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Facebook, the nipple, and the 17th century

Peter Paul Rubens was an enormously successful Flemish painter who lived at the end of the 16th and the first half of the 17th century. Like all men, he was fascinated by women. At the time, the ideal of beauty was slightly different from what we know today. Shapes were rounder, fuller, up to a level that in our image-obsessed society, we might call obese.

Flash forward to the 21st century. The age of freedom. Freedom from religious restrictions, freedom from absolutist monarchs, from the tyranny of one class over the other.

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Yet, Rubens’s paintings of full-bodied nude women were not banned in the 17th century. They were banned in the 21st. By Facebook.

I’m  not joking, but over the past few years, Belgians were outraged that the paintings of one of their greatest artists were banned, from Facebook, because they were showing too much skin. 17th century skin.

It is outrageous and silly at the same time that in a modern age, an age where Brigitte Bardot and Kim Kardashian are icons, when nudity in advertising and movies and at parties is all around us, that a place like Facebook should still hang on to Victorian concepts of nudity.

As the protesters in the picture – and they are breast cancer activists, not strippers or porn stars – rightly pointed out, the human body is nothing to be ashamed of, and should not be kept hidden at all costs.

Yes, there is a place and a style for everything, and nudity can be disrespectful in some instances. But overall, the nipple is an innocent part of the body.

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Source: The Nude Guru

Original publication 20 November, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 6th December 2019

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I signed up for nude modelling to challenge myself

It was one thing to drop the robe, but afterwards I got to see myself through other people’s eyes.

“Hey, are you still available for life modelling?”

I had completely forgotten that I signed up to model naked in front of strangers.

Months ago, my friend alerted me to a body and queer positive life modelling class happening locally and suggested I put my hand up to try it out.

I had always been interested in the idea of life modelling and the same friend had done it for years and always spoken about how much fun she had found it, so I thought “Why not?”, texted back, “Yes” and then promptly blocked it out.

Until the text message, asking if I was still interested arrived.

My stomach dropped a little. I was scared just getting the text, let alone thinking about the idea of having to actually have my bits out in public.
Getty images My stomach dropped a little. I was scared just getting the text, let alone thinking about the idea of having to actually have my bits out in public.

My stomach dropped a little. I was scared just getting the text, let alone thinking about the idea of having to actually have my bits out in public. It was terrifying to me.

But this is my year of challenging myself so I texted back my continued interest.

In the past 10 years or so, I have been getting more comfortable with body neutrality and trying not to mention mine or others bodies in anything other than a neutral way. I have spent so long working to the point of getting to be ok with my body, instead of being at war with it. There are days when I feel great (when I am dancing, or boxing or running) and there are days when I hate it (when my endometriosis flares up or when I have to buy jeans or swimwear). These extremes I go through aren’t helpful for my mental or physical health, so what I like to aim for most days is neutrality. 

Modelling naked was going to challenge those extremes AND the neutrality.

As the day got closer, I was nervous and made sure my body was freshly groomed and I was wearing a full face of makeup. I arrived at the art studio and took note of all of the artists that would be staring at my naked body. It wasn’t until the facilitator mentioned they were still waiting on the model that I realised I hadn’t actually introduced myself. 

I have always had a little theatrical streak, so I did some weird form of jazz hands and announced with a flourish: “Hi I am here! The model!”

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Source: SBS

Original publication 15 November, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 27th November 2019

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Topless woman arrested playing Frisbee in own garden won’t stop nude sunbathing

Furious Effie Krokos, 20, won her case against the city of Loveland, Colorado after a police officer arrested her taking her shirt off

A woman who was arrested for playing Frisbee in her fiance’s garden topless has won a mammoth settlement from police.

Student Effie Krokos, 20, was nabbed by an officer after taking her shirt off in the front garden in Loveland, Colorado.

The community college student said the couple were playing Frisbee on September 26 when she started overheating.

Her husband-to-be had already taken his shirt off, so she decided to join him and removed hers.

Student Effie Krokos was arrested for playing Frisbee topless in her front garden
CBS Denver Student Effie Krokos was arrested for playing Frisbee topless in her front garden

She was following the law, which had been changed on February 10 with a Circuit Court Ruling allowing women to be topless anywhere a man could be topless.

