This is Emma. She is a friend of mine who has just been booted from Facebook for three days due to this photo. When I saw the photo, I was envious of the warmth evident in the photo and the fact that she was able to enjoy the sunshine without the need to hide either her inner or outer self with physical or psychological camouflage.
Like many others, I have issues with S.A.D., a condition that has me flee the northern plains for a sub-tropical climate when daylight hours wane and temperatures dip so much that one doesn’t dare naturist outdoor activities, let alone when one is wrapped up in multi-layers of protective material. With the nearness of warmer temperatures, most of the naturists I know are busy sending messages in order to arrange for nude potluck BBQs, meetups in backyard swimming pools, and a nakation at some safe naturist location.
For me, it is a two hour drive for meeting up with another couple when both of us are free (work and other commitments), and a four hour drive to Green Haven Sun Club here in Saskatchewan. It will be a few weeks before I can get to walk au naturel in the hills away from people who are not the most tolerant of nudity, even if it is a solitary figure walking down a dusty, dirt road. In the mean time, I take the opportunities that present themselves in between the marketing activity for my books to be nude at home and in my private yard. I am fortunate that my neighbours know and have no issue of me being nude within these confines.
Social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites are less tolerant. The sight of a nipple, buttocks, or even worse, the frontal view of genitals is viewed as something worse than terrorism. Friends have lost their accounts, been banned for various lengths of time, and often harassed because of perceived nudity. For Emma, the suggestion that one can see her nipples was all it took. Yet, if she or I posted images of people being beheaded, overtly sexually provocative, or of any sort of violence including violence against women and children – there is no offense taken and all is well.
Think about it. At what point do we take offense and then take ethical action to turn the tables so that we promote a healthier and more peaceful world?