Nude Obfuscation

I’ll start by stating that I don’t watch the Discovery Channel’s series Naked & Afraid or Naked & Afraid XL. I saw a couple of episodes when the series first began but I just couldn’t get into it. And, yes, the blurring and pixelization did bother me as did some other aspects of the show. Reality TV just isn’t my preferred entertainment genre.

I realize that Discovery was probably taking a bold step with the premise of a man and a woman being stuck in a hostile survival situation with no clothes and only one item each for 21 days. Kudos to those who take up and endure the challenge. My beef isn’t with the show, its producers, or its participants. I object to the obfuscation of nudity in the media in general, be it television, social media, print media, or any other media.

I agree that reality shows like Naked & Afraid do help to normalize nonsexual nudity even if genitalia and female breasts are obscured. I’m aware that many nudists feel that any positive portrayal of nonsexual nudity in the media is a blessing. Positive portrayals  in the media are good but they don’t go far enough.

Every form of media has its rules and limitations as to what parts and how much of the human body can be displayed and some programs push the limits of what’s acceptable to the network brass, the sponsors, and the audience. Essentially, we all have to live with that. Plus, we need to remember that it’s largely entertainment, nudity seems to be more acceptable if offered as entertainment.

I dislike the very idea of obfuscating the naked human body in any media and I object to the notion that our culture/society deems this obfuscation necessary. Even when the nude human form is portrayed in a completely non-sexual context we still cannot allow certain body parts to be clearly seen because our cultural conditioning is to view all nudity as implicitly sexual. Since we are inclined to view all nudity as sexual and apparently harmful, we feel compelled to “protect” certain eyes from seeing nudity that essentially harms no one.

Yet we apparently have no problem with those same eyes viewing images of killing and maiming which may actually be much more traumatic than than seeing breasts and genitalia. I find myself scratching my head and asking, “Why do we, as a culture and as a society, insist that we (especially our children) must to be protected from that which is not likely to harm us?”

I look forward to the day when, in our society, the blurring and obfuscation of nude images is no longer thought to be necessary, a day when the nude human body can seen for what it is – natural, normal, and non-threatening. As long as we feel that certain body parts must be covered or otherwise obfuscated due to our collective cultural shame then we, as a culture and as a society, have a long way to go before we approach any kind of cultural maturity.

naked and afraid of pixels – are we missing the bigger picture

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A Response To “I love being naked!”

I’ve read several of his posts on nudity. At first I thought he might have a genuine interest in understanding nudism and naturism but as I read more, I realized that he apparently has not done any real research on the subject, or discussed the topic with very many naturists (nudists), nor has he personally experienced it. All of his opinions seem to be based solely upon scriptures, Catholic doctrine, and whatever inhibitions have been passed down to him.

As a naturist, I do not require scripture or religious doctrine to justify my pursuit of a clothes-free lifestyle. I have no need of religious shame and guilt that is often at the core of so many body issues we see today.

Having read the article, I am at a loss as to what his ultimate point may have been. When I am nude I feel a comfort and a freedom that I don’t experience in the bondage of clothing. I find no shame or guilt in experiencing freedom.

Catholic In The 21st Century

Note: The language in this post could be called “Explicit” so reader discretion is advised.

As followers of my blog know, I write about nudity. For example:

Nudity was reserved for the bedroom or the bathroom. So it was… interesting… to be naked in a room that was neither. Walking around the living room, I felt like I was seeing it with new eyes. I felt like, all my life, I had been wearing a “Clothes Filter,” and now the filter was off. My eyes were as naked as my body.
~Being Naked Outside

Because of my Catholic faith, I don’t want to shy away from subjects like nudity. As a Catholic, I’m supposed to be a light in a dark place:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a…

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Naked Rules!

If being nude is so freeing, why are there so many rules surrounding it?

