I wrote this essay as part of a first year writing course I took this fall with Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda. To put this into context, I am a senior (5th year) undergraduate mathematics major taking this particular English core requirement for the third time. The original assignment was to define a mores or ritual in American culture. In freaking out I decided to write in a style that I was more familiar with. With that in mind, here is the result.
Who Cares About Your Genitals?
In 2003, Stephen Peter Gough began hiking naked through the United Kingdom “earning the nickname ‘the naked rambler’.” His more than thirty subsequent arrests resulted in “almost seven years in prison” (Gough 6 and 160). Given the potential consequences of public nudity, we can see how strongly western culture values the ritual of clothing oneself. Thus, we define socially mandated…
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I found this post on another site. I won’t say which site but i did verify that the post did exist:
I don’t have any other place to ask this question because I am afraid of being banned or bitched out so I’ll just ask this here and see what happens.
Several weeks ago I finally convinced a female friend to try a local naturist resort with me. So upon arriving we both had to give or IDs to someone to register for a day visit. Things seemed to be going well and we went to the showers after being given a small tour. We had literally walked out of the shower and onto the promenade when the supervisor came up to us and told us that my female friend had to leave. When I asked why the supervisor said that my friend was flagged as a sex offender. Of course I was shocked, I knew she had a record but I had never asked. I was very upset that they wanted to kick her out. So I left with her because I was insulted at the tone of the supervisor and the fact that several men walked up with angry looks on their faces and a tone that they were ready to become violent if we didn’t leave immediately.
After we left my friend told me about her past. The incident had happened over 14 years ago in another state and she had not been in trouble since then. I won’t go into details but i will say the incident did not involve child porn or children in any form or fashion. After the explanation I was even more incensed by the way we had been treated and I was thinking of suing. My friend bade me to let it go and i did. The whole incident has stayed on my mind though, but I decided to find some info first. Are there any naturist resorts that allow for sex offenders to actually join and stay there?
I have heard that the AANR affiliated resorts are the ones that ban any and all sex offenders, but that private non-affiliated resorts may allow sex offenders. I just want to enjoy nudism with my friend. I know she was really hurt and embarrassed by what happened, and I just want to help her. Does anyone here have any ideas or info that can help me?
The first thing I find interesting is that the poster fears being banned from nudist/naturist forums or being mistreated by fellow naturists just for asking a question about this. Are the forums really that mean spirited?
The second thing: As a supporter of free business I think the resort has the right to ban certain people if they do not meet certain requirements.
The third thing: While I support the right of any business to makes their own rules, I find it frightening that you have to give your ID and then be subject to someone delving deep into your personal history like that, and then judging you by what they see. It really makes you wonder just exactly does any resort you deal with do with such info they find and how much harm they can bring to you.
The fourth thing: At a time where I see so many resorts and naturists complaining about lack of new members and financial problems, I find it to be somewhat silly to ban people for their past from joining or visiting a naturist resort for even a day. How do they expect to get any business if they block so many people?
The fifth thing: The poster seems to accuse the AANR of basically being a bunch of jerks and basically enforcing rules about sex offenders on just about any naturist resort that is a member of their group. But he also wonders if non-affiliated resorts have easier rules. I have heard other people complain over time about the AANR being somewhat draconian with their rules. I don’t know how much of this is true though.
Well if anyone who follows this blog has any answers or opinions then post away!
A NUDE model claims she was flung in jail after she was caught posing for a secret photoshoot inside one of Egypt’s ancient temples.
Marisa Papen, who describes herself as a “free-spirited and wild hearted expressionist”, traveled with photographer Jesse Walker to Egypt for a spectacular photoshoot inside and outside some of the country’s most famous landmarks.
In a blog post reported by various media outlets over the weekend she claimed she was put in jail an hauled before a court as a result of her nude al fresco outing.
However the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has disputed how accurate the images are suggesting they may have been faked or taken some time ago, reports Gulf News.
The Belgian model said: “The last two years I have walked wild and free in at least 50 countries. Rarely do I end up in precarious situations. Until April this year, in Egypt.”
Marisa, from the Flanders region of Belgium, met up in Cairo with photographer Walker who flew in from Australia to do the shoot.
