Aussie Nudist Olympics take a move

Queensland has lost a $2 million-a-year tourism event to New South Wales where nude bathing is legal and their police do not arrest nudists for wilful exposure.

The annual Nude Olympics, which pulls more than 600 people a year to Noosa’s Alexandria Bay after the first event 40 years ago, has been cancelled.

Nudists in Europe try a spot of beach archery. Photo: Michel Gangne

The event, organised by the Australian Naturists Federation, will be held this March at Byron Bay, either at its legal Tyagarah nude beach or the north Belongil Beach.

Both beaches are on the northern coastline of Byron Bay.

Queensland has lost the $2 million a year Nude Olympics in part because of a crackdown on nude bathers.

Queensland is the only state that does not allow its councils to vote and choose “clothing-optional” beaches.

Negotiations have begun with Byron Shire Council to hold the 2017 Nude Olympics at Belongil Beach.

Source: Brisbane Times where you can read more about this.

When naturism costs jobs

I’m sure you all read or heard about it. A British school teacher, Christine Wright, was told to take early retirement after the school she worked at found out she was a naturist.

She said: “It’s not something I ever spoke about at work but some busy body outed me.

“They rang up my employer and told them I was a naturist. To hurt me. It ended up with me taking early retirement. I’m not going deny who I am.”

I was bloody well shocked after hearing about this. How sad is this, to force someone out of the job they love, because of a brain-twisted idiot who doesn’t know the difference between a life style and paedophiles?

I truly believe that teachers are most at risk of losing their jobs, because they work with children, and – as we all know – the children’s tender souls need to be protected from the big bad world where people walk around with no clothes. Murder and other kinds of violence are okay, greed is applauded, but OMG, as the expression goes, no nudity please!

She says she believes that naturism is misunderstood, comparing them to other minorities.

She added: “Sometimes I think we’re in the same position the gay community were in 20 years ago.

I hope we all will live to see the day that naturism isn’t considered the bad thing that many uneducated people think it is.

(Quotes and image courtesy of The Irish Sun.)

Who are you converting?

Converting to nudism.

Yes. You. Are you converting people to naturism and/or nudism?

And if so, do you have any success with that? Please share.

I never try to convert people to nudism and I have several reasons for that.

Reason 1: Respect.

If you’re pushing your opinion onto other people, you show a total lack of respect. Note that this is not the same as telling people what you think and feel.

Do you like having people going on and on, taking up your time, talking about things you know you don’t want to hear? Probably not. It’s that with our way of life.

Sometimes people aren’t ready for it and they don’t want to hear about it constantly, no matter how good your intentions are. Respect other people’s opinion and way of life.

Reason 2: Being ready.

People can be not ready to engage in naturism. You need to understand that they, like everyone of us, grew up in their own environment with their own beliefs and convictions.

Many of them ‘know’ that being naked is not good, abnormal, sinful, not like their God told them to live and whatever other reason you can think of. There are plenty of them.

Trying to convert such people will only make them angry. You’re actually pushing them away from the nude lifestyle. It’s one thing to tell them how you live, another to push them into it. If someone is interested in some way or another, you can talk about it. If they’re still interested you can invite them. Don’t tell anyone he or she has to try it, though. The world and in many cases religion already puts enough ‘have to’s’ on people, having another one is not what most people need.

Reason 3: be the change.

Mahatma Gandhi

This is the only proper way to demonstrate how you feel, how you are and how you wish to continue. Tell people who you are and what you are. See if they are curious. If not: at least you have told your story. If yes: they will ask more.

Be the one you say you are. If you say you love to be naked and you have the option to be naked at home: do it. Tell the people they ‘risk‘ seeing you undressed when they come to visit. There’s always the option for them to warn you that they’re coming and please put something on. At that point it’s up to you do do that or decline that. Here comes the respect part again as well. It’s partly from your side but certainly also from their side. If they can’t respect you to be the way you want in your home then they should invite you over to their home.

