A naturist’s view on making music

Music

Something simple, it seems. Everyone knows what music is. Nude people also tend to like music. What I wondered about suddenly was: are there nude musicians out there?

It took a long time to find something in this area.

Rock ‘n’ roll

This was an era where some bands, mostly obscure ones, would perform in the nude. Mostly to shock and be rebels, I’m sure. It’s very hard to find imagery about those bands. Perhaps they looked something like this:

Nude rock band

Women only?

nude musicians

Most of the performers I could find were women. This is remarkable in a way, because in naturism and nudism men seem to prevail. Why not then, I wonder, in music?

Is showing the nude musician’s body outside naturism more of a gimmick to attract people than to celebrate the body? I think it is.

Sex sells

That’s a given these days, and it works since several decades. That is also, for me, one of the reasons that nudity (be it explicit or implied) is now so connected to sex. Advertisement had made that happen. Lots of people are happily brainwashed into that way of thinking daily.

toilet paper adIt’s even used to make toilet paper ‘sexy’. There’s the word. Sexy. Hardly surprising that nudity = sex(y).

That clearly is the whole point. Also in music this seems to happen. Look at Miley Cyrus who has caused more than just a bit of controversy about her naked performances and appearing nude in music videos.

Miley Cyrus wrecking ball
Miley Cyrus and the wrecking ball

Real music by real people

I really wonder if we’ll ever see a movement of real people, real music-makers, who are going to perform in the nude just because it’s the best way to be. Maybe you’ve ever been to a nude beach or resort where you’ve seen a naked band perform.

I’d like to hear about it. What was the band like? Where they nudists to start with, or did they strip because of the venue?

nude man playing pianoMusic is important for many people. I’m convinced it is important for quite a few of you who read this.

Would you play music naked? Do you play music naked? If so, what started it? Was it the fact you’re a nudist/naturist?

 

Interview with Harmen Pordon

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July 28th was the day it was going to happen. NatuPop at the naturist resort Flevonatuur, and the day I’d meet with Harmen and his family.

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The drive to Flevonatuur wasn’t promising but everything turned out well in the end. Read on for the interview with Harmen.

Who is Harmen Pordon?

Just a simple,  hard working family man of 30 years from the Netherlands. Naturist since his 18th. Active promoter thereof since 2015/2016. I am married, have 2 children, 1 of whom from a previous relationship. Number 3 is expected at the end of September.

How did you end up in naturism?

After years of being bullied as a child, I asked myself how long I would let my life happen as it did. The answer was pretty simple: not long. I have gone into a self-invented process for years to accept myself more as the person I am and to love myself. When I finally reached my 18th birthday, I was looking for a way to express that. When I came across naturism by chance on the internet and as I read about what it was, my interest was triggered. My love for nature, after years in the Dutch scouting organisation, was unabated and when it turned out that you could experience this more intensely, my last missing piece of the puzzle fell into place.

Harmen and Paul

You have been maintaining a naturism blog for a long time. Unfortunately, you stopped because of your health. Do you want more about that?

When I got some pain in my lower back in the beginning of March (I also had chest pressure) I went to the doctor. After I had carefully detailed my complaints, I was immediately referred to the hospital. There they soon diagnosed thrombosis in both lungs and I was immediately stuck in the intensive care unit. That turned out to be no exaggerated luxury because all in all I spent more than one and a half week in the hospital. It was very critical. When you read my letter of resignation from the hospital, there is literally massive pulmonary embolism. My lungs were completely filled up. There was also an embolism in my kidneys. The thrombosis is not caused by my lifestyle (I am a truck driver and also smoked for years and eaten unhealthy), but because of a problem in my kidneys. I urinate certain proteins, so that my blood already solidifies in my body. The fact that I have been so close to death while I have a young family and a child on the way, was the reason that I already put my focus on it and stopped the blogs. Rather, living life, then recording and sharing life, was my thought at that moment.

