Uncovering Nudism

KERA’s Think recently did a story called “Uncovering Nudism in America” featuring author Brian Hoffman. Brian was on the program to promote his book “Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism.” This is a podcast, and as of this post there was no transcript.

The main focus of the story is about how nudism came about to the United States. The conversation is actually very interesting and provides a really good overview of how nudism arrived, and then subsequently changed over the years in the U.S. It was weird to hear about how nudist camps (as they were called) were segregated, and the rationale for limiting access to camps to single men.

What I found most surprising was that the publication of “The Nudist” took on the early legal fight for allowing nudist magazines to be sold, and how they were responsible (through court decisions) for the availability¬†of pornographic magazines (or “nudies”). Ironically, the speaker notes, that the upsurge in popularity of pornographic magazines, ultimately led to the decline of The Nudist.

Another benefit of the early magazines were how they were used by gay men. By publishing the magazine, the public now had access to stories and – more importantly – imagery of naked people; both men and women. The speaker shares how this provided opportunities for gay men (and lesbians to a lesser degree) to connect with each other through the placements of ads in the magazines.

Finally, I heard a distinction between the term “nudist” and “naturist” that surprised me (a little). The speaker shares that a nudist is the purer category and focuses on the lifestyle without any reference to sex (i.e. sexual activity should play no part in the lifestyle of the nudist). He goes on to say that the naturist recognizes that sexuality is a component of a nudist’s life, and can’t be excluded. While he was not saying that naturists permit sexual activity when socializing with other naturists, but that it was recognized that sex happens and is appropriate for nudists (in the appropriate setting).

This is definitely worth a listen (approx. 43 minutes) and I’d be interested in others views on this podcast.

Would you Cruise Naked?

Would you cruise naked on the Caribbean Seas?

Recently I was checking out some forum posts on TrueNudists, and saw that “The BIG Nude Boat for 2016” was in the planning stages. This cruise is organized by Bare Necessities Tour and Travel.

As a naturist, I love the idea of vacationing naked. For a long time, I’ve had aspirations to head to the Mexican Riviera to one of the all-inclusive resorts, visit Cape d’Adge in France or just find a remote beach area in the US and be clothes-free. I hadn’t really considered a cruise … like on a boat!

The challenge with this type¬†of vacation planning is that my spouse is not a nudist, so this imposes some limitations. A cruise could be a good solution, as you wouldn’t be required to be naked, but there would be plenty of opportunities to be naked in the sun.

It is tempting, and I think it will remain on the short-list of vacation options.

Happy New Year

To quote John Lennon,

Another year over,
A new one just begun.

With 2015 having officially started (in the winter), the planning now starts for all the nude opportunities that will happen over the coming 12 months.

While our house will have a teenager in it for the next six months (which reduces the options for nudity in the home), it looks like there will be ample events happening to keep my nude sanity.

The AANR-SW Nude Racing Series has published their schedule for 2015 (click here). Of the races (all 5Ks), I hope to attend at least three of these: Wildwood’s Skinnydipper Run, Bluebonnet’s Bare As You Dare and Armadillo’s Roadkill Run. Let me know if you are planning on attending any of these and we’ll connect.

Also through 2015, I will be doing better to attend the Shirts and Skins events (in Dallas). The group is a male only group is an invite only group, and as long as we have met at least one time prior, I’m happy to share these events.

Once the warmer weather arrives, I’m hopeful to have more clothes-free days with the occasional nude social thrown in. Let’s see if we can make this happen.

Happy New Year!