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The Naturist Talks: Aditya from Indonesia

The Naturist Talks: Aditya from Indonesia

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today we’re having Aditya, a 36 years young nudist from Indonesia..

 

Hello Aditya, tell us something about yourself
Hi, my name is Aditya.
I come from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia.
I am a 36 years old male and single. I am working as a community development officer in an NGO. I am also a photographer, and I usually take journalistic photos and sometimes fashion photography.
I like travelling, and I am a dog lover.

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I was a nudist since 2007, when I was 26 years old.
It was when I read an article about nudism from the internet, and I got interested in nudism.
It felt interesting because nudism taught me about acceptance and respect to our body and other people’s bodies, as a creation of God. And as a Christian, I feel I’m good as a nudist, because God created us naked.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Nudism is not legal in Indonesia, yet. There are no legal nudist/naturist places in Indonesia.
It is because of the opinion of the common people that still think that being nude is the same as having sexual activity.
But there are some people that say they are nudist. My nudist friend and I have done several nudist gatherings here in Jakarta.
For me, myself, I sometimes go to the some hidden beaches or somewhere else excluded to get naked.

What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
The best thing about nudism/naturism is that we are free to show ourselves as the truth of who we are . When we are naked, people can see our true selves. We are thin or thick, we have different skin colors or body shapes, etc. There is nothing to hide. We are who we are, and we also respect other people as who they are.
The worst thing about nudism/naturism is when there is an action or opinion that relate our nudity with sexual activity, because nudism/naturism is more about lifestyle and sexual activity is more about biological needs. So, there is relation between the two things.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Well, it’s not an easy thing to make a nudist/naturist friends here, in Indonesia. People are still not open about it. Maybe it is because of the public opinion that nudism is still related to sex.
Before our first gathering, I had to say again and again, that in this gathering, it wouldn’t be allowed to have sex during the session. You may have sex with your partner in your room. And praise the Lord, none of us had any sexual activity during the gathering.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
I think, the best starting point if you want to be a nudist/naturist, is that you must make sure that you are a nudist/naturist.
After you are sure about it, you may start it in your private area, such as your room or your house.
If you have done that, you may open your status by your social media. Maybe you cannot post your naked pictures there, as a nudist, but you may post articles about nudism/naturism.
After that, you may post your pictures and have one or two friends for the first time.
After you are really sure that your friends have the same opinion about nudism/naturism, you may have your gathering with them.That is in the right space.

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Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
I am a nudist/naturist. It is because that in our nudity, we are what we are. We are showing the truth of us, and other people too. Besides that, in our nudity, we will accept and respect ourselves, no matter how we look, because we are a creation of God.
Our body is the best gift that God has ever given to us, because God created us as His image.

 

Thank you so much for your participation Aditya!

 

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
What’s a nudist?

What’s a nudist?

So, we’ve been writing about all the different aspects of nudism for the last 10 months and suddenly we feel the urge to explain to you what nudism really is? Not really. Actually we’ve already done so months ago in our article So what about nudism?
Then why are we tackling this subject again?
The reason is that we receive many e-mails from readers who have questions or doubts about what it really means to be a nudist.

 

“I only go naked to get a decent tan, am I a nudist?”
“I like to be naked at home but not in public, am I a nudist?”
“What does it mean to be a nudist?”
“Which rules do I have to follow to be a nudist?”
“How do I become a nudist?”
“I like to be naked among other nudists but don’t want to share my nudity with textiles, am I a real nudist?”

 

We’d like to start with saying that “nudist” is just a word, a term. It’s a way to categorise people, which in fact we don’t like and which is also against one of the ideals of nudism.
It’s like when we tell you that we have a ball in our hand. Everyone of you now will get an image of the ball we have. Some will think it’s a big ball, others will think it’s a small one. You could imagine a football, a basketball, a tennis ball or the ball the dog runs around with. So everyone will imagine something different for exactly the same word and yet you’ll all see a round object.
It’s the same thing for “nudism”. There is no complete definition of being a nudist. There are only some characteristics.

 

Before we continue, please note that in this article you can replace the word “nudism” with “naturism” if you like, we’re handling both terms as equals.