How did your wife respond to that dramatic situation?

Pretty intense. Honesty makes me tell that she is in a depression right now. She slowly scrambles up, but because of all that we have experienced over the past 2 years, my recent illness was the straw that broke the camel’s back. She is living a fairly withdrawn life at the moment and focuses mainly on our family.

harmen and paul

How are you now?

Good. The thrombosis is under control due to medication and since mid-June I have been working again completely. Recently I got an infection on my leg, of which in the first instance was thought of hosiery. Since I do not have the corresponding effects, I suspect it is something else. I am currently taking antibiotics to treat the infection. That, too, is a good thing. Of course it was again scaring.

Do you have plans to start blogging again? I know you had a lot of followers on your blog.

My Dutch blog Open & Bloot will come back anyway. It calls to me. In what way that comes back and how Santana plays a role in that, I still have to decide. Also because with us both naturism at this moment still a bit on the back burner because of everything that has happened. The English blog “Bare Thoughts” does not come back. I have already discussed so much there that I feel there is barely any original content to add. It feels closed, while the Dutch do not yet give that feeling. However, the English blog remains online, so my message can still be shared. That is simply too important to remove, I think.

Harmen en Paul

Thank you, Harmen, for this interview!

Interview met Harmen Pordon

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Op 28 juli 2018 was het zover. Natupop bij Flevonatuur. De dag dat ik Harmen Pordon en zijn gezin zou ontmoeten om over zijn leven en zeker over zijn gezondheid te praten.

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De weg naar Flevonatuur beloofde niet veel goeds maar het kwam allemaal goed! Lees hier verder het interview met Harmen.

Wie is Harmen Pordon?

Een doodsimpele hardwerkende familie man van 30 jaar uit Nederland. Naturist sinds z’n 18e. Actief promoter daarvan sinds 2015/2016. Ik ben getrouwd, heb 2 kinderen, waarvan 1 uit een eerdere relatie. Nummer 3 word eind september verwacht.

Hoe ben je in het naturisme terecht gekomen?

Na jaren als kind gepest te zijn heb ik mezelf de vraag gesteld hoe lang ik mijn leven daardoor nog zou laten leiden. Het antwoord was vrij simpel: niet lang. Ik ben een jarenlang zelfbedacht traject in gegaan om mezelf meer te accepteren als de persoon die ik ben en van mezelf te houden. Toen ik dat uiteindelijk op m’n 18e bereikte zocht ik een manier om dat te uiten. Toen ik naturisme bij toeval op internet tegenkwam en ik me goed inlas in wat het was, was m’n interesse getriggered. M’n liefde voor de natuur was na jaren scouting al onverminderd en toen bleek dat je dit bloot nog veel intenser kon beleven, viel m’n laatste ontbrekende puzzelstukje op z’n plek.

Harmen en Paul

Je hebt heel lang een naturisme-blog onderhouden. Helaas ben je daarmee gestopt vanwege je gezondheid. Wil je daar meer over kwijt?

Toen ik begin maart wat pijn in m’n onderrug kreeg en ik ook druk op de borst erbij had ben ik naar de dokterswacht gegaan. Nadat ik m’n klachten zorgvuldig op tafel had gelegd werd ik meteen doorverwezen naar het ziekenhuis. Daar kwam al snel de diagnose trombose in beide longen en ik werd gelijk op de intensive care opgenomen. Dat bleek geen overbodige luxe want al met al heb ik ruim anderhalve week in het ziekenhuis gelegen. Het was zeer kritiek, als je m’n ontslagbrief van het ziekenhuis leest, dan staat er letterlijk massale longembolien. M’n longen zaten compleet vol. Ook zat er bij m’n nieren nog een embolie. De trombose word niet door m’n levensstijl veroorzaakt ( ik ben vrachtwagenchauffeur en heb ook jaren gerookt en ongezond gegeten ), maar door een probleem in m’n nieren. Ik plas eiwitten uit, waardoor m’n bloed al in m’n lichaam stolt. De reden dat ik zo dichtbij de dood heb gezeten terwijl ik een jong gezin heb en een kind onderweg, was de reden dat ik daar al m’n focus op heb gelegd en de blogs gestopt heb. Liever het leven leven, dan het leven vastleggen en delen, was op dat moment mijn gedachte.

