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Free Range Naturism / Re: Eureka!
« on: April 19, 2019, 02:34:04 PM »
Some places here they have nettle eating contests. Turns the mouth black, apparently.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Fear of nudity
« on: April 04, 2019, 03:41:38 PM »
I identified immediately with Reubenís ďkind of fearĒ. Iíve never identified where it came from as it was never a problem as a child - a range of family happy snaps have me running around naked and happy in the garden, on the beach, round the house ... and my sister was never a problem, indeed she often appeared naked in the same pictures.

Nowadays when I head out for a naked cross-country walk I have to overcome some psychological barrier to actually take my clothes off, but once theyíre off Iím mostly fine. Mostly, because if I encounter other walkers my first instinct is still to hide or cover up, but Iíve become better at rejecting that instinct and carrying on.

I think the psyche block must have started at primary school, somehow. As I say it wasnít an issue at home when young, and come secondary school we had communal changing rooms and showers (all boys school) for PE and sports, so it must have been something in between.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Terri Sue Webb
« on: March 18, 2019, 07:20:07 AM »
A lot of the celebs either have or hope to get lucrative contracts to wear designer clothes as walking advertisements, or even just get given stuff to wear for the same reason. Thatís a lot of incentive to *not* promote the naked lifestyle  :(

Thanks for the Warrington cyclist link, John P. Notably the newspaper gave far more space to the BN explanation than to the initial report.

I seem to recall the Appenzell ban John P mentions related to a path regularly used, even promoted, for nude hiking, and the locals took exception. They had to enact a bye-law to ban the practice as Swiss law neither allowed nor banned it and hikers were using the lack of a ban to say it was legal. Or something like that.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Gender Neutral Restrooms in the US
« on: March 01, 2019, 05:55:19 PM »
In view of the group interest shown in toilet paper, I offer the following report assessing the latest threat to planet Earth:

Wiped out: America's love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests

Free Range Naturism / Re: Making Naturism Viral - Grassroots Naturism
« on: February 25, 2019, 01:53:21 PM »
Some other people were not only naked but also behaving lewdly. That's of course not naturist, and wasn't legal under California law either. I don't know whether or not the latter people claimed to be naturists, but they certainly weren't, and no legitimate naturist would condone the lewdness. Those who weren't behaving lewdly were absolutely, positively exercising their rights.

Same old problem - the few spoil it for the many.

The onlookers - local businesses, Mr Wiener, casual tourists, frightened parents etc - just saw naked people and judged all by those they found most outrageous. What else would you expect?

I think for females the first rite of passage is the onset of periods, possibly followed by a noticeable shape change of the chest.

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: February 10, 2019, 07:21:19 PM »
It's like characters on the radio. Those of whom I've eventually seen photographs look nothing like them!

Free Range Naturism / Re: Nighttime naturism
« on: February 10, 2019, 08:39:52 AM »
Damn technology. With the growing popularity of electric vehicles we may not be able to hear them coming :-)

That sounded heartfelt, Hillwalker, almost as if one of them just sneaked up on you .. 😉

Free Range Naturism / Re: Fear of nudity
« on: February 10, 2019, 08:36:25 AM »
This lack of recent studies ... is strange

We risk overinflating our importance here. Whatís to study? Some people like to do things naked that most people prefer to do clothed. How much further can that be explored, and having been done once or twice thereís nothing left to study, is there?

General Naturism Discussion / Re: Nudes in the news
« on: February 08, 2019, 05:14:44 PM »

Iím sure this could only become ďa thingĒ in the US. Is this ruling an infringement of womenís rights, is it female empowerment and body positivity, or is it lawmaking gone mad? Obviously itís not naturism in any shape or form, but itís surely an indication of how ludicrous things can become when society obsesses over a strip of cloth to cover body parts.

Free Range Naturism / Re: Fear of nudity
« on: February 05, 2019, 07:48:34 PM »
it all teaches the Internet generation that the people in the pictures were not harmed by whatever they were doing

Unfortunately, while the internet might be trying to give that message there are plenty of people out there trying to counter the message. Apart from the platforms themselves, which go to ever greater lengths to hunt down and obscure or ban naked content, there are media, schools, parents and self-appointed moral guardians preaching that online sex is wrong, sexting is wrong, unfettered internet access is wrong, all  demanding that the social media platforms do more to cover up the naked body (which is what happened on Tumblr, don't forget).

The fact these same people then say that art, mastectomies and breast feeding must be allowed to be shown just confuses matters for the poor viewer. ...

Free Range Naturism / Re: Fear of nudity
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:39:23 PM »
I suspect most of us ďof a certain ageĒ enjoyed nudity before discovering it was ď a thingĒ and that others did it, our age predating us before the internet made all knowledge possible (tongue in cheek).

As regards the social acceptance argument, I believe this is one of the strongest prejudices we (nudists/naturists/nakedists) face. Society has two sets of laws; one set is enforceable/punishable by fines, jail, litigation, the other is societyís belief in what is right and wrong - please and thank you, holding doors open, not walking naked down the high street. The second sort can often carry more weight the first.

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