I think they won.
I think they won.
I think they won.
Paintings have been made since the early days of mankind. For example the cave paintings that were found in France.
Back then no one had any issues with people being depicted naked, dressed, full frontal or in any other way.
How different things are now. Paintings that show nudity can be removed because of the type of visitor showing up in the gallery or museum (remember the horror about Hylas and the Nymphs?)
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 that the garment with which it is clothed?
I seriously cannot wrap my mind about the fact that the nude form of people can be the subject of so much debate and controversy even in art.
We all have this one, fine layer that protects us from so much. It’s our skin. Why does that need to be hidden, stashed away as something dirty or unclean?
As you can above, even the great master Michelangelo knew this.
There are only few great, ancient painters that may not have created images of nude people. Also modern painters don’t shy away from that, and with good reason: what more beautiful can they portray than humans in their most humble, natural form?
Nudity is honest. Nudity doesn’t hide flaws. Anything not portrayed is up to the discretion and intent of the painter. This is 100% contrary to clothes, where any piece of fabric can and will be used to cover up whatever one wants.
I wonder (actually I don’t!) if the people who despise nudity in art (or anywhere else) carry that conviction from their own experience and will, or if this is all implanted through culture and upbringing.
The above Egyptian painting shows nude dancers at the tomb of Nembamun. It was painted around 1400 BCE. Nudity was normal back then and no one had a problem depicting something that was normal.
I want to finish this little trip (okay, I admit those are jumps) through the history of nudity in art with this painting of Cleopatra by the Italian Giampietrino, actually Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli. It was created somewhere between 1520 and 1540.
Through the ages, nudity hasn’t posed a problem. Why then, I ask, is the world suddenly churning out so many prudes and sensitive people who pale at the sight or idea of painted skin?
So now I will leave you with some questions:
Thanks for reading all the way to here.
Be happy and naked…
Yes. I know most of you have encountered the strange rules and shifting regulations on our most admired site Facebook.
I have tried a naturist-friendly approach there, trying to stick to their rules. I failed. Miserably and then some. Facebook jail for 2 weeks after what was perhaps the 4th post. The reason? An image of a statue of a nude male that showed from a post on this here blog. It didn’t even show genitalia. It’s not hard to understand, I think, that I deactivated my account there. Normal nudity is not okay there, but the amount of porn that goes around in that place is staggering. That’s okay. Nudism and naturism aren’t exciting enough I think.
The place I like very much at the moment is ‘Mewe’. You can find me there at mewe.com/i/p.z..walker. Being a member of several nice naturist groups that are really naturist, so no porn and stuff, has proven the place good.
Note that ‘Science Fiction Fans’ is not a naturist group (just sayin’).
You can create an account for free and you get 8GB of space to upload images, videos, whatever. If you need more space you’ll have to buy that, but trust me: 8 gigabytes is really a lot if you’re not in the habit up uploading 4K, 2-hour feature films.
Images like this:
are perfectly okay on Ello.
Another site is Diaspora. Word of warning: this is a bit of an odd site and at the moment hardly seems to harbour naturists. After creating your account you will need to actively search for people to follow. Give it a try if you feel adventurous.
Not so much a social medium but a naturist forum is available at earthnaturists.com.
Do you know of places that are safe? Where naturists can be themselves and post images of themselves without feeling the hot breath of censorship? Please share them in the comments. The more, the better.
Nudist bowling alley, somewhere in relaxed France..
First off, I’m not a very fanatic sports person myself. I really love walking, hiking and cycling. I used to run but physical problems (read: back) made me stop.
Sports are great things to do without clothing. We all know that. Proof is for instance the many people who ride their bikes on the various WNBRs.
Jogging is something to do in the nude as well. Jogging, like walking or hiking, can be most enjoyed without clothing sticking to your skin when you’re getting warm, and I know that jogging can ‘turn up the heat’ inside you pretty quickly.
Simply walking along in a brisk pace can do that after a while also, so even when you’re not too warm at first, wouldn’t it be nice to take off those clothes once you’ve warmed up and go on in the nude? I’d definitely be in favour of that!
This surprised me. There are people who actually play rugby in the nude. And why not? If you’ve seen how dirty rugby players can get, doing it naked is a smart idea. It saves so much energy and money on not having to do the clothes, and they take a shower anyway.
And then there’s… nude boxing. I admit I found the image and there was no mention of this actually happening or if the picture was staged. I dare think it’s the latter, but it’s also something that has naked potential. A layer of clothing isn’t going to stop a good punch to the body, and I’ve never seen a boxing match where the boxers wore full protective body armour.
And there is much more in the sports arena to be done naked. Skydiving for instance. I’ve seen images and reports of that. Or table tennis. Or swimming. Yep, it’s not just skinny dipping, serious swimming can be just as well done in the nude. Swim wear isn’t going to make that any better.
Have you done any nude sports, like yoga, in a gym, running, chess (is that a sport?) or something else that I forgot? I’d like to know about it. It would encourage more people to give it a try.
Can you think of a better way to hike when the weather’s good for it?
It’s so odd if you think about it. Nude swimming. Who in their right mind would put on clothes to go swimming?
Oh. Right. People would do this.
On your left you see original Victorian bathing suits. Can you imagine the agony of having to haul all that around while you’re trying to swim?
I’ve researched this for my book ‘The Unsworth Manor Nudes‘ (available on Amazon) and not only did they have these amounts of cloth hanging around them, the ladies even utilized ‘bathing machines’. Wagons that rolled into the water so people couldn’t see any skin (what skin?).
The first time I swam au naturel was at a sauna-like place. They had heated pools inside and out, and I went there with a few friends in the middle of a serious winter. The sensation was incredible, especially when getting out of the water. I’m sure that most nude-swimmers will understand and recognise that. If ever you have the opportunity to do this, do it. Swimming outside when there’s snow all around is incredible.
Another expression I wonder about is ‘skinny dipping’. I call that swimming. Putting on clothes to swim is just odd. Nobody will wonder what you’re trying to conceal beneath those bits of fabric. The only proper way to swim is still naked, as far as I’m concerned. Getting out of the water with wet fabric hanging off you (and showing everything that’s beneath it very often!) feels bad and cold.
Anyone in favour of swimwear? Please let me know the big advantage of it!
I’m sure you wonder about that. I don’t. That’s why I bring this up. I already discussed a naturist’s view on light so having a post on the opposite should make sense. Let me give you an example:
Without darkness this image wouldn’t be the same. Of course this is just one of the ways that nudity has ties with the dark.
Yup. Night walks are great. Not many people will go on a nightly walk so if you have a somewhat quiet area outside town at hand, that’s a great place to go, drop the textile and enjoy the outdoors. Oftentimes there will be people out and about in the daytime. People that will not like seeing you, even when it’s legitimate for you to be out in the buff. Night walks can be a great way to enjoy being outside naked, although that of course will not get you a healthy dose of Vitamin D.
Still, if there is no other way to be naked outside, this is an interesting option. Another reason to try this some day is that the world looks so incredibly different at night. Not only does it look differently, the sounds of the dark are different too. If you can, have a try. You’ll be amazed.
Definitely. Skinny dipping in or near dark is a great pastime. Many people have done it (many of those many probably will never admit to it but still…)
Have you had any interesting experiences being naked in the dark, either inside or outside? Tell me about them, I’m always curious to learn!