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This has nothing whatsoever to do with nudism, but we get to do this because this is OUR place to talk about whatever we want on OUR website. That's the cool thing about websites; you get to do whatever you want on them!
Those of you with a history with us know that you never know what might pop up now and then. We're All-Nudist but we're also Angie & Steve, and this is where we play! I'm Steve for the purposes of this article, if you care. We usually write collaboratively so 'me' or 'she' is irrelevant. We write together here as 'All-Nudist' most of the time. And always have. Sometimes we strike off on our own!
Here's my contribution of the moment:
We accidentally ran across the following video and had the same thoughts: though a couple years apart when this anti-war song came out, both of us took it very seriously as a deep and important statement. The commitment of youth to ideals! Drama! Much older and experienced now, we both recognize the shallowness of our initial impressions. It wasn't any sort of new understanding, not at all. Old news, new format and audience!
We also agreed that the message hasn't changed one bit today, and though the means of presenting that message changes with the times, there have always been those trying to get that message across.. Most don't listen.
It's a perhaps simplistic and unrealistic message, similar to the idea that a pretty famous guy also (allegedly) tried to get across a couple millennia ago: Love thy neighbor.
Simplistic and unrealistic... Unfortunately, we haven't learned that lesson yet either. That's why this simple song may be trite, but still very relevant to our lives today. Plus, we DO get to post what we want!
Without further ado, here's The Coven singing 'One Tin Soldier' along with someone else's graphics! Crank it up, take a toke, and ask yourself... WHY? (And if you want, there's another one right below this one you might like, or at least ask some questions...)
For anyone still hanging around here, a free history lesson. 'The 60's' are stereotyped just as everything is, but the important thing to remember is that for the first time EVER, an entire national, and in some cases, worldwide population of young people had access to news and ideas that didn't originate from wither their parents or local school.
Consider the impact of the internet on social and global communications today; the advent of TV available to most had a similar impact on the explosion of shared ideas and knowledge in the 50's and 60's. Add to that the impetus of popular misic widely available, and is it any wonder a social revolution occurred?
That generation's parents would have spent most of thier lives hearing only what they were supposed to. Suddenly, all sorts of new ideas and viewpoints were all over the place and available to their kids!
It was songs like these that began insinuating thoughts into the public consciousness in a way never before possible. And the world changed.
It changed through the efforts of gentle folk-singers like these. They paved the way for the loud and angry protest music that followed and powered a change in society never before seen.
Small starts to big things!
We had a wonderful day having pictures taken with kids and grandkids, picked up some good sub sandwiches on the way home, then were delighted by a visit from another son and his gal to round off the day!
Our son Willie and his lady, Cat, had spent the day doing a photo shoot at Toadally Natural Garden, the second such venture for them. Earlier this summer they also did some work there and, excuse me, 'toadally' enjoyed the experience!
They're not really what we would call 'nudists' or 'naturists', but somehow are even more pure in that they just don't care. Comfortable nude or not nude, it just doesn't seem to particularly matter to them. It's funny that I would say this, but as an avid nudist who would always rather be nude than not, such a causal 'give a damn' attitude is enviable!
In any event, Cat (who just happens to be a model and artist) for some unfathomable reason professes to care deeply for our son, a sweet guy that takes after his father in his overly-romantic view of life. Luckily for him, that attitude has landed him a lady who appreciates such romantic nonsense!
Um, as I also have... Hello, Angie!
In any event, the point of this is to say that Cat is going to write up some of her thoughts about these photo shoots and her meeting with some folks from our nudist community, and what her impressions are. We'll be publishing it here possibly along with some comments from the photographer and the good folks at Toadally Natural Garden! It should be interesting to hear the perspectives of the hosts, the photographer, and the model/artist/almost-family-member of All-Nudist!
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Here's a little slideshow about Toadally Natural Garden. They're good folks and it's a great place to visit if you're in the neighborhood! Matter of fact, we're having some of their eggs for breakfast!