End words.

Maybe you agree with all this. Maybe you have entirely other ideas. I respect that. These views are mine.

Whatever you feel, thank you for reading this far. If you have something to say about it, there’s always the comment box. Share your ideas. Tell me about them.

Teach me, expand my knowledge, but don’t try to convert me.

Nude exercising is the thing.

I’ve said it before, and many others already know that it’s the best. Nude exercising.

Now Basingstoke personal trainer, Helen Smith, has caught on as well:

AN EXERCISE class for people in the nude launched its first class on Saturday.

The Nude-ercise session, run by a personal trainer from Basingstoke, takes place every third Saturday of the month at Nursling Village Hall in Southampton.

The first class saw 10 people follow instructions from trainer Helen Smith, who is also a member of naturist group British Naturism and runs the hour-long class for a price of £8 from 5pm.

Helen, 35, said: “I think people are starting to embrace naturism more and more.

“The idea behind it is that it’s your natural body and there’s nothing sexual about it.

“The main benefit of exercising naked is that you can really see what the instructor is doing in the exercises.

“You also don’t have to think about washing sweaty gym clothes after the class.

“People are required to pre-register by emailing me and to show ID at the beginning, just for everyone’s peace of mind.”

The class featured participants between the ages of 33 and 70 with the activity being described as a gentle boot camp.

It included jumping jacks, sit ups and partner work. Helen left her job as a recruitment consultant two years ago to become a full-time fitness instructor and was inspired to become a naturist after visiting a nude beach in southern France.

Helen said: “I was on holiday with my partner and we turned up at a naturist beach and thought ‘let’s do it’ and it was a really enjoyable afternoon.

“People are starting to embrace naturism more and more. “In this day and age you have pop stars wearing scantily-clad clothing and on the other hand you have things like naked bike rides.”

Other classes will take place in London as well as other towns including Reading, Guildford and Alton.

(Source: Basingstoke Gazette.)

Naturist cleaners??

Naturist cleaners

Yes, you saw that right. And this is not about ordinary naturists cleaning their own homes in the most comfortable fashion.

As I was looking over the information that Google Alerts sent me the other day, concerning all kinds of things about naturism, there was a reference to ‘naturist cleaners’.

The headline:

Women in Croydon wanted to clean homes while naked

I found this odd. Many people may think this is a cool idea but not me. I see things differently. I went to read the article (you can see it for yourself at http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/women-in-croydon-wanted-to-clean-houses-naked).

This proved me right.

Women apparently can make £45 per hour for cleaning. That is a lot of money. They have to do it in the nude though. Is it surprising that most of the clients of the company offering this are male?

Some clients prefer to stay dressed and just watch our cleaner or just want a nude cleaner to have a different experience

Yep. That is typical for naturists, right, wanting to watch a nude cleaner.

The lady running the company offering this service states that most clients are naturists themselves, which is a good thing. Still I can’t shake the feeling that this isn’t the way this works.

What are your thoughts?

Best effort, involuntary stereotyping

Stereotyping

I keep seeing it and it keeps surprising me. Stereotyping. It is (actually it was) very visible on my Twitter feed. All those people posting images of nudists and naturists. Not themselves, of course.

They post pictures of young, fit, happy people in the nude.

Mainly young women.

Wrong

You may wonder why I think this is wrong. Let me explain.

When I go to a nude beach, a naturist resort or a clothes-free sauna, I see all kinds of people. The thing is: least of all I see the young, fit, nude women that are splattered all over the naturism promotion feeds.

Instead I see the kind of people here on the right. The older, balding, not so slim, not so fit one. The people with wrinkles, who have been nudists and/or naturists all their life without giving a damn about how they look. They have the right attitude. Don’t make everyone think that your body becomes young, fit and pretty once you pretend to be a nudist or naturist. That’s not going to happen, not now and not in thirty years when you’re even older and wrinklier (unless someone comes up with a happy pill that does it for you).

