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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Sauna: una pasión finlandesa En Finlandia existen 1,7 millones de saunas para una población de 5,2 millones, es decir, una sauna para cada 3 habitantes.
A partir de ahí es posible percibir la pasión de los finlandeses por la sauna. Más que simplemente un momento de ocio, la sauna es una tradición centenaria, a la que se le atribuyen poderes medicinales ya que el calor propicia una mejor circulación sanguínea además de la relajación y alivio de dolores musculares.
La sauna finlandesa consiste en una pequeña sala, con paredes, techo y suelo cubiertos por tablas de madera, y una especie de grada para sentarse. El calentamiento se realiza a través de un calentador eléctrico en una caja cubierta por piedras, sobre las cuales se echa agua para generar vapor. Este vapor es increíblemente caliente, haciendo que la temperatura en la sauna quede entre 80 y 100 grados.
El ritual de la sauna finlandesa generalmente sigue los siguientes procedimientos: La palabra sauna es la palabra proveniente de la lengua finlandesa más conocida en el mundo. Con toda razón, en la cultura finlandesa la sauna tiene una posición incontestable en la vida del día a día. En la cultura tradicional en el campo la sauna era un lugar de multiuso universal para todo tipo de actividades sociales y sanitarias. Además de la cocina era sólo en la sauna que se encontraba agua caliente para baño o lavado de la ropa. El agua caliente también era (y sigue siendo) un componente esencial a la hora del parto, un acto que era siempre conveniente hacer en la sauna, un lugar bien protegido de los ojos de los otros componentes de la familia. Todavía hoy vive un buen número de personas en Finlandia que nació en una sauna de madera de campo.
The panelist of "Incorrectas", Camila Salazar, and the radio producer Juan Ignacio "Mela" Meliton armed the suitcases and set out to tour several countries together.
The idea of the couple, who will marry in September of this year, is "to generate a beautiful network of travelers around the world where the learning of cultures is reciprocal". "We want to inspire them to understand that traveling is possible and you do not have to be a millionaire (much less) to achieve it, you just need to be practical, organized, responsible and have a nice energy to cross with incredible people to help you in your goals," he said. Camila.
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.
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.
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.
Shock and awe are feelings I've experienced in Hawaii many times before—usually due to the power of the waves, their proximity to the reef and how swells there are prone to doubling in size if you take your eyes off the horizon for even half a second. But this was a different kind of surprise. This was simply more nudity than I was expecting to see in a public place on a Wednesday morning.
It was an otherwise serene setting in the lineup of an obscure Big Island reef. The rain had just stopped and the sun was coming through the clouds in golden columns of heavenly light. The wind had been offshore all morning and a head-high swell offered tapering rights that folded idyllically into thin-lipped barrels. There was also a rainbow, of course.
"This guy…" Hawaiian surfer Cliff Kapono said, signaling a disturbance in the dreamy session.
On the beach, a middle-aged, Caucasian male with long, dreadlocked hair and a thick beard attached his leash to his ankle and stood proudly in the sun. He arched his back and stretched his arms wide, attempting to create the broadest surface for the morning rays to land. He smiled, eyes closed, his entire body frozen in bliss. He wasn't wearing any shorts.
At first I was very confused, but then I remembered something Kapono had said days before, when we encountered a strange, shirtless guitar player in downtown Hilo. "Spiritual refugees," he called them: people who didn't feel at home where they were, so they came to Hawaii hoping to connect with the energy of the islands—or, at the very least, get rid of their tan lines.
NAUGHTY nudists tucked into a fish-and-chip supper on a naked canal cruise last night.
The 40 naturists looked in ship shape as they streaked down the Shropshire Union Canal in Stafford, Shrops on a steamed-up barge.
British Naturism members flaunted their figures as they scoffed fried fish from paper bags throughout the evening.
Organiser John Rodgers confirmed there was a strict no-clothes rule on board the canal boat.
He said: “A naturist environment inspires freedom, body positivity and has been proven to make people happier, improving mental health and wellbeing.
“It is a positive family lifestyle.”
