Quietly Shifting From Demons To Plain Strange

Mowing the lawn skyclad.

Mowing the lawn skyclad.

We are busy with preparing for a ten-day excursion away from home which will involve two weddings book-ending a four day stay at Helios Naturist Club near Edmonton, Alberta which is about six-hours drive towing our small camping trailer.  Of course, one of the things that need taking care of is the mowing of our lawns, the neighbour’s seen in the house in the background, at least the part behind the white garage top left, and the chain link fence area along the back lane. I also mowed my next-door neighbour’s back yard as well. The only time I had to wear anything was when mowing our front lawn. The town is almost empty and there is no fear of being seen. And yes, you see right, our back fence is not what anyone would call a privacy fence.

But enough of the small talk. As I listen in on the conversation of other naturists from around the world via social median, I am seeing something that contradicts the words spoken. In spite of the collective belief that naturism is under attack by the society at large, the evidence points to something else, a quiet no-comment most of the time. Of course there are incidents of negative response to being seen nude. But so many times, that negative response doesn’t appear. Perhaps there is a deep, almost unconscious acceptance of the validity to live as one chooses as long as it doesn’t interfere in the lives of others in a significant manner. For the most part because of media, the naked body has become just another choice that isn’t much different from dressing in various fashions. The key is that the naked body is becoming less threatening.

The threats are coming from elsewhere, real and imagined. Politics, economics, global warming, political protests, religious unrest, etc. – there is an overload of change staring all of us in the face. Will we be able to keep our jobs, our homes, even our country? Media blows every event into crisis status regardless of the event. An example would be the response to a speech given recently that had very strong echoes of a speech given eight years earlier. Not a good thing, but certainly nothing that warrants the pundits and talking heads of media to basically lose it. Rather than simply point the fact out to the public, a decision was made to treat the issue as though it was equal to the shot that started World War I. Nothing is said about the “heroes” of modern day, our professional athletes who basically say the same few sentences week after week, sport after sport, as if there was nothing else worth saying. For these “heroes” the media and the public don’t hear the echoes, but rather treat the inane statements as folk wisdom. Who says that there is any common sense in the world.

The world of naturism exists with less defensiveness as it wanders the back lanes, the silent spaces in nature, and within their clubs and homes. As long as naturists don’t decide to become the perverts and sexual predators that have been the irrational beliefs by the opponents of body freedom, society will continue to move very, very quietly into unconscious acceptance.

Quietly Shifting From Demons To Plain Strange

Mowing the lawn skyclad.

Mowing the lawn skyclad.

We are busy with preparing for a ten-day excursion away from home which will involve two weddings book-ending a four day stay at Helios Naturist Club near Edmonton, Alberta which is about six-hours drive towing our small camping trailer.  Of course, one of the things that need taking care of is the mowing of our lawns, the neighbour’s seen in the house in the background, at least the part behind the white garage top left, and the chain link fence area along the back lane. I also mowed my next-door neighbour’s back yard as well. The only time I had to wear anything was when mowing our front lawn. The town is almost empty and there is no fear of being seen. And yes, you see right, our back fence is not what anyone would call a privacy fence.

But enough of the small talk. As I listen in on the conversation of other naturists from around the world via social median, I am seeing something that contradicts the words spoken. In spite of the collective belief that naturism is under attack by the society at large, the evidence points to something else, a quiet no-comment most of the time. Of course there are incidents of negative response to being seen nude. But so many times, that negative response doesn’t appear. Perhaps there is a deep, almost unconscious acceptance of the validity to live as one chooses as long as it doesn’t interfere in the lives of others in a significant manner. For the most part because of media, the naked body has become just another choice that isn’t much different from dressing in various fashions. The key is that the naked body is becoming less threatening.

The threats are coming from elsewhere, real and imagined. Politics, economics, global warming, political protests, religious unrest, etc. – there is an overload of change staring all of us in the face. Will we be able to keep our jobs, our homes, even our country? Media blows every event into crisis status regardless of the event. An example would be the response to a speech given recently that had very strong echoes of a speech given eight years earlier. Not a good thing, but certainly nothing that warrants the pundits and talking heads of media to basically lose it. Rather than simply point the fact out to the public, a decision was made to treat the issue as though it was equal to the shot that started World War I. Nothing is said about the “heroes” of modern day, our professional athletes who basically say the same few sentences week after week, sport after sport, as if there was nothing else worth saying. For these “heroes” the media and the public don’t hear the echoes, but rather treat the inane statements as folk wisdom. Who says that there is any common sense in the world.

The world of naturism exists with less defensiveness as it wanders the back lanes, the silent spaces in nature, and within their clubs and homes. As long as naturists don’t decide to become the perverts and sexual predators that have been the irrational beliefs by the opponents of body freedom, society will continue to move very, very quietly into unconscious acceptance.

