Many people have found nudism a great resource for freedom and relaxation. However, nudism (what some also refer to as naturism) is also one of the most misunderstood lifestyles among the general population. Lets take some time to explore nudism and break through the misconceptions many have formulated over time about this exotic lifestyle.
Some people may cringe at the thought of going nude outside of the bathroom, let alone in the great outdoors. So what’s the attraction? To be totally honest I have trouble describing it myself. I’ve been doing it so long that I kind of take it for granted, and feel weird if I bushwalk clothed.
My wife summed it up nicely when I took her for her first nude walk. “This feels amazing… I can understand why you rave so much about being nude in the outdoors, the feeling of the breeze and sunlight all over your body, just feels so nice”
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This past week our little site has gone viral again. According to our stats, we hit 2 million hits a while ago, and have been viewed in all but 15 countries in the entire world! Awesome!
A few weeks ago you might remember we were running a competition for the best crumble recipe. The winner gets their recipe in our new cookbook, along with a couple of free copies. We had a hard choice choosing between all the wonderful crumble recipes but had fun eating lots of crumble.
This lovely recipe came in second place, and comes from the lovely Catriona. Cause the recipe was so yummy, we are going to send Catriona a free copy of our body image anthology when it is printed (which should be very soon!). We will be announcing who came in first very soon!
Ingredients: 1/2 cup ‘Pure’ sunflower spread (I’ve found the soya spread…
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As a great followup to yesterdays post, I just discovered this blog and his great article about his experiences at Burning Man festival
Finally, I am getting to write about one of the brightest events of the last year and my whole life so far – Burning Man, a festival that I had wanted to attend for years! And it is just on time before the tickets for 2013 go on sale already next Wednesday, for which you need to pre-register by this coming Sunday, 12:00 Pacific Time!
Of course, given this blog’s theme, I’ll focus on the naked aspect of the [Burning] Man, which is just a small portion of what I have experienced there. Nudity is a commonplace in Black Rock City (geographic alias of Burning Man), but only a fraction of people opt for it. This gives you a realistic feeling of what it could be like if full nudity in public was legalised in Western society and some people would start make use of this freedom.
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Finding a place to camp nude, on my to do list for this year
In Sydney yesterday over 650 people got their clothes off to swim in a race to raise money for the National Parks of New South Wales. Wonderful! You can read about it on yesterdays blog. It got me thinking as I was reading about the number of people who do not claim to be nudists, who for a good cause, would take their clothes off in public for the first time, why would they not continue this clothes free opportunity into their everyday lives.
Take the above example of a group of people protesting without clothes to raise awareness of climate change on grape quality in France. What is so special about public displays of nudity for the purposes of public cause awareness? Why would women in Egypt publically display their non public parts to call awareness to the struggles of women in that culture. Aliaa ElMahdy gained support throughout Europe for her protest with more women joining her.
The World Naked Bike Ride WNBR exists in many countries around the world to raise awareness to the dependancy on oil and our current car culture. This is one protest Id happily support if the ride in Brisbane was allowed, perhaps I’ll join the ride in Byron Bay next year.
Then there are a range of public events that have anude component to them. Burning man festival (USA), Confest (Australia), Sanfrancisico Bay to Breakers and Roskilt (Denmark), to name a few.
So people, especially 20-30s dont mind taking their clothes off for a special cause. I ask the question then, why dont they make it a fulltime lifestyle choice? I have no answers, but it encourages me that people are making themselves known that nudity isnt based on sex. In all these causes the offshoot is the cause of the naturist, that people, bodies and the enviroment are to be respected and that a nude human isnt a signal for sexual excitement.
I encourage you to join this cause, become free of your insecurities, fears, apprehension, whatever stops you. Find a nudist club, beach, social group. Ask questions, make a choice and join in the freedom and lifestyle that will forever change your opinion of your own body and self esteem.
As many as a thousand people on Sunday participated in the world’s first nude ocean swim, the Sydney Skinny.
People lined up from 8am to toss off their inhibitions and bathers to swim the 900 metres in Sydney’s Middle Harbour.
”There was an 89-year-old bloke, someone flew in from overseas, there were four paraplegics, a double amputee, there were fat people, thin people, young and old,” said organiser Nigel Marsh.
”It was just joyous,” said Mr Marsh. ”I am floating on cloud nine. It is probably one of the nicest days of my life.”
Channel 7 coverage………. Of the swimSunrise program
Well it wasnt so much as a run but an opportunity to be nude at home.
Its another rainy warm day here in Brisbane, and with our two neighbours away I took the opportunity to do the “chicken duty” unclothed. Our home is fairly secluded from the neighbours, it means we can walk safely around most of our home without having the worry of neighbours seeing us.
The backyard is rather safe as well but out of respect for our nearest neighbour we don’t venture into the backyard nude all that often. Today however, with the light drizzly rain and a cool breeze and the chickens needed to be fed and watered off I went, sans clothes. Standing there in the rain, having my whole body washed with the refreshing water, I gave thanks for the handful of eggs and the bucket of homegrown vegetables.
Standing nude in the rain is one of those amazing times when I feel a special connection to my Creator, and thankful for the many freedoms and resources this amazing country has.
I did my duties and proceeded to walk but through the pathways I have made in our garden and the natural bushland that surrounds us. To feel the earth between my toes and the sky raining on the skin and the cool breeze enveloping me reminds me of my Creators love for me the amazing relationship I have with the universe.
About an hour after I wrote this entry, I remembered that I had left the feed bucket for the chickens down at to coop, so back down to the chickens I wandered. As I bent down to pickup the bucket I heard the crunching of leaves and caught some movement from the corner of my eye. As I stood up, there coming out of the scrub was a Golden Retriever dog closely followed by two people. Here I was nude, in front of two strangers calmly walking their dog through the ‘public’ bushland.
As they gazed at me I slowly shuffled towards the hen house hoping to cover at least the lower half of my body. “Nice day for a walk” the woman called, “and other things” grinned the male companion. “Dont worry about us, we’re just passing through” said the woman who I recognised as a neighbour from a few houses up the street. “Sorry” I replied, not shamefully, but out of surprise and sensitivity to their encounter. “Its fine” said the woman, “its your property” as she turned and headed up the small easement path.
I watched the, walk away whispering to each other, a nudge and a giggle as they disappeared. This left me wondering about public nudism and the possibility that we could be nude if we wanted as much as people could be clothed how they want to. Wouldn’t that be an interesting challenge in society.