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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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Naked Travels: Pousada Encanto de Massarandupió in Massarandupió, Brazil

Naked Travels: Pousada Encanto de Massarandupió in Massarandupió, Brazil

Brazil is a bit of a strange country when it comes to nudism. When you look at the year round temperatures, you can hardly see a reason to own any clothes at all. And the Brazilians adore their bodies, they spend lots of times in the gym (and often at the plastic surgeon too) to create and maintain a “perfect” body. And they love to show it off as well, preferably on one of their many beaches.

 

Because of above factors, one would think that nudism in Brazil would be a big thing. But it isn’t. What makes it even more strange is that on Brazilian beaches the main rule is “the lesser, the better”. Men are often seen with speedos or g-strings and women’s bathing suits are better categorised under rope than under fabric. But, there has to be something, anything. Completely nude is not done.

 

So there’s little nudism to be found in Brazil, and most nudist facilities are located around or south of Rio De Janeiro. But yet we were able to find this little piece of heaven on only one hour drive from Salvador in the Bahia state.

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Location
The village of Massarandupió is located near a stretch of coast which is called the “Coconut Coast”. This place is everything you imagine when you hear the name, white beaches, blue sea, coconut trees everywhere and a warm Brazilian sun. To get there, you must take the Coconut Road (how convenient) for about an hour north from Salvador.

 

If you don’t have your own transportation, it’s a bit tricky to get to the village because it’s still about 5 kilometres from the main road and there’s no public transport. Most of the time there will be motorcycle taxis waiting at the place where the bus drops you off, but if they aren’t there you’ll have to walk. Luckily you have about 95% chance that if a car passes by, they will stop and pick you up. Often making another stop along the way to buy you a drink.

 

Accommodation
Encanto de Massarandupió is quite a big pousada (that’s the Brazilian word for guesthouse or B&B). It consists of a garden with a small swimmingpool in the middle surrounded by rooms. The rooms are pretty basic but spotless and they have an attached bathroom, or at least the one we had did.

 

Because of the nice weather and the beautiful garden you don’t need much more as you won’t be spending a lot of time inside anyway.

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Facilities
The options to keep yourself busy in this place are rather limited. There is a swimming pool, but don’t expect to become a professional swimmer here. The main purpose of the pool is to cool down rather than to swim some laps. Other than that you can relax with a beer in one of the chairs or hammocks and that’s about it.

 

If you’re looking for an active holiday, this might not be the right place for you, but if you want to spend some days relaxing in the sun and reading a book, you’ll love it here.

 

Surroundings
As we mentioned before, this is the Coconut Coast, so the best attraction is probably the beach. And lucky you, one of the few nude beaches in Brazil is located within walking distance from the village! And what kind of a nude beach… It’s big, it’s white, it has palm trees and it has a bar.
Be careful though, the sun is really strong over here. We managed to get sunburned even though we’d spend most of the day under an umbrella and at that time our skin was already quite adjusted to the Brazilian sun.

 

The village itself is really small town Brazil. Sand roads, a couple of houses, a couple of bars, two or three restaurants and a shop, and that’s about it. If you want to get some action it’s better to take the bus to one of the more touristic villages in the neighbourhood. Praia do Forte for example which is only about 15 minutes away (once you got to the main road), where you an visit the impressive castle, ride a horse, go diving or surfing or bananaboating. If you come in the right season (Dec-Feb) you can even see a lot of sea turtles.

 

And if you really want to get busy, Salvador is only one hour away. The city is famous for its history and culture, its historical centre and many cathedrals, but as well for its lively atmosphere. There’s music and caipirinhas everywhere.

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Staff
There isn’t so much we can say from the staff because we had a huge language barrier. None of the staff we met spoke a single word of English and our Portuguese is… well… let’s call it basic.
Nevertheless they were helpful and patient with us and they made sure we had everything we needed.
And oh yeah, they make delicious breakfast!

 

Guests
When we were there, there were very few other guests. We don’t think that they get a lot of foreign tourists in this place, everyone else we saw was Brazilian. The other guests were not particularly chatty. During the day that is. In the evenings, when beer and rum started to flow it suddenly became a lot easier to make contact and we did have some interesting late night talks.

Summary
For foreign tourists, this place is quite “off the beaten track”, it’s not the kind of place we’re used to in Europe or the US. But don’t let that hold you down. If you like a bit of adventure we’re sure that you’ll love this place. At least we did!
For more info and contact details, please visit their website: http://pousadamassarandupio.blogspot.com
The future of nudism – Part two: The possibilities

The future of nudism – Part two: The possibilities

Last week we tried to build a general idea about what nudism is today and what is necessary to secure our future. Even though those were just our ideas, many of them have been proven and we strongly believe that there’s a beautiful future ahead for nudism.
Last week were the facts, mixed with our own opinions, but let’s now focus on the future. In this article we’ll talk about our beliefs, hopes and dreams.