Hoe reageerde je vrouw op die dramatische situatie?

Vrij heftig. Eerlijkheid gebied mij te zeggen dat ze op dit moment in een depressie zit. Ze krabbelt wel langzaam omhoog, maar door alles wat we de afgelopen 2 jaar hebben meegemaakt, was mijn recente ziektebeeld de druppel die de emmer deed overlopen. Ze leeft op dit moment een vrij teruggetrokken bestaan en focust zich met name op ons gezin.

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Hoe gaat het nu met je?

Goed. De trombose is dankzij medicatie onder controle en sinds halverwege juni werk ik ook weer volledig. Onlangs kreeg ik nog een infectie op mijn been, waarvan in eerste instantie aan wondroos werd gedacht. Aangezien ik niet de bijbehorende effecten daarvan heb vermoed ik dat het wat anders is. Wel slik ik op dit moment antibiotica om de infectie te behandelen. Ook dat slaat gelukkig goed aan. Uiteraard was het wel weer schrikken.

Heb je plannen om het bloggen weer op te pakken? Ik weet dat je heel wat volgers had op je blog.

M’n Nederlandse blog Open & Bloot komt sowieso weer terug. Het kriebelt te veel. In wat voor samenstelling dat terugkomt en hoe Santana daar een rol in speelt moet ik nog bekijken. Ook omdat bij ons beide door alles het naturisme op dit moment nog een beetje op een laag pitje staat. Het Engelse blog “Bare Thoughts” komt niet meer terug. Ik heb daar al zoveel besproken dat ik nog weinig originele toevoeging voel. Het voelt afgesloten, terwijl de Nederlandse dat gevoel nog niet geeft. Wel blijft het Engelse blog online staan, zodat m’n boodschap nog steeds kan worden gedeeld. Die is simpelweg te belangrijk om te verwijderen vind ik.

Harmen en Paul

Dank je voor dit interview, Harmen! Veel succes, we kijken uit naar je volgende blog op Open en Bloot!

 

A naturist’s view on the fashion industry

Fashion. Worse than you might know.

Let me tell you something. Second to oil, fashion and textiles is the most polluting industry in the world. Did you know that? I didn’t. I read about it here. I don’t know if you headed over to read the article. Here’s a summary of the facts:

  • It can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton.
  • Up to 8,000 different chemicals are used to turn raw materials into clothes.
  • The clothing that doesn’t sell, falls apart or goes out of style usually ends up on landfills.

Clothes on landfill

Wow. Impressive, isn’t it? According to classiccotton.org 3/4 of all produced clothes end up on landfills. Now that is scary.

Naturism, a.k.a. common sense.

After these figures it’s even more evident that people who prefer nudity are on the smart side of the scale. I hope that all the clothes we don’t buy make a difference. Less water wasted, fewer chemicals all over the place, and less garbage and waste.

Of course there will always be garbage, but I almost fell out of my chair when I read how much junk is created by the manufacturing of clothes. But… did you see the number of chemicals used? Up to eight thousand! And that is used on stuff everyone happily puts on their skin. I’m convinced most of that stuff will be washed out with 20,000 litres (that is almost 5,200 gallons, for non-litre people) of water per kilo / 2 lbs. but still. All that stuff has to go somewhere. Do you trust the fashion industry enough to make sure that any remaining chemical is caught and discarded in a responsible manner? I wouldn’t put my money on that.

dirty secretsAfter digging into all this matter I am even more inclined not to wear clothes as much as I can. We hear about pollution and such every day, but the fashion industry is a market that goes on doing that without anyone batting an eye at it. If we talk about dirty secrets: new clothes have them!

