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Naturists are Heroes

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Naturists are heroes, and it’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Participating in nude recreation is an act of heroism. The following are some reasons why naturists are heroes:

1. Naturists challenge the notion that nudity is only sexual. As any naturist can tell you, just being naked is not sexual or leads to sexual thoughts. Being naked is just natural and an expression of being human.

2. Naturists were pioneers in allowing nudity to be portrayed in print media. Early nudist magazines were considered obscene and couldn’t be mailed by the U.S. Postal Service. However, a later Supreme Court ruling found that nudist magazines were not obscene under the Roth test for obscenity. This led to other publications like Playboy to be published.

3. Naturism supports gender equality. Naturists support topfreedom and the right of mothers to breastfeed their children in public. Naturists believe that women should have the same rights as men and should be able to be nude without being labelled as a “slut” or harassed.

4. Naturism is pro-environment. Naturists try to live in harmony with nature through nudity. Naturists fight against global warming, pollution, and help keep beaches and parks clean. Plus the naturist lifestyle is more carbon neutral, in that we use less electricity (air conditioning) and water (washing clothes).

5. Naturism advocates realistic body image. Naturists believe in a more realistic view of how people really look. There is no such thing as the perfect body. Everyone is beautiful and human beings. Class, money, and status all disappear when you’re naked.

So nude people, you’re heroes. Your beliefs make the world a better place. Your nakedness makes you more human.

Me, My Dick, and I

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You’d think being a naturist would make me immune from being self-conscious about my body.  However, I sometimes suffer the same phobias, anxieties, and distortions about my body as most Americans do.  And like most males, I sometimes worry about the size of one particular body part, my penis.  It may seem silly, but it’s a concern that most men suffer from whether they admit it or not.

Where did this anxiety come from?  I was not taught that the size of my penis mattered.  There was no class in high school that said my penis size equated to how good a person I was, or how much money I would make.  However, I was schooled by society and the media into thinking my penis size defined me as a person.

Millions are spent each year bombarding men with messages that their dick is lacking.  Medications, devices, and painful surgery all promise male enhancement.  Pornography  presents a model of manhood that doesn’t reflect most men.  Add all this to an insecure young man, and you can see how this could affect his body image.

I started to think differently about my body after experimenting with nude recreation.  I remember visiting a nudist club for the first time and being very self-conscious.  I remember undressing and pulling on my penis to make it appear longer. But no one cared, no one stared.  People didn’t judge me by my penis, but by my character.  And I started to see things and people differently, we are not our body parts.

Naturism has taught me a realistic view of my body.  I sometimes fall backward into irrational body image thinking.  But thanks to naturism I know longer care what people think of my penis, and if they judge me by a body part, they aren’t the type of people worth knowing any how.

The Reason Why

A nude woman in public free of fear, shame, or stigma

A nude woman in public free of fear, shame, or stigma

I was brainstorming on why women don’t have equality in society.

In the U.S. women make 19% less than their male counter parts. 1 out of 6 women will be sexually assaulted within their lifetime.  In many parts of the world women can’t vote or own property.  Women are little more than chattel, slaves to their husbands.  In Saudi Arabia women aren’t allowed to drive.  Women are subjected to criticism about their appearance that males aren’t subjected to.  And in most parts of the world women can’t be topless and men can.

What is the reason for this?  All of my conclusions didn’t yield any new insights.  The only thing that made sense is that society (men) are afraid of women.  That’s right, men fear women.  Why else would we do everything to control them and hinder their freedom.

But why do we fear women?  Well, women can do one thing that men can’t, women create life.  Yes, males assist in the creation process, but it’s women who nurture and bring forth life.

Another thing that men are fearful of is women’s sexuality.  Women’s sexuality is a complete mystery to men.  And what you don’t understand you either fear it or attempt to control.

The female body is another aspect of society’s trepidation of women.   Women’s bodies are a threat, something to be covered up.  In some cultures the only visible part of a woman’s body is her eyes.  Female nudity is forbidden and stigmatized.  A nude woman is either a slut or out to destroy community morality.  Breasts, the symbol of life and fertility, are to be covered up at all costs.

The countries that allow women to be topless are also the countries that have the best records on women’s rights.  I feel that nudity equals equality.  And if female nudity were de-stigmatized, a lot of psychological baggage would disappear.

Men must get over their fear of women.  Women are human beings and deserve to be treated with full equality.  Our mothers, daughters, and sisters deserve to be full partners in society.

Thoughts on the “Single Man Problem” in naturism

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(For those of you who haven’t come across the term, the “single man problem” basically refers a perceived gender imbalance within naturist spaces, with men outnumbering women.)

I’ve been thinking a bit about how we as a community conceptualise this gender imbalance issue within naturist spaces, and what this particular conceptualisation tells us about the naturist community as a whole. I find it interesting that the problem is couched in terms of it being a problem with single men, rather than simply male dominance on the whole. It’s as if no matter how overbearing an individual man may be, as long as he brings his wife along than his impact of the gender dynamics within the space is neutral. Whereas a single man, who could potentially be an awesome feminist who calls out other men if they are lecherous, overbearing, or talk over women is seen as less welcome because…

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