You started out enjoying being naked around the house, occasionally daring to slip outside when no one was noticing. Along the way you heard that there was a nude beach or resort near you where other people hung out nude. Your curiosity was piqued to the point where you gathered up the courage to finally check out the scene, and you realized that everyone there was very friendly. The people were from all walks of life, but they were the same more than they were different because when people are nude all pretexts are removed. You felt the freedom of being outside nude with no judgment by anyone, so you kept coming back until you realized that you were now a nudist.
Up to now only you and/or your partner was aware of enjoyment of naturism. You’d go off to the beach or resort to socialize with your new nudist friends, but you would not tell your friends and family about what you were doing because of the connotation behind nudity. On the other hand, you now realize the naturalness of being nude and the fact that social nudity is not sexual in the least bit. You have a quandary, because you want to share your enjoyment of naturism with friends and family, but you are concerned about what they will think of you. Additionally, you are reluctant to post or say anything on social media that could impact your career or friendships, yet you know that what you are doing is perfectly natural. What do you do?
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.
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.
The sculpture, depicting a naked couple in a passionate clinch, has attracted tens of thousands of visitors to the Mansion since it arrived at the end of last year – but none were quite as eye-catching as the 60 members of British Naturism who were given a private viewing recently.
They were also given a talk about the sculpture and other work on display by museum curator Emma Roodhouse.
A spokesman for Ipswich Council, which owns and manages the Mansion, said: “It was an unusual booking, but we were happy to allow them a private viewing. They were a very pleasant group and were really interested in The Kiss and the other exhibits we have on show there.”
He said that a member of museum staff had to accompany the group during their visit to the exhibition – but it was otherwise a private visit.
“We asked for volunteers – no one was forced to stay in case they might have been embarrassed, but the visit was a great success.”
Andy Wyman from British Naturism said: “We have visited other museums before such as the Haynes Motor Museum and the Maritime Museum in Falmouth but this was the first time we have been to such a prestigious event with the magnificent Rodin sculpture, The Kiss.
Naked in the Canarian paradise What do the Canary Islands have to be one of the best nudist destinations in the world? Take off your clothes and discover the pleasure of feeling the elements on the skin
David Gray says that she is a nudist from the moment her mother took off her diapers. That's more than 40 years ago. "I have lived naked almost all my life. Obviously I wear clothes when circumstances force me, but in my house I'm naked and I have fingers left over to count the times I've worn a swimsuit, "he explains. Tenerife born and Lanzarote adopted, the warm and privileged climate of the Canary Islands plays in their favor. In fact it is the climatic factor that first names when trying to explain why the archipelago is one of the main focuses of nudist tourism in Spain and Europe. In the Canary Islands the summers are pleasant and the winters are very mild. An eternal spring of sunny days, blue skies and stable temperatures, which invites you to shed your clothes and enjoy a more direct contact with nature 365 days a year.
The second key factor is "freedom" . As indicated by David Gray, president of the Naturist Association of Lanzarote , "The Canary Islands is one of the few communities that has hardly put restrictions on the practice of nudism on their coasts." Only in 4 of the 77 Canarian coastal municipalities (Tías -Lanzarote-, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tazacorte and Breña Alta -La Palma-), nudism is expressly prohibited on its beaches, which on the land means that in the Canary Islands no problem to find where to bathe or sunbathe naked. The catalog is wide and varied, from the kilometer-long beaches of white sands of Fuerteventura, where you can find, for example, the largest nudist beach in Spain, Cofete, to the beaches of the south and north of Gran Canaria, the small coves of La Gomera or some natural pools of El Hierro. "In the north of Lanzarote there is even a village, Charco del Palo , in the municipality of Haría, which is practically nudist. There are naturist lodgings and you can go without clothes down the street, "says David Gray, referring to what is considered one of the first naturist centers in the world .
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?