Effie told CBS Denver: “I was like, ‘Oh it’s hot, he’s shirtless, why not go for it?'”.

But a neighbour was less than happy with her decision and called police.

Three hours later, Loveland Police Officer Greg Harris knocked at her door, issuing a summons for public indecency.

In a heated conversation Effie recorded on her mobile phone, she explained that the law had changed last February.

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Source: Daily Star

Original publication 12 November, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 25th November 2019

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Is it time to restrict nude scenes to the over 50s?

Emilia Clarke’s experience on Game of Thrones highlights how young actors can feel exploited, so only showing older bodies might redress the balance

Game of Thrones has not had the best press of late. The finale was bad, the showrunners appeared to demean their own fans at a film festival and HBO had to perform an embarrassing about-face when it came to making a prequel. Could it get any worse?

Thanks to Emilia Clarke’s recent appearance on Dax Shepherd’s podcast, it could. During her interview, she describes having to resist pressure to appear nude on the show. “I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like: ‘No, the sheet stays up,’ and they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans.’ And I’m like: ‘Fuck you.’”

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones
HBO Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones

In the age of the internet, a nude scene is a big deal: they become both permanent and freely available. One awkward conversation about sheet placement at work and Clarke’s body becomes public property for ever. Clearly, something has to be done.

I know what that thing is. We should ban nude scenes for anyone under the age of 50. Now, bear with me: this is not simply a very specific kink of mine. By the age of 50, most actors have been around long enough to really know their worth. They are no longer naive waifs straight out of drama school, desperate for a credit. They will have been around the block; they’ll have experienced rejection, and realised that rejection is not that bad. If a producer tried to pressure, say, Emma Thompson into a gratuitous topless scene, there is a very good chance that they’d end the conversation holding their broken teeth in their hands.

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Source: The Guardian

Original publication 20 November, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 22nd November 2019

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Farmers strip down to help mental health services in rural and remote Australian farming communities
MADDISON Smith is, of course, normally fully clothed while she’s out on the land, but this time she has stripped down for a very important reason.

MADDISON Smith is a fourth generation sugar cane farmer from the Mackay region.

She’s normally found working hard on the farm, but she’ll soon appear in a calendar as a nude model.

These women are farmers from Mullewa in Western Australia who worked together for their image
These women are farmers from Mullewa in Western Australia who worked together for their image Emma Jane Industry

She’s one of many farmers who have agreed to strip off as part of a push to promote mental health issues and prevent suicide in rural and regional Australia.

The movement was started by Ben Brooksby, a fifth generation farmer. Most days, the 25-year-old can be found working alongside his father and grandfather on the family farm in regional Victoria.

But he’s just returned home from a trip across Australia collecting photographs of nearly naked farmers. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: news.com.au

Original publication AUGUST 3, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 30th August 2018

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Nude man caught working out at Planet Fitness thought it was ‘judgment-free zone,’ police say

A man who was caught naked in a Planet Fitness thought he’d get away with it because the gym considers itself a “judgment-free zone,” officials said.

Eric Stagno, 34, of Massachusetts, was arrested on Sunday at a gym in Plaistow, N.H., after gymgoers allegedly caught him exercising in the nude, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.

Eric Stagno, 34, was allegedly caught working out naked in a Planet Fitness on Sunday. He told police he thought it was a "judgment-free zone," according to reports
Eric Stagno, 34, was allegedly caught working out naked in a Planet Fitness on Sunday. He told police he thought it was a “judgment-free zone,” according to reports Plaistow Police Department

Plaistow Capt. Brett Morgan said police were dispatched to the Planet Fitness location after receiving a call from witnesses that summarily said, “the guy walked in, stripped down right there in front, left the clothes and belongings at the front desk, walked back and forth across the gym a couple of times and then settled in over at the yoga mats.”

The police captain added that Stagno was in a “yoga-type pose” when authorities arrived. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Fox News

Original publication 24 July 2018

Posted on NatCorn 19th August 2018

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Mystery over naked women concept plan solved
Concept drawings for a makeover of a Dunedin river appear to include three naked women.