 

Robert H. Schuller, an American televangelist, once said that the key to happiness is to ask yourself the question “What would you do if you knew you could not fail” and make the answer your goal in life. That’s the philosophy on which this article is based.

 

Today
The beginning of nudism started over 100 years ago, and since then we’ve gone a long way. Today, in many places, nudism is not something to be ashamed of anymore, not something secret, not something to do in the woods behind a huge fence. Today we have our own beaches, our own 5k runs, our own cruises, our own restaurants and one day each year we are able to ride our bikes through the centre of many European and American cities, nude.

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And we are truly happy with this, especially here in Europe. In Belgium, where we live, the weather doesn’t exactly benefit our lifestyle. More often than not it’s either cold or rainy or most likely both. But we have indoor spas where we can be freely naked, at least once a month a swimming pool is “hijacked” by the nudists and we have several other events indoor as well. And when the weather gets better, we have nude beach and several clubs where we can sunbathe, play some pingpong, have a nap, have a chat, have a beer, all without the restriction of clothes.
But that’s Europe we’re talking about, the birthplace of modern day nudism.

 

In many other parts of the world nudism is still a big taboo. It’s seen as unethical, unreligious or something for the “less developed”. In Africa for example where, in most countries, the weather is perfect for nudists and where the indigenous tribes have a tradition of wearing clothes only for protection, nudism is in general completely unaccepted.
Via this website and via social media we’ve gotten in touch with many people from India as well, a country where nudism is prohibited by law, telling us how nudism for them is restricted to their homes. Which makes us quite sad…

 

Tomorrow
General acceptance of nudism should be the first thing to strive for. In our own country and in others. We need to show the world that we’re not just hippies or perverts, that we’re not the strange kids on the block. For a long time we have been happy with our secret areas but those days are gone. We are aching to be accepted, not because we want to show our naked bodies to everyone but because we want people to see that we have a unique lifestyle, based on confidence, respect, harmony and equality.

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But how can we do this when we restrict ourselves to our secluded areas? Clothing optional beaches are the first step. This is the perfect way for textiles to get in touch with nudists without having to become a member of a club or without being forced to get naked from the first minute. Here in Belgium, but also in other countries around Europe, nudist clubs are organising “open days”, so textiles can come over and have a look. And it seems to be a great success. In the beginning there was some fear for “monkey watching” but most visitors did show a lot of interest in the lifestyle and quite often decided to undress as well.

 

This is what we should focus on, less “us and them” and more just “us”. Respect is the keyword here, we want to be respected for our choice of being naked and on the other hand we have to respect those who decide to wear clothes.
Some people like to wear jeans, some like to wear a suit, some like to wear nothing at all.
Does this mean that everyone should be naked at all time? Of course not. We don’t stick to the same dress code all the time either, we wear different types of clothes for different occasions. We shouldn’t expect to be able to go to a job interview naked.  But wearing a suit for that job interview should be considered the same as wearing nothing on the beach, or in your garden, or in the park, or when you go shopping on a sunny day.
Nudity should become a style of casual clothing.

 

The day after tomorrow
Once public nudity is finally accepted, the options are unlimited. Just think about the many things that you would like to do naked, that would actually be a lot better if done naked.
When we promote nudism, we often talk about swimming and the joy of not being restricted to wearing a bathing suit, but there are so many things where clothes are actually redundant. Yoga has picked up the trend, but think about going to the gym. Wouldn’t it be so much better if you could work out naked?

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How about going to a party? How much time do we spend deciding what to wear? Should we wear a suit? A shirt? High heels? Correcting underwear? With naked parties all those sorrows are gone, no more thinking what to wear. Will this also take away the jealousy? Probably yes. When we see a clothed beautiful person, we tend to think that they must be hiding some flaws. When we see them naked and they still have a “perfect” body, will we be jealous? Probably not, because it is what it is. Everyone is different and “beautiful” is probably the broadest term existing.

 

Just think about it, if society didn’t expect you to wear clothes, at any time, what would you do? Shopping? Of course! How many times didn’t we take the first shirt and pants we find to go to the bakery in the morning? Just to wear something. We could as well go naked. And there are many small things like this, getting something from the car, taking out the garbage, asking the neighbours for some milk and two eggs.

 

What if we could go naked to the restaurant? What if we could go jogging naked in the morning? Visiting our parents? Even buying clothes would be much more efficient if we could arrive naked.
How about work? If you have an office job, like we do, there’s really no need for clothes. And if we have to give an important presentation we already picture the crowd naked… Wouldn’t it be so much better if they actually were?

 

Read part one of this article here: The future of nudism – Part one: The facts

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The Naturist Talks: Andy and Di from the USA

The Naturist Talks: Andy and Di 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.
This week our guests are Andy and Di from the USA.

