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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.

Women can now go Topless in 6 states.

Women can now legally go topless in 6 states, after federal ruling

A federal court ruling over a ban on women going topless in public has essentially made it legal for women to go topless in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma, according to news outlets.

CBS affiliate KUTV reports that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is over those six states, struck down a topless ban in Ft. Collins, Colo. after two women sued the city for the right to go topless in public.

Since Ft. Collins is not appealing the decision (the next step would be the Supreme Court), that means topless bans in those six states are no longer enforceable.

The lawsuit was brought by two women who are part of the #FreeTheNipple movement on social media, specifically Instagram, which does not allow photos of exposed breasts.

Plaintiffs Brit Hoagland and Samantha Six sued Ft. Collins, saying that being able to take off their shirts in public is their right, and is a step towards gender equality.

Okay get this passed in my state and maybe we’ll talk.  LOL.

B.C. women threatened with ‘vulgar’ letters for sunbathing topless

https://canoe.com/news/neighbours-threats-about-topless-sunbathing-raises-issues-of-law-privacy-and-criminality/wcm/30b81e8f-b981-42b9-adb4-5f4ac7c11617

Two young women who were blissfully sunbathing topless in their back yard say they have subjected to vulgar letters from a voyeur next door who has threatened to publish photos of them.

During the long, sun-soaked afternoons of the pandemic, Deuphine Apedaile and her roommate Cassy Conley burned off the hours of isolation gardening in back yard of their small East Van rental home.

They resurrected a weedy vegetable plot and watered neglected flower beds. It was a companionable way to pass the time, and on days that were bright and hot they would remove their tops and sunbathe.

Then came the letters.

Sad to see this happening.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to ‘Free the Nipple’ in topless women case

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-topless/u-s-supreme-court-refuses-to-free-the-nipple-in-topless-women-case-idUSKBN1ZC1HQ?utm_source=reddit.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Monday decided not to “Free the Nipple,” refusing to hear an appeal by three women fined by a city in New Hampshire for exposing their breasts in public who argued that banning female but not male toplessness violates the U.S. Constitution.

The justices left in place a 2019 ruling by New Hampshire’s top court upholding the women’s convictions for violating an ordinance in the city of Laconia that makes it illegal to show female breasts in public “with less than a fully opaque covering of any part of the nipple.”

To be honest I agree with the Supreme Court on this.  The Supreme Court should not be dealing with this.

Colorado City Council decides 11-year old girls can walk around topless in Public.

Colorado City Council decides 11-year old girls can walk around topless in Public.

Uhhh…yeah.  This is where I have a serious conflict.  But hey you guys discuss this in the comments section while I try to wrap my brain around this one.

Excerpt from the article:

Following a ‘Free the Nipple’ campaign in Fort Collins, Colorado, feminists have won a victory allowing women–and girls as young as eleven–to be bare-breasted in public.

After a three-year lawsuit, activists have won a case where a topless ban from city law has been removed by Fort Collins City Council.

The removal of the law will allow girls as young as eleven to legally walk around the city topless, costing the city over $320,000 in fees.

Good luck out there with this one guys.

Nude #WeTheNipple Art Action at Facebook Headquarters Calls Out Censorship

Nude protest outside of Facebook headquarters!

At sunrise on Sunday, June 2, 2019, 125 people posed nude in front of Facebook and Instagram’s New York City headquarters at Astor Place to challenge social media censorship. In collaboration with the National Coalition Against Censorship, artist Spencer Tunick created a photographic artwork as part of their #WeTheNipple campaign.

A picture of a thousand words about being topless.

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A person once said a picture is worth a thousand words.  And he was right, it is.  But this picture is supposed to help support the argument for women being topless in public in Sweden.  This is the same nation that fucking bends over backwards to accommodate the Muslim refugees that are swarming the country.  And with the number of rapes, and murders, tripling in the country due to Muslim refugees, why in God’s Holy Name would you want to push for topless equality at a time like this?  Do you want to give the Muslim rapefugees a easier way to target who they can rape?  Priorities here people of Sweden.  Get them, and then get them in order.