Be a real naturist. Go naked because it makes you feel good. That is the happy pill we have now, and it works on another side of you. On the inside. The mind. Having the right mindset will make your mind, your spirit young and fit. And you have the benefit of real freedom, inside and out.

Twitter feed

As I said, my twitter feed had a lot of those images.

It doesn’t anymore. I have stopped following those picture-cannons which spread false images and ideas about our life style. I don’t agree with them so I don’t need to see them.

I’m convinced they feel they’re doing naturism a favour, otherwise they wouldn’t be putting so much effort into all this. I’m also convinced they’re missing the point and attracting the wrong audience.

 

Digambara. The naked monks.

Naked monks.

Yeah, that got your attention, didn’t it? Naked monks. Yes, they exist. In India.

Acharya Vidyasagar, a prominent Digambara monk of modern India

I was very surprised to find information about monks who are not allowed to wear clothes. Clothes are seen as embellishment and these monks don’t embellish themselves.

This sounds all sweet and wonderful, but there is more to being a nude monk than not wearing clothes. If you love your big screen TV, kiss that goodbye when you become a Digambara monk.

There is a Jain text that says:

Salutation to the Ascetic (Sādhu) abound in faith and knowledge, who incessantly practises pure conduct that surely leads to liberation.

— Dravyasaṃgraha
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Naked monks in Nepal

Attitude and… weather.

It may be obvious that you need the right kind of attitude to become such a monk as you have to give up all worldly goods. You need to beg for food and you can own only the fewest bits of man-made utensils. A Digambara monk is allowed to keep only a feather whisk, a water gourd and scripture with him.

Also make sure you live in the right region. When you’re in an area where it gets cold it’s smart to choose another occupation. One that has heating and/or clothes.

Sources.

Information for this post mostly came from Wikipedia and Quora.

Sunday Noon Nudist


Happy Newd Year!

Naked around the house. (And inside it.)

Naked around the house.

I’m curious how many naturists and nudists (let’s assume there is a difference between them) are able to be naked in and around their house.

The problem that many face of course is that their house is open to the view from the street. As far as I know there is no country where the law says you can be naked inside your own property, regardless if people from outside can see you or not.

Backyards.

Nudists with fenced-off backyards often are in luck. They can usually be naked as much as they want and do all kinds of chores there without the bother of clothes. Things like painting, like the lady on the left does here, will be easier too. Splatters of paint are removed from skin much easier than from clothes.

There might be a problem with neighbours though. Not everyone can lift their mind over such things as a naked body.

Apartments.

This is where I come in. Literally, because I live in an apartment.

My place is on the fifth floor , there are frosted glass panels between the balconies so neighbours don’t see me, and there is no building opposite where I live. I can be naked as much as I want, and sit outside like that whenever the weather allows.

I’m lucky like that.

The house in the street.

Okay. Nudists who live in such houses have a big disadvantage if they don’t have glass curtains or something like it. You’ll be seen from the street, and if you have a garden you’ll be seen by the neighbours. Do you have a house like this? How do you deal with it?

The house on the prairie.

This.

This would take away so many problems…

A nudist wiki.

Hey you all.

You have missed a post last week. That’s because I didn’t post a post here last week. It was kind of rough as on Tuesday I was told my contract wasn’t renewed. So much for that job.

Now to the topic at hand. Wiki. You all have heard of it, right? Wikipedia? On a hunch I jumped onto the Internet (don’t worry, not much got damaged and I hid the evidence) and I discovered there is no proper nudism wiki! Did I miss it in my search?

If you know of one, do let me know.

Wikis are great ways to convey information in a clear and easy to understand way, like this Wikihow page on becoming a nudist. It would be very simple to set up a wiki on this site.  Would I have some support in setting this up and especially maintaining it from the people who read this post? Do you think it would be something valuable to have, to point people to, to spread the reality about our preferred lifestyle?

Oh wow, I had no idea you’d be running up for this opportunity! 😀