Last week, I was eating lunch with a friend and her dad in Manhattan on 23rd Street, directly across from what used to be the McBurney YMCA, when my friend’s dad had a sudden recollection.
Apparently, in 1968, as part of a freshman requirement for the city college he attended, all male students took a swim class at the YMCA. For reasons somewhat unclear to him at the time (and, we joked, probably repressed until now) the Y had a particular rule: If you’re going to swim, you must swim nude.
“Nude-nude?” I asked. “Totally nude,” he said.
He remembers the instructor telling them something about it being more sanitary that way. “But,” he conceded, “no one really questioned it.” After a moment, he paused.
“What the hell was that all about?”
I thought I’d investigate. Was my friend’s dad just recalling some adolescent nightmare? Was his swim teacher some pervy old dude? Or was this requirement legit? And if it was, why? How would not wearing a bathing suit be any less sanitary than skinny-dipping? Continued…Read full original article…
Beales Gourmet found itself in the national news after the Daily Echo told how its dining club had been unable to post its adverts on the social media platform.
Facebook’s algorithms had rejected the ad for their “sexual or erotic” content. It turned out its algorithm had spotted two 1924 Romanesque statues in the grounds of the Italian Villa at Compton Acres. Since the Echo ran the story on Tuesday, Beales Gourmet has featured in The Times, the Daily Mail and BBC Radio Solent.
Commercial manager Justin Cohen has since had the statues’ modesty covered with Beales Gourmet aprons.
He wrote: “Dear Facebook, We’re so sorry you were offended by the fine physiques of our Herculean statues. To spare your blushes, we’ve taken the necessary steps to cover up the offending items. We trust this will be to your liking. Tastefully yours, Beales Gourmet at The Italian Villa.” Continued…Read full original article…
During our last days in Canada, the clear blue sky started to look more like a pattern of fifty shades of grey (pun intended). When eventually there were more days when we preferred a good jacket over our naked skin, we knew it was time to go. The Canadians tried to convince us that an Indian summer, when temperatures would rise again, would definitely be coming, our minds were already made up. We had something else to look forward to, we were planning to experience the end of the European season at a place which is still considered the mecca of naturism: The south of France.
It may seem like a big leap to move all the way from Canada to France just for a couple of weeks of sunshine, but for us it would also be a possibility to make a short stop in Belgium afterwards to visit our friends and family who we haven’t seen for more than a year by now. And to be honest… How can we keep telling people that we’re a genuine naturist travel blog when we haven’t written anything about France yet?
The ecological damage we’re making by crossing another ocean by airplane aside, the flight from Canada to France is not as long as one would imagine. We’ve left Montreal around midnight and seven hours later we already touched ground in Paris. Little sleep on the plane (as budget minded bloggers we always prefer price over comfort) and a six hour time difference are the perfect ingredients for a decent jetlag and the smartest thing we could have done was probably take a 15 hour nap. But hey, this is Paris! One of the world’s most magnificent cities! How could we be sleeping when we might as well… eat? Continued…Read full original article…
While in today’s society the naked body is often seen as something to be ashamed of, in the ancient world nudity was seen simply as a part of everyday life. For the Ancient Greeks, the human body was a sacred thing that was meant to be celebrated in both art and everyday life.
Nude bull leaping
In Minoan culture, while complete nudity was not as prevalent as in other parts of Greece, the Minoan believed in equality for both genders in regards to being bare-chested. A popular sporting event at the time involved young adults, both men and women, who displayed their gymnastic skills by leaping through the horns of a charging bull. For practical purposes, the competitors would wear only a small, thin loincloth to ensure that they had freedom of movement and to avoid any hindrance due to clothing (getting caught up with a bra strap while facing a charging bull is one wardrobe malfunction you definitely don’t want to have). Continued…Read full original article…
Let’s just get this out of the way in the beginning. I’m fat. There I said it. I. AM. FAT. So many people have in their heads that people who enjoy being naked socially are those that are bronzed, in shape and beautiful. As far as the bronzed thing goes well, sometimes yes and sometimes no. Are there people that never miss a day in the gym involved in social nudism? Absolutely. But quite honestly, the percentage of those people are the same as you would find anywhere at any time.
In addition, however, there are also MANY people who are considered the “average body” or even the body types that are outside the preconceived norm that are the body beautiful, because they are being unabashedly and honestly themselves. I use average body in quotations as that is a stereotype that we have been sold for years and years through advertising and, well, this isn’t a story about that.
Recreational and social nudism has been a part of the public sphere for a while now, and heading into the new decade, more individuals are dipping their toe into the waters of nudist life and activities.
Some millennials have began embracing nudism out of pure curiosity, and to become members of a group that has been spreading body positivity for straight, gay, trans and non-binary folks alike.
Inclusion has always been a part of the naturist experience. It has been a core tenet of these groups since their inception, and the friendliness you’ll come to find from these people creates a welcoming, non-critical environment that appeals to the young and old. Steve*, co-founder of the Chicagoland Fun Club puts it this way: “It’s an extremely accepting environment, it’s a great place for you to be yourself. When there are no clothes, there are no judgements or predispositions… It’s a great melting pot of all different types of people you can imagine,” Steve said. With the mindset that no one is perfect, people within the nudist lifestyle acknowledge that and embrace their differences.
Steve’s wife Katie, who helped found the club, said the rise of younger people adopting the lifestyle isn’t surprising to her. “I think we have more younger people because millennials tend to be more accepting of people and their differences. I think there is a lot more hang-up from older generations, where it takes time and age for you stop caring as much,” Katie said. Continued…Read full original article…
The man, who lives in Stuart, Fla., was told by sheriff’s deputies he can do yard work in his birthday suit as long as he doesn’t touch himself. Melissa Ny, who lives opposite the naturist, is among those who have complained.