Hey friends, good naked morning on this lovely Sunday. Yeah, normally I blog on a Saturday morning, but I was workin’ all day yesterday—almost passed out. For the beginning of fall, these past few days have felt like how July and August should have felt if only we didn’t have such a cold summer. We hadn’t really had a 90-degree day up here in my area of Northern Michigan until really this weekend, THE FIRST WEEKEND OF FALL! I was down filming a local festival, and yesterday I was filming their queens’ pageant which was a good 2 hours out in the scorching sun and I’m in my sweaty polo—my bottle of water I’d been drinking all morning gone, both of my cameras’ batteries were on the verge of dying…and so was I. The pageant started at 10, and didn’t get over ‘til about 12:30, and I felt so sorry for those girls who had to brave the heat changing behind the tarp curtain in the small bandshell. Luckily when it was all over, the concessions were nearby and I got some pizza for lunch and best of all…an ice cold bottle of water! I started feeling a lot better afterwards.
Right on the edge of the park there in Atlanta is the Thunder Bay River, and I was so tempted to jump in for a swim—especially after I got a notification from one of my [textile] friends from a Christian ministry I belong to, he was working all day but took a break to take a cool swim in the river. I was practically green with envy…I so wanted to do the same, but I couldn’t because I was still on the job! Plus I didn’t have my suit…wish I could’ve just swam nude, but knowing the surroundings and how professional I had to be, I JUST COULDN’T!
A nudist colony was officially unveiled Friday in Commons 569.
The colony, named Studiously Streaking, was founded with the intent of providing students with a safe space for optional clothing.
At the revealing, nudists from the community came out to show support for Capital’s first on-campus nudist organization along with representatives from the local chapter of the American Association for Nudist Exploration.
“We are very excited to see the next generation of nudists showing some skin and taking some risks,” Bertha DeSoot, the Columbus chapter president of the AANE, said. “We’re hoping that the actions taken here today by Nick Edd and his group will help inspire students at other schools like Ohio State and Otterbein and help them realize there’s nothing wrong with stripping down to the basics.”
The colony, which is accepting of any and all students, will remain in its designated Commons throughout the school year.
Are nudists and naturists happier than the rest of the world?
Are they more connected with Nature and does that deep connection gives them
different (even better) understanding of themselves?
I am thinking about it for some time now. Since the beginning of my naked journey, my life has changed
to better without any doubt. But the questions are why and how naturism/nudism changed my life?
The most obvious thing that changed in my life is that I started to spend any time that I can, being naked. And the more time I was spending naked the more I was paying attention to my body. I started to treat my body as my temple, as my home. I started to appreciate my own body. It was not, and it is not a perfect body, but it is the only I have and I can’t get a new one. If I want it to be healthier, if I want it to look better I have to work on it, take care of it.
Before my nudist journey, I was taking my body for granted. Wasn’t eating good, wasn’t working out at all… All I have done for my body was to wash it and use body lotion twice a year (if I even had remembered).
You know when you’re nervous about public speaking and your friends advise you to “imagine the audience in their underwear?” Well, that’s exactly what I did when I performed stand-up recently at one of the most fear-inducing shows I’ve ever done … except in this scenario there was no “imagining” and there was no “underwear.” My audience was full on real and full on nude.
Yup. They were completely, totally, utterly butt naked. The dress code was semi-formal “birthday suits” and the guest list included penises, boobs, and vaginas galore. I told jokes for twenty minutes to a bunch of bare booties, although I was less focused on their bare booties and more focused on my own. See, I was equally garmentless.
Yup. I was completely, totally, utterly, bare-butt naked. At this point you’re probably wondering HOW? WHY? HUH? WHAT? WHY? WHY? WHY? Excellent questions and ones I’ve been asked by multiple people, including my mother, but her inquiries were more along the lines of “Oh my god, Jess, why?? Do you need to borrow some money?” and “Please, how much money do you need to borrow?” I explained to her that I didn’t disrobe out of a desperate need for quick cash. I said yes to the gig because I wanted to do it, because it was a unique opportunity, and because it was an experience I knew I wasn’t going to forget anytime soon.
Woman wants Tofino to get a nude beach “They may enjoy a surf and then walk around naked and just be free.”
A Tofino resident is laying bare her desire to see the community adopt a nude beach.
“We’ve become a major tourist destination and a nude beach is inclusive and allows people to be free while they’re on vacation and it allows people who are local to feel that they can gear down comfortably without such a moral compass on their bodies,” Rachel Sutton told the Westerly News.
