Penultimate Day 2018

There wasn’t much activity on this blog in 2018. I didn’t actively participate in any nudist or naturist events despite opportunities for nude hiking in Chautauqua Gorge, the Columbus (OH) WNBR, or the monthly gatherings with the local nudist club. Often I had other commitments and at other times I really wasn’t all that interested.

But that should come as no surprise to my regular readers (if there are any) because my interest in social nudism and in nudism/naturism in general has been steadily declining for a number of years. It has become less and less of a priority with each passing year. I don’t see my level of participation rising in the coming year.

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At the end of 2017 I was still on the fence about joining the Dayton Warm Breezes naturist club but when they offered a free year’s membership, I took advantage of it and joined. Still, I didn’t attend a single party or event.

When they found an organization that would allow them to use their pool for a nude swim I considered attending the swim. The hosting organization’s requirement for insurance coverage put the individual cost out of reach so the idea was scrapped. Someone proposed an idea to buy some property and build their own facility but the cost per member put it out of my price range. My my current membership will lapse at the end of January and I will probably let it expire. A decade ago, belonging to a local club would have been great and I would have jumped at the chance to be a member.

R.I.P. Steve Willard

In April the naturist community suffered a great loss with the death of Steve Willard of All-Nudist. He was a voice of reason in the naturist community although many didn’t always agree with his views or how he always spoke his mind. He is greatly missed. The site is still up but isn’t being maintained.

Closing Thoughts

I really didn’t kept up on nudist and naturist news anymore although I occasionally come across something interesting and post some commentary on it.

I still believe that nudists and naturists need to come to grips with current and new technologies and learn to live with the fact that nearly every cellphone and tablet device has a built-in camera. They’re ubiquitous so get over it already. We need to get past our paranoia of being outed as nudists. We need to trust one another.

I might be more interested in participating in social nudity or naturist events if were given the opportunity to document my participation just as I would at any clothed event. We’re never going to have a shot at normalizing casual nudity if we act as though we’re hiding something.

I’m very much in favor of transparency whenever possible. Maybe not all of my family, friends and acquaintances know I’m a naturist. I don’t proclaim it from the rooftops but I don’t hide it either. It’s out there in the open and all anyone needs to do is look for the evidence or make inquiries. It’s not a secret, nor should it be.

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Comptemplating Aquatic Nakedness

The DWB nude swim in Yellow Springs is still a little over a month away and I’m still on the fence about attending. It would be nice to have two or three hours of aquatic nakedness even if I will only be able to record my memories of it in words but not images.

The only reason I can’t have pictorial memories is because there will be nudity. I can have pictures of a clothed swimming event but not a nude one. We don’t want to take a chance that a naked picture of someone in the group might appear somewhere on the Internet and someone’s friends, family or employer might find out they’re a nudist. I’m quite weary of the double standards, the secrecy, and the anonymity that surround naturism and nudism.

The idea that there will be someone at the door to ensure that I do not have my cell phone with me implies distrust. It’s not like they are a clandestine organization with secret rituals. Or are they? An outsider might jump to the conclusion that being naked is naughty and they’re engaging in orgies and other illicit behavior.

YellowSpringsThere is a large window at the pool so I’m sure that most of it will be covered with brown paper. Whether that will be to ensure our privacy or to prevent anyone who might be passing by from potentially being offended by naked human beings depends on your point of view. I’m going with the latter although I’m sure that most participants will be concerned about  their privacy. I’m not all that worried about my privacy but I understand the concerns other members may have.

I’ve been ambivalent about my membership in this club from the beginning. I’ve only attended one club event and waffled for over a year before finally joining. I haven’t been to their monthly gatherings because of family and social commitments on those Saturdays. I really haven’t had much of a chance to get to know anyone in the club but it seems unlikely that I have much in common with them.

There’s a chance that I may put aside my philosophical differences and enjoy some naked time. If I do attend, I will have the chance to have one pictorial memory of the event, a single group photo taken by a designated photographer. I’ll treasure it, I’m sure.

 

 

Another Nude Recreation Week

Nude Recreation Week 2018 ended yesterday with National Nude Day and today I find myself thinking about my participation in nude recreation or, rather, my lack of participation. Other than a nude house party about a year and a half ago, I haven’t been nude with other like-minded souls since this time in 2010 when I went to Cedar Trails Nudist Retreat for the Skinny Dip World Record attempt. It was fun being a part of that, to be in the pool with over a hundred other naked people.

