Along with actions such as the top-free movement, you can find many other forms of potential activism that can be positive without being perceived as lewd. One such example can be open, public breastfeeding (which is now prohibited in many situations). Public breastfeeding while making no huge attempt to conceal the breast or nipple encourages acceptance of the body along with fertility, nourishment and development. Does the woman who dares to publicly breastfeed her child think of herself as an activist? Perhaps and maybe not. But by doing this without shame, she becomes a symbol.

Jim Cunningham, in his novel, Nudity and Christianity, discusses how early Christians ran their baptisms in the nude. This kind of practice would certainly be considered a form of activism now and something Christian nudists should definitely consider. Cunningham also discusses group skinny dipping in public places (not only naturist resorts) as a sort of activism. Such activities declare in a public situation where it is surely appropriate. Such a action that freely presents a positive, non-lewd show of our nude bodies is, by default, a type of activism. It confronts individuals and our culture with our nude nature in a positive way. It indicates – “Quit hiding our bodies, quit calling them obscene, accept and honor them!”
We definitely must save the human form and sexuality from the insane bane of being perceived as “obscene.” Our bodies, our sexuality, our reproductive organs are NOT obscene! They are “us” and they’re beautiful. Why must society conceal, cover, and “fetishize” our bodies? Well-behaved public and societal nudity is genital positive, and hence sex-positive as well. It breaks down the association that nudity =sex (orgasmic) = dirty (lewd).
In the next blog posts we are going to move from sexuality as a grand ambient power, and manifestations of that within naturism and the non nude world, to theories of busy sexuality and covenant.
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Julia Kozerski is an artist and photographer whose raw documentation of her own fat loss journey reached a nerve and spread like wildfire. I decided to interview her about her work and how it relates to body image, nudity, and censorship in American culture. Take a look at the rest of Half, Label,and other works on her web site and read the interview below to learn more!

What inspired one to document your weight loss journey through self- check it ?
Julia Kozerski Half Untitled work
I never planned on photographing myself. In reality, I probably had not been in front of a camera for 10 years before starting these works. In essence, I began using myself as my own muse since I had bunch of questions about what I was going through and what was happening to my body. I found solace in the one on one interaction I had with my vulnerable self before the lens. I could not conceal anything (nor did I need to).
I was not making images for anyone but myself (and at the time no one saw them but me). I liked that, when the pictures were captured, I could remove myself from them and look at them like I do with some other photograph, objectively. The action of photographing additionally helped me cease time. Losing over 160 pounds in a year is quickly. I was living in my body the entire time so the transition was “ordinary” to me, but looking at the still images shot throughout, I can better comprehend just how not ordinary it was.
Julia Kozerski in “Tag”
What made you decide to be fully nude in the pictures in Half and Tag?
“Half” was shot during once as I shot “Changing Room.” My primary motivation for starting my weight loss was in direct reflection to my ideas about how other women looked. I saw 338 pounds on the scale and my first idea was “models are 100 pounds I am 3 people!” “Changing Room” was more about the dream of playing “dress up” with my new body. In the dressing rooms I could be a Barbie, I could see how my physical efforts played out for beachcameltoe to see.
“Half” was the truth about the mental toll that the physical transformation had taken. My experience wasn’t superficial, it was raw, it was real I wanted the images to bare it all and I knew the truth lay beneath the layers of clothes. My set “Tag” was created in reflection to creating both “Half” and “Changing Room.”