“In a 7-1 vote, the Easton Area School District voted on Tuesday night to ask the United States Supreme Court to decide whether a bracelet carrying the message, “I (heart) Boobies" is obscene and should be barred from being worn in schools. The bracelet, designed to build awareness of breast cancer, was banned by school officials and was challenged by two students in 2010." Now let's see. Poverty, unemployment, lack of affordable health care, crime in the streets, crashing economy and society soon following aren't important to get the attention of the highest court in the nation. But plastic bracelets might be.
An Aussie friend recently asked if our Supreme Court might not rule on some aspects of social nudity, hopefully in our favor. We explained that it's not necessity or need that brings a case to that court, but rather a matter of money and influence, plus public interest.
Well, here's a really, really small and unimportant thing that affects few people yet it just might make it to the highest court in the nation. Plastic bracelets in school advocating for one special interest group's agenda.
Not whether we're carrying on wars needlessly, or if political campaigns are corrupt, or if women (or other minorities) have equal rights. Not about anything really important.
Instead, an argument about whether children in school have the right to wear bracelets with the word, 'boobies' gets nationwide attention. Good cause, no doubt; "Easton is one of several school districts around the country to ban the bracelets, which are distributed by the nonprofit Keep a Breast Foundation.".
But making 'boobies' a priority over the really important things that need addressing? And we wonder why the 'right' to be nude in our own homes or yards is impossible to pursue?
Michael, I guess this pretty much explains what I was trying to say. No, our Supreme Court is not going to rule on nude freedom. It's just not as important as the issue of 12 year-olds wearing bracelets containing the word 'boobies'.
You see, we here in America have our priorities straight! Read about it here at Are 'boobies' lewd and disruptive? Supreme Court asked to decide
Buying Naked Photos - Image Credit: DCL
As far as TV shows about rich folks buying really cool houses go, 'Buying Naked' didn't exactly break any new ground. As far as TV shows displaying naked butts go, it certainly topped 'Naked and Afraid' in that regard! The difference is, 'Naked and Afraid' is interesting enough to watch again, butts or no.
It seems now that TV standards have slipped enough to show butts, butts are the big thing to display, kind of like 'naughty' words are so popular right now (tee-hee, she said 'balls'!). Breasts will be next, presumably, but not until the novelty of bare butts has worn off, or at least reaches network TV!
Anything to show a little flesh to a skin-starved public looking for cheap erotic thrills, right? Unfortunately for those looking for that, there was little erotic about this show, thank God. The 'raciest' thing was the pool boy leeringly talking about maybe catching a peek at the new owner's wife naked someday! That was just a little, well, creepy.
But all in all it wasn't a bad show, and surprisingly didn't trash nudists/naturists at all. A bit of the usual sophomoric humor (as expected, but less than expected!) and a few minor sillies, but not bad at all. In fact, there was little in this show that had anything to do with social nudism. It was about naked rich folk, and nothing about them either other than buying a house.The real estate agent showing the homes, the charming Jackie Youngblood, played her part perfectly! We'd buy a house from her... if we had half a million dollars! Maybe she handles trailers too! Hmm...
This type of 'real estate' show isn't what we, Angie and Steve, usually watch and bare butts aren't anything special, so to truthfully we would have changed the channel at the first commercial if we hadn't felt obligated to watch. Pretty houses, bare butts. Nice shrubbery! Ok, so? *Yawn* But that's just us.
We're guessing that the pretty house shows may continue but this one won't be back. It lacked substance. No super-mansions, no insights to a different lifestyle, nothing to learn on 'The Learning Channel'. Not even titillation for the masses. If anything (and this is good), it may have desensitized the textile audience somewhat to the sight of naked flesh!But we have to remember; this is 'reality TV', and isn't supposed to be great or substantial. No one expects it to be, and no one believes it's 'real'. Well ok, some do. And some think pro wrestling is real too! We could go on to flying saucers, zombies, etc, but you know what we mean.
We'll give it a C+ as a TV real estate show, and a D as a show about nudists. Not bad, but not a winner. Would much rather see a show about folks moving into Lake Como; a real nudist camp with real nudists. But then, what else would you expect from a couple of nudists?
This is probably the dumbest editorial we've ever posted. But ya know, sometimes you just have to share things and if you happen to have a website that includes personal reflections as part of it's, ah, attraction to visitors, well...
