxed, kind, loving lifestyle.

A couple with matching flower body paint walks together during the Isle of Wight Festival in the UK in 1970.
A couple with matching flower body paint walks together during the Isle of Wight Festival in the UK in 1970.

During those times, especially in the beginning, hippies shocked most of the good people with their open way of life and their appreciation of the human body. I think it’s the nudity that was the biggest hangup for people.

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Source: Zjuzdme.org

Original publication April 3, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 8th April 2019

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Fat? Why your body is not a problem to be fixed

Pretty much the first thing that fat studies scholar Dr Cat Pausé asks when I contact her to see if she'd like to contribute to our story on fat is, "Are you going to use any photos of headless fatties?" If we are, she's not interested. Awkwardly, we were going to, actually. For the cover, we had planned to use a photo of a headless fat person with the headline, "What's wrong with this picture?" and then earnestly point out how frequently the media uses images of headless fat people and how problematic they are.

Fat Studies scholar Dr Cat Pausé.
Fat Studies scholar Dr Cat Pausé. David Wiltshire.

Even though it was meant to be sympathetic, meant to open discussion on the problems of being fat in a society obsessed with the thin, Pausé, a Massey University senior lecturer, said no. It's still a headless fatty. Even if you're trying to be clever with it. No interview. "Why not use a photo of happy, smiling, laughing fat people with the same headline?" she said. "When do you ever see that?" She has a point. Because we all know the photos she's talking about. They're the ones usually accompanying the headline "Obesity Crisis". We see those pictures on the news, in the papers all the time: fat people's bottoms walking along a street, fat people in the mall, and the Holy Grail: fat people eating and drinking. (Because, how dare they?) The photos are snapped sneakily, to avoid the need for permission, and to avoid embarrassment. (Because they should be embarrassed, right?)

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Source: New Zealand Herald

Original publication 30 Mar, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 5th April 2019

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Return of the naturist: Why liking your body shouldn’t be a crime
Danish artist has been battling Copenhagen’s authorities in order to show her larger-than-life naked depictions

Getting her work displayed in central Copenhagen has been no easy feat for Mathilde Grafström. For years, she has been fighting censorship and criticism from the public and the police. Grafström is persistent in her mission to improve body acceptance and promote education regarding the female body.

Too prude to go nude?
Too prude to go nude? Mathilde Grafstrom

Her March exhibition ‘Female Beauty – Celebration of the Feminine’, which will be on show in Nytorv square until March 31, is a larger-than-life, eye-catching display of completely nude female models posing in natural surroundings. “Danish people have an image of being very free and very relaxed, and it might be that we are compared to other countries,” she explained to CPH Post. “But in general, loving and showing the body [here] is very looked down on these days; you are being judged a lot if you enjoy or like your body. This is a negative trend amongst young girls.”

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Source: The Copenhagen Post

Original publication March 30th, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 4th April 2019

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Bare With Me: An Introduction to Naturism

Someone walks past you on the street. She’s wearing a shirt of an unpopular band, jeans that went out of style ten years ago and shoes you know she bought from Walmart. A businessman rushes past you and bumps right into her – he spills his Starbucks latte on his Armani suit. It clearly wasn’t her fault but she kindly apologizes and offers to buy him a new drink. He takes one look at her and immediately dismisses her, rolling his eyes at her ill-fitting, tacky band shirt, and continues on his way.

Clothing serves several purposes. It protects us from the elements, gives us opportunity to express ourselves and feel comfortable, and helps structure and identify individuals and groups in schools and workplaces. But it also makes it very easy to judge people. It’s so easy that most of us don’t even think about it. The girl in the band shirt clearly wasn’t worth the rich businessman’s time. A college student in a Hollister polo shirt and khakis won’t feel the same kinship with his hipster barista than with someone who dresses similar. We form opinions on people based on what they’re wearing and internally place them in social classes. Clothing becomes a layer of judgement we place over others. But what happens when we remove those layers?

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Source: The 400 Project

Original publication APRIL 3, 2017

Posted on NatCorn 3rd April 2019