 

Hello Andy and Di, tell us something about yourself
We are now both retired. I (Andy) was a firefighter for 32 years and my wife Di was a stay at home mom for many years before returning to school, eventually getting her Phd and becoming a College Professor for 25 years. We have two children and 7 grandchildren. We’ve been married for almost 44 years, been together for 48 years and have been nudists for almost 44 years.

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How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I became a naturist earlier than my wife Di. I began experimenting with naturism soon after I had the urge to be naked all the time. At the age of 14, I was given my own room. Up until then, I’d been sharing a room with siblings. Once I had my own room, I would be naked in my room as much as possible. I made excuses to remain home alone so I could be naked throughout the day while my parents and siblings were gone on outings. I would spend as much time as possible outside lying in the sun or doing yard work. Any excuse I could use to be naked seemed to be my highest priority.

 

My girlfriend, now my wife, did not have these same cravings or feelings. She grew up in a fairly strict conservative home. It wasn’t until we were married almost 4 years after we began dating that my wife began to live as a naturist. Because I was in military service during our first two years of marriage, my wife would only be a weekend naturist or longer when I was home on leave (vacation). After our wedding night, we remained in our new home and were naked for 3 days straight and we didn’t want to leave because we would have to get dressed.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Naturism is allowed in our country. We are fortunate to have many legal naturist places near our home. Our club is only 30 mins away and there are several other places no further than 2 hours away. We used to have 2 nude beaches but we only have one now. Though the beach is not technically legal, it is tolerated and has been a known nude beach for over 40 years.

 

Public opinion varies, here in the USA. People seem to be fine with naturism as long as it’s away from everyone else. People here in the US are afraid to tell people that they are naturists, that they occasionally not wear clothes at home or that they visit naturist venues.

 

My wife and I have always felt opposite about letting people, family and friends, know about our lifestyle. I am more open but my wife feels that they do not need to know. My wife agrees that we are doing nothing wrong and there is nothing sexual about naturism but feels that family and friends, aside from our children and grandchildren, won’t understand it and think badly about us. My wife felt more strongly about this while she was working.

 

Now that we are retired my wife doesn’t worry about this as much. We still don’t pontificate our naturist lifestyle but we don’t shy away from it if someone questions us.

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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?
We consider ourselves nudists. We live nude as much as possible. But we also consider ourselves nudist naturists. We love being out in nature and being naked in nature. Beaches, woods, the desert, mountains, hiking … we love nature and love camping and outdoor activities and when possible, we are naked while enjoying nature. But when not in a nature setting, like at home on a day to day basis, we are naked, much like now.

 

Being naked is our normal way of life. It can sometimes interfere with our way of life because we put off doing things because we need to get dressed to accomplish these things. We don’t allow nudism to rule or run our lives but it is so much a part of who we are and how we live, it does interfere with our desire to be naked instead of dressed.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
No, we don’t find it difficult to find naturist friends but we are very selective. Love, enjoyment or preference for being nude/naked can’t be the only thing that people have in common to become friends. Family, religion, politics, philosophies, upbringing, can play a large part on who you decide to become friends with. We once became friends with a very nice couple on our nude beach. Love of being naked and the beach were the only things we had in common. We tried to make that relationship work but it did not last.

 

I make friends easier than my wife. I’m a social person, an extrovert and my wife is the opposite. She’s very private but if she likes you and gets to know you and becomes a friend, she’s honest, loyal and supportive. This is changing slowly but changing nonetheless. We attended our first nude resort event, a theme dance. My wife has always shied away from these events but agreed to go because our close nudist friends wanted to attend as well. She had a very good time and met and greeted many of the other people that attended.

 

We have two circles of close personal friends, one textile and one nudist/naturist. They haven’t mixed as of yet but we keep thinking it will happen some day soon. Our nudist friends are no different than our textile friends, with the only exception, that we know of, that our nudist friends prefer being naked. We have many, many things in common with our nudist friends. Even though we may not agree politically, we agree to disagree and remain civil, friendly and always come away from any discussion with love, respect and support for one another.

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What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Nudism/Naturism starts at home. Women have a harder time with nudism/naturism. I only have my experiences and those shared by our close nudist friends and those that we’ve spoken with at the beach, clubs and resorts, to base these opinions on.

 

The best tip is to begin being naked at home as much as you can or want to. If it’s only a short time a day, that’s great and you try and increase that time every day or every week. Try sleeping naked, remain naked after a shower, watch TV, do household chores, eat, read, rest … do most things you do dressed, just do them naked.

 

People always comment positively the first time they’ve swam naked or sat in a hot tub naked and how there’s such a feeling of complete freedom. Living nude/naked, being a nudist/naturist, is having that feeling everyday, all day. Those that we’ve spoken with and have gotten to try nudism/naturism, while at home, have reported that they love that feeling of freedom and the stresses of life seem to take a back seat, even if only for that time when they are nude/naked.

