What is ‘Naked?’

What does it mean to be naked? Western civilization seems to understand the concept, and most people will agree that, regardless of personal belief, public nudity is not the status-quo. But there is constant disagreement as to what constitutes nakedness, how to define a public place, and when or where and under what circumstances the... Continue Reading →

What Naturism Means to Me

The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself—Mark Twain Yes, I am a nudist! Or naturist, as I prefer to call myself. I've been beating around the bush regarding this issue, hinted at it here and there, in articles and in my fiction, and to many of my astute readers this may come as... Continue Reading →

Can Nudism Save the World?

Image courtesy of Searching4Eden Can nudism save the world ...? Not really. No. Thanks for stopping by. OK, wait. There's more! But you probably guessed that, right? Nudism/Naturism won't save the world, but it can make the world a better place. Now, I am not going to go into the usual spiel about body acceptance... Continue Reading →

The Missing Surah: Nudity in Religion

My religious background is almost comic. I was baptized (at a very late age) into the Greek Orthodox faith. Usually, this happens a year after birth, but my parents procrastinated a very long time and I ended up looking like a naked hippie dangling from the priest's arms, with my long, blond(e), luxurious hair---some people... Continue Reading →

The Heroic Nude

The heroic nude dates back thousands of years, to my distant ancestors, the Ancient Greeks. Communal nudity was not uncommon to Greece, where farming, exercising, swimming, and sparring was practiced in nothing but bare skin. The prefix gymn means naked, denoting all of the activities originally practiced in the buff, including gymnastics and "going to the... Continue Reading →

Why Nudists Need Heroes

Face it, it's not easy being different, especially if you're one-out-of-a-million different. I've known this feeling all my life, because I was never like "the other kids." I was born to Greek immigrants who were too busy making pizza to raise their son. Bored and lonely, I talked to myself constantly. I didn't just have... Continue Reading →

Why Don’t We Live in a Perfect (Nude) World?

Confession time: I would live naked 24/7, if I could, and I suspect I am not alone in this regard. I hate clothes. They block the sunshine, the air, and most of your body from the sense of touch. They are grating, hot, and sometimes they itch, not to mention expensive and a lot of work to maintain. How much time is wasted washing, drying and... Continue Reading →

Why I am a Nudist

Even as I am sitting here, tapping away at my keyboard, I am not wearing any clothes. Naked is my normal, my default state. I feel most true to myself when I've got nothing on, and if I could move to Ilmarinen, to never have to see another pair of underwear, you can be certain... Continue Reading →

Is Nudism on the Decline?

In a word, NO. It is a popular misconception that nudism is going the way of disco. These are the same people who believe the 60's were one big Woodstock/orgy fest. But one historian argues (whose name escapes me), with a list of charts and graphs, that people were actually a lot more conservative during... Continue Reading →

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