Cloth Vader. The dark side of clothing

You probably know this gentleman. Darth Vader. Seeing his clothing, I doubt that he was aware of the idea that being naked can be a relief.

However… his mental attitude was mostly a bad one during the series.

In an older blog post I already talked about the way that the fashion industry is a big bad player in the pollution ‘industry’.

The whole affair is taking a step in an even worse direction: climate change and the heating up of areas. The whole pollution part must have an effect on the climate, with all the mess that’s put into the ground and the water. But the all-hallowed clothes have an effect on air conditioner sales as well. I am convinced of that. And air conditioners have a few bad sides:

  • They consume energy which has to be created, which in turn will add to the heat that is already in the atmosphere. (Hello America and Canada, heat domes?)
  • Air conditioners produce a lot of heat as well, which is conveniently blown into the atmosphere. (Heat dome revisited.)

I really wonder how much difference there would be if more people were to strip off their Cloth Vader and thus reduce part of the need for air conditioning. Yes, part of it, because I’m not stupid. Temperatures that go up to 45 and 50 degrees Celsius (113 – 125 F) or more aren’t for humans, no matter how nude they are.

Naked people nude beach

Nude upper bodies.

Or: people can be bat-shit crazy and totally inconsistent.

A few days ago on MeWe I followed a post that was copied from a Dutch newspaper. Granted, it is a newspaper that thrives on sensational content, but the background of the article made me shake my head.

Note: this is not the man who is mentioned.

The “problem” of the lady who was interviewed in the news paper article was that she found it ‘distasteful’ to see men with bare upper bodies outside, despite the heat. She mentions ‘men with double B breasts, hair everywhere and beer bellies‘.

In the same article, however, she says: ‘This all is fine up to a point‘ (what? First it’s distasteful and then it is ‘fine up to a point’?).

The first valid claim in the article: ‘Can I do the same, being a woman? I don’t think so.’ … ‘This is discrimination.‘ Even though I suspect she would never actually do that, this is the only point in the entire article I can get behind. This is indeed discrimination and it should stop.

This kind of discrimination is a blemish on the freedom of people. Women should be allowed to be topless just as well. As it is the case in many places in, surprisingly enough, the United States. The ‘Free the nipple‘ movement has played a part in that too.

I keep hammering on the problem that religion slipped into ‘our culture’ that nudity is a bad thing. It’s not. It’s a way of religion to control the masses, and it’s been so successful that the idea has become mainstream. And the brainwashing has become so successful that people into that mindset aren’t even aware of it. They, like the lady with the complaint, prefer to take away even more freedom, unaware of the many things that have already been taken away from them (and us).

Nude is not rude

As this picture shows, nude is not rude. It’s perfectly fine, liberating. People are having fun, and it’s something that should be allowed for everyone. But as long as mainstream thinking is convinced of the opposite, we’re fighting a battle. Most of the time it’s an uphill one, but I think we have to keep it up. Otherwise the ‘mainstream’ will wash over us and take the few rights we have (beaches, resorts, parks) away. We can’t allow that.

It’s bad enough that women are discriminated against in many parts of the world. Let’s try and turn that tide, not make it seize control over everything.

Be who you are

Be who you are. Not who the world wants you to be.

Paul nude outside

This is one of the tweets I send out almost every day.

It sounds so simple, but if there is a group of people that sticks to it as much as possible, I think it’s the naturist community. The nudists, the clothes-free folks, the ones that drop their garments as soon as it’s convenient and possible.

Being real, being us, is what scares so many others. We’re not afraid to be ourselves, without artificial clothing additives. Come to think of it, the fact that we are us, with all our flaws, scars and odd bits showing, is what scares the textile the most, perhaps.

Because in their hearts they know they look like us. They too have their scars, dimples, wobbles, flab and whatever imperfection we have to show. With the difference that we show them and we’re fine with that. They aren’t. They feel safe in their artificial environment. In who the world wants them to be.

Play dick please

A few days ago I posted this tiny workout video on Vimeo. Just for fun. And yes, I know the light sucks and then some.

The next day I got one comment on the video. It was: Play dick please, posted by a person calling himself “Hector”.

In a knee-jerk reaction I trashed the comment.