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The definition
What do we do if we want an explanation? We ask WiKi:

 

“Naturism, or nudism, is a cultural and political movement practising, advocating, and defending personal and social nudity, most but not all of which takes place on private property. The term may also refer to a lifestyle based on personal, family, or social nudism.”

 

We’ve reread this definition five times and we still have no idea what it means. It doesn’t answer any of the above questions either. We’re sorry Wiki, but you’re letting us down on this one.
So let’s ask someone who does know: The INF (International Naturist Federation). They describe nudism as follows:

 

“Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment”

 

That sounds more like it… or at least it’s more understandable. And they gave us a couple of characteristics: As a nudist you have to live in harmony with nature, you have to be socially nude and you have to focus on respect. When many nudists read this they must realise that they’re probably not a “real” nudist. The term “home nudist”, for example, suddenly doesn’t seem to exist anymore. Even though we admire what the INF does, their definition of nudism dates from the 60s and is seriously outdated.
So we look further… The best definition we could find was in the book The Complete Guide To Nudism, Naturism and Nudists:

 

“Naturism is the enjoyment of getting as naked as possible, wherever and whenever appropriate, alone or with others, just for its own sake.”

 

Now that’s what we wanted to read. This definition answers some basic questions: What? Getting naked. Who? It doesn’t say, so it can be everyone. Where: everywhere appropriate. Why? Just for the sake of being naked. Only the “When?” part we don’t really agree with because it implies that nudists want to be naked whenever they get the chance, which is not always true. At least not in our idea of nudism.

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The characteristics
The definition by The Complete Guide already says it: The main characteristic of nudism (the What?) is the enjoyment of being naked. If the object in your hand is a rectangle, it can’t be a ball. If the person in front of you doesn’t like to be naked, he or she can’t be a nudist. Period.
All the other characteristics only define one (or a group of) certain nudist(s). Nevertheless, let’s go through them.

 

Who? This is something every nudist agrees on, every person can be a nudist. Age, size, race, body shape, skin colour, country, profession, wealth,… do not matter. The Indian kid in the slums of Mumbai is as much of a nudist as the CEO of some major company in Manhattan. As long as they both realise that they enjoy being naked.

 

Where? The definition says “wherever” appropriate. This doesn’t necessarily mean wherever allowed. Many nudists like to go skinny dipping in some nearby lake, but they will try to make sure that there are no others around, or at least nobody who could be offended. People who like to go naked on public places where it’s not allowed are most likely exhibitionists. When we’re at a designated nudist place, we will always be naked. Does this mean we have to spend as much time as possible in such places? This brings us to the next characteristic.

 

When? All nudists agree that nudism is about freedom, but we don’t think it’s about the freedom of being naked (although it’s a very liberating thing to do). We believe that it’s about the freedom of choice. We can choose whether we want to be naked or not. Ourselves, and many other nudists, don’t feel the need to be naked every possible minute. Sometimes we like to stay clothed, mostly for the convenience of not having to undress/dress ten times a day or because the weather doesn’t allow it. That’s perfectly fine, but we don’t go to nudist places if we don’t feel like being naked.

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Why? This is the most difficult one to define because nudists have hundreds of different reasons to do what they do. The most common ones are comfort, freedom, equality, body acceptance, the connection to nature, environmental reasons or health reasons. But it doesn’t matter. Even if you have no specific reason at all, if you like to be naked, you’re a nudist.

 

With whom? Nudism is often described as a social thing, and that’s also how it’s generally known. The act of being naked among others. But that’s just half of the story. You can be a nudist and not enjoy the company of others. Or if you live in a country where nudism is illegal, it can happen that you just don’t have a place to be socially nude. Does that mean that you can’t be a nudist? No! Everyone can be a nudist, even if you only like to be naked on your own.