 

Nudism/Naturism begins at home. My advice is to not start by visiting a nude venue for your first time being naked. Be sure it’s right for you and being comfortable and confident at home and in your private backyard/garden/property first.

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Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
Our children were being raised as nudists from the beginning. They were comfortable with it and enjoyed being free as much as they liked. At the ages of 12 and 10, they moved away from nudism. After telling friends about their way of life and their friends making fun of them, they were embarrassed to continue. We did not push but we remained nude as much as possible around them and only covered when they asked us to.

 

20+ years after this period of time and after telling them about our social nudist lifestyle and answering the myriad of questions and concerns, our children began to take interest in nudism once again. Now in their 30’s and both married and having children of their own, they began to remember their youth. We showed them pictures and they remembered being nude and playing nude, swimming, doing all kinds of things. They knew that we visited a nude resort in the Caribbean and they asked us many questions about it. We showed them pictures of our friends there, what the place looked like and what we did.

 

We had always told them that if they ever wanted to join us, we’d take them. As luck would have it, our youngest asked to go first but then she told the oldest and she also wanted to go. Then, a week later they asked if their children could go and one son in law wanted to go. Only the one other son in law didn’t want to go nor has he ever embraced the thought of trying nudism.

 

We took our family to this nude beach resort in the Caribbean and they all loved it and talk about it fondly to this day. “It’s the best vacation we’ve ever been on!”, is always their response when asked about vacations they’ve taken.

 

Both our daughters dabble in nudism on their own terms and at their comfort level. Our grand kids love coming over to swim because they don’t have to wear suits at our pool. They all still see mom/dad, grandma/grandpa naked from time to time and they aren’t bothered in the least.

 

Thank you so much for your participation Andy and Di!

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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The future of nudism – Part one: The facts

The future of nudism – Part one: The facts

We think a lot about what the future will have to offer for us nudists. And it’s a hard nut to crack, but that’s probably always the case with the future. But we can’t resist from trying to build our opinion about it, which of course we happily share with you.

 

We already covered a bit of our musings about the future in the article Is clothing optional the new nudism, on which we received a very interesting variety of responses. One of the biggest fears seems to be that if textiles would be allowed in nudist spots, they would soon become the majority, making the nudists feel uncomfortable. Another fear is the risk of more perverts and voyeurs who’ll spend their days on the CO beaches watching the nudies.
Of course we do understand these concerns and we know that a society with nudists and textiles happily living among each other might be a utopia. But we still think that this is the direction we should go.

 

Because our ideas about the future of nudism are too many to put in one article, we decided to split it in two. This week we’ll talk about what we already know and next week, in part two, we’ll talk about the possibilities for nudism in the future.

 

Nudism as we know it
Nudism is of course a very broad term and there are many different kinds of nudists. There are the closet nudists, the home nudists, the social nudists, the occasional nudists, the full time nudists, the ones who only go nude on holiday and probably quite some others. Needless to say that their expectations for the future are quite different. The dream of a closet nudist could be to get accepted, where the dream of a full time nudist could be a fully nude world.
Because we can’t cover each type of nudist in this article, we will focus on the social nudist, so he or she who likes to spend time naked among others. This is also the most widely accepted definition of nudism.

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Many existing nudist organisations are struggling to reach a younger crowd, the average age of their members is reaching the fifties or sixties and they fear that soon there will be no members left. Often their members do some voluntary work around the place and the older they get, the harder their chores become. So they conclude that youth isn’t interested anymore in nudism.
But is that really true?
On one hand it is a proven fact that youth seems to become a bit more prudish. With all those “perfect bodies” on the media these days, body shaming is becoming a real disease. Some people don’t even work out anymore because they fear being laughed at.

 

On the other hand, several studies have shown that never before have so many people, of all ages, been open to nudism. Some even state that about 10 percent of the world population has at one point in their lives enjoyed social nudity. That’s about 600 million people. This makes it hard to say that nudism is really dying.
But nudist organisations might be. Not so many years ago, if you wanted to be a social nudie, you had to be member of an organisation. You had to be accepted by the board, pay a yearly fee, stick to the rules and do your chores.
Now that the options for nudists have significantly grown, think about the many nude beaches, camps and resorts and activities like organised skinny dips and the World Naked Bike Ride, fewer people seem to feel the need to join an organisation. Especially younger people. Ourselves for example, we have never been member of a nudist organisation and yet we spend plenty of time being socially nude.

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Gaining acceptance
Nudism is also becoming more and more accepted, especially in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, but also in South Africa and several South American and Asian countries.
More people than ever give nudism a try and feel that they can talk openly about it. The taboo that has been on nudity, historically and culturally, is slowly being conquered. This is good news for the rest of the world as well, because a flourishing nudism culture is a clear measure for an open society.