“The ethos of Tofino and Ucluelet and the West Coast is fairly irreverent and we are a population who value uniqueness and doing things in a creative and spontaneous manner…They may enjoy a surf and then walk around naked and just be free.”
People of all genders are permitted to be topless in B.C., but full nudity is illegal on public lands. However, the province does offer an assortment of nude beaches. NaturistDirectory.com, a website that promotes destinations to travellers looking for clothing-optional opportunities, lists Vancouver’s Wreck Beach, Nelson’s Red Sands Beach, Hornby Island’s Little Tribune Bay and Crescent Rock’s Naturalist Beach as its top four B.C. beaches.
Dine Naked is an organisation hosting naked dining events in Bristol, but now it is coming to the Isle of Wight.
The three-course naked banquet is taking place in the function room at the Castle Inn on Saturday, April 20 at 7.30pm.
A spokesperson for the event said: "All Dine Naked events involve non-sexual nudity, and are only for people aged 18+.
"Being naked in a safe, friendly environment can be a really positive, life-affirming experience.
"The only people who'll see you will be other naked diners and the restaurant staff.
"The windows will be curtained, so nobody will be able to see in.
"Wear sandals, slippers or flip flops — but the point of Dine Naked is to be naked, so please don't wear anything else.
"Arrive normally dressed. We'll welcome you and explain things, then you can find a seat and get undressed."
Residents reported a male cycle with no clothes on near to Fiddlers Ferry Boat Yard and Penketh Mount on Sunday afternoon.
Cheshire Police confirmed that it was investigating these reports.
But British Naturism - a members organisation which promotes naturism in the UK - believes that the man was acting innocently.
It cited the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which states that naturists are free to roam in the nude as long as no malice is intended.
Andrew Welch of British Naturism said that its members were 'horrified' to hear the news that the cyclist had been reported to the police.
He said: "It's an important point and it frustrates us.
"I think that there is a presumption that a naked man must be up to something, when in fact the law is now incredibly clear.
"There is no action needed unless a crime is being committed.
"Naturism - taking your clothes off specifically because you want to sunbathe or feel the air on your skin - was named as an exclusion from the Sexual Offences Act.
The county’s chilly conditions might not make it the obvious option for unclothed capers, but Monifieth was once in the running to become the first place in Britain to open a bare-all beach.
Dundee District Council received a request from the Central Council for British Naturism 40 years ago and identified an area of beach at the east end of Monifieth, next to the army camp, caravan site and golf courses.
The notion was not exactly welcomed with open arms.
Monifieth West councillor Dorothy Pattullo said at the time that she wanted to give the idea the cold shoulder and described nude bathing as “socially unacceptable in this country”.
She said: “I imagine the sight of people running about naked would not be very good for golfers’ handicaps.”
And while she noted the potential to bring in additional tourists she warned the downsides of the idea were no laughing matter.
“Monifieth has a great many elderly people who would be rightly disturbed by nude bathing at the beach,” she declared.
“If the naturists want to take off their clothes it is all right with me – but not in public and certainly not in Monifieth.”
Holidaymakers jetting off to Ibiza and Mallorca can let it all hang out this summer with the popular holiday isles taking measures to protect and promote their “naturist tradition”.
A motion to protect nudism throughout the Balearic Islands was brought to the regional parliament by left-wing party Podemos and was unanimously approved on Thursday by the parliament’s Commission for Social Affairs and Human Rights.
It called on regional president, Francina Armengol, to respect nudism.
“The parliament of the Balearic Islands urges the government to recognise the naturist tradition of the Balearic Islands and its practice in freedom, tolerance and respect for people and the environment,” the motion read. The parliament will also urge the government to properly signpost beaches where stripping off is allowed.
“It is a way of living in harmony with nature, characterised by the practice of being naked together,” it said.
Early in the 16th century, Fra Bartolomeo painted an altarpiece of St Sebastian for the church of San Marco in Florence. Though stuck full of arrows, the martyr was, according to Vasari, distinctly good-looking in this picture: ‘sweet in countenance, and likewise executed with corresponding beauty of person’. By and by the friars of San Marco discovered through the confessional that this image was giving rise to ‘light and evil thoughts’ among women in the congregation.