The Otago Regional Council (ORC) released its “visionary concepts for enhancement of the lower reaches of Water of Leith” on Thursday morning.

A review of the concepts reveal some extra enhancements along the river, which borders Forsyth Barr Stadium.

A concept picture of proposed work on Dunedin's Water of Leith, near Forsyth Barr Stadium, shows what appears to be three naked women in the water:
A concept picture of proposed work on Dunedin’s Water of Leith, near Forsyth Barr Stadium, shows what appears to be three naked women in the water: OTAGO REGIONAL COUNCI

The proposal for the normally frigid waters, famous for having students kayak along them when flooded, includes three female figures in the water.

The intrepid trio appear naked at first glance.

ORC stakeholder engagement director Sian Sutton said the figures were brought up at a council meeting.

“They kind of looked naked, didn’t they … I don’t believe they are.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Stuff

Original publication June 28 2018

Posted on NatCorn 17th July 2018

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Life drawing artists and nude models tap into creativity at pub venue
It’s a quiet Monday evening at a pub in Sydney’s inner-west and there is about to be some nudity — but it’s all in the name of art.

This will be only the second time Lulu has attended the life drawing group that meets at the Friend in Hand Pub in Glebe.

Although she had three years of modelling experience in art spaces, there was hesitation when she initially answered a call to pose at the licensed venue.

Readily available stage lighting and heating can make pubs good locations for life drawing, especially during winter.
Readily available stage lighting and heating can make pubs good locations for life drawing, especially during winter. ABC Radio Sydney: Luke Wong

“I was nervous. I wasn’t sure about where the class would be held,” Lulu said.

“I was curious as to what kind of crowd it would bring and if that would affect my position as a model.

“It’s a vulnerable position enough to be getting naked in front of a group of strangers and presenting yourself in that way, let alone people who have been drinking.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: ABC News

Original publication 5 June 2018

Posted on NatCorn 11th June 2018

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A History of Nudity in Paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft
A Fig Leaf of our Imagination

There are countless quirks about humans, but one of the real doozies is that most are confused, divided and downright ditsy when it comes to their own physical nature. To millions, the human body in its natural state is embarrassing, shameful, indecent or undignified. Its exposure provokes hostility, fear, nervous laughter or mockery. It threatens social standing, challenges order, infringes laws and is often punished with a severity bizarrely incommensurate with the offence.

The Golden Age by Lucas Cranach the Elder circa 1530
The Golden Age by Lucas Cranach the Elder circa 1530

The really odd thing about this is that it’s not generally considered odd at all. The necessity of concealing bits of the human body is taken for granted in precisely the same way that the need to provide animals with trousers isn’t. And they call Pagans irrational and superstitious.

Witches, Druids, and Pagans of many other species tend to be among the minority who don’t buy into humanity’s alienation from its unembellished form, recognizing this to be both symbolic and symptomatic of a desperately unhealthy estrangement from nature. Partly for that reason, as you’re reading this, several thousand Witches and Pagans around the world will be casting their Circles, wearing no more than they wore in the womb. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Felicity’s Blog

Original publication May 10, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 6th June 2018

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Writer Rosie reveals how she used to be mortified by nudity — but has learned to love it
Being buck naked around strangers or even pals just isn’t the British way, is it? But the Europeans embrace it

I’M ON holiday in Berlin, sitting opposite a tattooed stranger, chatting about where we’re going clubbing tonight. He happens to be stark naked – and so am I.

This should be weird, but it isn’t. That’s because we’re in a spa where everyone is nude. All around me, bodies of all ages and builds are swimming, sitting, sweating and letting it all hang out, literally.

There are wobbly bums, big muscles and a fair few grey pubes on show – and nobody could care less, including me. But I wasn’t always like this. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Sun

Original publication 29th April 2018

Posted on NatCorn 4th May 2018

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BBC presenter bares all for naked interview
BBC Radio Sheffield DJ Rony Robinson was speaking to a naturist as part of the station’s week-long discussion about body image.

BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Rony Robinson has presented part of his show naked for an interview with a naturist.

Robinson was speaking to a male guest from British Naturism who also agreed to strip off for the half-hour chat. There was a countdown and both were heard taking their clothes off while live on air.