 

Actually public nudity has already been partially accepted since the late 60s, with the upcoming of topless sunbathing in Southern Europe. There’s no need for a nude beach to do so, on many textile beaches it’s perfectly normal for a woman to take her top off.
The weird thing is, a woman can sunbathe with naked breasts on the beach without concerns, but 10 meters further, on the boulevard, it’s suddenly not done anymore.
And the even weirder thing is, a woman can take off her top and limit her pants to a couple of strings with a hardly noticeable piece of textile but as soon as she would take those “pants” off, hell would break loose.

 

Okay, there is a difference between genitals and breasts, both in a physical as a sexual way, but it’s quite funny to think that women started shaving because you wouldn’t see any hair come out of their pants. So actually their pubic hair would cover more than the patch of textile does. Are we the only ones who see the controversy?

 

What does that mean for the future?
One thing is sure, we need to get rid of body shame.
But it’s the story of the chicken and the egg, do we have to lose our shame to become comfortable naked? Or do we have to become comfortable naked to become body confident?

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But other than that, nudism is certainly not dying. We predict that nudist holidays will boom within the next couple of years. The number of facilities is increasing, there’s a much bigger variety (20 years ago, a nakation meant being in a nude camp, now there are resorts, cruises, whatever), there are travel companies catering specifically for nudists and tropical destinations like Thailand or the Caribbean are embracing nudism.
And we all know, a nakation is for many the first step into the nudist lifestyle.

 

Nudist organisations on the other hand will keep losing members if they don’t change their strategies. Capitalism has caught up with the nudist lifestyle and people these days rather pay for spending a day at whatever nudist place of choice than joining a club and going to the same place over and over again, where they have to do some voluntary work and play jeu de boule.
And they shouldn’t expect youth to come over just like that. They really have to focus on that part of the public. For example, most of the websites of the nudist organisations still look the same as 20 years ago, they have little to no appearance on social media and they organise events that just aren’t interesting to the 18 year old John and Jane Doe.
This process should have started several years ago, but we believe that it’s not too late yet. But they will have to act now. NOW!

 

Some might say that nudist organisations are just meant to go away, but that would be really really bad for nudism.
We shouldn’t forget that the reason why nudism has become more accepted and why we have so many options today are all because of those organisations. As individuals we will never be able to keep that trend. We need to be organised in order to secure our future. There’s still a lot of unfinished work, a lot of laws to be changed, a lot of beaches to become clothing optional, a lot of people to convince that we are actually enjoying a great lifestyle.

There are so many things that we could still achieve. But that’s something we’ll talk about next week.

 

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The Naturist Talks: Tanmoy from India

The Naturist Talks: Tanmoy from India

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 today is Tanmoy, who will tell you a bit about how to be a naturist in his home country India.

 

Hello Tanmoy, tell us something about yourself
My name is Tanmoy Ganguly and live in Kolkata,India.
My family members includes My Dad & Mom..I was married but right now I’m in separation. I have done a Masters in Marketing and I’m now working as a Sales Manager.

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How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I am a naturist inside my room. Until today I still haven’t tried being naked outside in the open, except in Spas.

 

Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
No, it’s not allowed. But there is a certain sect in Hindus, known as Sadhus, who practice Nudism in public.

 

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 don’t know the answer on this one.
I think I am an occasional Naturist but sometimes I feel as a naturist. I only practice nudism inside a room when there’s nobody who can see me.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Yes, online. I have been chatting to lot of people.

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What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Your body is just like everybody else’s made of blood,flesh and bones and it is as beautiful as you are. Be proud of your actions and not about how you will look or about what others think of your nakedness.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
This is nice way to get in touch with many friends.

 
Thank you so much for your participation Tanmoy!

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!

 

All photos in this post are coming from Google and Twitter. If you find one of yourself and you don’t want it to be on our blog, let us know and we’ll remove it.
Is a naked child a happier one?

Is a naked child a happier one?

This is probably the most discussed topic when it comes to nudism, among nudists and even more among textiles. Every nudist blogger around has at some point written an article about this and now that nudism gets into the news now and then, even the regular media starts talking about it.
Is it okay to introduce your kids into the nudist lifestyle?
Is it okay to let your kids run around naked?
Is it okay for your kid to see naked adults?
Is it okay that adults see your kid naked?

 

Now that the walls around the nudists are slowly crumbling down and nudism is getting accepted by the majority or at least not so much frowned upon, child nudism is still a taboo.
And even though this topic is so well covered, we still thought that we had to share our 2 cents about this. But it’s not easy because we can understand both sides. Although one side takes the upped hand… Indeed… The nudist side.

 

The cons
We have to protect our children, no doubt about that. We don’t want to give them too much sorrows, too much stress so they can enjoy their young years happily.
The major argument against child nudism is of course pedophilia. And this didn’t get any better with the years. When we were kids we had heard about child molesters, they were the awkward men hanging around playgrounds, feeding candy to children and once in a while showing them their “birdie”.
We were told to stay away from those people and that was that.
Now it’s gotten so much bigger. When we watch the news, it seems like on every street corner there’s someone with wrong intentions. Children are approached in chat rooms, kidnapped, raped, sold to dark prostitution networks and never seen again… No wonder people are scared.