Naturists as the Holders of Projections

2016 07 29Early morning light, as it pours into the house through venetian blinds created an effect that I had not anticipated, an almost blinding light on skin. After a few attempts to reduce the intensity of light, something emerged that had me stop. I thought I had accidentally stumbled upon an image of rudimentary art as shadows emerged. Light became the paint that was textured by shadows. Colour was barely hinted at because of the intensity of light.

Strange how what emerged was something that the eye couldn’t see though it existed none-the-less. Was the photo “photoshopped?” In this instance, I would say “No!” for nothing was added. It is more that what exists was simply being seen thought a different lens. When we change a lens, we get different results with what is seen. The same can be said for how a society “sees” naturists.

How do non-naturists really see those who adopt a worldview that includes ditching clothing when conditions warrant – warmth and safety? For the most part, without treading on each other’s territory, intruding into personal spaces, naturists are not seen. For the most part, “others” who are different are unseen as well. It is only when naturists are seen entering into the edges of personal space [which can be quite large for some people] that the non-naturists react out of an irrational fear. What they see is their own projections, not the reality that stands within sight. They only see through filters that were created by themselves as individuals and their collective [culture]. When they respond, react to the sight of naturists, their fear inspired anger colours their response even more so that reason retreats.

Knowing that this is the way it is, if there is to be a change in their response, it becomes the task of the naturists to somehow present themselves in a different light, one that reveals without threatening. How can naturists do this? I don’t know that answer though I am searching for it along with many others who simply want to be real people rather than holders of the projections of others.

 

The Issue of Censorship and Social Media

David censored

David censored

I was reading from a website called the National Coalition Against Censorship [NCAC] an interesting article and decided that I needed to bring their opening words here:

“It is somewhat ironic that, in a society where sex appeal is used to sell everything from perfume to cars to shampoo, and where the consumption of porn involves some 40 million Americans (hardly a minority), artistic representations of nudes are regularly banned from being shown in public places.”

Emoji use in censorship - what is the message?

Emoji use in censorship – what is the message?

Social Media, led by Facebook, has made it a crusade to protect humanity from genitalia, buttocks, and uncovered female nipples. Their campaigns have significantly helped reshape the Censorship landscape with people now engaged in censoring themselves with the use of emojis [small digital images or icons] to cover the “offensive” sexual areas of the nude human form. Some have taken to being artistic in their efforts to make light of the fact of self-censorship such as found at the Plaid Zebra with a variety of images including this one to the left.

The defence given for censorship of nudity lies withing a number of factors such as law, religion, morality, and probably most important – politics and economics. In other words, fear is the operative word. And, when it comes to fear, there is no easy answer as fear is individual and collective, and for the most part, irrational.

Cloth covering genitalia highlighting, tittilating, and sexualizing without crossing the line.

Cloth covering genitalia highlighting, titillating, and sexual fantasising without crossing the line.

In the world of depth psychology, whatever it is about ourselves as an individual, and as a collective that we disown, we project onto others and then use all manner of tools to punish those others who hold our shadow. We fear our bodies, we punish those who have no fear of their bodies, we fear our sexuality, we punish others for being comfortable with their sexuality. In many ways, this has morphed into what I can only call the politics of nudity. And, the results of censorship becomes ridiculous.

There's money to be made from pornography whereas there is none from naturism.

There’s money to be made from pornography whereas there is none from naturism.

There is the economic factors to consider, an area that is definitely fear driven. Facebook, and others fear the loss of revenue. There is also the fear of being sued for being complicit in some offended citizen’s lawsuit based on an image found on their social media service. This fear enables the highly sensitive and easily offended, even with innocent and non-sexual imagery containing nudity, to control the agenda of social media.

Pornography is protected as the worst of the worst of human sexual scenes involving nudity generate billions of dollars that become part of the economic fabric of western culture. It is no wonder that simple nudity that has no objective other than for the individual’s well-being, is prohibited so fiercely. If our human society came to accept nudity as a natural phenomenon, the porn industry would effectively lose most of its customers.

Who really drives the anti-nudity movement that feeds irrational fear?

The Issue of Censorship and Social Media

David censored

David censored

I was reading from a website called the National Coalition Against Censorship [NCAC] an interesting article and decided that I needed to bring their opening words here:

“It is somewhat ironic that, in a society where sex appeal is used to sell everything from perfume to cars to shampoo, and where the consumption of porn involves some 40 million Americans (hardly a minority), artistic representations of nudes are regularly banned from being shown in public places.”

Emoji use in censorship - what is the message?

Emoji use in censorship – what is the message?

Social Media, led by Facebook, has made it a crusade to protect humanity from genitalia, buttocks, and uncovered female nipples. Their campaigns have significantly helped reshape the Censorship landscape with people now engaged in censoring themselves with the use of emojis [small digital images or icons] to cover the “offensive” sexual areas of the nude human form. Some have taken to being artistic in their efforts to make light of the fact of self-censorship such as found at the Plaid Zebra with a variety of images including this one to the left.

