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?).
My first time
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!
Now there’s a TeamNaturist project going on to put a lot of this into view:
If you want to participate, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. You can trust the person who initiated this; he’s a good person and dedicated naturist. Have a look at his twitter feed if you’re still not convinced.
Really, this is for a good cause. Our cause. A naturist cause. Björ hasn’t received any contributions from ladies yet, nor from people of colour. Please support his cause. He and I both appreciate it!
Of course do naturists have cars. Together with walking, cycling and public transport they’re a great way to get around. Wait, did I say public transport? Sorry! 😉
Cars and clothing laws.
As with just about anything in life there are laws concerning cars. They need to have tyres that all touch the ground, a working engine, lights, stuff like that. My main gripe about car laws is that there is nearly no clarity about the way you need to drive. I don’t mean adhering to the rules of the road, but – you guessed it – what you need to wear. Or not wear. So far only Germany has an (as far as I know) clear statement about that. You need to wear proper footwear to operate the pedals. You can be naked in your car (let’s all move to Germany). You can’t however be naked getting out of your car unless you’re at a place where nudity is accepted. Germany is cool.
Where I live, in the Netherlands, there’s a lot of fuzzy commenting going around about naked driving. I’ve seen police statements where cops chased a nude driver, I’ve read reports on people simply driving along in the nude without a problem. For myself I can state I’ve driven around in the nude plenty of times and never had a problem with that.
That either means things aren’t as bad as they’re depicted or I’ve just been very lucky.
Driving naked, the international version.
I haven’t investigated every country exhaustively. Firstly because I don’t want to spend too much of my time doing that, secondly because there are too many countries and too obscure laws. 😉
I found a few resources for you.
America, you might like to read this. Short version: “We were surprised to find little consensus on whether it is actually illegal to drive naked. There don’t seem to be many laws on the books that specifically address nudity in cars vs. nudity in general. One rule of thumb: It’s probably OK to drive naked, but only if no one else sees you.”
Scotland and England, here’s a link for you. Short version: “It’s not an offence to be naked in public in England and Wales but it does become an offence if it can be proved the person stripped off with the intention to upset and shock. The complainant has to prove this.
In Scottish law there is no statutory offence, just the common law offence of offending public decency – a strand of the breach of the peace. The test is essentially the same as in English law, that a member of the public has been put in a state of fear or alarm.”
It doesn’t state driving explicitly but if you can be nude in public you should be fine in your car.
Sweden, maybe this is of interest to you. Short version: “…as nudist Ronja told the magazine: Being naked is about freedom, and not conforming to others. But this type of freedom involves a few guidelines. So here we go…ten commandments of Swedish nude etiquette.”
Again, no explicit mentioning of cars, but if you can be naked at home, a car shouldn’t be a big problem.
How is it in your country? Do you know?
Maybe you have some inside experience that might help others who like to drive in the nude. Driving naked is nice when it’s hot (or not cold). Tips and such are, as always, appreciated!
It’s a fact that naturists appreciate light. Warm light preferably. I thought about that when I found the picture you see up here. As I looked at it I thought that this is a wonderful application of light as well.
I love body painting and this is a form of it, I’d say, with the difference that this painting was done with, indeed, light. Of course I had to go on a hunt for more and it surprised me that most images painted with light incorporate the female form. Men don’t seem to do so well in light and I really wonder why that is.
This image conveys how the male body can look amazing in specific light settings as well.
I admit that not everyone is granted such a nice physique but the idea remains the same.
What do you think about painting with light instead of body paint? Have you noticed it as well? Have you ever tried it?
I think it’s fascinating because this too is something that only works well with the naked, human body.
Trying this with regular clothes, regardless how expensive they are, will never yield the same effect. Or do you know of examples that prove me wrong? In that case I’d love to learn about those.