Each year as the week approaches, I mark my calendar with the intention of going to either Cedar Trails or Sunshower Country Club but nothing comes of it for whatever reason. I often make tentative plans to visit family and, while I’m there, run up to Chautauqua Gorge for a nude hike and a little skinny dipping but I rarely follow through.

Am I still a “true” nudist or naturist? By some definitions, probably not. Just the same, I still identify as a naturist in my attitude, my perspective, and in my general life philosophy. Nude recreation hasn’t been a high priority in quite a while and being nude socially hasn’t been particularly important to me.

In our society nudity may not be normal it is natural and while wearing clothing my be normal, it is not natural. I know it’s a Utopian idea but I believe that being nude should be a viable choice and free of social and criminal sanctions.

As a society we seem to be hung up on arbitrary rules and sanctions for activities and lifestyles that harm no one. Why do we insist on being ‘protected” from what is not likely to cause harm? At the same time we do almost nothing to protect ourselves from things that actually do cause harm to people. There’s something wrong with our society.

Steve Willard of All-Nudist.com passes away peacefully last night | The Naturist Page

Steve will be missed. He always spoke his mind and was a voice of reason in the online Naturist community. Though we’d never met in person, I considered him a dear friend.

RIP Steve, I will miss you.

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Capture26195981_1821835424524412_658737643471772495_n[1]It’s a sad day in the Naturist community today. I was given word from his wife, Angie, that Steve Willard — an iconic man who dedicated himself not only for his education on Naturism via his website, but a great friend of mine and a loving husband to his wife, Angie.

Yesterday, Angie came on his personal Facebook account to mention to all his friends and family that he had fell ill last Sunday under hospice home care. It was then Angie mentioned that his time was near and he is comfortable. However was not able to communicate. At 9:30am EST, Angie posted on Steve’s Facebook that he passed away.

My heart goes out to the family & friends who knew this amazing man. May he rest in peace. My deepest condolences.

RIP….

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Penultimate Day – 2017

Once again it’s Penultimate Day, time to reflect upon 2017 and consider what 2018 has in store. It was another year in which my participation in social nudism was minimal and some of my lack of participation may have been intentional. There were opportunities and I chose not to take part.

After more than a year, I’m still on the fence about joining the Dayton Warm Breezes. I attended their February house party and it was okay. They’re all really nice people. Their monthly activities are generally on a Saturday evening and I often had other commitments. I’m surprised that I’m still on the email list. They lost access to the pool they’d been using and they still haven’t found another venue willing to allow nude swimming. I’ve been told that the club is waiving the annual membership fee for 2018 so that may be enough incentive to join. Still, I probably don’t see myself going to a lot of events.

Over the year, I commented on articles by other nudist bloggers about several topics. In the ‘nudist or naturist’ debate, I tended to reluctantly identify myself as a naturist and explained my reasons. I don’t care much for applying labels but I recognize that people feel the need for them. I also put my two cents in about erections and the obfuscation of nudity in the media. I feel that most of the arguments against the former and for the latter are generally based in ignorance and are part of the overall war by humanity against nature, humanity, and ourselves. We seem to be committed in our denial about everything that is natural about ourselves as if our natural self was something to be repressed, suppressed, and, ultimately, conquered. This attitude, I feel, is very unhealthy.

During the year I continued to promote the decriminalization of the human body and equity and common sense in nudism, not just equality. I also advocated the need for all of us to learn to accept the ubiquitousness of the camera in the electronics we depend upon and use almost continually – mobile phones, tablets, laptop computers. The very idea that I can’t take a phone call or snap a discreet selfie just because I’m naked with others seems a bit nonsensical. I don’t feel that a total ban of anything that might contain a camera at a nudist event or venue is practical.

I should be able to document my naturist activities in pretty much the same manner as I would my clothed activities. Obviously in a nudist setting discretion and respect for privacy must be primary considerations. As nudists and naturists we need to foster an atmosphere of trust, integrity and consent among ourselves.

I also pointed out the need for openness and transparency about out naturism. Our secrecy, our compulsion for anonymity, and or our complacency in accepting the status quo do nothing to promote our values or interests nor do they help us educate our textile brethren.

As for 2018, it’s likely that I will practice my naturism privately for the most part. My ideas, attitudes, and philosophies will continue to evolve. And I have no plans to rebrand Penultimate Day as Naked Penultimate Day..