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So the theory goes: “A naked kid is more attractive to child molesters than a clothed kid, so let’s keep them clothed”. It’s like saying “a kid that often leaves the house has a bigger chance to get hit by a car, so let’s keep them all in” or “corrupt politicians have often studied economics, so we won’t let our kids study that”. Now it suddenly gets a strange taste, right?
There’s a small line between protecting your children and keeping them ignorant.

 

And then there are the photographs. It’s true, within a blink of an eye someone can take a photo of your naked kid and put it online on some illegal website. Nobody wants their kids appearing there, right? Except when we took the picture ourselves, because people put plenty of photos of their children on Facebook: naked in the bath tub, naked on the beach, naked under the hose or on a sheep’s skin. But that’s only for our friends, we think. We think.
It’s important to note that nudists are a social and protective community. Seriously, this is pure gold. Not only do we try to protect our nudist spaces from perverts, we also protect each other.

 

Another reason against child nudism is that we shouldn’t raise our children as a minority, because they will get more chances in life when they’re raised more mainstream. Which basically means: Make sure your child is the same as any other child.
And again, there is some truth in this. Kids that are different than the others have a higher chance to get bullied. But in that point of view, it’s impossible to win. Kids get bullied for the strangest things, which clothes they wear, the colour of their hair, because they wear glasses, because they stutter, because they’re larger/smaller/thicker/thinner than the rest. There’s no way you can prevent them from being bullied.

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One thing that nudism teaches us is that everybody is the same and that appearance doesn’t really matter. This is important for adults, but even more for children.
This insight doesn’t only give your child a strong personality, but also teaches them the importance of body acceptance and respecting other people. Not only will they stand stronger against bullies, there’s also a much lower chance that they’ll become bullies themselves.

 

And then there’s sex.
Many people still believe that allowing children to play naked with each other will turn them into little perverts and eventually will result in teenage pregnancy. Even though a nudist culture actually prevents this. By normalising nudity, a naked body isn’t automatically seen as something sexual, so teenagers that have been raised as nudists are less focused on seeing the other person naked. The other person will feel more comfortable because they know that they won’t be expected to look like fake role models from the media or internet. If there’s any comparison at all, it will be with real life role models.

 

Imagine this: 2 strangers, a boy and a girl, both about 14-15 years old, raised conservative, never seen a naked body in real life so totally dependent on what they saw on TV, internet and in their imagination, are put together naked in a room. What will happen?
For sure there will be a lot of awkward moments, a lot of shame, a lot of staring and 4 red cheeks. What will they talk about? Who knows? Probably not the most interesting topics and certainly with a lot of stuttering…
Will this result in teenage pregnancy? Maybe, maybe not.

 

Now imagine this: 2 strangers, a boy and a girl, both about 14-15 years old, raised as nudists, used to see naked bodies of all ages and sizes, are put together naked in a room. What will happen?
In fact we didn’t even have to mention that they are naked, because they will react the same as if they were clothed. They will greet each other, have a sit and start talking. They won’t be focused on their or the other person’s nudity, so what they talk about can be anything.
Will this result in teenage pregnancy? Maybe, maybe not.

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The pros
Actually, we have already covered some of the pros in the previous section. Raising your child as a nudist will help them build a strong personality which will help them fight the uncertainties that are waiting for them when they’ll reach puberty. It will give them a more normalised idea of the naked body which will help them get a clearer idea about what they expect in relationships.

 

Children are born nudists. Not for the obvious reason that everyone is born naked, but because if you ask any little kid whether they want to be clothed or naked, they will most likely go for the naked option. And until a certain age this is completely accepted. Nobody’s chocked when they see a three year old running around naked on the beach. For a six year old there can be some frowns. And anything above six is just not done. Until this age it’s decent to be naked, afterwards not anymore.
When you think about it, it’s quite strange that a factor like age is used for a situation like this. It doesn’t matter who you are or how you look. When you’ve been running around in the buff for 3 to 6 years, it’s time to get dressed.
Another strange thing is that this is completely dependent on society. The ages we use here are for Europe, but in Bangladesh for example you won’t see a naked kid outside. From birth the children are dressed. In Africa on the other hand it’s not uncommon to see a 12-14 year old running around naked on the beach. And we’re not talking small village Africa here, but the main beach of Accra, the capital of Ghana.
It all makes very little sense.

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By assuming nudity as normal within a family, you’re creating an openness that will become present in other facets of the child as well. You create an atmosphere of honesty. This is who we are, this is how we look, we have nothing to hide. It’s a great situation for a child to grow up in.
But… And now we’re getting to the most important part of this article… Don’t put the focus on nudity and don’t force your children into nudism because there might come a moment (typically around puberty) that they will start doubting the lifestyle. Leave them the option, but don’t hide your nudity for them either.
We’re naked and you can be naked too. But if you prefer to be dressed that’s totally fine too.