OK, case in point. 2:00 AM here in Wisconsin, it's been ugly cold for awhile and now we're experiencing a short 'heat wave', meaning it's up in the 50's. Sucks that a month ago it was the 80's! (you centigrade folks, figure it out!). In any event, a full bladder called and I, a decadent person, stepped out onto our deck (total darkness, no one around) and let loose with a very comfortable pee off the deck into the dormant rose bushes!
Yeah, that's kind of silly and no big thing. The roses didn't mind; they got some potassium or something. But boy oh boy, the gentle breeze on my naked self whilst doing the most natural thing in the world felt GREAT!
Now, I did say this was just a stupid thing, right? Yeah, a minor thing in life. But a very good small thing in life. Very good, free, and harmless. Sometimes it's the small things that get us through until the big things can happen again! - Steve
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"Because this is the doctrine of naturism 'pure and simple return to nature' not to be confused with nudism, 'movement that would stick to varying degrees the values cultivated in naturism' and so often associated with exhibitionism or sexuality." The Desire of Naturism?"Parce que c’est là la doctrine du naturisme 'le retour pur et simple à la nature' à ne pas confondre avec le nudisme, 'mouvement qui n’adhèrerait qu’à des degrés variables aux valeurs cultivées dans le naturisme', et donc souvent associé à l’exhibitionnisme ou à la sexualité." De l’envie de Natur-isme?Here's a good example of the same sort of irresponsible and ill-informed 'journalism' (this one from France) that we see so often here in the States. It's no wonder there are misguided folks around the world that somehow think 'nudism' is essentially different (and sexual!) from 'naturism' rather than just another word for basically the same thing. Pick out the 'nudists' from the 'naturists'!
This article cites an obsolete forty-year old quote from the International Naturist Federation to define naturism (ignoring INF's current description) while missing INF's (and every other major nudist/naturist organization's) assertion that the terms are interchangeable! The only people who disagree are those with an agenda to promote, ie; elitists who feel the term 'naturist' implies dedication to their own environmental/health,dietary, etc. principles while their 'nudist' counterparts similarly stress physical fitness/health/dietary goals. Or something like that. It all depends on who is 'defining' nudism or naturism while actually just expressing their own personal opinion.
Fact is, you can't tell us apart at a beach, camp, or any other nudist/naturist venue, and to attempt to exclude or minimize one or the other based on such silly differences is pointless to most of us. Hence, the interchangeability of the terms. We have better things to debate, if debate is desired.
Social nudism is about inclusion, not exclusion! It could be and is argued that if anything, our community is not as inclusive at it strives to be. Most certainly we do not need to find more ways to separate ourselves into different factions through specious arguments created by those with delusions of superiority based their own personal ideas of what 'nudism' and 'naturism' mean.
Somehow, millions of us worldwide understand completely what social nudism is all about, and we know that by seeing it in action, by participating in it. We don't need ignorant writers to tell us what it means. The sad thing is, their readers don't have any idea, none at all, and even less after reading tripe such as this.
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"Feeling Tired? Rundown? Listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? Maybe you need to be around naked people."
Well, that's a pretty innocuous beginning, and one which few nudists/naturists would disagree with! It's what follows that makes one wonder whether the various reputable websites and organizations happily re-posting this article actually took the time to read the rest of it.
Immediately following that wholesome start, the topic turns to sex and how seeing nude people begins the arousal process within .02 seconds, and it gets worse from there. Do you, as a nudist/naturist, begin being aroused immediately after seeing a nude person? We hope not.“There is little doubt that many gay men and women will have faster-firing neurons during Palm Springs Pride. It was the sexual freedom that was the most popular draw of Palm Springs. But the gay men tend to come out on top when it comes to having more new partners and more unprotected sex when compared to their hetero counterparts. Men who frequent these resorts tend to be more sexually active, and - if they go to the resort with the purpose of meeting other sex partner - they tend to engage in riskier behavior than men who travel with a partner or without the intent of meeting a new boy toy."Does that sound 'naturist'? Is this 'nude recreation'?The rest of the article talks about gays connecting... or not, at nudist resorts in Palm Springs. 'Gayness' is not the issue; the question is whether this is appropriate for national nudist organizations to be promoting to the general public as representative of social nudism.
