We probably all know it by now. The Parisian nude restaurant is closing.
Yes. That is a sad thing. Why did they not make it?
Apparently the restaurant is well liked by all who dined there. Unfortunately there weren’t enough of those people, which put the restaurant in a dire, financial spot. The food, as I read in many places, was very good, and the atmosphere in the restaurant was described as very pleasant.
The owners, Mike and Stephane Saada, stated:
“Thank you for having participated in this adventure by coming to dine at O’Naturel. We will only remember the good times, meeting beautiful people and customers who were delighted to share exceptional moments.”
Let’s hope more restaurants will start seeing the possibilities for nude dining. The way O’Naturel was set up, catering to nude guests only, is perhaps a bit too optimistic. Opening for nude guests a few times per week might have been an economically better idea in that light.
On the other hand, the world of naturism and nudism is facing fierce opposition and that pressure is growing. Establishments like O’Naturel are important because they fight back. It is important to remember that prudishness and the feelings of shame, which are spreading over a world that has made steps into the other direction, can be pushed back. We do need a backbone and some guts for that push. Let’s push!
This post up here, it’s from 2017, made me think about the witch hunt on nudity by the various social media once more. Although… social? Apparently social nudity is not their kind of social.
Why do people still get so worked up about this? Of course, we all know these platforms (Facebook, Google+ and lately Tumblr as well) are wrong in banning anything nude but they are calling their shots.
Faceborg bans artists who post anything resembling nudity yet they have no problem with beheading videos. Tumblr had to be sold to a place that didn’t want naked bits and pieces.
It’s a pathetic sign of the times, and I am convinced that everyone in the naked-life circuit is aware of all that.
I think it’s smarter to focus on the places where nudity is no problem, like Ello.co, Twitter and MeWe.
I’ve also located Ghost (link opens new tab) which might suit your needs.
This page mentions a few more options that might be interesting to you. Have a go, have a look and do report back what you found out!
When I first thought of the title for a new post (this one: the older, the nuder), I had an idea where this was going. Until I started investigating the idea, which made me see things in a much different way. Let me tell you what I thought and what I’ve learnt!
My initial idea was that, when people get older they get less flexible. I’ve seen it everywhere and still do. I’ve seen it with my parents too.
That brought me to the conclusion that older people should stay nude more for the simple reason that putting on clothes requires some agility, and since older people have that less and less, not having to put on clothes would make life easier for them. Are you with me so far? Sounds logical, doesn’t it?
Then I started looking around for stuff that might add a bit of laughter about this topic, and guess what I found:
The way to stay agile is STRETCHING.
You may not feel the need to read on if you’re not “old” yet, but I think it’s worth the while anyway. One interesting link took me to kveo.com. This page talks about the importance of stretching and not to overdo things.
And that brought me (again) to yoga, which is a good way to stretch. And that, hey hey, took me almost round circle to naked yoga, which I touched on last year. Right, there’s no need to ‘yoga’ like the lady up there. (I’m still trying to find out how she got herself in a knot!) And as you see, she is doing naked yoga.
Even Wikipedia has an entire article on naked yoga, go figure. That should tell everyone there’s something about it.
Regardless if you’re into or out of yoga, though, the main thing clearly is that when you get older (like I am and probably the odd 2 or 3 other readers of this blog), you should keep moving and stretch as much as possible. And as we all know: the best way to move and stretch is in the nude.
How many of you think of the future in terms of naturism? I’ve discovered I’m doing that quite a lot lately. And why is that?
According to this article on the British Naturism website, their membership is on the rise since a long time, and they ‘blame’ (haha) the heatwave of this past year for that. That, I say, is a good sign for the future of naturism.
Heatwaves are going to be more common than they were, so there will be more opportunity, temperature-wise, to undress and be the way we like, naturists, nudists alike.
And although this sounds wonderful and great for ‘us’, there is of course the other side of the coin: heatwaves. Also drought. Ice caps melting. All those things aren’t that great for ‘us’ or ‘the others’ (the textile based life forms)
I realise that being naked as much of the time as possible isn’t going to save the world, but buying fewer clothes (which in turn makes that fewer have to be made) is a good start. It’s scary to consider, time and again, how much crap gets tossed into the environment by the clothing industry, one of the holy cows of society.
