Naturism and Feminism Continued:
In my last post, I discussed a feminist blog about naturism, Go Naked; it is good for everybody (but especially for girls) by CP Reece. Reece concludes her piece by discussing society’s overall disconcerting malaise with regard to nudity and what we can do to change that. She says, Naturists in many cases are handled as gay people used to be.. How’s that for some outlook? Are naturists as repressed as girls once were? As homosexual people once were? (Or still are in many ways.) Can we really make that comparison? Gay people have long been coping with discrimination, oppression and denial of human rights, and by no means do I wish to trivialize their struggle with this type of comparison. But there are some similarities in how gay people and naturists are seen by society. Naturists are scared to come out with their friends and families and feel a need to hide behind pseudonyms and different profiles due to their naturist identity. They worry companies or job recruiters firing or not hiring them because of it. They are treated unjustly by police and the law. Some U.S. states would have convicted Nigel Keer as a sex offender for taking a bare amble out in a scenic rural area. Naturists are denied the right to go bare in public and even on their own property if visible to others, because someone might get offended or upset. They have been labeled perverts, swingers, and exhibitionists along with harmful to kids.
If you are a naturist, you’ve probably spent much time and energy trying to dispel the misconceptions and puritan attitudes towards nudity (see: Shit Clothed People Say). But Reece says rationality and argument / influence might not be enough anymore. If we are finally going to get equal rights like everyone else, we need extreme activity! And I believe it is safe to say that we’re far behind in America compared to many European countries. We freak out about a nip slip on television during the Super Bowl and maybe even squander time issuing fines. The Supreme Court is currently occupying itself counting how many seconds that the tail can be shown on cable TV. Most of our World Naked Bike Riders can not really be nude. Nudity is supposed to be allowed for the benefit of protest or art, but arrests, fines and court dates will surely ensue if you test it. No topless beaches. Men gained the right to go topless in public in the 1930s. Over 80 years later, women still can’t do the same in most states. (But even when it IS legal, you can still get arrested. See: my Wall Street experience.)
Look at that amazing piece of jewelry she’d on!
Nigel Keer says he plans to appeal the court decision of a 315 fine for his public order offence of hiking in the nude. And I genuinely hope he does! (If not for a nudism triumph, then for the benefit of fighting them basing his guilt from an unknown distressed female casualty.) In any case, I think we need more activists like Nigel to push the envelope for naturists’ rights! Some might say Nigel’s activities were over the line, offensive and pushing his naturist beliefs on people. (Are not clothed people pushing their beliefs on us?) I believe he is a great activist and will hopefully help naturists get the right to trek naked, which isn’t illegal there in the first place! Of course he gets fined anyway because he’s breaking the rules (Nudity rule #518: Thou shalt not show thy dick on a nature trail). Reece says she will be going naked in her garden, at the beach and wherever she can. Here in NY I’ll be going bare or topfree wherever I will!
In addition , I want to share this quotation from the Nurba site:
“It is amusing, isn’t it? Amusing that we can promote the right to be nude, to love our body, to feel freedom, http://antinude.com in the comfort of our own house. And we can pretend to disregard the notion of shame, all the while we tuck ourselves away into the remotest corners, into the woods, into the desert, in our own house, where nobody will find us. We haven’t fought for our rights, we have simply found places where they aren’t challenged. We haven’t demonstrated that we feel no shame, in fact we have established the exact opposite, that we do not have the guts to be candid, that we’re complacent living in secret amongst everyone else: we’ve proven that there is shame where there should be none. People fear what they do not understand, and we’ve nearly deliberately denied them the comprehension of nudity that we have always understood.” – Nurba
A call to action! Does this describe most naturists and naturists? Are we being all too complacent and secret, perpetuating the nudity-is-shameful mindset? He’s correct, it really is easy to be complacent, quiet and go nude where it is not challenged. But we want to challenge individuals and society.
To all of you reading this, I encourage you to push the envelope. To defy cultural standards. To ignore what society tells you to look like and just be as you’re. To get radical. Women, to challenge patriarchal rules and put down that magazine telling you to diet diet diet, purchase lots of makeup, and obsess about your looks / body. It’s all rubbish; a pernicious way of distracting women from their authentic power. To walk your visible or invisible dog while topless. To talk to as many others as possible about naturism. Hell, just use the naked beach and visit naturist clubs, resorts and campgrounds to support them. We’re constantly focusing on making these more accessible to everyone and used by everyone.
spy sex beach ‘s practically topless time. Who’s with me?
Springtime is just about arrived, and summer will closely follow! Let’s go nude everywhere we can and exercise the rights we do have as naturists!
Naturists and Naturists Feminist and Top Free Blogs By Felicity Jones For – Young Naturists And Nudists America FKK
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Author of Naturist Website. Cofounder of Nudist Portal. 3rd-generation nudie. Avid reader. Feminist. 70% vegan, 30% vegetarian. When I’m not active eating, I am writing about naturism, censorship, topfree equality, body image and other interesting subjects. I like feedback, so plz leave a comment when you’ve got something to say!
Naturism and Feminism Continued: