A couple of interesting articles.

Since WordPress has changed the writing format system here i will admit that i have no idea how to use it and i will need to learn how it works now. But i do have two interesting articles I want to post so here they are:

Naturally Carolina: Workout Naked

Differentiating Naturism from Nudism

Patrick review – wry, existential nudist comedy

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/nov/22/patrick-review-wry-existential-nudist-comedy

This show is in Belgum and it’s about the existential crisis of a man who comes to inherit the naturist retreat from his father, but is obsessed with finding a lost hammer. What makes the show so interesting is that there is almost nothing about the nudity in the show, just the crisis the main character faces.

Where is Public Nudity legal in America?

So i am following a woman on Twitter who is pushing to get rid of the anti-topless laws in her state. She had made some claims earlier that a number of states had gone pro-topless. I wasn’t sure if it was true, so i decided to look and see. So i goggled a search and this is what i found.

https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/public-nudity-laws-us

Seattle, WA

Seattle actually allows for people to be nude anywhere anytime as long as you’re not making anyone uncomfortable. Many people go to relax at beaches or parks without the stress of clothing, and have been doing so since the 1990s when the case of Seattle v. Johnson made it legal.

Oregon 

Most places in Oregon are pretty lenient when it comes to nudity, as it turns out. There are plenty of nude spas and clubs you can go to (when it’s safe to go places again after the COVID-19 pandemic, of course). There are even lots of hot springs where you can enjoy unwinding totally au naturale. 

Austin, TX

Surprisingly, Austin is one of the most topless-friendly cities in the United States, where there are no laws specifically forbidding public nudity. In fact, Hippie Hollow is Texas’ government-maintained clothing-optional park, which covers 100 acres on Lake Travis’s shoreline and is a great place to cool off in the nude.

New York, NY

New York is one of the only places where anyone of any gender can go topless publicly without it being considered indecent exposure. However, it’s still not legal to bare your genitals, so no summer streaking across Rockaway Beach unless you want a hefty fine.

Philadelphia, PA

Philly technically allows you to be naked as long as you’re not being “lewd.” In fact, there’s usually an Annual Naked Bike Ride, which has also been seen in other places like Los Angeles. Still, people usually cover their genitals.

Florida

It’s actually completely legal to go out in the nude for some sun at many beaches in Florida, where at places like Miami’s Haulover Beach it’s clothing optional. Feel free to bare it all at Playalinda, Blind Creek Beach, or even South Beach (although, watch out for camera phones). Perhaps the only exception (though there is no legal precedent) is Bunche Beach Preserve in San Carlos Bay of Fort Myers, which definitely does not want anyone to take their clothes off.

https://www.therichest.com/lifestyle/the-33-states-that-allow-women-to-be-topless/

Now this article is from 2015 but I’ve confirmed that the list is still correct.

Now as I have said before I still have some dislike of the topless movement. Because i believe it is a part of the political feminist movement and really has nothing to do with naturism. But if people decide to allow women to go topless in their city or state then i have no problems with such a move. To be honest though even if the laws were to change nationwide i doubt many women would suddenly start going topless.

Naked protesters in upstate NY wear ‘spit hoods’ in solidarity with Daniel Prude

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-race-usa-rochester/naked-protesters-in-upstate-ny-wear-spit-hoods-in-solidarity-with-daniel-prude-idUSKBN25Y1U5?utm_source=reddit.com

I am not taking a stance on the whole BLM thing with this post. I am merely posting some Naked News in the case of this blog post.

Courting the Millennials. A Twitter Post.

This isn’t from my Twitter account.  But from another one.  So I am re-posting it.  I thought it was interesting.  https://twitter.com/AlmostWildBlog/status/1293630952648785921

This past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the pickle that our nudist clubs and organizations have gotten themselves into by not adapting with the times, by not embracing and engaging each new generation. They’re so far behind now that it’s difficult to catch up. 1/9

But at the same time, it’s never been easier to catch up than it is right now. Yes, they’re struggling to attract millennials, but the ways they could attract millennials require very little effort. Less effort, I’m sure, than attracting many previous generations. 2/9

For example, having a slick website and curated social media experiences? Not that hard. Young people know how to do this. People do this as a career. It can be done and it’s accessible to all, the obstacle is putting that responsibility in the right (young) hands. 3/9

Convincing people nudity is normal? Easy. This is a generation of people who grew up seeing nudity flow freely across the web, who openly advertise their onlyfans accounts online, who are not offended by genitals and breasts on their fav HBO show. 4/9

Attracting a more diverse crowd? EASY, TOO! It has never been easier to oppose racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia. It honestly seems like to much more work to dig your heels into prejudice than to just say, “fine, everyone is welcome and we’ll stand up for you!” 5/9

On top of that, discrimination is bad business. Worse now than ever. Anti-discrimination policies and practices aren’t going to harm your business, they’re going to help it. I’m looking at you, nudist clubs afraid they’ll lose business by standing up to bullies. 6/9

The only hard part of all of this is letting go. Letting go of the attachment to doing things the exact same way they’ve always been done and expecting different results. You can’t carry on as usual and expect the world to adapt to your unwillingness to accept change. 7/9

Maybe there’s an argument that millennials aren’t “joiners,” but I disagree that’s always the case. And maybe boomers have trouble letting go, but that’s not always the case either. There needs to be collaboration, and that movement has to come from both ends of the spectrum. 8/9

Anyway, I’m thinking of hashing this out in a follow-up blog post to “Millennial Killed the Nudist Club,” and calling it “Boomer Killed the Nudist Club.” 9/9

 

Black Naturist – the Naturist Living Show

Just posting a link to a story on the Naturist Living site.

Black Naturists

In 1927 Maurice Parmelee wrote “it is of great importance for gymnosophy that race prejudice disappear entirely, or be reduced to the lowest possible minimum.” He would certainly be disappointed by the persistence of systemic racism nearly a century later. We discuss being Black in Naturism with Gregory Jean Louis, a passionate listener; Shirley Mason, of Haulover and the B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation; and Michelle Jackson, of the Black Naturists Association.

It’s official – nakedness leads to improvements in body image!

https://www.bn.org.uk/news/information/about-naturism/its-official-nakedness-leads-to-improvements-in-body-image-r705/

Regular readers will know of the ground-breaking work done by Dr Keon West of Goldsmith’s University and how his research showed that being naked boosts self-esteem, happiness and life satisfaction.

Last summer, with administrative assistance and some funding from British Naturism, Dr. Keon hosted part II of the work and tested whether similar results could be achieved with people who weren’t attending a specific nude event or gathering.

The results have now been peer reviewed and published in full. They are in an academic journal and currently behind a paywall, but BN member Nick Mayhew-Smith has looked through the article, and has produced a short summary of the experiment and the positive conclusions it reached, copied in below:

 

Nick writes:

So for the first time it was possible to test whether communal naked activity leads to rather than merely accompanies improvements in body image (Body Appreciation). And body image was measured before and after the trial took place.

In total 51 participants arrived for the experiment, half of whom spent 45 minutes socializing with clothes on (the control group), the other half doing the same naked. The sexes were roughly balanced (27 men, 24 women) and also each of the two groups (control and naked) had approximately the same proportion of women and men. The participants were told in advance that the experience had a potential for experiencing communal nudity, which could introduce a slight bias in the findings but this was offset by the fact that they were non-naturist identified and also that they were split into two randomized groups following their recruitment for the study.

The experiment also measured Relative Perceived Attractiveness of Others and Social Physique Anxiety, partly in order to determine where the effect of changes in body image might have been mediated.

Dr. Keon used the same body appreciation scale described in his 2018 paper, and measurements before and after the experiment showed a clear and significant difference between the naked group and the clothed group. For the clothed group, 45 minutes spent socializing with clothes on made no statistical difference to their levels of body appreciation, but it was measurably higher (on the scale used roughly 3.3 to 3.8) in the naked group.

The second measure Relative Perceived Attractiveness of Others demonstrated that nakedness had no effect, but as might be expected Social Physique Anxiety was significantly reduced in the naked group. A reduction in Social Physique Anxiety was therefore determined as a possible explanation for why naked socializing has a positive effect on Body Appreciation. In other words, improvement in body image could not simply be produced by seeing other people naked in a non-participatory way.

The participants were all happy to engage in the experiment once they were given their instructions, whether naked or clothed. And there were no differences in the responses between men and women or between different age ranges. A total of 90% of the participants were white, the others South Asian (2%), East Asian (2%), Middle Eastern (2%) or mixed ethnicity (4%).

Flashing and Streaking are not Nudism.

Found this post on Reddit.

File the title of this post under “I can’t believe this needs to be said”, but based on some of the common posts and comments I’ve seen here it seems this isn’t obvious to a lot of people.

I think there are some good-faith arguments to be had about what exactly is in the scope of nudism/naturism. Nudism really should be a big tent, I don’t think it benefits us to be gatekeeping or being narrow-minded about it. But it also isn’t and never has been everything to do with being nude. Some nudity does fall outside the scope of nudism, and for very good reasons.

With that in mind, I believe the most accurate and universally applicable definition for nudism is also the simplest: Nudism is the practice of recreational social nudity.

Now to can examine that definition a bit. The term nudity is fairly self-explanatory. The term recreational refers to the fact that we do it for reasons that aren’t strictly practical (e.g. getting naked for a shower or for a medical exam isn’t practicing nudism). The most important term in this definition is actually “social”. I think that concept trips people up the most because they take it to strictly mean interacting with other people. That can certainly be a part of it, but I’ll borrow from wikipedia to more fully explain the term:

Attitudes, orientations, or behaviors which take the interests, intentions, or needs of other people into account (in contrast to anti-social behaviour) has played some role in defining the idea or the principle.

Nudism obviously has a lot to do with nudity, and we nudists do like being nude in many circumstances and we often are. But the defining feature that turns nudity into nudism is that we practice nudity in pro-social ways. It’s pro-social to practice nudity alongside other people at a beach, resort, etc. where everyone has agreed it’s acceptable to practice it there. It’s also pro-social to be nude by yourself in a private setting since it’s still taking “other people into account” if there aren’t other people around. So nudity around your own house, nudity in a sufficiently remote area, etc are still social nudity even though you’re by yourself. Therefore “social nudity” covers the kinds of nudism I think most nudists actually practice and have in mind when they’re talking about doing nudism.

Nudists don’t think there’s anything wrong with seeing others nude or being seen nude by other people. But importantly, the reason nudists practice social nudity is that we understand that other people do have a problem with that. We know the public at large isn’t okay with public displays of nudity. We know that a lot of people would be shocked or offended or upset if they unexpectedly encountered nudity. We know that nudity can easily be misperceived and misconstrued by people who aren’t familiar with nonsexual nudity. We don’t really agree with any of that or think people ought to feel that way, but we still take all those people into account with regards to when and where we practice nudism.

So that’s why when we want to be nude, nudists will travel to designated areas like resorts and beaches where nudity is explicitly permitted and expected. We’ll take reasonable precautions to make sure if we’re not seen by unsuspecting strangers – we’ll close our blinds at home, be ready to throw something on if we’re out in an appropriately secluded area, etc. Nudists simply don’t force nudity on others without regard for how those others feel about nudity. Nudists are only nude with the consent of those around them. That consent can be implied because the location is clearly designated for that use such as at a club, or it can be explicitly asked for and given – a nudist will directly ask people around them if it’s okay to get nude before getting nude. Practicing nudity in these ways is pro-social nudity. If this is what you’re doing, then what you’re doing is nudism.

Which brings us to the post title. Flashing delivery people who are just doing their job? That’s wrong. Running around public places naked where an unsuspecting person might see? Also wrong. Surprising your guests by taking off your clothes without warning? Wrong. Not caring if the neighbors might see or what they would think? Wrong. Flashing people on a hiking trail by walking past without covering up? Wrong. Using coercion to get people to be nude or accept nudity? Very very wrong. Being nude in a place where you have to worry about being “caught”? Wrong. These behaviors are anti-social. They’re definitionally not taking other people into account. If you don’t have the full consent of all relevant parties – others who can see you, property owners, any others who have an equal right to be there and might stumble upon you, etc. – then what you’re doing isn’t social nudity. You’re not doing nudism.