It was removed and eventually sold to the King of France (who was presumably less bothered by that sort of thing). So even during the heyday of Michelangelo and Raphael depictions of human bodies without any clothes were not necessarily all about art. This is one of the themes of The Renaissance Nude, a truly marvellous exhibition at the Royal Academy.
This show is packed with lovely things to look at. There are beautiful bodies aplenty, and the roster of artists includes many of the great names in painting and sculpture — Dürer, Titian, Raphael, Signorelli, Memling. As a visitor, that’s really all you need to know.
Why naturism is good for children Its regular practice improves self-esteem and acceptance of one's own and another's body, as well as inculcating respect towards others and the environment
Eider is a 22-year-old girl from Bilbao who has practiced naturism since her memory reaches her, when as a child she ran naked on the beach with her parents. He just paused "when he was the age of the turkey", because of his own body's shame, until at 16 he enjoyed it again because it gives him "an inner peace, a feeling that you are part of nature as you are . I have been lucky that my aitas instilled this to me: it is a human body and nothing else ". Among the benefits that are associated with the usual exercise of nudityis not only that of a more natural acceptance of the human body (own and foreign), but also a better self-esteem, a greater ecological awareness, respect towards oneself and towards others and even a healthier mind, so it does not exist no reason for the little ones not to do it freely. "When children are young, it is when they have to be taught that it is natural. It has an important educational component that school does not give you, "says Ibán, father of Eider. And Ismael Rodrigo, president of the Naturist Federation of Spain and advisor to the International Human Rights Foundation, adds that "depriving children of the vision of natural nudity transmits a disastrous ideology: that there are parts of the human body that are bad, that should be hidden, even if the parents do not realize it.
"Nudity must begin at home, in the bosom of the family," he continues. "At bath time it's an easy time. Although it is better to extend as much as possible, especially in summer. When you get home, take off not only shoes and part of the clothes, but all of them and place towels on sofas and chairs. At home, your clothes are your home. " If you have a garden or terrace with an inflatable pool, do not put clothes on the children, "and if the area is discreet, do not take it ourselves. If we go to the beach, do not put clothes on the little ones. And in the changing rooms, it is better that the children enter with the mother and the girls with the father, to accustom them to the nudity of the other sex ". All this will teach them to appreciate the beauty of the body regardless of its form, a process in which the role of parents as models is fundamental.Lasexologia.com . "If parents show them that they take care of their body, that they celebrate and accept it by tolerating their" shortcomings "and appreciating" their strengths, "they are offering them a very valuable model." Eider, on the other hand, tells that from his gang of friends there are people who are naked and people who do not, "and you respect yourself the same".
The lively procession began at noon at the Jane Warner Plaza in Castro and continued to Haight and Stanyan in Golden Gate Park.
Many held signs with messages supporting nudism such as "Born this way" and "Freedom of choice."
Parade organizer and nudist activist Gypsy Taub shouted out over a megaphone: "Don't believe the lie. Your body is beautiful," and "It doesn't matter what size or shape your body is, it doesn't matter what age or gender. Your body was made by God, and God doesn't make mistakes."
Along the route, people stood on the sidelines snapping photos on their phones.
Each Saturday evening, around 50 people meet for a swim at Chester's Northgate Arena.
It's a group made up of members of various ages, and it's a great chance for all of them to socialise, keep fit and have a good catch up.
Nothing unusual about that, you might think. But actually, there's just one thing that's different about these swimming sessions as opposed to regular ones.
All the swimmers are completely naked
They're members of the Wirral Naturist Club, which has been holding regular sessions at the Northgate Arena almost every week since 1976.
Member Rod Burkey explained more about the club, which was founded on the principles of 'family naturism' and consists mainly of couples and families with some singles making up the membership.
"We have members of all ages, backgrounds shapes and sizes," he said. "We're a friendly group, who enjoy socialising and keeping fit – although you may very well find that there is more talking than exercising!