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The anti-definition
Wow, this is becoming a long piece so we’ll keep it short. Just stick with us for another minute.
So if we had to define nudism, we would just say:

 

“The joy of being naked”

 

And that’s it.
But what if you don’t want to be called a nudist?
For many of the younger generation, the term “nudist” refers to a bunch of retired people hanging around naked on a patch of grass behind a huge fence. And “naturist” makes them think of some hippies worshipping mother earth and singing peace songs naked around a campfire. They don’t want to be called nudist or naturist.
Well, let’s get back to our introduction. “Nudism” is JUST A WORD.
There’s no need to categorise yourself. If you like to be naked you can call yourself a nudist, a naturist, a nudie, a bare, a gymnosophist, a naturalist, a bare-ass, a nude, a raw, a sun worshipper or nothing at all. It does not matter.

 

What’s your definition of nudism?

 

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Naturist Talks: Chris from the USA

Naturist Talks: Chris from the USA

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Chris, 56, from Dallas, USA will share with us his ideas on the nudism.

 

Hello Chris, tell us something about yourself
I’m a divorced single male of 56 years old. I live by myself. I started into the nudist life style over 18 years ago. I’m a small business owner. I drive a 2004 tahoe. I live in the Dallas Texas area, which is not the best place to be a nudist, but I deal with what I have.

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How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I became a full time nudist in my late 30’s. I had played around with nudity from my teen years, but I never knew there was such a thing as a nudist life style. I got nude with my step sister when I was a teenager. But I went full time nude after my divorce. My ex never cared for the life style.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
My area is really a very conservative area. There are a few resorts within an hour and half drive. for the most part nudism is looked down on. But I do go nude around my house and my backyard and my pool.

 

We hate to divide people into groups, but we’ll do it anyway…
Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?
Under these profiles I would have to say I’m a nudist. I enjoy being nude as much as I can be and I’m nude around most of my friends and family.

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
It’s been very hard to make nudist friends. I certainly has not been easy to find them. The majority were gay guys, there are a few couples, and even fewer women.
It’s difficult to find real nudist and not just people looking for sex.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Try it as often as you can. Start around your house, and then with friends. Then try the resorts. A real nudist is not going to care what you look like, and will accept you the way your are.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
For myself, the nudist life style has been a place where I can relax and deal with the stress of the day. The freedom it brings me, I enjoy it being alone or around others.

Thank you so much for your participation Chris!

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!

 

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Why are nudists so much into sports?

Why are nudists so much into sports?

We’ve all noticed it. There isn’t a single nudist club without any opportunities to do some sports. Doing a couple of laps in the swimming pool might be one of the most favourite activities, but often you’ll also get the chance to play some tennis or volleyball, maybe some jeu de boule or at least there’s a table tennis table or two.
Some nudist clubs have even grown to be real sports centres, a wet dream of many textiles.

 

But why is that?
Why are nudists that attracted to sports?

 

Some history
In the beginning of social nudism as we know it, it was all about health. The average nudist back then truly wanted to live a healthy lifestyle. They ate healthy, often home grown food, they knew that they had to expose a lot of skin to absorb as much sunlight as possible in order to get some vitamin D and they tried to stay fit… indeed… by doing sports.

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But actually this goes much further than social nudism. A couple of thousands of years ago, when the ancient Greeks ruled the place, sports were done in the buff by default. For two very obvious reasons. The human body was considered a piece of art and art has to be seen by the public. Next to watching the sports act itself, people also came to the events to get a glimpse of the muscular bodies of the sportsmen in all their glory. This has been the inspiration for many paintings and sculptures.

 

The second reason was of course comfort. If you’ve ever practiced sports in the nude you know why. The only thing clothing does is restricting your activity. It’s really holding you back. Swimmers can swim faster naked, runners can run faster and you don’t want to know how much time and money has gone into creating suits for gymnasts that have the same flexibility as… skin.
By the way, the word gymnasium literally means “place where they practice naked”. This is a great fun fact to tell in every textile gymnasium. Just saying.

 

Back in those days the body was something to be proud of. During the ancient Olympic Games, all sports were practiced naked except for horse racing. The price was often a nude statue of the winning athlete in a nearby temple.