Being pro-social means that a lot of practicing nudism is talking to people about it, at least if you do want to do it around other people. It’s not dropping hints and relying on subtext or trying to engineer situations to get away with being nude or guess reactions. You bring up the subject directly. You tell them what you’d like to do. You find out how they feel about it. Want to be nude at home and you’re not sure how the people you live with feel about it? Ask them. Want to be nude in your backyard where neighbors can see? Ask them. Want your friends to join you at a beach or a resort? Ask them. Want to make more nudist friends? Go where nudists are and talk to people there!

Being pro-social means you don’t spend your time parsing the letter of the law to figure out if nudity is legal in a given place. If you have the consent of everyone around you it doesn’t matter if it’s illegal because people who’ve consented won’t care to complain to the authorities. If you don’t have the consent of those around you then you shouldn’t be doing it even if it is legal, because being social means not being an asshole.

As a tangent – if you think public nudity should be more acceptable and generally legal (as most nudists do), then do advocate for that! But there’s simply no way to promote nudism which doesn’t involve talking to people, and these conversations are often had while wearing clothes. It’s a lot of finding out what they think first, and actively listening and respecting ideas you won’t agree with. It’s sitting down and learning how the mechanisms of government work and coming up with viable proposals that have a realistic shot of getting 51% support in the relevant constituency. It’s showing up to your town council meeting with those proposals ready to present them. It’s gathering signatures and doing needed fundraising. It’s running for office yourself or getting involved in party politics. It’s forming interest groups. It’s finding allies who’ll support your goals and supporting theirs in turn. It’s persuading your fellow citizens that this is a good idea with tested messages and outreach. It’s being patient and compromising. That’s what activism looks like.

Along those same lines, if you think the national nudist organizations or your local resort is out of touch and could do more or something different, then you’re entitled that opinion. Maybe your opinion is correct! But the social thing to do is to join those organizations, talk to other members and the leadership (maybe even work to become a leader yourself) and convince them of your ideas and how best to put them into practice. You can even found your own organization if you must and get people to join. Actually working with other nudists in a productive way is social, and a lot more likely to yield the changes you want to see than yet another anonymous complaint on the internet or opting out because you disagree.

What definitely isn’t activism of any sort is anti-social nudity. You’re simply not helping to normalize nudity if you’re offending people with it. You’re not helping by ranting about “rights” and comparing nudists to oppressed minorities when someone reacts negatively to nudity they didn’t ask to witness. The UPS driver isn’t walking away from the experience of being flashed thinking “Wow that person is so unashamed to be nude, maybe it’s normal”. They’re thinking “That person is a weirdo and an asshole”. Surprising your neighbors by sunbathing where they can see without ever talking to them about it doesn’t make them think “Wow, maybe I’m wrong about nudity”. It makes them think “This person is rude and a horrible neighbor, I’m glad it’s illegal”. Nudity can only be normalized by showing that nudists are themselves normal people capable of acting normally. You do that by being reasonable, following rules and norms, respecting boundaries, and showing people that you’re taking their feelings, reactions, and ideas into account.

Back to the main point. It’s this pro-social quality that makes nudism what it is and ultimately forms the guiding philosophy behind what we do. Practicing social nudity shows that if we respect one another, then even something as transgressive as recreational nudity can be healthy and enjoyed alongside others. It’s by being respectful towards all that we can tear down misconceptions about how nudism is harmful or sexual. So it’s that respect which nudists have to both practice and advocate for first and foremost. The freedom to enjoy nudity in the company of others flows from that.

So if you’re asking yourself “Is it okay if…” or “Should I…” or similar questions about getting naked, the correct answer for any nudist starts with asking yourself “Am I fully considering other people if I do this here in this way?”. If you can’t answer with an unambiguous yes, then don’t do it.

In summary, nudists take other people into account. If you want to be a nudist or call yourself a nudist, make sure you’re being social.