The Meandering Naturist

On our way northward from the island of Rab yesterday, we decided to deviate by taking the ferry to Krk, where subsequently a bridge would connect us to mainland Croatia. Lunchtime destination? Buncaluka Naturist Resort on the southern tip of Otok Krk. It’s a lovely spot, and it was a lovely day – Father’s Day after all – until I got scolded by a German patron for… ready for this? Being naked. We had taken our cue from a German couple next to us; he was naked, she had a pareo around her waist – we followed suit. But when I dashed down to pay the beach attendant the rental fee for our lounge chairs, a less-than-pleasant restaurant patron ceased conversation to issue me a citation.

“Bitte?” says I.

“WEAR SHORTS!”

IMG_3138 Beach-side bistro at Buncaluka

To be fair, I was naked in the restaurant area, which is exactly meters from…

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Nude Humanity

Interesting article. I have no problem being naked in front of my cat and the cat doesn’t seem to mind if I’m naked. Perhaps man’s intellect gets in the way of his true nature and he only thinks he needs clothing.

Vadimage Blog

Animals don’t wear clothes. We learnt it from early childhood. At three years old, you could keep asking why your cat didn’t wear “some clothes” [1]. You could even get a scientific answer: “animals don’t wear clothes because, for the most part, they are still restricted to climates where they don’t need them” [2]. If you are a little older, you may begin to ask yourself whether taking off clothes brings a man or a woman closer to an animal or even “crosses border” between a human being and an animal.

Once Jacques Derrida [3], a French philosopher, found himself frontally naked “faced with cat’s eyes looking” at him “from head to toe” [4]. He started thinking about “the property unique to animals, what in the last instance distinguishes them from man, is their being naked without knowing it”. The philosopher continued, “naked without knowing it, animals would not be, in…

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Naturism vs. Nudism

Nearly all of us have own perspectives on the difference between naturism and nudism. I guess it comes from our desire to classify and sort people, places, and things into neat categories.

Personally, I try to avoid labels and strict definitions for arbitrary subjects. I agree with some points made in the article and disagree with others but taking into account other perspectives often causes me to reconsider and question my own which I generally find to be a good thing.

Naturism For People of Color

I have to admit this topic has been on my mind a few times, but i avoided writing about it because the logistics of it kind of drove me nuts.

I have been thinking about the more or less complex definition of the Naturist, the Nudist, and Naturism and Nudism.

The way i am beginning to see it is that Naturism is much more of a lifestyle, a choice, something that truly helps to define a part of the Naturalist’s personality and being.  While the Naturist does not abhor or hate clothing, they believe that clothes are not part of the natural state of the human being and so therefore they should not be used or needed unless the temperature or environment calls for it. The Naturist believes being nude allows for freedom of one’s self, one’s body, and one’s mind.  That to be nude invites healing one’s self and…

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Topless

I tend to agree. Going topless is, at its most basic, an equal rights issue. A women’s nipples are no more a sexual part than a males nipples. It’s the patriarchal society in America and our prudery that asserts that a woman’s breasts are men’s sexual playthings.

the sl naturist

Naturism isn’t for everyone. For whatever reason, many people will say ‘oh, no, I could never do that!’. Obviously, as a naturist myself, my response is that the fear of getting and being naked is much more worrisome than actually being naked. However, I’m not much into adopting a line of argument that runs ‘try it, you might like it’.

I would never, ever do a bungee jump, for example, and no amount of cajoling me along the lines of ‘try it, you might like it’ would persuade me to be tied to a rubber band up a crane somewhere. No. It won’t ever happen.

So I never try to hard-sell naturism to anyone.