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Nude sports are more healthy
Even though the Greeks were right when it comes to their sport habits and even though the early social nudists roughly based their ideas about sports on the Greek tradition, there’s more to it.
It has been proven that practicing sports nude is actually more healthy than doing so clothed. As we already said, the body creates vitamin D by absorbing sunlight. Well actually by absorbing the UVB radiation in sunlight (which by the way, and here’s another fun fact, is also what’s blocked by sunscreen. But that’s another story). So it really is common sense that the more skin is exposed to the sunlight, the more vitamin D can be created. If you practice sports twice a week for an hour, think about how much more vitamin D you could get into your system if you’d practice naked.
By the way… yes, here’s another fun fact… Since the 1930s, vitamin D is added to our food, especially to milk products. If people would spend more time with their naked asses in the sun, that wouldn’t be necessary.

 

And there’s more. Our body has a perfect system to regulate its temperature: sweating. When the heat goes up, your body spits out some liquid and you cool down again. Works perfect… unless you cover yourself with fabrics that absorb the sweat even before it can do anything. When you practice sports naked, not only won’t your body heat up easily because also the wind and the outside temperature will have a cooling effect, but when it gets too hot it will regulate its temperature by itself.

 

But there is a side note to this. For the Greeks it was easy, they have perfect temperatures for naked sports, here in Belgium on the other hand we do have to be a bit careful not to catch a cold.

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Nude sports are more fun
We’re not Greek athletes, we don’t feel the need to show our… ahum… “muscular” bodies to the world and neither do we practice that intense that our body heat reaches dangerous heights. And vitamin D? Well that can also be absorbed while lying lazy on the beach too, right? So why do we like naked sports. Because it’s FUN!

 

Not being restricted by a sticky t-shirt, pants pulling in your ass or swollen feet in those tennis shoes is really an excitement on its own. And then there are the bouncy parts. Truth to be said, in the beginning they were a source of embarrassment but soon that made place for another feeling. Pure freedom. This body is who you are and feeling the different parts move from one side to the other is feeling how it’s supposed to move. No more clothes to keep everything in place. Let it all out!

 

Next to the feeling of freedom, this also causes more body awareness. When you see how your body moves and which muscles are used, you get better in positioning yourself, which actually makes you better in sports.

How cool is that?

 

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Naturist Talks: Paul from the USA

Naturist Talks: Paul from the USA

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Today we’re listening to Paul, a military veteran from the United States.

 

Hello Paul, tell us something about yourself
I live in Texas, a wonderfully warm and beautiful state. I am a disabled military veteran and I have just graduated with my associate’s degree in business administration. I will be starting my bachelor’s program for a degree in the same field shortly. I do not currently have a job, but I am hoping to open a small business of my own once I graduate with my bachelor’s degree. I plan on doing custom leather work. I don’t own a car, but I ride a motorcycle every day. It is my favorite way to travel!

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I grew up on a farm and went skinny dipping all the time. One day I chose not to put my clothes back on and ran through the woods naked the rest of the day. I loved it, and from then on I was hooked. I was a naturist. I’ve enjoyed being a naturist ever since. Sadly, my family is not very open and accepting of this, so for a long time I had to keep it to just me, by myself. After moving away from home I became a social nudist, and I have enjoyed that very much as well.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Naturism is allowed in the US, as long as it is in a nudist resort (or similar), or private property. Public opinion is still negative, but improving. In my experience, people are accepting of it as long as they don’t have to deal with it.

 

We hate to divide people into groups, but we’ll do it anyway…
Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?
I consider myself a cross between naturist and nudist. I follow a philosophy about being connected to nature, but i also just like being naked as much as possible.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
I find it is easy to connect with other naturists online, but a bit more difficult to connect with them in person. Most tend to be quiet about it, unless they know they are among those who view it favorably. It isn’t impossible, but you usually have to go to a nudist resort or other event to find people to connect with.

 

DSC_0859-smallWhat’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
The best advice I can give is to be yourself. No one expects you to be any particular thing, act a certain way, etc. Just be yourself, and relax. You’re going to be ok. You’re only taking your clothes off.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
The first time I went to a social nudist gathering, I was terrified. I kept a brave face, but I was scared. I got to the resort, checked in, stripped, and walked nervously to the lodge. Once inside, people began chatting with me, and I forgot in moments that we were all naked. It turned out to be an amazing evening, and much less scary than I expected. It was a huge boost to my confidence afterwards, and helped me a lot with my body image as well.

 
Thank you so much for your participation Paul!
 

