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“At the age of 34, I am comfortable in my own body. Reaching a certain age and realising that life is not infinite, I wanted to capture a moment in time. Initially this snapshot was going to be conventional. But, the more I thought about it, the more I could see the value in creating a work that was both “honest” – that showed me comfortable in my own skin – and that, as in my academic work, was not afraid to break through pre-existing barriers and to raise important questions.
My view is that we will never eradicate the overtly sexualised images of women. They will always be profitable to produce, as I well understand as an economist. Instead, I feel that the best way of providing an antidote to this societal disease is to make sure that we show women as they truly are – and that behind each nude is a human being who is not purely sexual.”
I am finally back home after more than a week travelling and visiting family in various locations. It has been ten days that were spent enjoyably even if I had to wear clothing most of the time. At least I got to sleep nude if nothing else.
Life is not defined by whether or not one is clothed or unclothed. Life is more about relationships and being at peace with oneself and with others. For me, nudity is a “bonus” when it is not about doing focused work for enhancing the healing of soul and psyche.
Now that I am back at home, I get to have more time clothes-free. I took this photo this morning as I am trying out a new camera that my wife gave me for an early birthday present. I turn 65 in six weeks time. The camera is a Sony a6000 DSLR, the lightest full camera that I have ever come across. Camera and lens weigh less than one pound, a very important consideration for me as I will be carrying a camera with me next year when I walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain with my wife assuming that my health stays good and my body allows me to walk an average of twenty kilometres (12 miles) a day for about 45 days to complete a pilgrimage of about nine hundred kilometres. My wife wonders how I am going to keep my clothes on rather than whether or not my body will survive this test.
The human body can remain nude and uncovered and preserve intact its splendor and its beauty… Nakedness as such is not to be equated with physical shamelessness… Immodesty is present only when nakedness plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person…The human body is not in…
Naked Words- a place to unclothe your Self: Nude hiking at Montane de Orohttp://nakedwords-tree4yew.blogspot.com/2014/05/nude-hiking-at-montane-de-oro.html
Mum: because society is modest
Me: but men can walk around like this
Mum: men don’t walk around with their willies hanging out
Me: what about their boobies
Mum: men’s boobies are different, yours are bigger and floppier
Me: some men’s boobies are bigger than mine
Mum: but they’re still men’s.
Mum:And really, society doesn’t want to see floppy man boobs either.
– Elle MacPherson (via benudetoday)
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014
A Little Nude Time is Better Than None …
So I finished my latest series of chemo this past Sunday (Mother’s Day) and I get a break for awhile until radiation therapy in June sometime (they haven’t determined when, yet). A break is needed ‘cause the chemo is taking an unrelenting toll on my body … I need time to recover and mend.
I’ve gone back to work … not the full-schedule before (screw them) but enough to keep the medical up. As soon as I could get out of work on Monday, I booked for the mountains. The sun was out, not a cloud in the sky. I wanted and needed some nude time. I feel like ‘crap’ and probably look it too. Can anyone think of a better tonic than natural sunshine on your body?
Initially I thought about heading for Scenic … a nice though steep hike, what I really wanted was to slip into the pools of hot, natural spring waters and simply soak myself away to tranquility. But when I got to the start of the trek up to the springs the temperatures outside were just a little bit too on the chilly side (low 50s) for my-by-now nude body to endure. The more I kept looking up the road to Scenic the more I realized that willing and wanting as I was, I really did not have the stamina nor energy for that hike. So I reluctantly got back in the car and headed down the highway for something safer and warmer.
It took me an hour to get out of Seattle … another hour and a half to Scenic. Okay … so it’s getting late. Not much daylight left with the sun almost to the western ridge lines of the foothills. Whatever worked would have to be short for sure … the challenge was finding somewhere that at least got into sunlight instead of the shade and deepening shadows close at hand in the low valley of the river and highway. FS 6028 is one of those spots … a favored hiking place for me because it is gated, rarely used and rises into open clearcut with a late-afternoon exposure to the sun.
Hiking into the open areas along FS 6028 (near Grotto)
The nice thing about FS 6028 is that you know with a lot of certainty as to whether you have this easy logging road to yourself (gated, one-way in and out, logging operations long over). So you can hike nude with confidence for miles and enjoy scenic views over the Skykomish Valley below (and majestic Baring Mountain behind). The inbound trek to the first switchback is three-quarters of a mile. I made it maybe another quarter mile up before the steepening grade urged me to turn around and slowly amble my way back to the car. But this was the tonic I was looking for. Even a little nude time is better than none.
