A naturist’s view on the perversion of beauty

Perversion of beauty?

Yes. It happens. All around us. The thought that naturists stand for, that every body is a good body, isn’t supported nor carried by everyone.

As I was listening to the November 2009 episode of the Naturist Living Show podcast, a show I can really recommend, I heard so many things that struck me and rang my bells that I had to write this post about it.

So, what’s the buzz?

In the podcast I heard (among other things) a story about a young woman who apparently looked good and healthy, who was incredibly influenced by the media and their unrealistic goals of “beauty”. She had decided to contact a plastic surgeon who would make all kinds of fake alterations to her body to make her “beautiful”.

Unreal beauty

There would be breast implants, a “tummy tuck” and a few other “improvements”, which she wanted to get done as a “surprise” for her husband who was away. (Image is not of said young woman.)

Now really… who would want to improve a body when there’s nothing wrong with it? And that only because Supermodelthe outside world is proclaiming that you are not good enough unless you look like Kate Moss, to name one of the super models that clearly are the basis of existence for many woman.

It’s a shame and it angers me tremendously that wonderful people with what, a flaw, a wrinkle, a tummy, stretch marks… that such good, healthy, beautiful people feel compelled to obey the words of a bunch of lunatics who are only after their money. Because that, of course, is the name of the game. Beauty products that cost hands full of money. Plastic surgery isn’t the cheapest kind either. And for what? To be turned into unreal, plastic versions of themselves?

Photoshopped model

People who have no wrinkle, who are “industrial beauties” and whose cheeks probably will crack when they try to laugh (if their plastified cheeks actually allow them to laugh)?

Stop the plastification of people!

Real people are much better in my opinion. The true value shouldn’t be put on someone’s outside. That’s not going to last, no matter how much cash you throw at plastic surgeons, pill mongers and diet advisers. In my view it’s much healthier to cultivate your inner beauty.

It’s something that will cost you less and bring you much more. Be beautiful the naturist’s way. Trust me, there are more people like us, with our flaws and flabs, than there are industrial grade beauties. We’ll outnumber you always. And we’re far happier.

 

A naturist guest’s view on asking.

Today’s naturist’s view is from a fellow naturist who sent me his remarkable but also fabulous experience while in Amsterdam, waiting for a connecting flight. Here’s Colin’s story.


I was travelling home [to the UK] from a short business trip in Germany. All was going well until my flight was cancelled because of the wintery weather. I needed to stay over in Amsterdam and quickly found a hotel at the airport. The following day, once I had checked out, I had a bit of time to pass before my flight in the early evening [which was also cancelled, but that’s another story]. I considered what I would like to do and concluded that I would enjoy a swim.

I just lacked 3 things: a pool [even the hotel that I had just left did not have one], swimwear and goggles. Finding a pool was a matter of using booking.com to find local hotels and filtering to show ones with a pool. There were two that looked promising, so I hopped on a shuttle bus. At the hotel, I explained my problem and asked if their pool was available to non-residents. The woman said that they had no policy, but I was more than welcome to use the facilities [free of charge!]. So, one problem solved and, as I can manage without goggles, I only needed to address the swimwear question.

Nude Swim Amsterdam
Actual photo from Colin’s experience.

My first choice would be to swim nude, as this is always my preference. I figured that Holland is quite a liberal country, so I might be able to get away with it. Otherwise, I guess I could have worn underpants. I headed to the pool changing room, got undressed, wrapped a towel around myself and went to the pool. There were two other users; a pair of young women, who, it turned out, were also English. I explained my “problem” and said that I would be OK to wait until they were finished, if they were embarrassed by someone’s nudity. Their response was to say that I should just carry on – they did not care. So, I had a very pleasant swim.

The moral of the story is: if you want something [in my case, the use of a pool and permission to swim nude], you should just ask. What is the worst that can happen?


Thanks for sharing this, Colin!

If you, dear reader, have a story you’d like to share, don’t hesitate. You can reach me through my contact page, or go the old-fashioned way and drop me an e-mail.

A naturist’s view on paintings

So what about paintings?

Image via https://www.oddee.com/

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?)

Nudity in art is of all times

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?
~ Michelangelo

Painting by Albert von Keller, 1907.

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?

male nude painting
Found on Pinterest. Origin unknown.

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.

Ancient times and nude art

Musicians and dancers on fresco at Tomb of Nebamun
Via Wikipedia

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?

Questions for you.

So now I will leave you with some questions:

  • What is your favourite painting? I really would like to know. They can be ancient, modern, any style.
  • Who is your favourite artist?
  • Do you make paintings? If so, where can we enjoy them?

Thanks for reading all the way to here.

Be happy and naked…

A naturist’s view on nude-friendly social media

Nude-friendly social media. Really?

Yes. I know most of you have encountered the strange rules and shifting regulations on our most admired site Facebook.facebook censorship

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.

So where are the safe places?

Me we groupsThe 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.

Another nice place is ello.co. Branded mainly a site for creative people, ello also has no problem with nudity. For instance I follow the famous, Canadian naturist park Bare Oaks on Ello.

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.

Earth naturists

Inevitable question: are there more?

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.

Sunday Noon Nudist

Nudist bowling alley

Nudist bowling alley, somewhere in relaxed France..

A naturist’s view on sports

Sports

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 in the buff

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.

nude cycling WNBR

nude joggingJogging 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!

nude rugby teamThis 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.

nude boxing

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.

nude swimming

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.

Sunday Noon Nudist

Can you think of a better way to hike when the weather’s good for it?

(I can’t!)

A naturist’s view on swimming

“Nude” swimming

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.

Skinny dipping

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!

A naturist’s view on dark

A naturist’s view on DARK?

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:

Image courtesy of Getty Images

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.

Night walks

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.Sunlight

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.

Skinny dipping

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!