Now the next thing i have to say about this picture is how off putting the two people in the picture.  The both of them look very androgynous and like hipsters.  Why not use two older people like a hairy chested male and a average looking female?  Why does the picture use two young and somewhat ugly looking, androgynous hipsters.  When i first saw this picture i looked at the male and my first thought was, “Why do they have a flat chested woman and not so flat chested woman in this picture?  It makes no sense.”  In other words the androgyny of the male completely throws the picture off and obscures the message.  Sadly enough the Northern Europeans tendency to want to be SJW and PC destroys their own message in this case.

And so to get to the final point about this one must remember that the Topless movement does not support naturism .  It is a feminist movement that only supports WOMEN BEING ALLOWED BY LAW TO BE TOPLESS IN PUBLIC THE SAME AS MEN.   While we as naturist can support the Topless movement, do not expect the same Topless movement to come to our aid.  Remember most of the Topless movement is populated by young feminist, liberal types who flit from one social justice topic to the next with no care for the wreckage they leave behind and many of them are so body shy they’d never go totally nude in public, let alone at a nudist resort or beach.  So i say why bother supporting them unless it truly benefits us.  These same women would be the first to protest public nudity on the basis that it may trigger a transsexual or some body shy person.  After all these are the same people who think a naked, flaccid penis is some form psychological and physical aggression.  So these people will never be okay with the law allowing men to walk around naked because penises trigger them.  But some of them may be okay with women walking around nude because female body privilege and “muh patriarchy oppression” and all.

Well thats my two cents on this topic.

All-female cast perform NUDE version of Shakespeare’s Tempest in Central Park

All-female cast perform NUDE version of Shakespeare’s Tempest in Central Park

  • Members of Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society put on production of Shakespeare’s Tempest
  • Play was designed to highlight the restrictions that society places on people’s bodies, according to the group
  • All-female cast performed show over two day on Summit Rock in Central Park as part of the outdoor theater season
  • Toplessness is legal everywhere in New York, and while full nudity is usually banned, it is allowed in the name of art

Nude in the Woods.

So on Friday i finally decided to do it.  I went to the wooded area that I have been walking for the past few days and got nude!

I was very nervous at first, mainly because the usual small crowd of guys were there and they were making jokes about me taking pictures with my camera.  But as i left them and walked a for a good bit, my nervousness faded as i realized they wouldn’t walk as far as i was going to.  So i soon found my spot and i disrobed.

I had brought the camera with me to photograph my first time in the nude outdoors.  Until this moment i had only been nude outside in the back yard in the middle of the night, or to dump trash in the garbage can at the end of my driveway in the front yard.  Never before have i been nude in such a public area.

The sun felt great on my skin and so did the slight breeze that blew in the woods.  Although i was nude only for a few minutes per shot it was a gratifying experience none the less.

I truly wanted to be completely nude and walk around, but i had a camera, a tripod, and a mp3 player to carry so i knew i wouldn’t be able to walk around totally nude and carry all of those things in a area i was totally new to so i stayed clothed as i would move through the trail.  I would only disrobe for the pictures.

I had to keep on my shoes for this last set of photos due to prickly gumballs and other hazards, but i enjoyed myself none the less.  The sun and the freedom felt great, but i was still kinda nervous at times.  After i took all the pictures i wanted i decided to head back mainly because i wanted to come back the next day.

I guess I will go back tomorrow and I’ll disrobe and walk the trail itself in the nude for a while.  No camera or much else when i go this time.  But I’ll have to figure out how to carry my keys, mp3 player, and cell phone with me.  Heck!  Come to think of it, how will i carry my clothes once i take them off?  Okay this may present a challenge of grand proportions after all.  Either way though i am going to get nude and outdoors as often as possible now.  I enjoyed just the few minutes too much and now i may be hooked.