Back at the car and being a little bit presumptuous about the lack of cover here.
FS 6028 is great to get nude upon … but the area where you park is wide-open to nearby traffic whizzing by on Highway 2 (at least until the foliage starts to fill in). So sometimes you are taking chances hiking all the way back to the car. Nevertheless, I often do with a certain self-satisfaction that I’m simply not going to stop and pull on shorts for that last fifty feet or so. Let them see me and make of it what they will. Sometimes I can be difficult.
The sun is right at those western ridge lines now and I’m in a panicked state. I want more nude time outside. Where? I don’t bother to pull anything on. Onto the highway and thinking, “Where can a get a few more minutes to wander about and feel the environment on my skin?” Reiter Ridge was one thought … but that would be in shadow by now.
Can you get despondent about not enough nude enjoyment? I was certainly feeling that way as I passed Baring. Coming around the west curve I was surprised at the lack of parked cars at the Eagle Falls pullouts beside the highway. Eagle Falls is popular … Eagle Falls always has people pulling over and checking the falls out. What a surprise. I pull over. I love this picturesque spot!
This moss-covered wall beside the highway pullout shields you from view.
Eagle Falls is right beside Highway 2 and is a popular party spot for young people. Despite being a somewhat tempting, though dangerous placed for swimming, the wide basaltic ledges beside the falls see bonfires, loud music and drinking (and everything that goes along with the rites of spring and summer.
Party-spots beside the falls and rapids.
Nudity does happen on the hard-to-view ledges by Eagle Falls. Not often but I have visited and come across naked revelers around campfires and had some interesting times … most importantly, the go ahead and get nude myself (nudity is so much more fulfilling when you can share it with others).
But today, despite the warm day but being a Monday, I had the ledges all to myself and I get to wander around as much as I like while there is still a little bit of sunlight.
… some interesting artwork and a short video of the falls.
One-hundred Naked Places… North America | The Meandering Naturist http://meanderingnaturist.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/one-hundred-naked-places-north-america/
‘Women Complicate Things’ for Naked Yoga in Boston.
I celebrate my naked woman’s body in yoga
I celebrate my naked woman’s body in yoga
My Feathers are ruffled and my inner women’s rights activist is pissed.
I was politely added to the skycald naked yoga group in Boston per my request and then told I would not be able to participate in classes because of my woman’s body, meaning I have a vulva. I was told by the instructor ‘women “complicate” things.’ What I am hearing in that is that, we can’t be bothered to evolve our facilitation skills to hold space for a mix gendered group. The group write up prides itself on being naturist based with naturist values and to not have a focus on sex or a sexual experience. It is a listed as a group for ‘people’ not just men who practice naked yoga. At least be transparent that you’re a men’s group.
A couple of things come up for me in this – The very real inquiry of why there are seemingly so many more naked yoga classes for men? Next, why these classes then profess to be not sexually focused? By the very fact of excluding an entire gender you have now made it a very sexual focus by saying if your sex is a certain way you can’t participate. The entire aspect of this particular constellation of ‘people’ now becomes all about having and being a certain sex.
This remains a timeless inquiry for me. I was really hoping Boston would have a more progressive movement going.
Any Boston or Massachusetts dwellers want to start a gender-inclusive naked yoga practice with me this summer?
6 Reasons You Should Sleep Naked
A recent study showed that less than 10 percent of Americans sleep in the buff. Whaa? Not only is it dead sexy, experts swear naked sleep is actually good for you. We asked them to spill on the top reasons you should ditch those pajamas for good.
By Natasha Burton
1. You’ll Air Out Your Hoo-Ha
Jennifer Landa, MD, author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women, says that sleeping naked can be healthier for your private parts. While it’s totally normal to have yeast and bacteria down there, the warm environment can sometimes cause an overgrowth. One way to prevent infections is to “air it out” and go commando.
2. You’ll Sleep Better
While you might like being cozy and warm at night, it’s actually important to have a cooler environment when you sleep, says Lisa Shives, MD, who sits on the National Sleep Foundation’s board of directors. “Your body temp progressively declines as you sleep, which is a natural tendency of the body, so being too warm with heavy PJs and blankets can disrupt that.” Sleeping naked, she says, can help your body stay cool.
3. You’ll Look Hotter
According to naturopath Natasha Turner, best-selling author of The Hormone Diet, being too warm at night disrupts the release of melatonin and growth hormone-your main anti-aging hormones-into your body. “As your body temperature drops, growth hormone is released and works its regenerative magic,” she says. And that keeps your skin and hair looking awesome.