"Our swims are open to all ages and we are happy to attract and welcome anyone who wants to give naturism a try. Prospective members have to fill out a form and attend three swim sessions before being able to become members which gives all involved a fair chance to find out if they wish to continue," explains Rod.
And if you haven't tried Naturism before, Rod insists there is no need to be embarrassed - it is 'a most pleasurable experience'. Continued…Read full original article…
The women’s group Aquarela, who organised a naked protest bathe last week, say they used to enjoy the seclusion offered by tamarisks and pine trees on the L’Almadrava beach in Denia to go about their hobby in peace.
But now a concrete block of five floors with 68 apartments has stripped the nudists of privacy, and will bring unwarranted ‘stares’, ‘aggression’ and ‘judgements’.
“I arrived here 15 years ago. This beach has remained virgin until now and it was a joy to enjoy its tranquility,” an Aquarela member told Levante.
“We have bathed naked without problems — but now we have to defend what we have done with naturalness and freedom.”
The nudists say L’Almadrava has long been neglected due to its thick sand and posidonia seagrass.
But it was precisely this undesirability that has kept the ‘last virgin beach’ in the comarca of Alta Marina quiet, secluded and untouched. Continued…Read full original article…
A police spokesman said they received a report of concern for the naked man at about 5:35am on Thursday, March 14th after he was seen naked in the car park area at Victoria Quay.
The spokesman added: “The man was traced and confirmed he had been for a swim. He was taken to hospital as a precaution and then released.
“No crime was reported and no further police action is required.” Continued…Read full original article…
No, I did not forget to put pants on before heading into the office one day. I am not that out of my mind yet. It is a privilege for a select few of us, the opportunity to work from home on occasion.
In a previous job I was able to do so two or three times a week. My current position requires a more hands on approach so working from home is not something I do very often anymore. However in our modern and very connected world, no one thinks much of it if once a month I play the “have an appointment” or “the roads are terrible” game as an excuse to work from home, avoiding the office and the terrible torment of getting dressed. I hope this is something each of you gets the opportunity to try at least once in your life because being naked while working makes working much more fun. Just for fun, I thought I would document a recent work naked from home day. Continued…Read full original article…
The nude beach or a nudist resort are obviously the most common answers but they do not necessarily reflect the truth. Most often, nudism is something that starts at home. The reason why people tend to name certain social nudist places as their first “nude experience” is just because often home nudism is not really seen like nudism at all. When people asked us in the past about when and where we had become nudists, we would have answered “around 2010 at camping Bleesbruck in Luxembourg”. Now we know that this isn’t exactly true. Ever since the day we left the metaphorical nest (being our parent’s house) we did spend a lot of time in the nude. We slept nude, we walked from the bedroom to the bathroom to the kitchen for a midnight snack in the nude. On lazy Sundays we often didn’t wear much clothes either. We were nudists without even ever considering the term.
Our steps into social nudism all happened somehow by accident. If we hadn’t gotten that coupon which led us straight to a nude sauna and if the textile part of that campground in Luxembourg hadn’t been so full and loud, chances are that we would never have discovered the fabulous nudist lifestyle. It’s very likely that our nudism would have stayed between the four walls of our apartment.
There are many statistics about the amount of nudists per region or country. In western countries like most of Europe and the USA this number tends to be around 5% of the population. Which isn’t much. If you’d count the number of people who sleep with a teddy bear, who eat hamburgers every day of the week or who think that the world is flat, it’s likely that they could outnumber the nudists. This is mainly because even though many people like to spend some time in the nude, they don’t necessarily consider themselves nudists or naturists. Many people enjoy nudity at home but don’t feel any need to be naked around strangers. Some live in countries where social nudism just does not exist or is even illegal. And many others have concerns about nudist places or gave it a try but didn’t like nudist resorts. They like to be nude in their house and garden. But maybe it would be better if it was shared with some others. Continued…Read full original article…
We’re headed on vacation in a week. Just a quick getaway for my wife and me. We’re headed to Cypress Cove in Kissimmee for the first time. I’ve heard good things and considering that we live in the Midwest U.S. and haven’t felt 75+ degrees since October, understandably, we can’t wait to go.