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!
How to pick the perfect nudist spot?

How to pick the perfect nudist spot?

We all share a common interest: The love for being nude. And when someone pronounces the term “nudist” or “naturist” we think of those friendly naked people gathering around the swimming pool or in the woods in their birthday suit. Because we consider ourselves equals, outsiders easily tend to believe that we’re all the same. The same type of people with the same interests and the same things to say. But that’s certainly not true. We can be anyone, we can be postmen, lawyers or dancers, we can be interested in fast cars, old movies or poetry, we can be straight, gay or bi. We are a bit of the whole population, who just happen to like being nude.

 

Because we’re such a diverse group, we like different things and have different expectations, even when it comes to nudism. Some of us like to make new friends while others prefer to have some time on their own. Some like the small campground with no wifi and barely electricity and others prefer the big all-in resorts. Some come for the activities, the sports, the sunbathing or the environment. In order to avoid any frustration or embarrassment, it’s important to pick the right spot for your nudist getaway, even if it’s just for the afternoon.

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Read the rules
The best way to get at least an indication of a place is to read their ruleset, which can often be found on the website. Even though we’re not big fans of places with a 200 page list of what you can and cannot do, you can learn a lot from these rules:

 

    • Pets: Certainly not every nudist place allows pets, so if you’re planning to bring the dog it’s better to check first.

 

    • Singles: Especially single males are sometimes refused in order to keep the male/female ratio balanced. If you’re planning to go as a single, you should check if they don’t have a policy against that.

 

    • Body decoration: There are nudist places where tattoos and piercings (especially genital piercings) are not allowed.

 

    • Transportation: Motorised vehicles are sometimes not allowed or only allowed in designated areas. This counts especially for motorbikes.

 

    • Smoking/alcohol: In the beginning of naturist camps, they used to maintain a high standard for health, excluding the use of alcohol and cigarettes. Although this is not that common anymore, there are still places maintaining this rule.

 

    • Clothing: Some places call themselves nudist places but are actually clothing optional. If you don’t feel comfortable being nude around textiles, it’s better to check this first.

 

    • Children: Some nudist places are adults only. If you’re traveling as a family you should make sure that the place you’re going allows children.

Read the reviews
There are plenty of websites where visitors of a certain place can leave a review. The most famous one of all is probably Tripadvisor. This information is often pure gold, but you have to know how to read the reviews. Here are a couple of tips:

 

    • Don’t trust a single review. Everyone can have a bad experience in a nice place or a good experience in a crappy place. If there are only one or two reviews, they may not be 100% trust worthy.

 

    • Read the positive and the negative reviews. People have different expectations and what’s important to them might not be important to you. We’ve read complaints like “No TV in the room”, “bar closes at 10pm” or “no other visitors”, some people may actually see that as advantages.

 

    • Check who wrote it. The expectations of a 70 year old single male might be a bit different than those of a couple in their twenties. Or a group of friends or a bachelor party or long term travelers.

 

Based on the reviews of others it’s often a lot easier to determine whether or not a certain place will be something for you. Some things that are particularly interesting to check in these reviews are the quality and cleanliness of the facilities, whether it’s a crowded or rather a quiet place and if there have been any sex-related incidents. Some swingers clubs also go under the name of nudist clubs, this is typically something you can find in the reviews.

 

Next to Tripadvisor there are many other sites providing reviews, blogs for example, like our own Naked Travels. Just google the place you want to go to with the word review and there’s a big chance you’ll find some info.

 

We also like to state that in order to help others, it’s nice if you write your own reviews of the places you go as well.

 

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Ask
If you still have some questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the owners of the place. Some things that can be important to you, you just can’t find out on the internet. For example if you want to know if you can have a shaded spot for your tent, which kinds of beer the bar sells, if they have a changing room for your baby or what the temperature of the water in the swimming pool is. Those things you have to ask.

 

If you haven’t picked a certain place yet, you could also ask the help of your local Naturist Organisation. They can send you a list of places to go to, especially if you have special requirements. For example a list of places which are accessible with a wheelchair. They will be happy to help you on your way.