She told WPBF: ‘I came out Sunday night to put the trash out, and I look over and he is bent over, winding up his hose, and I’m like, “That is my view of the neighborhood”. ‘He works on his car, and he does it naked, and everyone has called the police. ‘He is just out there doing his yard work, whatever he needs to do outside – naked.’ Continued…Read full original article…
My children spend most of their lives naked as little jay birds. I’m pretty sure our property has been unofficially designated a nudist colony. This past summer, I don’t think my daughter had clothes on when we weren’t leaving the house. But even beyond our borders, my kids have never had any qualms about “putting themselves out there.” Now that they’re getting a little bit older, I try to teach them the importance of “time and place,” but when they were toddlers? Ha. I let my toddlers run around naked in public and I’m not sorry.
Look, it’s not like I defiantly march them nude into libraries and grocery stores to make some sort of body positive, political statement. I don’t look at signs that say “no shirt, no shoes, no service” and, in protest, encourage my kids to disrobe. If we leave the house we put on clothes. But they regularly failed to grasp the concept of which body parts are supposed to be hidden from public view and which are fair game. They’d run out of a public bathroom with their underwear around their ankles (or, when they were younger, remove their diapers all together). My daughter had an inexplicable habit of lifting her shirt or dress above her head everywhere and anywhere for no discernible reason. It’s not that I’d let these things go unchecked — I would casually put an end to their random acts of streaking — I just didn’t get flustered or bent out of shape about it. I’d usually chuckle, snap a picture (because what is parenting if not a decades long blackmail scheme?) and tell them it was time to put their clothes back on. This casual approach is very much intentional. Continued…Read full original article…
I spent a couple of days up in Cairns last week and after hiking up Glacier Rock, I decided to take a dip in Stoney Creek. I wandered all the way up the creek, as far as I could get, which was only a couple hundred metres but it was far enough away from people that I could skinny dip without too many people coming across me! There was a little cascade at the end and it was real pretty and super peaceful.
The water started getting cold so I got dressed again and that’s when 2 older women arrived. I later found out that they were 60 and 70 year old sisters who frequented the area, in particular, this spot.
The elder sister approached me and said “I dont want to offend you love but we’ve come here to go skinny dipping.” My eyes lit up and I laughed, telling them they’d run into the right person!
We all went skinny dipping together and got talking. The 70 year old woman was telling me that she grew up in the 60s and 70s and she started skinny dipping and getting naked in nature when she was in her 20s and has been doing it ever since! She explained that it was completely normal at that time and it’s just what everybody did. Continued…Read full original article…
Eastbourne nudists organise naturist trip to the Towner Art Gallery Baring all for a quick skinny dip is something many have experienced, but how would you feel walking around an art gallery in the nude? A group of local naturists recently did just that because, while many find nudity awkward, naturists feel that being naked is natural, comfortable and helps them to better enjoy their surroundings.
Philip Baker, of Eastbourne Naturist Swim Club, explained, “Naturism is about using the largest sense organ of the body – that is the skin – in addition to our other senses to fully engage with the natural world.”
Philip and a group of like-minded people recently enjoyed a trip around Eastbourne’s Towner Gallery without wearing any clothes. Members of Eastbourne Naturist Swim Club worked with national organisation British Naturism (BN) to organise and promote the gallery trip. They approached the Towner team with the idea and were delighted with the ‘immediately welcoming’ and non-judgemental response they received. Continued…Read full original article…
I talked about this before. Intrigued as I was by the comment of Artur, I decided to look into the Dutch laws about the need to be dressed while driving. I spent several hours going through all kinds of law texts, searched for stuff on a Dutch law website, and I came up with nothing related to the need to be dressed. The only law article that came up several times was the famous 430a, which ‘regulates’ the options for being nude in places. It decrees that you can’t be nude in public places. Places that are obviously not suited for it. Places where lots of people pass by.
This brings up the argument if the inside of your own car is a public place or not. I would assume it’s not. In a public place everyone can come in and sit down. That is not the case with my car. Now you may argue that it’s public enough for people to look inside and see a nude person in there. Correct. However, in the Netherlands it’s legal to be nude in your own house without having all drapes or curtains closed. People looking inside do so on their own risk.
Also it is okay to be naked in outside places where people can ‘look in’, meaning that you can be naked without having to take precautions not to be seen (a.k.a. ‘offend’ others). Places like this, on the right. Hardly a through road, right? Continued…Read full original article…
We can end up finding out quite a lot about our neighbours from living next to them.
Seeing their familiar faces come and go every now and again, we find out a bit about their habits and what they like to get up to.
But what happens when you get more than you bargained for?
One mum is despairing as she’s seen more of her neighbours than she ever wanted to, as she spotted the couple sunbathing stark naked in the garden next door – where her kids can see.
One mum is despairing as she’s seen more of her neighbours than she ever wanted to, as she spotted the couple sunbathing stark naked in the garden next door – where her kids can see. Continued…Read full original article…
On Saturday evening I was asked to judge the best-dressed competition at a Perth nudist club’s Italian night. That’s right. Best. Dressed. At a nudist club.
How did I get here?
Italian night at Sunseekers Nudist Club is not for the faint-hearted. A guest of the club on Saturday, I was nervous before I’d even set foot on the property. I didn’t grow up in a nudist family, I have no nudist friends, I really like clothes.