Some erratic posting behaviour

You may have noticed. Also on naturistfiction.org I am far behind on keeping up with the posts.

Blame work.

50 to 60 hour workweeks don’t really help in finding time to sit down and write a fascinating or even just entertaining naturist blog post. Soon things will be a lot better though, because next week I will be off. Some call it vacation. I hope I can get some sleeping done that I have missed over the past 3 or 4 (by now) months. And after that week I hope my work hours will go back to a more normal amount (wishful thinking works, doesn’t it? Say yes!!)

The naturist touch to this post is that, at least, I can work clothes free from home. I do have to go out to locations more and more again, so dressing is needed, as are protective measures to keep COVID literally out of my face.

Take care, my friends, and stay nude as much as you can!

Are you nude with a mask on your face?

Naked with a mask?

I have heard a lot about this. Is a nudist really naked with a mask on?

Short answer: Yes, even when you wear something.

If that is all you have time for then you can move on and be busy with what you consider more important stuff.

The long answer is, as usual, longer and more thought through. Yes, a nudist isn’t naked with a mask on, but here’s the but: everyone wears such a thing.

COVID-19 image

These days, if you do it right, a mask is like having a nose or eyes. You need it. For living. Because if you don’t use it, the chances of not living very long are quite big. The reason for that, you probably guessed it already, is our little friend COVID-19.

A virus that has such an impact on life as we know it is not something to make fun of. Nor is it something to ignore.

We’re nudists so we refuse to wear anything

Even a mask.

That is one of the stupidest things I have heard in the past decade. That is like saying “We’re nudists so we don’t take medicine when we’re sick”.

You’re right, you can take medicine when you’re totally and veritably naked down to your lack of blue suede shoes, but consider the alternative in the light of a mask and taking home a good shot of the old COVID and blues. Is that worth the risk?

Last Thursday, July 2nd 2020, the USA alone reported 53,000 new cases of COVID-19. That is not just a lot. That is scary. And the majority of these people wore clothes but probably no mask. (I refuse to call it a face mask because I still haven’t figured out on what other body part you can wear a mask.)

Let’s be grateful that masks like up here aren’t obligatory.

Look at it from the other side.

Is a dressed person undressed when not wearing a mask?

If you say yes, you can’t be serious. People have gone without masks for the longest time, unless they intended to rob banks and stuff like that.

I don’t think you’ll find anyone in the textile world who will tell you they feel ‘naked’ without their mask. Masks have become a life necessity with friend Covid still hanging around. A virus doesn’t care if you naked, dressed in rags or the finest silk a caterpillar can poop. It wants to get in your face – and the way to keep it away is to wear a mask when you go out among people. It’s that ff-ing simple.

Conclusion

Paul nude outside

Having a mask on to stay healthy and alive isn’t that bad, I think.

Also, there is still this 6 foot distance rule, right? Take that into consideration. Keep a distance and the need for a mask isn’t major. (Please, correct me if I’m wrong!) Do keep a mask at hand. You never know when someone isn’t able to guestimate 6 ft.

Happy nude summer, everyone!

Paul

The Benefits of Sleeping Naked

This blogpost was created by Sierra Skelly.

Many of us know the joy that comes with being clothes-free, however, if you are still on the fence about it, consider just sleeping naked first. In the comfort of your own home, under the sheets with the lights out, it’s the perfect way to ease into nudism. Plus, there are so many health benefits to sleeping naked. Below we dive into a few of the top reasons you should sleep au naturel. 

  1. Better Sleep 

Temperature plays a huge role in your quality of sleep. If you are someone who tends to sleep hot, try sleeping naked. Sleeping nude can increase your body’s temperature creating a biological cue for your body to go to sleep. You are also less likely to have your REM sleep disrupted by waking up too hot. 

  1. Increased Self-Esteem

One study found that spending time in the nude can increase confidence and decrease body image dissatisfaction. It goes to show that if you sleep naked, you are more likely to wake up feeling confident and happy. If you want to boost this benefit, try meditating in the nude before bed. This will help center your body and mind and allow you to take the time to acknowledge your accomplishments. 

  1. Supports Female Productive Health

Wearing underwear that is too tight can increase your chance of getting a yeast infection. There is research to support that sleeping without underwear can prevent this and have a positive effect on female reproductive health. Many gynecologists will recommend sleeping in the nude as a preventative measure. 