Is this the image we, as social nudists, wish to be represented as? Where's the 'family oriented' and 'wholesome' part of it? Were's the 'we're just like you but naked' part?
Where is there any indication of nudist/naturist values mentioned in this?
Feel free to express your polite opinion after reading THE ARTICLE
Have to tell you right off the bat that this relates to an article we just saw. It's no big news and somethig that most folks already know. It's official now, though, since a lot of money was spent proving it!
People notice women's breasts! Yes, it's true!
Ok, breasts. Breasts are in the news a lot, usually related to something illicit or just tossed into a headline as a sure way to attract attention. We know that, but it works. Keywords. Breast, naked, nude,nudists (never 'naturist'; no one knows what that means!). But breasts are also great for selling things, of course.
Men's ads/commercials: Buy this cologne and these beautiful women will flock to you!
Women's ads/commercials: Buy this bra and you'll be those models of impossible beauty!
They offer the most shallow of means for us to find our heart's desire. Complexion, scent, coiffure, shape, attire... all the standard ways to be 'attractive'. Breasts are always nearby!
And we fall for it! Just show us, man or woman, a breast or two and we'll buy whatever you're selling. Every time.
So then, isn't it funny that most folks will find their happiness far from those rarely attainable standards of beauty and perfection? Sure, there are plenty of beautiful people who find each other and are forevermore happy. But most folks don't fit that category, yet somehow we go on through life finding love and friendship without all that extraordinary beauty or perfect breasts.
| |And we manage it without the miracles that those shampoos, pills, bras and colognes don't deliver anyway. We can even do it with the breasts we grew ourselves!
It can take a lifetime to finally get things into perspective, or about 15 minutes among social nudists. We suggest taking the short route!
Here's the article announcing an amazing 'discovery': New Research Shows Women Stare At Boobs Just As Much As Men
It's been suggested upon occasion that the term ‘Textile‘ may be inappropriate to use in reference to those who are not nudists. This has come up before and is quite reasonable, considering how easily folks are offended, plus our obsession with political correctness in today’s society.
There are those who feel the term 'Textile' is somehow derogatory since it implies that those who wear clothes, um, wear clothes. Ah, well, yes but It's simply descriptive. They do wear clothes. Hence the term. That's all.
Sometimes, a banana is simply a banana and nothing else should be read into it. ’Textile’ is the commonly accepted, non-derogatory, descriptive term for those who choose to wear clothes even when there is no plausible reason to do so. Just as 'nudist' is a term applied to those who choose differently. 'Textile' is no more derogatory than 'nudist'.
This is a no-brainer that no one takes seriously other than those who haven't a clue. If you happen to be one of those, get over it. Learn a bit about social nudism before finding nits to pic.
Don't believe us? Here's some examples:
So learn and get past it if you have a problem with the term. The offence is in your mind, not ours.
- wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturism In naturist parlance, textile or textilist is a non-naturist person, non-naturist behaviour or non-naturist facilities. e.g. the textile beach starts at the flag ..
The following articles make a strong case for the premise that there is no 'nudist movement' as such in the US. They cite the failure of national organizations to provide leadership in that direction and a general lack of interest and/or commitment by the nudist/naturist community as reasons.
Much of what's in these articles has been discussed both here at All-Nudist and other places in the past, but it's all tied up in a neat bundle for easy perusal by the author. It's a calm, reasonable presentation which explains why there is no effective, cohesive effort to unite, protect, and advance the 'cause' of social nudism in America today. It provides explanations without assigning blame.
The arguments present an admittedly 'straw man' scenario in that the suggestion that social nudism is some sort of 'movement' stems largely from the misuse of the term by a handful of non-nudists along with our own casual use of the term to describe our community and the general direction most of us wish it would go, rather than as a 'dictionary-correct' definition.In short, the articles do demonstrate conclusively that the 'social nudist movement' that few nudists believe in does not, in fact, exist! But they do it very well and both are worth reading as explanations for why nudists are so disorganized and, more importantly, why we are losing the battle. We have met the enemy, and he is us.