Of everything we heard and read about this topic, this is the key to a successful nudist family.

 

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The Naturist Talks: David from Northern Ireland

The Naturist Talks: David from Northern Ireland

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.
This week we’ll be listening to David, who’s 29 years young from Northern Ireland and a fellow nudist blogger.

 

Hello David, tell us something about yourself
My name is David, 29, a Data Analyst from Northern Ireland. My hobbies include watching T.V, playing video games, theatre and listening to all different types of music. I really enjoy sport such as Football, Rugby and Wrestling.

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How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I think it was around my teenage years, I felt comfortable in my birthday suit and was able to relax more but I still lived with my parents so I didn’t explore it that much. I would often go to a local forest park where there were lots of trees late at night to explore. Now that I live in my own home, I thought I would give it another go and I haven’t looked back since. Most days when the temperature is warm enough, I’ll be naked for the majority of the day. It helps me relax and forget about everyday life. My first Naturist experience was in Spain last year in Vera Playa. I hadn’t been to a Naturist resort before so I was a little nervous at first. I didn’t know how I would react to seeing everyone naked, but after the first few minutes, it didn’t feel any different and everyone kept themselves to themselves. It was great being able to go to the pool, the beach or the bar and enjoy the nice warm sunshine in my birthday suit.

 


Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
That’s the million dollar question!! As part of the U.K, Naturism is legal but the law in Northern Ireland is not as clear as England and Wales. Currently, British Naturism is working very hard with local authorities to make the law clearer for Naturists to ensure they are not prosecuted. Once this has been clarified by British Naturism, I hope to get a few walks done in the mountains and countryside as I would love to explore those areas in my birthday suit. Public opinion seems to be mixed which is no surprise but various articles in the press lately seem to be encouraging people to try Naturism or skinny dipping.

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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 don’t mind either term, I would probably fall more under Nudist rather than Naturist as I enjoy having no clothes on for comfort. It’s about the practice of communal nudity which encourages self respect and respect for others. I haven’t been worried about body image and as said before, being naked allows me to relax. I would like to become a little more in touch with nature in a safe environment such as a naturist club, resort or hotel as the law is a bit complex here. But either term can be used to describe me and I wouldn’t be offended.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
I often do find it a bit difficult to talk about Naturism to my friends, it isn’t everyday you meet a Naturist but those that know have been very supportive. I enjoy being able to relax, have a beer or two, play some video games, watch TV and unwind in my birthday suit. When I was on my first Naturist holiday, most of the people kept themselves to themselves which made it easier for me to enjoy being naked.

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What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Go at your own pace. It can be as simple as staying undressed after a bath or a shower for a little longer. Get fully comfortable with yourself and do whatever you would normally do, just do it naked. You’ll gradually become used to being naked and can enjoy the comfort factor it brings. A friend of mine told me, you only get one go at this life and should take every opportunity to be happy.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
Give Naturism a go at some point, you may find out you enjoy the comfort it brings. You can keep in touch with me on my blog – naturist87.wordpress.com and follow me on twitter – @Naturist_87

 

Thank you so much for your participation David!

 

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!

 

All photos in this post are coming from Google and Twitter. If you find one of yourself and you don’t want it to be on our blog, let us know and we’ll remove it.
How nudism will save the world

How nudism will save the world

When we look back to what we’ve been writing here on Naked Wanderings during the last months, it appeared to us that we have been complaining a lot. Facebook doesn’t like us anymore, people think we’re perverts, textiles are invading our beaches and we are not allowed to live our lifestyle outside of designated areas.
It can be hard being a nudie.

 

So we started thinking…
Would the world ever be happy that nudism exists?
How can we do something back for the world?
What if… we could actually save the world?

 

We’re warming up
Global warming is a hot topic these days, and as with every topic that hasn’t been 100% proven there are believers and non believers. Many people still think that the result of global warming will be that the world eventually gets too hot to live on. But when will that happen, right? What those people don’t see is that global warming is a very broad term and that some of the causes are not good for us anyway, whether we’re warming up or not.
Pollution for example. It’s a so much bigger problem than just a cause of global warming, it also causes so many diseases, it’s terrifying. Pollution comes for example from factories, factories built in places where there used to be nature and we all know… less nature equals less health. Pollution also comes from traffic, we don’t think we have to convince you that traffic is also a main cause of fatal injuries.
Meat production is another example, next to polluting our grounds and drinking water, it’s also a cause of many weight problems.

 

And then there are the results of global warming, the floodings, the storms, the bad air we inhale day after day after day. We can’t ignore this anymore, whether you believe in global warming or not, you have to agree that we’re messing up our environment, big time.