The defence given for censorship of nudity lies withing a number of factors such as law, religion, morality, and probably most important – politics and economics. In other words, fear is the operative word. And, when it comes to fear, there is no easy answer as fear is individual and collective, and for the most part, irrational.

Cloth covering genitalia highlighting, tittilating, and sexualizing without crossing the line.

Cloth covering genitalia highlighting, titillating, and sexual fantasising without crossing the line.

In the world of depth psychology, whatever it is about ourselves as an individual, and as a collective that we disown, we project onto others and then use all manner of tools to punish those others who hold our shadow. We fear our bodies, we punish those who have no fear of their bodies, we fear our sexuality, we punish others for being comfortable with their sexuality. In many ways, this has morphed into what I can only call the politics of nudity. And, the results of censorship becomes ridiculous.

There's money to be made from pornography whereas there is none from naturism.

There’s money to be made from pornography whereas there is none from naturism.

There is the economic factors to consider, an area that is definitely fear driven. Facebook, and others fear the loss of revenue. There is also the fear of being sued for being complicit in some offended citizen’s lawsuit based on an image found on their social media service. This fear enables the highly sensitive and easily offended, even with innocent and non-sexual imagery containing nudity, to control the agenda of social media.

Pornography is protected as the worst of the worst of human sexual scenes involving nudity generate billions of dollars that become part of the economic fabric of western culture. It is no wonder that simple nudity that has no objective other than for the individual’s well-being, is prohibited so fiercely. If our human society came to accept nudity as a natural phenomenon, the porn industry would effectively lose most of its customers.

Who really drives the anti-nudity movement that feeds irrational fear?

Public Participation in Clothes Free Adventures

Sea of Hull - Spencer Tunick.

Sea of Hull – Spencer Tunick.

Like so many others, I am amazed at what is possible in our modern western world when it comes to being nude in public spaces. The recent “Sea of Hull” living art installation is one that has captured my attention. The ability to bring together thousands of adults, both men and women, to create these scenes in many different countries around the world is astonishing.

Emma as a participant at the Sea of Hull.

Emma as a participant at the Sea of Hull.

I can’t imagine persuading ten people to become art subjects for a photo shoot in my town. Perhaps it is the fact of the sheer numbers of people involved, something that helps preserve a sense of anonymity for the majority of participants that would otherwise never think of appearing in public unclothed. Those who are committed to naturism, people who are activists in their own right such as Emma here on the left, took part in the Sea of Hull event even though it meant a long drive in order to take part. For such individuals, it is being a part of the whole while still finding a sense of individuality, a secure sense of self in the process.

A couple who became living works of art in New York City.

A couple who became living works of art in New York City.

Other examples that come to mind are Body Painting in public spaces such as recently took place in New York City, and

Lady Godiva at the London edition of the WNBR.

Lady Godiva at the London edition of the WNBR.

World Naked Bike Rides in cities around the globe. Most of the WNBR events become a mixture of unadorned skin, body-painted, or semi-nude participants who are trying to get across the message of using less fossil fuels for navigating cities and towns.

I have never taken part in such events and don’t see any change for me in the future as I live in a part of the world where these events don’t occur at all. But that somehow doesn’t seem to bother me as I like solitude and taking time for smaller events at a local Naturist Club.

Public Participation in Clothes Free Adventures

Sea of Hull - Spencer Tunick.

Sea of Hull – Spencer Tunick.

Like so many others, I am amazed at what is possible in our modern western world when it comes to being nude in public spaces. The recent “Sea of Hull” living art installation is one that has captured my attention. The ability to bring together thousands of adults, both men and women, to create these scenes in many different countries around the world is astonishing.

Emma as a participant at the Sea of Hull.

Emma as a participant at the Sea of Hull.

I can’t imagine persuading ten people to become art subjects for a photo shoot in my town. Perhaps it is the fact of the sheer numbers of people involved, something that helps preserve a sense of anonymity for the majority of participants that would otherwise never think of appearing in public unclothed. Those who are committed to naturism, people who are activists in their own right such as Emma here on the left, took part in the Sea of Hull event even though it meant a long drive in order to take part. For such individuals, it is being a part of the whole while still finding a sense of individuality, a secure sense of self in the process.

A couple who became living works of art in New York City.

A couple who became living works of art in New York City.

Other examples that come to mind are Body Painting in public spaces such as recently took place in New York City, and

Lady Godiva at the London edition of the WNBR.

Lady Godiva at the London edition of the WNBR.

World Naked Bike Rides in cities around the globe. Most of the WNBR events become a mixture of unadorned skin, body-painted, or semi-nude participants who are trying to get across the message of using less fossil fuels for navigating cities and towns.

I have never taken part in such events and don’t see any change for me in the future as I live in a part of the world where these events don’t occur at all. But that somehow doesn’t seem to bother me as I like solitude and taking time for smaller events at a local Naturist Club.