4. You’ll Lose Belly Fat
Sleeping naked helps you sleep more soundly, which will allow your levels of the stress hormone cortisol to decrease as you rest, keeping your energy and hunger levels in check, Turner says. When your sleep is disrupted, your cortisol will be too high when your alarm goes off, making you more likely to wake up hungry for comfort foods-and more likely to overeat them.
5. You’ll Feel More Confident
Sleeping naked feels great, Landa says. “We can tune in to sensations like the feeling of the sheets and the coolness of the air, which can be very sexy” she says. “And feeling sexy increases confidence.”
6. You’ll Have Better Sex
Landa says that sleeping naked is great for your relationship because laying skin to skin will increase feel-good chemicals like the cuddle hormone oxytocin. “Sleeping naked encourages sexier relationships,” she says. You’ll feel more relaxed and be more in the mood for intimacy.
Read more at Cosmopolitan.com!
Stunning Nude Photos Explore The True Power Of Stereotypes And Labels (NSFW)
Posted: 05/15/2014 8:47 am EDT Updated: 05/15/2014 8:59 am EDT
What defines you? The loving words bestowed upon you by your loved ones — such as strong, kind, or beautiful; mother, inspiration or fighter? Or the slurs cast upon you by strangers or acquaintances — like stupid, fat or annoying; failure, bitch or fuck-up?
Photographer Lauren Renner explores the many ways we are defined by labels, from the mouths of others as well as ourselves, in a stunning series entitled “In Others’ Words.”
The compelling photo series strips away all the excess to explore how we as human beings deal with the words thrown at us, both carefully and thoughtlessly, each and every day. “The labels that dictate how we are viewed by society are different, in many ways, from how we as individuals identify with ourselves,” Renner explains in her statement. “At times, it can seem as though the line between our self-identity and the identity placed on us by others is blurred. This makes it difficult for us to free ourselves from the confines of words, and alter the perception we have of ourselves.”
To explore the effects of the labels and stereotypes we’re all exposed to, Renner recruited volunteers to list the various words used to describe them on a piece of paper. After listing all their modifiers, from the complimentary to the painful, Renner’s subjects stripped down and wrote the words on their nude bodies. Ranging in age, gender and life story, the brave subjects proudly wear the words thrust upon them, expressing ownership over their collective and individual identities.
“Growing up, I had always operated very freely when it came to exploring various hobbies and interests, so when the opportunity presented itself for me to date a woman for the first time, I gave myself the space to explore a side of myself that had thus far been unchartered,” Renner told The Huffington Post. “This shift in my actions and emotional focus led to distinct shifts in how the people I was surrounded by chose to interact with me. These interactions were not inherently negative or even drastic, but were still frequent and noticeable.
“Suddenly, I was being labeled as ‘gay’ or ‘queer,’ and asked questions about being ‘gay’ or ‘queer’ that I didn’t even have the answers to because I had never thought of myself that way before. It was as though the world around me suddenly seemed to view me as a completely different person, while I still felt that I was the same person I’d always been who was simply exploring another part of myself. It made me furious. It made me curious. It gave me the artistic voice I had always been searching for.”
At first, Renner announced her photo shoots via social media, inviting friends, acquaintances and total strangers to prepare their lists of labels and meet up. The models would, without knowing each other prior, transcribe each other’s lists onto their naked bodies, physically incorporating their labels into their bodily being. Since the project’s beginnings, however, it has gained serious momentum, leading human beings to reach out from all over the world to participate.
Renner’s bold endeavor illuminates just how powerful words can be, whether uttered by your life partner or a bigoted stranger on the street. The series reminds us of the photo series “What I Be,” which asked subjects to write their deepest insecurities on their bodies — except this time they’re naked.
When describing her goals for the project, Renner explained that she didn’t aim to abolish stereotypes, but rather illuminate the power of refusing to allow these stereotypes to define us. “I would like to shed light on the fact that stereotyping and labeling are acts that none of us are exempt from perpetuating and experiencing,” she said. “We can either continue to use our differences to divide us, or we can unite on the basis of our shared experiences, respect the impact of those experiences, and define our identities for ourselves… I hope to offer my participants a chance to unite, to bring light to their experiences through raw personhood, and to define their identities for themselves despite what society has put upon them.”
See the stunning series below and let us know your thoughts in the comments. If you’re interested in participating in a shoot, email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woman naked for 50 years
VietNamNet Bridge – For nearly half a century, the Muong people of this village in Hoa Binh Province have become accustomed to the image of a naked figure in their community. She is Ms. Dinh Thi Dong, 53, who never wears clothes. Upon seeing strangers, Dong hastily covered her body with a blanket.