An hour later I wondered if I had done the right thing. After all, I might have taken that comment as a hook to educate “Hector” that not all nude men are there to play dick please. Had I wasted an opportunity to tell “Hector” that naturism isn’t about that?

Now, days later, I’m still not sure if this was the right reaction, but more and more I’m leaning towards the notion that Hector wasn’t there to be educated. He wanted someone to play dick. At least he said please

Censorship, or: You’re not North Korea

Censorship.

Censorship, as we know, is a stupid thing. Depriving people from knowledge is bad. Acting as if something we all know isn’t there is stupid.

We’ve all seen this crap. Many of us encountered personally and we had accounts blocked, banned or locked away.

It’s there, whether or not they like it

All people have their dangly bits. Women’s breasts, men’s penises, flabby parts and perhaps some other stuff that’s out there. I think I listed the most important parts.

Places like most of the world, which definitely includes facebook and its branch called instagram, are famous for censoring and casting out.

Why are the people who run those place so afraid of the bits that we all have? Because they’re there, whether or not Mark Zuckerberg and various other items belonging to the human race like it.

Coffee moment

Those are actually important bits and pieces. Procreation-based bits and pieces. Without them, the human race would have been way ahead of the dodo and we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

Mark Z et al would be thrilled about that. Oh wait, there wouldn’t be a Mark Z, nor an et al.

Maybe you’ve heard about this:

It’s okay to be proud of your bits but you don’t have to slap them in everyone’s face.

It’s on many memes that I’ve seen with a variety in wording. I absolutely agree with it, but there is a difference between ‘slapping your genitals in someone’s face’ and pretending they’re dirty, evil, an abomination and ‘not there’.

Censored Nudity - YouTube

I’ve never seen people who walk around like this. Real people have real bodies, no black banners over their ‘naughty bits’. Which is a stupid name for them, because that loads them up with references to the sex industry.

As if naturists, here we go again, are all wannabe porn stars.

They’re human bits. And no amount of censorship will make them go away. Again, we all know they’re there. Why on Earth do people want to convince us they shouldn’t be seen…

Nak-ed dot org.

Yes, nak-ed.org is a website. I heard about it on the current latest Naturist Living Show Podcast.

What is nak-ed?

‘ED’ should be familiar to most American readers of this post. It stands for Education. And yes, you figured out by now that nak-ed.org aims to deliver NAKED EDUCATION.

This site, and more importantly, this documentary, was created by a Norwegian man called Jan Dalchow, an award-winning Norwegian producer and director of documentaries.

As stated on the About page, NAK-ED is a documentary project with the intention to break the norms around nudity and decrease body shaming.

Nak-ed is created as a documentary which can be seen on Youtube (heavily censored as you might expect) and on Vimeo, uncensored. The Vimeo version is going to set you back an incredible $3.00, which I doubt is a huge problem for many people. I’m going to watch the proper version. It’s almost 2 hours of video footage that Jan worked on for years. I’m very curious about it.

If you’re not certain yet, have a listen to the podcast and hear Jan Dalchow talk about his project.

Such an important message…

I found this message on Twitter and had to post it here.

Naturism.


Imagine being 75 and you’re thinking about your life.

How you never swam nude in the ocean on a warm night because your thighs jiggled. You never laughed until you couldn’t breathe, because your teeth weren’t straight or white enough. You never embraced the sun on your entire body because of the stretch marks on your stomach and hips. You never allowed yourself to let go and have fun, because the pressure to loo perfect consumed you.

Imagine being 75 and realising you’ve hidden yourself away for the fear of being real Imagine realising all the years you wasted hating yourself – but now it’s too late. Now it hurts to laugh for more than a few seconds, and you’re too weak to travel to the beach. Imagine realising all this time you were perfect the way you are.

Don’t let that happen.

Live now, as you are. You deserve to realise you’re enough, and always have been, before you’re 75.

WYSIWYG

Remember when WYSIWYG was hot?

What is WYSIWYG ?

It’s probably mainstream now, but when computers were young and not so powerful, it was stunning to type and immediately see how it would look.

What You See Is What You Get.

Wysiwyg.