Here in the UK, and around Europe, though, it’s likely that a majority of women -a large majority of women- of all shapes and sizes and ages, have gone topless, even if it was only once…

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She’s not reluctant

Recently the Naturist Thoughts blog posted The Reluctant Spouse which presented a perspective on the reluctant spouse I don’t recall having seen before. One important point he brings up is that your reluctant spouse is your spouse first and foremost. He also advises dropping the word reluctant because your spouse has free will and while they chose you, they may not have chosen nudism or naturism. He also advises those with a “reluctant” spouse not the blame their spouse or try to cajole them into it or make them feel guilty for not wanting to pursue it. It okay to encourage them or suggest they give it a try but don’t push it.

After reading the article, I realized that my wife is not reluctant at all. A reluctant spouse infers that she participates to some degree but she may not really enjoy it or she may be doing it just to appease you. My wife is not willing to participate in any degree. That’s not reluctance, that’s non-participation. My wife does, however, support my participation in naturism although that support may be somewhat reluctant.

She’s not reluctant, she’s just not a naturist and she is not inclined to become one, That’s her choice and I respect it. I’m a naturist but it’s not always the highest priority.

Naked Gardening Day, 2017

Yesterday was World Naked Gardening Day and as much as I would have enjoy working naked in my garden yesterday or any other day there were a number of reasons for not doing so. For one thing, the expected high was in the upper 50s, a tad too chilly to be nude outdoors. For another, my garden lacks the necessary privacy, considering contemporary society. Several years ago, the neighbor behind me erected a privacy fence but the view of my backyard from all other sides is relatively unobstructed and the public exposure of certain body parts is a criminal offense that could result in a sex offender status.

Don’t get me wrong. I like the idea of working in my garden in my natural state and if I enjoyed the luxury of a private garden or living a truly free (or at least an enlightened and tolerant) society, I most certainly would.

I suppose I could erect a suitable privacy fence or move to a property more suitable to outdoor nudity but I currently lack the resources for either prospect. Short of a winning lottery ticket, it just isn’t going to happen. On the other hand, naked gardening isn’t really a high priority. Of course, if my circumstances were were conducive to nude outdoor activities, I’d certainly feel more inclined to do so.

As it is, I think we already have too many fences and walls separating us, we needn’t be adding more. However, as long as we live in a fearful society that’s unwilling or unable to tear down their personal walls of separation, few walls will be torn down and many more walls will be constructed.

Too many of us live in fear of our neighbors, especially if they are in any way different from us or express their freedom in a way that we are afraid to embrace. We claim to live in the land of the free but how free are we? Most of us live in fear and as long as we live in fear, we cannot be free. We are slaves to our fears, they own us. And so, we live in our fortresses of fear, surrounded by a moat of ignorance, never stepping out of our comfort zones.

To have grown up naked

I read with interest the article The pros and cons of growing up in a Naked House by Caroline O’Donoghue. I have sometimes wondered what it might have been like to grow up in a clothing optional household. How would it have affected my perspectives and attitudes about nudity or how much sooner I might have come to them? Such a childhood would certainly have been incredibly different from the one I had. I can’t recall the topic of nudity ever being discussed nor can I recall ever seeing my parents or my siblings naked (other than my brother with whom I shared a bedroom).

As an adolescent, I was sometimes naked alone in the privacy of my room. Being nude in my room was often stimulating but it was that period of sexual development and hormonal changes. I was uncomfortable with my body but I’m not sure that I felt shame toward it. However, I considered it normal to be covered except for changing clothes or bathing. I didn’t have any problems with changing and showering for my PE classes. It was what one did and I didn’t question it.

It was later, as an adult, that I really began to feel more comfortable with my body, greatly influenced by the cultures of the countries I lived in or visited and their more relaxed attitudes about the human body. I become comfortable with being nude, either alone or in social contexts such as a sauna or hot tub. When I was nude it felt natural and even liberating.

Looking back on my teenage years when I spent summers in the country, I had found many places where I could be nude or go skinny-dipping. I had plenty of opportunities but these ideas hadn’t occurred to me. If I had a do-over, that is one aspect of my life I probably would have done differently.

The pros and cons of growing up in a Naked House – Caroline O’Donoghue

 

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