 

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Naked Reads: The Complete Guide to Nudism, Naturism & Nudists by Liz and James Egger

Naked Reads: The Complete Guide to Nudism, Naturism & Nudists by Liz and James Egger

“Oh yes, finally, another new section on this website”, some might think… or maybe “oh no, not again”… In any case, let us present to you: Naked Reads”! – Now there’s some applause, yelling, people fainting, stuff like that.

 

No, seriously, one of our favourite pastimes on the nude beach is reading a book and of course we like to share our findings with you. But in this new section we’ll limit ourselves to only talking about the books that fit the subject, books about nudism that is.

 

For starters, we’ve recently been reading “The Complete Guide to Nudism, Naturism & Nudists” by Liz and James Egger.

 

guideWhat’s it about?
Well, the title probably gave something away… It’s a guide book and it reads like a guide book. It’s divided in about 20 short chapters covering every aspect of nudism/naturism. We’re not going to list them all (we don’t want to spoil anything), but you can be sure to find topics ranging from “the history of nudism” to “the single male policy” to “nudism and children”. Like the name says, it’s a complete guide.

 

What we liked about this book

Actually, the topics that were covered and the style of writing did remind us a bit of our own website (although the book is clearly better written). Liz and James have a great writing style, the is easy to read with a lot of personal (often quite funny) anecdotes combined with scientific material like the results of many surveys and research. The part about the history of nudism for example, you can find this information on the internet as well and 99% of the times it’s boring as hell, but in this book the history really reads like a novel.

Liz and James also dare to take a position, which is not always in favor of (some of the) nudists but yet it must make a lot of sense to everyone because it always has strong foundations. The most “difficult” topics like the single male policy are viewed from different angles to create a complete analysis.

 

What we missed in this book
Yes, we have been able to find a breach in the completeness of this book… Well, according to us of course. What we missed from time to time was a bit of depth, a bit of philosophizing. The book is full of answers to questions that many (especially beginning) nudists struggle with, but the unsolvable questions are left out. As a result, if this book was your only reference to what nudism is all about, it might seem like nudism is just about being naked among others. Period.

 

Who is it for?
Who would really benefit from reading this book are people who are interested in nudism but haven’t dared yet to take the plunge and also beginning nudists who have been nude at a beach or on vacation and got the taste but don’t know how to proceed. This book contains so much valuable information about what nudist clubs are, how to get involved and how to act, there’s even a step by step guide for the beginning nudist. The next time someone asks us how to become a nudist we’ll probably send them the link to this book because we couldn’t explain it any better.

 

But that doesn’t mean that the more experienced nudist won’t appreciate the book. There are so many anecdotes that will make you smile and think “oh yeah… been there…”

 

Get the book
Are you interested in reading the book? We’re pretty sure you won’t regret.
You can get it either in Paperback or Kindle version from Amazon by clicking the links below.

 

Why nudism and feminism go hand in hand

Why nudism and feminism go hand in hand

Some time ago we noticed that our website was being picked up on social media by several feminist action groups. We didn’t pay too much attention to that at the moment because we like to think that everything we write is women friendly. But somewhere in the back of our heads this realization got stuck and from time to time we wondered, how does feminism benefit from nudism? And once we started to ask ourselves that question it all became crystal clear…

 

#FreeTheNipple
One of the most known feminist movements these days is #FreeTheNipple. The general idea is simple, men are free to walk the streets bare chested and women are not. And that’s not fair. Why should a women’s chest be sexualized and a men’s chest not? If you think about it, it really doesn’t make any sense.
But of course the movement is not just about the fight for women to be allowed to show their breasts in public, it’s about equal rights in general.

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We are both big fans of feminism and female rights, but we are no activists. Mainly because personally we haven’t really come across unequal treatment in our personal lives. You could call it laziness or selfishness but in our environment unfair treatment of women seems to be limited, which is of course very good.

 

But back to Free The Nipple. As we already mentioned in our previous article about Nudism 2.0, nudity is often used as a way to gain attention to certain protests. We don’t always appreciate this, if the reason of the protest has nothing to do with the nudist lifestyle or the human body, it’s just a way to gain attention. Yes, if we wanted the local supermarket to have better opening hours we would probably reach the local media if we would be protesting naked. At least we would get more attention than if we’d wear our regular clothes. But that doesn’t benefit nudism, on the other hand, it would probably do harm to nudism.
For Free The Nipple this is different, although acceptation of naked female chests is only the tag line, their actions will certainly benefit both feminism and nudism.