I sincerely hope that the world at large will come to its senses and stop messing things up for humanity. And no, “Save the planet” isn’t needed. The planet will survive us all, unless someone can’t keep his hands off a specific red button.
Not at all what we want. Hot is good as we can take off our clothes, but let’s agree there are limits to the kind of heat we all can take.
According to Wikipedia, sustainability is defined as “the process of maintaining change in a balanced fashion, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations.”
Naturism and sustainability
When we look back to the origins of naturism (nudism), the movement was all about a healthy lifestyle in harmony with nature. I am convinced there are still plenty of nude walking people who share that idea in some way or other. And that, for me, already points into the direction of sustainability. The harmony with nature part already shows that naturism’s basic philosophy underwrites a world that is a healthier and better place than many areas in our current world.
A while ago I posted a blog about the fashion industry and the amount of pollution that brings with it. The clearest point of that was that wearing clothes has a severe impact on the environment, so less clothes means less crap in the water and the air.
But it doesn’t end with clothes (for me)
Mankind has taken control of the planet in a way that’s totally irresponsible. Mankind thinks they are lord and master (or lady and mistress) of this ball we still live on. A tiny flaw in this mindset is that ‘mankind’ is very wrong. Just because humans feel invulnerable doesn’t mean they win everything. When air is no longer breathable and water is no longer safe to drink, the all powerful human will be finished quickly.
Humans who think that way should spend a while in the nude, outside, in nature. I wonder if they still feel invulnerable then. Naturists and nudists know the fragility of man when faced the outdoors. When there is no fabric or plastic shielding that thin skin from the rough bark of a tree, things quickly look different.
Man’s place in nature
If we find our place in nature again, I am convinced things can still be set to right.
It won’t be fast because we’ve been doing our best to mess this planet up for decades already, but the nude mindset would be a great help in that.
In a previous post I wrote about telling the people at work about your lifestyle. I received some interesting comments on that post, either on the post itself and also through various social media (yes, I pretend to be social, like on Twitter, Mewe and occasionally even on Ello).
It’s clear that by far not everyone has the good fortune to have colleagues or co-workers with open minds that will accept the clothes free way of life. That basically sucks, even when there’s little you can do about it. Going out to find a new job because of that is rather drastic.
Another side of things
One day at work, this past hot summer, I had a very interesting encounter. A co-worker came to me and whispered, “I saw you in your car yesterday”.
The reason for her whisper was that she’d seen me just before driving off. When it’s really hot I don’t want to wear clothes in my car so once in there I take everything off before leaving the parking lot. Since the building where I work is in town it’s hardly surprising someone sees me. Honestly I don’t care one bit about that. It’s my car and my sanity. If they really want to look into my car they should be prepared to deal with what they see.
To said co-worker I said, “Good for you. Have you tried it yourself?” Hardly surprising that the answer was ‘no’, followed by the question why on earth I was doing that. Was I some kind of exhibitionist?
No. I am not. I simply want to be comfortable and I did my best to explain that to my co-worker. Of course the concept of being comfortable made sense, but… “we have air conditioning for that.” This response is the default for modern people. I explained that taking your clothes off often makes that you don’t have to switch on the A/C in your car. Nor in your home if you have such a thing there and that is a huge cost saver. That information in turn triggered even more disbelief because “you don’t walk around naked at home.”
To that I could only say, “Wrong. I do. You clearly don’t, but that’s not my problem.” It was nice to turn things around. Dear co-worker wanted to make my way of life my problem but with a simple statement I turned that into the opposite. It also made for a surprised person who had nothing more to add.
You know them. You may actually have them. Those people in the workplace that keep interrupting your dreams work.
How well do you know them? Do you know if there are naturists among them? Have you told any of them you’re a naturist or nudist?
I’ve done so. I always let people know I am one of those people who don’t like going around in clothes. It’s best that they know.
Of course there will be mixed reactions. Not everyone is as open-minded about naturism as naturists and nudists. We’re all different people with different backgrounds.