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A naturist’s view on dick pics

What?

Yes. Dick pics. You saw that. A few days ago I heard a podcast in which, among other things, was a mention of dick pics. Before you jump to conclusions: this is not an invitation to send them in. Quite the contrary.

So why a blog post about dick pics?

In the podcast they talked about the fact that women who dare to show themselves online in a naturist forum or on social media, either dressed or undressed, are amazingly quickly ‘treated’ to images sent by a certain kind of gentlemen. Images, as you have already guessed, of their penis.

taking a dick pic

Hearing this, I wondered what goes on in the mind of people who do that. They’re clearly not naturists because naturists know better than to surprise people with pictures of certain parts of their anatomy.

A picture of a man’s penis isn’t something most women aren’t waiting for. Following that train of thought, I suddenly wondered how the average, non dick pic sending man would interpret such a surprise. Would you, sir normal nudist or naturist, appreciate a series of images of erect penises as a welcome to a naturist platform? I would absolutely not appreciate that.

Confidence or the lack of it

Woman sex object

Many people wonder why there is such an apparent absence of women in the naturist scene. I think dick pics are part of it, but by far not all of it. They are one expression of the sexualisation of women that’s been going on since far too long. For women it’s difficult to show themselves in this world. Look at how girls in school are being told off if they wear something ‘too revealing’. The daughter of someone I know was sent home because the shoulder straps of her top were too thin; they would ‘sexually arouse’ the boys in her class. How stupid is that? Is it any wonder that children of now are being trained to think that any part of a female body that shows skin has to do with sex? How do women feel when they’re pushed in such a situation?

What’s the reason behind dick pics?

I may be entirely wrong here, but I think they are sent off  by either immature people or by those who think that naturism/nudism focusses on genitals. And boy (or girl), how wrong they are. These people mistake our lifestyle with porn, as so many do. Distasteful? Yes. Disgusting? Yes. Disrespectful? Certainly so! As we know, naturism and nudism is about being free from clothes.

If someone gets ‘treated’ to a dick pic, please send them a link to this blog post so they may learn something. I doubt the message will arrive where it’s supposed to go but never give up hope. Not all of them think with the little head.

 

A naturist’s view on food

Instead of a ramble about things from me, here’s a video I would like to share with you.

Maybe some ‘food’ for thought?

A naturist’s view on morals and ethics

Morals and ethics

Things that many people like to hold in high regard. Certainly when it comes to naturism. To many non-naturists, naturism isn’t ethical nor moral.

What are morals?

Moral - right and wrongAccording to Merriam-Webster, the definition of moral is: of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior.

In that light no one can win the discussion on morality when the two parties are either in favour of, or against the nude lifestyle.

This shows that morals are subjective. Personal. Group or culture related. What one finds right, the other finds wrong. Is eating people wrong? Ask a cannibal.

What are ethics?

EthicsAccording to the same Merriam-Webster, the definition of ethics is: a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values, the present-day materialistic ethic, an old-fashioned work ethic often used in plural but singular or plural in construction, an elaborate ethics, Christian ethics.

So morals are the building blocks of ethics. Define a set of morals, wrap a ribbon around that set and give it a name.

Again this is a subjective assessment. Personal. Cultural. Brought about by your environment.

The ethics of naturism

I am sure everyone can come up with reasons why naturism isn’t ethical. You just have to consider naturism from the mind of a hard-core non-naturist. Suddenly exposing your nude body to others isn’t ethical. Allowing (or even forcing) children to see nudity isn’t ethical.

All those are things that serious naturists have moved past a long time ago. From ‘our’ (in any case my) point of view it’s not ethical to deprive your body from sunlight. It’s not ethical to look at people and judge them based on their clothes.