 

Equality
Equality can be considered one of the top 3 core values in the nudist lifestyle, if not number one. By removing our clothes we also remove many superficial borders. Suddenly people don’t see anymore whether we’re wearing 3 euro clothes or 3000 euro clothes. Clothes can tell a lot about a person, a lot of superficial things that is. By the clothes you can often see whether someone is rich or poor, what kind of business they’re in and what kind of people they like to meet. And funny enough, most of that appearance is pure fake. How many women are walking around with fake Burberry purses? And how many women have bought a fake Prada purse to conquer with that Burberry?
For nudists, this superficial border melts like snow in the sun. Yes, you could have a towel from some expensive brand, but really, don’t spend the money because nobody will be impressed.

And the equality goes much further than that. Because we, nudists, are not sexualising the naked body, we also don’t make the difference between men and women. A nudist place is probably one of the only social places where we don’t have to think about what to wear, where we don’t have to show people who we are, or even more, where we don’t try to make people believe who we want them to believe we are. It’s getting complicated doesn’t it?
The point is that we’re not trying to impress anyone. We are who we are, long or short, rich or poor, black or white, man or woman. We’re all equal.

 

Can we help?
Basically, the nudists and the feminists are fighting the same fight. Even though we’re not exactly the same people, we are trying to gain acceptance and equality for a certain group. All we want is to be treated equally, men and women, nudists and textiles.
We welcome all feminists to get into nudism so they can enjoy a lifestyle free of harassment and unfairness, a lifestyle where everyone is the same, a lifestyle without a sexual undertone towards women.
We can fight together for our rights, for human rights and for a better, more equal world.

Even though we all look different, we’re all the same.

 

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The Naturist Talks: Nick from Greece

The Naturist Talks: Nick from Greece

As you may have read in the very first post of this blog, one of the main reasons why we started this project is to show the world that naturists are not some strange dark commune but that actually everyone could be one… Or could enjoy being one if they took the first step.

 

Our main example of “everyone” is of course ourselves, we write posts about naturism in general but also about our own experiences. But some of you might be thinking “Yes sure, those two are probably just the strange kids in the block…” (nah, we know you’re not thinking that about us, but we’re trying to write an introduction here). So we decided to let other naturists have a word as well.

 

So please sit back and get inspired!

 

Meanwhile we already published several interviews with people from all over the world. You can find them in the The Naturist Talks section.
Our guest for this week is Nick, who will tell us a thing or two about nudism in Greece.

 

Hello Nick, tell us something about yourself
Hi! I’m Nick from Athens, Greece. Just an everyday person, doing everyday things like working a desk job, shopping for groceries, paying my bills, hanging out with friends, going to the movies… and enjoying being nude on the beach.

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How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I’ve wanted to try nudism as long as I can remember myself, even though I was brought up in a textile environment. When I got my driver’s licence I finally got to visit a nude beach and was instantly hooked.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Nudism is pretty much tolerated, although shunned by most people. There are a lot of nude beaches in the islands, because of tourism but no organised nudist movement or group.

 

We hate to divide people into groups, but we’ll do it anyway…
Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?
Definitely a nudist. I don’t like the term “naturist” because it feels to me like you are embarrassed to admit that you enjoy public nudity and try to hide it under a broader context.

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Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Our close friends are unfortunately not nudists, but I have found out that if you are open about it you’d be surprised by the people who are either nudists themselves or are willing to give it a go.

 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Just go for it! Find a place to go nude and get rid of your clothes. It’s that simple. You can thank me later!

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
Nudism is freedom from clothes and social constrictions.

Thank you so much for your participation Nick!

Do you also want to tell your story and experiences in naturism? Please get in touch via the CONTACT page! As long as we have people who like to contribute, we can keep The Naturist Talks running!