If people want to make fun of your lifestyle, let them. Shrug it off. Be bigger than attacking them on their ways (which making fun can be). Remember that their making fun can also be a sign of their immaturity regarding the subject.
Nudity is still a touchy subject, or perhaps even getting touchier as time goes on. The world seems to become more prudish, so speaking about being naked because it feels so good isn’t always going to sit right with everyone.
For people who feel the need to attack you on this revelation it pays to be prepared.
Questions you can anticipate.
The orgy. That’s an inevitable one because most unenlightened people connect nudism with sex. Stay calm, don’t overreact. Answer: “if you think that’s true, you’ve never visited a proper nudist beach. I don’t know where you got your knowledge but it certainly wasn’t among my crowd.”
Erections. The number one fear for men. Answer: ‘that hardly comes up’. (Yes, pun intended.) The entire nude environment is so non-sexual that erections hardly ever happen. And if ones does come up, they should keep a towel over it, sit down and wait for it to go away. It’s not a big deal unless they start pointing at it and scream everyone has to come and watch. That’s not appreciated at all.
The pretty body problem. Indeed, not everyone has a beautiful body. In fact, barely anyone has one, and yes, on a nude beach you can see that. But remind them that looking at others isn’t why you go to a nude beach or a naturist resort. You go there to be free, to have a good time with nice people while not being bogged down by fabric. If they want to stare at naked people, advise them to go to a strip joint.
Naturist, nudist and the difference. Nudist is more widely used in the United States. Naturist in parts of Canada and most of Europe. The general concept is the same, just the name differs. Of course there will always be people who argue there are huge differences but I’m not going into that here. If you want to describe the difference to a newbie or interested person, go ahead but don’t scare anyone off by going too much in-depth.
What when a woman has her period? All nudist camps, even those which are nudity-mandatory, permit women to wear shorts or bikini bottoms during menstruation. (Please note, however, that wearing only underwear is generally considered unacceptable.) This allows women to go through their period in the same manner they would choose in the textile world. Some women who use tampons will continue to go nude during their period.
I hope this helped
If you haven’t told co-workers yet, that’s up to you.
Do remember though that you might miss out on a few surprises and some nice, nudist friends among them.
If that is too much for you, here are the two sections from the document which are most important for real naturists:
I think this is a brilliant move on behalf of the police force in the UK. Every country should adopt this – well, every free-thinking country. I understand there will be plenty of less open-minded cultures that will never accept this, but that’s up to them. Unfortunately.
I’m really excited about this development, as will be many naturists in the UK, I’m certain of that. With a police directive like that I can envision an influx of naturists in the UK. It might even do something good for their tourism.
Now, back to freehiking itself.
Have you ever done it? Have you been in the lucky circumstance that you could drop all clothes and just go for a long walk without being afraid someone would see you and make things difficult?
I’m glad to say I had that opportunity plenty of times. I’ve been out for naked walks in Germany, where the laws are quite relaxed as well, in the UK (even before the police pdf was published) and plenty of times on the Canary Islands.
On Lanzarote I’ve done very long walks even, the longest around 13km (little over 8 miles). The great thing during that actual walk was that I encountered people (walking, cycling and in cars) who didn’t bat an eye. Some actually greeted me.
I’ve been freehiking in Scotland as well. The benefit of Scotland, I found, is that it’s very spacious with very few people. I had a great walk near Loch Lomond.
So what about the United States?
The US is a very large country. Still I keep hearing from many people that it is hard to go for a naked walk. It’s something I find a bit difficult to comprehend but I am not from the US of A, so please enlighten me. I’m curious to know what makes it difficult to go freehiking. I understand you don’t do that in big cities. That isn’t accepted in most places. Is it so hard for people to go out into the open where there’s space? Is the US so built up that it’s cities and towns wall to wall, back to back? Or do most people have no car? (Which I find hard to believe, as America loves its cars.)
Do you have freehiking experiences over there? Where did you do them? Were you harassed? It would be great if you can share your opinions to help others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dank je voor dit interview, Harmen! Veel succes, we kijken uit naar je volgende blog op Open en Bloot!