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What are we going to do about it?
Really, there’s only one way to get things back in balance, that’s by completely changing our whole lifestyle. We will have to shift our focus from wealth and power towards awareness and harmony. Instead of rating each other on how big our houses are or how much money we earn, we’ll have to admire those who leave the smallest foot print.
Of course these things always sound good in theory, but how do we get started?
Well, there are a couple of important points which can help you take a huge step in the right direction.

 

Reconnect with nature
Over the years, people have lost most of their connection with nature. We’ve been moving to the cities and we’ve been putting concrete wherever we could. One would be surprised how many children only know forests or natural lakes from TV, they’ve never seen it with their own eyes.
We need to get back to nature, we need to remember the smell of nature, we need to feel nature, we need to see nature. Instead of watching that soap opera everyday, we should make it a habit to spend at least a little bit of time every day in a green environment. To touch nature, with our hands, our feet, our whole body. We need to learn to love nature again.

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Eat healthy
This one really is a big win-win.
The most natural food also leaves the smallest footprint and is also the best for your body. How cool is that? Eat lots of fresh vegetables and other organic food, by doing this you’ll keep not only your body but the whole world in a better shape.
And this doesn’t mean we all should become vegan or vegetarian, you can eat meat, no problem. But don’t overdo. There’s really no point in eating a half a kilogram steak.
Try to differentiate in what you eat. We don’t have to tell you that the emissions of a cow farm are much higher than those of a chicken farm. So leave that steak for a couple of days and have some chicken, fish, pork or sheep. And once in a while, have a day without meat.
Needless to say that produced “meat” is the worst. Yes, we also love Burger King, but try to keep that to a minimum. Your burger actually tastes better when it’s for a special occasion only.

 

Live healthy
Thinking about what you eat is a great step towards a healthy body and world, but you can do even more.
Now everybody shout: “Sports”
SPORTS!
Wrong.
Well, not completely wrong, of course sports are good for you, but if you’re driving your car to the gym, have a workout and then drive back home, you’re not really helping the world a lot.
The trick is to think with a healthy mindset. For every distance you have to cross, think whether there’s a more healthy alternative than the car. For every action you have to make, think about what benefits yourself and the world the most.

 

Some time ago we read about a study about when people decide to take the car. Apparently in Belgium, when the distance is more than 600 meters, people opt for driving. 600 meters! That’s about 7-8 minutes walk. That’s about 1.5 minutes by bike. It’s crazy.
Yes, you’ll save yourself a couple of minutes in possibly not ideal weather, but you also cause pollution, traffic jam and a lazy body.
So what’s worse?

Focus less on money
Money makes the world go round and it has been doing so for ages. We’ve gotten so used to the idea that money is the main source of happiness, that we all became unhappy because we don’t have enough of it. And the crazy thing is… We’ll never have enough. If you have 100 euros, you want 1 000. If you have 1 000, you want 10 000, and so on.
We use this money to buy things we don’t need. Things that will make us look prettier, we think. Things that will put us higher on the social ladder, we think. Things that will make us happy… But they never do. At least not in the long run.

 

We’re not asking you to give away all your money, to quit your job and to go live under a bridge. Just try not to make money a top priority, not your money and not someone else’s.
Think in terms of friendship, love, nature and relaxation, and happiness will come to you.

 

If you’re not getting the point of this article, re-read the tips we gave here to change your lifestyle into a more world-friendly one.
Then think about the nudist lifestyle. Do you see the comparison?
Exactly! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how we’re going to save the world!

 

Stop global warming! Get naked!

 

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The Naturist Talks: John from Malta

The Naturist Talks: John from Malta

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’ll be talking with John, who’s 24 and lives in Malta

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Hello John, tell us something about yourself
I’ve always been a quiet lad, sociable when I feel like but not really the one at the center of attraction. Books, animals and nature have always been my best friends. So has God. I consider myself to be a very spiritual person, and I see the divine in many things.

 

How and at what age did you become a naturist?
While initially I was a very shy boy, when I became a teenager I realized that opening up to others has its own pleasures. I found more satisfaction in discarding any shame attached to my body, and I began to feel the urge to reveal myself as I truly am, without getting too concerned with other people’s opinions. I was around 14 years old when I decided to be a nudist.

 


Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
No, it’s actually illegal. It is extremely frowned upon, and associated with lunacy.

 

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Do you consider yourself a naturist, a nudist or an occasional nudist?
I would, in all honesty, describe myself as an occasional nudist.

 

Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Not really. Due to the situation in my country, I do not have easy excess to any nudist environments, and usually I resort to websites and online fora when I desire to chat about the subject. Video chat is a poor substitute, but useful nonetheless.

 
 
 

What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Stay safe.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
My dream is to visit some naturist or clothing optional establishment abroad, and experience the nudist lifestyle in the fullest.

 
Thank you so much for your participation John!

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!

 

All photos in this post are coming from Google and Twitter. If you find one of yourself and you don’t want it to be on our blog, let us know and we’ll remove it.