 

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Nudism 2.0

Nudism 2.0

During the last weeks we’ve been talking about what will become of nudism in The future of nudism part one and part two. Shortly summarized, we think that nudism “as we know it” will eventually disappear and make place for a newer kind of nudism, Nudism 2.0 if you want.
This new kind of nudism will focus much more on what the younger generation wants. Less jeu de boule tournaments, less swim evenings and less quiz nights. Yes, we dream about naked jobs, naked workouts and naked football games, but there are quite some events that are already happening.
The 2.0 nudists will have their own parties, music festivals, runs and bike rides. We will do everything the textile does… but without the textile.

 

Thank you Spencer
We are big fans of Spencer Tunick, not only because we like his work but also because he brings nudity to another, more accepted, level. And it’s not that we’re not used to nudity in arts, since the middle ages there have been images of naked people in paintings and sculptures and those were, more or less, accepted by the majority.
In photography it was a bit more difficult. Where in paintings you could see the painter’s idea of reality, in photography you actually see reality. And, for some reason, there seemed to be a huge difference between a painting of genitals and a photo of genitals. But the main reason why we like art so much is because they don’t care about the public opinion. So photographers kept creating nudes, in natural positions but also in erotic or compromising ones. In any case, the model was the main topic of the art work.

 

Spencer has changed this completely. His photos didn’t focus on one, two or three models, but on hundreds. His models don’t mean a lot individually, but it’s the group that creates the image. The subject of his photos is not the individual but the group, a bunch of naked people who are working together to be part of a piece of art. To be honest, we’ve never been on a Spencer Tunick photo, but it’s very high on our bucket list.

Run or ride
Sports have always been important to nudists. For a long time this has been limited to tennis, volley ball, table tennis, swimming and jeu de boule, but the range of possibilities has increased.
Running became very popular during the last years and many nudist organisations started to organise their own 5k runs. Naked of course. We’re not going to list all runs here, but Google can help you find runs close to you.
But running naked is not that new, the Roskilde festival in Denmark has been organising a naked run since 1999. What started as a joke contest by the local radio where the male and female winners gained a free ticket for next year’s festival, has now become a huge contest. The last years they even had to organize qualifier races in order to get a ticket for the main event.

 

If running is not your piece of cake, you could also ride your bike. Naked bike rides have been organised since the late 90’s, but in the beginning of this millennium the World Naked Bike Ride became a huge event. Some say it started in Zaragoza, Spain, others will say it started in Germany, but nevertheless, this year you’ll have the chance to ride your bike through the city centers of about 50 countries.

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In or on the water
Skinny dipping has been a favourite activity for almost all nudists. If there’s something that really has to be done without clothing it must be swimming. What we used to do in deserted lakes or in the sea after sunset has now become a huge event. Think about the world record skinny dipping in the UK or The Sydney Skinny which attract hundreds, if not thousands participants the last years.

 

If you’re not so much of a swimmer, you could opt to spend your time on the water. Bare Necessities has probably been the first to organize a clothing optional cruise in 1991 for 36 people, but now, more than 25 years later they’re still going and they’re bigger than ever. Of course several other companies have followed their idea, so currently you can get a nude cruise more or less wherever you want.
And if a cruise is not really your thing, you could always go paddle boarding Orlando Bloom style.

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Make your point
All of above events may seem like a lot of fun, but you could also use your body for a good cause. FEMEN is probably the most known organisation that uses this tactic at the moment. For those who’ve been living on another planet the last couple of years, FEMEN is a Ukrainian feminist action group who protest semi-nude for women’s rights.

 

But FEMEN certainly didn’t invent nudist protests. Already in the early 1900s a spiritual Christian group called “Freedomites” had nude protests against materialism. And many of you will also remember the PETA campaign “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” with celebrities like Pink, Eva Mendez, Alicia Silverstone and Pamela Anderson going naked for the good cause.

 

Of course, in many of these cases nudity is only used to reach the media, because one naked body will get more media attention than a petition with 50 000 signatures. So we doubt if those manifestations actually help or harm the nudists.
But we can also see it this way: Nudity is a great tactic for protests, so if we ever have to protest against something, all we have to be is ourselves.

 

Of course there are plenty of other things you can do naked, if you want some inspiration, have a look at our Ultimate Nudist’s Bucket List.

 

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