Yes, I’ll be writing a blog post about our experiences and why (or why not) Cypress Cove would be a great destination for the first time or new naturist/nudist couple. Today though I woke up extra excited for our trip. It’s still a few days away but for me, the trip has already begun in my head.
While most of our friends don’t know too much about the naked vacations my wife and I go on throughout the year, the few that do always hit on the same topics. “Isn’t it really sexual?” Nope, not at all. I know it sounds impossible, but it is actually not a sexually charged environment at all. It feels more freeing and open. No one is judging one another. It’s all about body acceptance and enjoying the day in your own skin. I’ll explain more later.
“Isn’t it embarrassing walking around naked with your privates hanging out?” It’s actually pretty comfortable and when you’re naked and everyone around you is naked too, you really don’t notice. I’ll admit, at first it was unnerving walking around without clothing but that lasted all of about 15 minutes. And surprisingly, when you’re around other naked people, you really don’t notice it after awhile. Your skin is your “clothing.”
“What do you do all day when you’re naked?” Well, it’s really what won’t you do… which brings me to the purpose of this post. I can’t wait to get to Cypress Cove. I’m excited to see their property because they offer so much to do. Yes my wife loves laying by the pool and tanning in the sun or skinny dipping in the pool. I do too. But for me, it’s all that plus everything else that you can only experience when you are at a safe, clothing optional/nude property and surrounded by other like-minded individuals. Let me explain because here’s where a naked vacation is unlike any other trip you’ve ever had. Continued…Read full original article…
Until you’ve sweated it out in a full-on German sauna, you can’t really claim to be a proper sauna aficionado. Happily it’s an experience I can now tick off my bucket list, courtesy of a free morning while on a work trip to Wolfsburg in Lower Saxony.
Wolfsburg is of course the home of Volkswagen, and the famous VW logo is everywhere in this city. A little research identified BadeLand (www.badeland-wolfsburg.de), a waterpark with separate adjoining sauna area as a suitable facility. Located on the River Aller, it’s within walking distance (25-30 minutes) of the iconic Volkswagen factory with its four chimney stacks dating back to 1938, as well as Volkswagen’s Autostadt museum and customer centre which is well worth a visit. The Courtyard by Marriott hotel is located next door to BadeLand for anyone looking for a convenient place to stay.
The fact that BadeLand’s website is in German only caused a few reservations about whether I would have problems finding my way around, but the helpful lady at the desk explained in perfect English that a half day entry fee of €16.20 would allow unlimited access to both the pool area and the sauna area. If you need towels, they are €2 each, and flip-flops are also recommended – I brought my own. You do need to have swimwear to use the pool side, whereas the sauna area is textile free.
At check-in you are given a wristwatch type sensor that allows access to the various areas, as well as locking your chosen locker and recording any drinks or other items you purchase in the bar area.
Changing facilities for the sauna area are unisex, though there is also a dedicated female changing area. So it was off with the clothes, and with a towel wrapped around me, into the fray. Continued…Read full original article…
Residents reported a male cycle with no clothes on near to Fiddlers Ferry Boat Yard and Penketh Mount on Sunday afternoon.
Cheshire Police confirmed that it was investigating these reports.
But British Naturism – a members organisation which promotes naturism in the UK – believes that the man was acting innocently.
It cited the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which states that naturists are free to roam in the nude as long as no malice is intended.
Andrew Welch of British Naturism said that its members were ‘horrified’ to hear the news that the cyclist had been reported to the police.
He said: “It’s an important point and it frustrates us.
“I think that there is a presumption that a naked man must be up to something, when in fact the law is now incredibly clear.
“There is no action needed unless a crime is being committed.
“Naturism – taking your clothes off specifically because you want to sunbathe or feel the air on your skin – was named as an exclusion from the Sexual Offences Act.
“A naturist just doing his or her normal thing is not committing any kind of crime.
“It doesn’t have to be behind closed doors or in a designated area – anybody can take their clothes off and be a human being without committing a crime, unless they absolutely set out to offend someone.” Continued…Read full original article…