I’m sure you can all come up with some ethics that contradict between several groups. If you have examples, I’d like to hear about them. 🙂

A question to you. About the Naturist’s Library.

This is a question for you all.

I’ve made some changes to the Naturist’s Library pages. Yes, PageS! Now there’s another thing I could add, but I really need to know if there’s some kind of interest for that.

At the moment there’s just the basic info for a book on the page. Title, author, purchase links, and (as one of the recent changes) if it’s a volume in a series.

I could extend that with (part of) the back cover text that comes with most books.

At the moment a book entry looks like this:

Book entry

I could add a little button/option/gimmick/whatever to each entry that will let you see the back cover text, for instance when you hover the mouse over it. However, that involves a lot of work. Not creating the option, that’s the fun part, but adding all those texts to the information. Note there are over 150 books in the library so I’d have to go over all of them and copy that text.

So here’s my question: how valuable is that? Would you appreciate that? Would you use it? Would it be a good addition to the page?

A naturist’s view on respect

Respect? Why address that?

If that’s your reaction to this post then either you’re wonderful or you don’t understand. Either way, read on and see for yourself if this was a waste of time. 😀

What is respect?

Let’s have a look at Wikipedia:

Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something considered important, or held in high esteem or regard; it conveys a sense of admiration for good or valuable qualities; and it is also the process of honoring someone by exhibiting care, concern, or consideration for their needs or feelings.

respectRespect is something easily overlooked, or even misinterpreted as just any kind of attention.

It’s also something of key importance in naturism (and real nudism).

Objectification

In an interview I heard an older lady talk about respect. She said that, in the ‘outside’ society (meaning the world outside a naturist area), women are trained to wear these clothes, put on that make-up, behave such an so, all to be acceptable. That same ‘outside’ society trains men to be on the lookout for such women. She said also that such a society implicitly trains men to see women as objects.

Objectification

This is exactly what the industry is after. Creating impossible goals for people. The reason for nervous breakdowns, cosmetic surgery (lunacy, surgery should be saved to rescue people’s lives) and a never-ending stream of frustration.

Naturism and respect

a good time

The lady then spoke about her experience at naturist resorts. People there treat you with respect, she said. Men don’t need to undress you with their eyes, because there’s nothing to undress. They look at your face, talk with you because they want to talk with you. And that implies respect.

Most amazing fact about this lady was that, as a child, she’d been sexually abused between the ages of 10 and 20. She said that in the ‘outside’ world she often overdressed as to appear sexless, and still she felt insecure. In a naturist environment she felt safe, respected, accepted, and she felt no fear at all.

Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that beautiful? How much baring yourself can bring?

Do you have experiences of respect that are related to naturism where you would have expected them to occur in the ‘outside’ world as well? I’d love to hear about them…

Be happy. Be safe. Be nude. And… be respected!

A naturist’s view on “forest bathing’

Forest bathing?

Yep. Forest bathing. It’s not that you shower with leaves (although it’s an option), but it’s a Japanese practice. It merely means that you go among the trees. Trees and other forms of nature have a positive influence on people. They bring peace and rest, and stress levels go down rapidly when among trees.

In the forest

I love going into the forest and lucky me, I have a small one right across the street. Forests are good. They provide air, shade, good smells (usually) and… you can bathe in them. Quoting from the site I linked to up there:

Forest bathing—basically just being in the presence of trees—became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982 when the forestry ministry coined the phrase shinrin-yoku and promoted topiary as therapy.

The entire article is quite a read but worth the while, I think. It tells you so much about trees and being in a forest. There’s no need to walk, run or do anything. Leave your Fitbit at home, there’s no race, no record to break. The only thing you should break there is the tidal wave of stress and other impressions that life throws at you.

The article doesn’t mention nudity so if you’re looking for nekkid people you’re out of luck, but if you’re there and you have the opportunity… take off your stuff and enjoy the forest in the most natural way. Naked.