What’s in a Name? Nudist or Naturist

I despise labels but if I have to attach myself to one, it’s naturist. I choose the naturist label not because I like to commune with nature in the nude (although that is quite pleasurable) but because my ideas and philosophies are rooted in the European naturist movements of the early 20th century. although I certainly haven’t embraced all of them. My ideas about naturism as a lifestyle have evolved over the past decade, going well beyond mere nudism. Naturism, to me, is about respecting the human body and those that inhabit them.

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How do you define yourself? A Nudist or Naturist? Although both have similarities they do have different meanings depending on which side of the ocean you are on. In the UK the most common term for someone who prefers to be clothes-free is a naturist, while here in Canada and the United States we prefer to use the term nudist (personally I like naturist).  So, how do they differ?

A naturist is someone who tends to be clothes-free almost 24/7 and  prefers to commune with nature in the open outdoors either at a lake, stream or beach.  Even hiking in the wilderness without feeling trapped by an enclosed setting is appealing.

A nudist prefers social nudity within an enclosed private space with no fear of prying eyes or the law. Private resorts or with activities provided by nudist organizations is also something that is enjoyed.

Invariably, it goes without saying…

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Why get naked?

WHY GET NAKED? ONE YOUNG MAN’S ON NUDITY AND COMFORT

I simply find myself caring about the issue less and less. It’s not a passion for being naked that draws me to nudism, but ambivalence about being clothed. For some people nudity may be about a thrill, or a movement, or even some sort of cause, but for me, getting naked is just about being comfortable.

This YNA guest blog goes back to 2012 but it still rings true. I enjoyed reading Daniel Jacobs’ perspective on nudism and nudity. The last paragraph particularly resonated with me. From the beginning of my involvement in nudism, the comfort of being nude has drawn me to it. I like to feel comfortable in whatever I’m wearing, even if it’s nothing at all. If what I’m wearing, or not wearing, makes others uncomfortable, then perhaps they need to ask themselves why it makes them uncomfortable. If they feel offended or uncomfortable because of my nudity, it’s a choice they’ve made, either consciously or unconsciously.  I’m not the root cause of their discomfort; it goes much deeper than that.

When I Knew I Was A Naturist

I don’t recall ever having a moment when I realized that I was a naturist. My naturism seemed to gradually evolve over the years.

It was during my overseas tours that I found that I enjoyed relaxing in the nude. It was then that I first engaged in social nudity in the saunas and spas I would often frequent in my travels. I didn’t see these activities as nudism or naturism. Being nude in those situations, either alone or with others, felt natural and clothing didn’t seem appropriate.

Much later I began to investigate nudism and naturism to include the history and philosophy. Many of the ideas of the naturist movement in Europe in the early twentieth century appealed to me, resonating with many of my own ideas that I’d developed over the years. Many of these ideas still form the basis of my naturist philosophy.

I still have vivid memories of my first visit to a naturist camp. From the moment I shed my clothes, being nude among others in nature felt completely natural. I felt no embarrassment nor any self-consciousness. I felt so alive. Subsequent visits to other nudist venues and activities substantiated those feelings.

In the years that followed, I found myself participating less in social nudism and the nudist and naturist venues to which I could visit drew my interest less. My naturalism evolved and I’ve incorporated my naturist ideas my everyday life. For me, naturism is more of an attitude and a perspective toward life. While nudity is at the core of my philosophy, actually being nude isn’t a necessity although I try to engage in nudity whenever it’s feasible to do so. The naturists of a hundred years ago felt the same in that respect.

What is it about being naked?

« Nudism is a form of freedom. Nudism is pure freedom and happiness. »

While people love to talk about freedom and declare how « free » they are, freedom actually scares most people and they are resentful of those who who express their freedom.

Naked and Happy

Come on, it continues to blow my mind, what is it really about being naked and nudism? We all have a body. All women are made the same way, all men too. Of course, some are fatter, thiner, bigger, smaller, darker, lighter, etc. However, we are all coming from the same mold (we share all a lot of the same DNA).

Therefore, the body you are looking in the mirror when you are naked is not very different from another body you could look at when naked. So what the fuss around naked bodies? Well, it’s just the way society wants us to rethink our relationship with our body: money and shame! You need to be ashamed so you can spend money, on clothing, on religion, on stupid useless stuff.

Of course, you need to get protection when it’s cold or dangerous. But in all other case, when the weather…

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