And even though the duo said they were aware of the cultural, political and religious differences between Egypt and the West, the adventure ended differently than they both expected.During a first photoshoot near the famous pyramids of Giza, the two got into trouble.
They reportedly bribed a security guard to start the photoshoot when suddenly two young men showed up.
Papen said: “I was suddenly completely awake, like a cold shower at 5am in the morning.
Okay lets be honest here. While i admire her work and her passion, she obviously broke the law and did something very stupid. Like going into a Muslim country and doing a nude photoshoot!
Its a idea. Let’s think about it for a moment. And yes, I am being serious here. Maybe we should start protesting. It would give us great visibility and help spread the word about naturism/nudism. But maybe protest is too strong, too angry. Maybe the idea of a Naturist March would be a good idea. Yeah that’s the ticket.
Since the gays, the non-binary gendered. and the Social Justice Communists have been holding rallies, protests, and out right riots as of late i started thinking, “Why don’t we stage a peaceful march in support of the Naturist Community?” We are definitely a minority, and maybe we could claim some kind of victim status (although personally i do not want to do that). We could start a peaceful march during one of the Naked Bike Rides and spread from there. Now i know what the next question is: “What do we protest/march for?”
- More Nude Spaces. I suggest when we march we claim that we are asking for more nude beaches, trails and parks where we can go nude. Since we are paying our tax dollars to maintain these areas, we as naturists should be allowed to enjoy them in the nude as well.
- Change the Indecency Laws. Right now a number of laws say you can be arrested for being seen nude via the window inside your house or being seen in the nude on your own property. These laws need to be changed.
- Speaking Out. We need to speak out and talk about being nude and the health benefits of it. The march/protest would be the perfect chance to do so.
- Body Positive Outlook/Movement. This one is totally optional. While it will probably garner support from the SJWs and feminists, I am not sure I want their help since they are a bunch of communists and special snowflakes. They’ll make us look more like loons then sane people.
Well that’s all i can think of for right now. But i do wonder would any of us be willing to actually protest in the nude?
I have to admit this topic has been on my mind a few times, but i avoided writing about it because the logistics of it kind of drove me nuts.
I have been thinking about the more or less complex definition of the Naturist, the Nudist, and Naturism and Nudism.
The way i am beginning to see it is that Naturism is much more of a lifestyle, a choice, something that truly helps to define a part of the Naturalist’s personality and being. While the Naturist does not abhor or hate clothing, they believe that clothes are not part of the natural state of the human being and so therefore they should not be used or needed unless the temperature or environment calls for it. The Naturist believes being nude allows for freedom of one’s self, one’s body, and one’s mind. That to be nude invites healing one’s self and promotes heath. Naturism calls for a commitment in many ways, but does not demand. The Naturist lifestyle can be returned to whenever one chooses. Naturism is not a cult nor does it worship the Sun or the human form. Naturism is apolitical and generally doesn’t choose sides. Although it will support legislation that would allow for the Naturist to be in the nude the public. Naturism is non-sexual, but it not prudish or hateful of sex.
Nudism is different in my opinion. Nudism is personal and in many ways private. The nudist prefers his/her nakedness to be more of a private affair. Many Nudists are at-home Nudists. They usually do not wear clothes are home, but will remained clothed when company comes over. While Nudists do visit naturist resorts they go mainly to express their nakedness in a more public setting. They generally do not have a desire to become members or regular visitors to any clothing optional resort. The Nudist generally has no problem wearing clothes and see the wearing of textiles as just a normal part of life. While clothing is still considered optional, it is also something of a necessity. Nudists often mix their being nude with politics and social movements. They support a cause if it seems to portray the nude form as something good and normal. Often the nudist may link Nudism with social justice causes. The Nudist is often very shy about his/her nudeness and generally would not share that they are nude at home even with close family and friends. The reason for this is the social stigma that comes with being nude in a open or public setting. The Nudist fears being shunned by others even for being nude at home.
Now all of this is just my opinion on the difference between Naturism and Nudism. I am not stating that anyone is one or the other.
Twitter. We all know twitter. We all love it. Many others love it too. There can be people who pretend to be naturists and follow all the naturists they can round up. Only… these yokels aren’t naturists. Not nudists either. They’re out to collect images of nude people. Sometimes they are easily detectable because they…