A few days ago I realised that this is the very same thing with nudists, naturists, clothes-free people and other denominations that prefer not to be dressed.

Sunday Nudist

What you see is, indeed, what you get. Just the real person, with all its wobbles, welts, bruises, scars and smiles. Tanlines and all, that’s the real person, right there.

No need to use any prettifying stuff like hats, ties, scarves, skirts, pants, shirts and what-not. We’re real. Which, again, proves that the other world, the textile realm is more fake than people would think.

Clothes for keeping warm

Sensible. Going out in the snow and ice, freezing several parts off and getting hypothermia doesn’t sound smart. But is that a reason to keep fifty different kinds of the same piece of clothing, in different shapes, fabrics, colours and so on? You can wear only one at the same time (okay, some people like to overdo it. Please send shots of men wearing 2 pairs of trousers and ladies wearing a skirt over their dress).

And yes, diversity is good, but running after the fashion gods who are after your money is something else.

Stay naked, people. Be yourself. I want to see what I get, not the fake dream that someone tries to put out there.

Have a good one.

Paul

Naturist podcasts

I love listening to podcasts. I think I said that before.

As I write this, I’m listening to an episode of “Normalizing Naturism” (and yes, it’s with a z).

It’s available via Spotify, but also via many other podcast channels. It’s interesting that the name online is ‘naturism’ while the podcaster talks about ‘nudism’, which I find funny, but understandable as he hails from Arkansas. (Arkinsaw, as he calls it. Why that state’s name is pronounced that way is still a riddle to me.)

This is a fairly new podcast, it started in October of 2020, so if you want to catch up, that’s easy.


Another (long-running) podcast is the Naturist Living Show, that many have probably heard of. Presented by Stéphane Dechene from Bare Oaks in Canada, this show has over 120 episodes to show already.

The latest one I heard is about the Nude Yogi, which was a very interesting interview with Sarah Jane and how she got to be where she is now. If you want to learn more about her, have a look at the podcast page where you’ll find lots of interesting links. And do give the podcast a listen.


On Anchor.fm there is The New Nudist Podcast.

Also a fairly new podcast series, which is a nice listen for when you feel like it. The episodes are significantly longer than those of the first one I mentioned (which has episodes of around 20 minutes). The New Nudist Podcasts runs between 50 minutes and 1.5 hours. But worth the while, and it’s not like you have to run or do anything difficult while listening. 🙂

That’s it for the news for this week. I hope you enjoy this post and if you know of other interesting naturist podcasts, drop me a line in the comments.

Stay safe, stay nude.

Paul

Fitness!

Yes, we’re going to get fit in this article. Or at least, I’m going to write about it, and how to do it in our preferred lack of attire.

Last Saturday on Twitter, Florida Free Beaches (@BeachesFree) posted a bunch of links to a site called AdultFitness.com.

With Covid still keeping many of us in the house and therefore away from proper fitness facilities, that seemed a worthwhile subject to dive into.

(Image from adultfitness.com)

The blogpost I read first talks about 3 kinds of reasons for fitness.

  1. At home workouts
  2. Self Growth workouts
  3. Stress Relief workouts.

As we all known, keeping our bodies in some shape is important. Of course, round is a shape too, but perhaps that isn’t the healthiest form. This said, your mileage as well as your body may vary, so I’m not posing absolutes here.

I’ve always been a proponent of nude fitness and activities like hiking.

With hiking out of the realm of options at the moment (definitely with the cold coming in), nude fitness is the way to go.

Adultfitness seems to be an interesting place to check out (I haven’t done that yet). After all, not everyone is an expert on figuring out the right kind of exercises that are good for you. Pulling a muscle is easy, and damaging your body in the long run is something we all should avoid (unless you’re into that kind of thing).

Adultfitness offers a free and a premium option, so that is nice. First give them a free spin and upgrade if you feel like it. (No, I’m not affiliated with them, I don’t get a free premium plan or anything. I’m just pointing out the options, okay? Wait, a free premium plan? 😀 )

The idea of stress releasing exercises sounds good to me. This isn’t an easy time for most of us. Stress builds up as the Covid pandemic creeps along and refuses to go away.

I hope this helps a few people to get their fitness mood on. Stay healthy, everyone.