Dong’s village is situated in the Da Bac District’s Tien Phong Commune. To meet with her, reporters had to scale dozens of steep, slippery slopes.
Mr. Khanh, the guide, explained that, even when it’s very cold, with temperatures down to 9-10 degrees Celsius, Dong does not wear anything.
“She is very healthy. Whether it is cold or hot, rainy or sunny, she is still naked. Only on extremely cold days does she stay at home to be near the fire,” Khanh said.
Upon seeing strangers, Dong hastily covered her body with a blanket. But after the guide’s introduction in the Muong language, her reticence seemed to ease, and she became less shy. Appearing much older than her real age, with sunken eyes and wrinkled face, she said: “I do not know why I cannot wear clothes. If I put them on, I feel uncomfortable, irritable and itchy, and I just want to tear them into pieces”.
Despite never wearing clothes, this strange woman has never been sick at all. “My body is healthy, the skin is very thick. I don’t feel the cold,” she added.
She pulled away the blanket, revealing her bare back with rough and blackened skin. Ms. Dong’s house on stilts.
“Previously I was very frustrated. I did not dare to appear in front of others. But gradually I have stopped hiding myself from my fellow villagers. Only before strangers must I shield my body. I know that I’m strange and it is a miserable existence for me, but I cannot do anything about it.”
Dong is the fifth child in a family of six brothers and sisters. At birth, she was normal like any other child. Everything changed when she was 5 years old, after family upheaval.
Her parents died young from diseases. Relatives took four of Dong’s siblings to Dak Lak, but left Dong and her younger sister. The changes were a shock to Dong. From a normal child, she became taciturn. And, she lost the habit of wearing clothes.
At first, because she was so small, the villagers paid little attention to her. But as she grew up, neighbors recognized there was something strange about her, but found that it was too late to change her behavior.
Some initially thought she was too poor to afford anything to wear, so they gave her clothes. She received them but she did not wear them. If she was forced to wear clothes, she tore them off after several minutes.
The villagers knew that Dong was not mad because she was very intelligent. So they believed that she was haunted or under a spell. They invited exorcists to “chase away the ghosts”, but that proved fruitless.
Although Dong does not wear clothes, her life remains normal. Every day, she goes to work like everyone else in the village. She goes to the field to plant rice and cassava and to the river to catch fish.
Mr. Dinh Van Tan, the village chief said: “Many times I saw her going into the forest to pick firewood with clothes in her basket. She’d put them on before climbing up a tree. After gathering firewood, she’d take off the clothes again and return them to her basket. She said she wore clothes to climb trees to avoid being scratched.”
A fisherman says each time she goes fishing, Dong is also nude. She stands to row very powerfully. But every time another boat passes, she sits down, turns her back or covers her body with something until the boat is fairly distant.
“I was very curious about Ms. Dong at first, but then I felt pity for her, so when we accidentally saw her, we deliberately avoided her so she could do her job comfortably,” the fisherman said.
It is not easy to force Dong to wear clothes. Even her relatives and her younger sister cannot persuade the woman to wear clothes.
“Once provincial officials paid a visit to our village. Several local officials bought nice clothes for my sister. Some villagers gathered to help her get dressed but when the clothes were just put on my sister, she almost went mad and began tearing them apart. She even tore the clothes with a knife. Since then no one has dared to force my sister to wear clothes,” said Dong’s sister.
The sister said that Dong refused medical checkups. Sometimes medical workers asked the police to help but after seeing doctors and police officers, Dong hid herself in forest for several days.
Given her odd habit, Dong could not have her own family. That doesn’t concern her, or so she professes. But what does trouble her is guilt over the plight of her younger sister. “Because of me, my sister cannot get married,” she said in tears.
Turn off the lights.
BY WESLEY BONNER
California-based artist Richard Rasner boasts himself as one of the first photographers ever to use digital blacklight photography. Since his career flew to the forefront of the creative art field with the bestselling book Whispers of the Mind in 2005, Rasner has remained at the forefront of the technology required to complete this complicated process.
We’ve collected images across 25 blacklight projects by the creative artist, featuring nude women shot both inside and out wearing 100 percent invisible ink, painted or pour on in various designs and colors. The models are then lit by custom UV lights, allowing the designs to illuminate into the darkness. Rasner, who operates under the moniker ‘Unique Nudes,’ hopes to help separate nude art from porn, with his stunning, respectable, non-erotic nudes. Here’s a look into the blacklight creations of Richard Rasner.
Images via Unique Nudes