I was checking on some of my Tumblr followers this week and I noticed that Edunaras was gone. I liked her Tumblr. She kept her posts focused on nudism and not voyeurism.
I haven’t been on Tumblr for very long, but in that time two women naturist Tumbl-bloggers that I followed have taken their sites down. Given the misogyny that women who post on the internet get subjected to, plus the notions people have about anything connected to nudity, I worry that they took down their sites after one too many creepy comments.
I may be overblowing. I was also friends with Edunaras on Facebook (under her real name), she’s gone from there too. This could be because of some other changes in her life.
From the article, Emily Stickney, a nursing student and part-time model:
When I first took off my robe it was strange to recognize that your exposure was intentional and to not flip out about it. After a couple of minutes it fades, because you’ve already been completely seen. You can’t take it back, so the best you can do is move forward in comfort and confidence.
“I am sure that barbarous people that go naked come nearer to Adam, God, and the Angels, in the simplicity of their wealth, than do many among us who partake of what we nick-name civility and mode.”—Thomas Traherne
… there is no ban on nudity in Portland. So what do we recommend? WELL, we recommend that you strip completely nude and start enjoying those rights! If nobody enjoys the right to be nude, what is the point of having that right? So, this is our proposal: take of your clothes and, according to what…
… because our body is something entirely natural and we accept it just the way we got it from mother nature.
… because the pleasure of being nude liberates us from our acquired inhibitions.
… because the bare facts don’t hide anything, although this can lead to disappointment for those accustomed to having their fantasies inspired by sophisticated beach fashion. It’s interesting to see the variety of bodies, from young to old, and to realize that all have a beauty of their own, even though few match the ‘ideal’ suggested by advertisements. The main point is that one accepts oneself and others just the way we all are, and we believe that this is a strong point of naturists. The saying goes “clothes make the man”, but are we only someone if we do wear something ?
…because our birthday-suit is not only much more comfortable, it is also more beautiful and cheaper than any other garment. We do not need designer wear to improve our self-confidence, clothing just hides our own beauty!
… because it’s just wonderful to feel the sun, the water and the air unhindered on our skin, whilst enjoying the calm and beauty of nature. To us, this is an important part of the joy of life.
… because social nudity requires mutual respect and therefore produces a positive and tolerant conduct towards others.
… because at naturist-resorts, quite often very far reaching conversations develop, be it with long-time friends or complete strangers. Possibly one does subconsciously take off more than just ones clothes and one can therefore speak more openly. Those who have the self-confidence to show their bodies, also often have the honesty to open their inner selves. In any case, we have found that naturists generally think more open mindedly and reveal more of themselves than average people do. Could it be that naturists questioned the taboos and guidelines of todays society and deliberately chose their own path?
… because “au naturel” no sand sticks between our bum, the entire body quickly dries after bathing, no sunburned rims appear, nothing pinches and one sweats less because the entire body can breathe unhindered.
… because we are very often out in the fresh air in our birthday suits, we feel physically and mentally fit and well-balanced. In this way naturism inspires us to many activities, spiritually and bodily, which advance our creativity.
…because we wanted to experience our own freedom. We feel better towards others, because we are at one with ourselves. This freedom must be experienced, you cannot just “imagine” it.
… because the following thesis of the international naturist federation matches with our philosophy of life “Naturism is a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, and characterised by self-respect, respect for people with different opinions and for the environment.”
… because we also agree with the following thesis of the internat. naturist movement: “Comprehensive nudity is the best approach to effect a return to nature. Without any doubt, it is naturism’s most noticeable feature, though it’s not the only one. This comprehensive nudity is a great leveller, freeing people from the internal tensions generated by the taboos and the provocations of contemporary society, and pointing to a healthier and more humane way of life. “
…because on a warm day out in the nature or on the beach, it’s more fun just in the birthday-suit, it’s more comfortable, more natural and even more healthy!.
… and ESPECIALLY: On the beach, it’s more fun just in the birthday-suit, it’s more comfortable, more natural and even more healthy!
… and Michelangelo said: What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed?
After reading all that, I’m really more than proud to be a naturist. People like us are really touch about it. And I just want to thank you for setting the record straight…. Just”B”Natural and be proud of it!!
“Why would you wear a bathing suit? Does it keep you dry? Does it keep you warm? It’s no kind of protection from sand. I can look at anyone and know what they look like under their clothes.”—Stéphane Duschênes
I haven’t been to Mira Vista in a while. I won’t go into the reason. But manager Brent was very happy to have me back.
Call me the Prodigal Nudist.
Probably ten or so other people here. First people I saw were two couples: man nude, woman clothed. If I see a couple at a resort, beach or any other clothing optional place and one person is nude and the other isn’t, I guarantee you the non-nude is the woman.
Anyhow, nice day out. Used the hot tub and swam for a bit. I’ll get some reading done and head home. Bad couple of weeks. I needed this.
“I believe that as plants, trees, and animals, and all things that have life, are seen to be by nature sufficiently clothed and covered, to defend them from the injuries of weather, so were we: but as those who by artificial light put out that of the day, so we borrowed forms and fashions and destroyed our own.”—Lord Michel de Montaigne, “on the Custom of Wearing Clothes”
“Many thanks to British Naturism for this great honour. I do believe in naturism and am my happiest on a nude beach with people of all ages and races!”—Helen Mirren, on winning “Naturist of the Year” in 2004
The best thing about being a naturist isn’t just the nakedness (although obviously that’s pretty good too!) but all the great people you meet. Everyone in YBN (Young British Naturists) is so nice and friendly and fun to hang out with - clothed or naked, it…
Another post from Naked Rock Goddess. I used to read arguments about whether pierced people should be welcome at nudist locales, and it all seemed silly to me. I’ve been lucky that most of the nudists I hang with are not so judgemental.
I agree with her assertion that a great deal of the objection is generational. As more younger folks (under 40’s) get involved, it becomes more common and less of a big deal.
“Let us proclaim the truth of our bodily dignity by refusing to satisfy the jealousy of the evil one, hiding our bodies as if they were something shameful. God created us to glorify Him. He created us unclothed. Let us glorify Him then, by our nakedness, seeing therein His glory and our true nobility.”—Jim Cunningham
My first experience with social nudism took place at Tanque Verde Falls near Tucson, Arizona. A longtime escape for students, families and old-timers alike, Tanque Verde Falls is hidden from view, but easy to reach if you’re even a once-per-year hiker.