BBC Radio Sheffield DJ strips off for live interview with naturist
BBC Radio Sheffield DJ strips off for live interview with naturist BBC/PA

The interview was part of a regular feature on the show called “Baring All” where a local guest is invited to talk about their life and what’s shaped them as a person.

During the interview they discussed how social nudity can make people feel better about themselves and can even improve behaviour. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Original publication April 18 2018

Posted on NatCorn 20th April 2018

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Creator of body positive Instagram feed filled with snaps of NAKED hikers enjoying the great outdoors claims it’s been ‘shadow banned’ by social media giant

  • Naturist Brendan Jones, 27, has slammed Instagram after account was shut down
  • Get Naked Australia feed features nude hikers of all shapes, ages and sizes
  • Healthcare worker, from Sydney, says images do not sexualise bodies
  • Claims the feed is no longer searchable for anyone other than existing followers

The man behind a body positive Instagram account that encourages followers to share naked snaps of themselves enjoying the great outdoors says it’s been ‘shadow banned’ by the network.

Instaban: Brendan Jones, 27, from Sydney, reveals his viral body confidence Instagram account could be forced to close after their hashtag was banned for inappropriate content
Instaban: Brendan Jones, 27, from Sydney, reveals his viral body confidence Instagram account could be forced to close after their hashtag was banned for inappropriate content Carters News Agency

Brendan Jones, 27, from Sydney, launched his Get Naked Australia feed in June 2016, and has built up a 222K following with his snaps of nude hikers of all ages, shapes and sizes, posing against an array of picturesque backdrops.

But now Brendan says the account has been flagged as potentially inappropriate by Instagram, which he says has ‘shadow banned’ the feed – meaning no one who doesn’t already follow Get Naked Australia would be able to find it by searching. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Daily Mail

Original publication 18 April 2018

Posted on NatCorn 19th April 2018

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The Naked Professor: Meet the man posting nude photos to encourage people to live a better life
It all started with a lack of sexual fulfilment and a growing interest in personal development

When trying to encourage positive change in the world, it can be hard to make your voice heard and stand out, no matter how noble the cause.

But one man found a unique solution: strip off and pose for pictures.

Alin Ostafe

Meet The Naked Professor, an Instagram account and blog dedicated to encouraging people – and men in particular – to become more connected to themselves, free their minds, reveal their true selves and be proud of who they are. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Independent

Original publication Thursday 12 April 2018

Posted on NatCorn 18th April 2018

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Nudity and Sensations

One of the more noteworthy observations I have made as a naturist is the sometimes feeling of being more naked than other times. When you are nude most hours of the day it almost becomes so commonplace that you forget it. You forget how special it is, because it has become the norm and isn’t really special anymore.

Mundane nudity
Mundane nudity

But some days I just feel more free than others. Some days my nudity is far more noticable. The breeze is just that much more sensational on my skin, the sun is that much warmer. Sometimes it’s just the blissful feeling of nothing. I just am. Naked. Open to the world. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Orthodox Nudist

Original publication April 11, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 13th April 2018

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Que consideramos Bio Nudismo

Menos estrés y más autoestima, eso es lo que inicialmente puede ofrece el nudismo, a las personas que han conocido la forma de vida naturista. Toda una filosofía de vida, donde pierden validez los cánones de belleza impuestos por las modas y que ayuda, y mucho, a la autoaceptación de nuestro propio cuerpo.

El nudismo y en extensión más clarificadora el naturismo, llevan un enorme componente en lo que se refiere al respeto al medio ambiente y a la conservación del planeta.

“El nudismo es una filosofía, una mentalidad, uno es nudista siempre, lo practique o no, porque es una manera de pensar de la persona sobre el cuerpo humano. Creo que todo el mundo es nudista desde que nace y luego la sociedad nos impone la ropa y nos hace pensar que hay algo malo en el cuerpo, pero posteriormente algunos nos damos cuenta de que esta imposición es muy negativa y logramos superar las barreras que nos han inculcado hacia nuestra anatomía”. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Espacio Bio Nudista

Original publication ABRIL 7, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 11th April 2018