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. 😀
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.
Respect 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).
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.
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.
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!
Anyone else looking forward to this reality?
Until a few days ago I didn’t shout my involvement with and love for naturism from the roofs. Okay, I still don’t but a while ago I simply felt I had to do something. That something turned into a blog post on one of the sites I own, a site I don’t use very often. If you want to see what I put up there, please follow this link (which will open in a new window/tab, so be warned). Note that just about everything in that post is stuff everyone of us already knows.
I did this because at times I hear so many bad, weird and wrong things about naturism (and this past week was one of them) that I felt the need to set things a bit more straight via a blog that gets a reasonable amount of attention and which hasn’t mentioned much in the light of naturism so far.
This blog is connected to the evil place called Facebook. That assured me that I would reach a lot of people. Faceborg doesn’t show everything to everyone so this was a long shot, but I think one that paid off. (The post was hardly touched on the big F, as in hardly any ‘likes’ and only a few comments) but the amount of views of the post was impressive.
I really don’t know. It felt good to do this one. The people who saw this now should be a little more educated about naturism and its benefits, and those who aren’t won’t ever be, so I doubt that hammering them with more is going to pay off.
But it felt good.
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.
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.
Fixing things. Not bothered by textile. The way to do it.
Nipples are difficult and dangerous, or so it seems. Even more so than skilled karate hands and tae-kwon-do feet.
Nipples – let me rephrase that – female nipples are so dangerous that they need to be blurred on ‘regular’ television and in most media.
What is wrong with them?
Recently I listened to a podcast of the Naturist Living Show about breasts and nipples. The things I heard there were astounding…
In that show Stéphane talked about a plastic surgeon that corrected breasts, either to enlarge them or to make them smaller, but also how a woman was changed into a man. The odd thing, he said, was that – when the patient was still a woman, her nipples were blurred. After the procedure of removing the breast tissue was completed (note that this was still the same person but now considered a man), the nipples were shown on television without any form of censorship. The very same nipples! Talk about hypocrisy…
It’s because of this idiocy (the only word that fits the bill) that I support movements like Free the Nipple.
Everyone has a body. A body is natural. Why should specific, tiny parts of the female body be regarded as dangerous, illegal, immoral or otherwise be put in a bad light?
Free the nipple. Free the body. Every body.
I’m ready for this kind of weather by now…