From better sleep to increased self-esteem, there are many benefits to sleeping in the nude. For more on the benefits of sleeping au naturel, check out the infographic Casper provided below.

The Benefits of Sleeping Naked

Why we feel naked without clothes

Feeling naked

This is a post that doesn’t preach to the naturist choir. We are used to being naked and we know how good it feels.

Clothes

If you have always worn clothes, you have no idea how good it is to be out of them. It’s a strange feeling not to be covered. It may even feel cold, despite the nicest and warmest weather. Your brain will scream at you because you’re doing it wrong. You’re not following the program or regimen that you’ve been brought up with.

Don’t worry. Give it a try for half an hour. Do the things you usually do, without paying attention to the clock (unless staring at the clock is what you usually do. In that case, what is your occupation?)

Why would someone want to be naked when there are clothes?

Of course, I understand that question. Clothes are perfect to stay warm. Clothes are also perfect to hide everything that you were told is wrong with your body. The scars, the flab, the stuff that’s not up to the standards of advertisement.

Now let me tell you a secret: no one is. Not even the perfect models you see on TV, on your computer and in magazines.

Nina Garcia. Before and after “treatment”.

If you want to know more about this, have a look at this BoredPanda page. Yes, even the prettiest people are ‘fixed’ up digitally before they live up to what the industry thinks is fine. In other words, it’s total BS.

Are you still with me? Good. Let’s skip the BS part of beauty. It’s impossible. I mentioned clothes to keep you warm. I totally agree. Nudists wear clothes when it’s cold as well. It makes perfect sense and us humans have been doing this for ages.

But then the climate changes. Summers get hotter. Temperatures up to 35C/40C, over the 100F, 110F, are becoming more normal than before. And still, despite the heat, people have to wear their beloved clothes. And when it gets too warm, we simply turn on the air-conditioners. Lots of them. And all of them eating up energy like crazy, and to supply that energy we need to heat up the earth some more and add to the climate change that is already threatening us.

People in underwear
People in underwear

Is that smart?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to wear fewer clothes so your body can deal with the temperature more easily? And once you’re down to just your underwear, why not get rid of that too? What’s the use of that, apart from hiding the parts you were taught to be ashamed of, that need to be hidden?

While we all know you have them…

Why not be naked?

Being naked has the advantage of letting your skin breathe, deal with heat, and also it allows you to move easier. When you squat down, nothing is tight in the wrong places.

Naked people

I would really appreciate it if you would give this a try. A few times, because your conditioning, your depending on clothes isn’t something you can undo in half an hour.

If you have seriously tried this a few times (more than 15 minutes, no cheating!) and you really don’t like it, okay. You tried. Switch on your air conditioning this summer and pay the bill for it. In electricity and sweat. And clothes. And washing them a lot (which also costs money and adds to climate change…)

As you have seen, being naked more has more effects than you might think. Thank you for reading. And giving this an honest chance.

Naturism, books, COVID-19 and natives

Yes. Talk about a strange mix of subjects for one blog post. Please, read on.

A few days ago I listened to a podcast in the “Stuff they don’t want you to know” series. Maybe you know it. This specific episode was called “Indigenous Tribes, Covid & PPE”.

To my shock and horror I discovered that Native Americans are heavily affected by the COVID pandemic, and that in most cases and states, hardly a thing is done to help them, or even to educate them on the issues.

I know that the United States have many problems, and many people will shrug this off. I, however, am not many people. If you know my “Naked Crow” books, you may know that Native Americans play an important part in the stories.

The thing that really hit me, as stated in the podcast, was that “Doctors Without Borders” is stepping in to help Native Americans. This may not mean much to you, but this organisation usually steps in when a situation in a third world country is hopeless.

So what does this have to do with books?

In a previous blog post I mentioned “Murder in the nudist colony”. An anthology with death in all kinds of nudist places (just to stay on the cheerful side of life of course). All the proceeds of this book will go to Doctors Without Borders. After learning that this organisation is on the move to help the original Americans, this means even more to me. So here is your chance to help that organisation!

Murder in the nudist colony.

Pre-order it on Amazon, or on another e-book platform. Select your favourite one here.

On behalf of all the authors and other contributors to this publication, I thank you!