Family nudity

The news in the UK today includes a story wherein Marina Fogle, wife of British TV presenter Ben Fogle, and she’s been on daytime television talking about their lives together, and how they approach parenting, and interview reported in the Daily Mail.

Most of it is largely irrelevant to this blog, apart from one bit.

I’ve often preached the ‘healthier body image’ aspect of family nudity (as separate from our naturism) on these pages, and it’s good to see the ho-hum matter of fact aspect of it being discussed elsewhere. If we teach our children not to have shame, or curiosity regarding the human body, they’ll grow up as more rounded people.

We practice that nudity is quite normal, matter of fact and an everyday occurrence in our home, and we’d advocate that others -everyone, in fact- do the same.

Ella

Melanation

A couple of weeks ago I was reading about a Costa Rican ‘cult’ called Melanation.

Led by the charismatic Eligo Bishop, of course nudity features a bit.

The Melanation religion preaches that humans are “God” and nudity is a way of being closer to nature. The latter bit I’d agree with, the first bit, well, Christians might argue that god is within us.

Of course, when you read that men are polygamous in nature and as such can marry multiple wives but that women only need one man alarm bells begin to ring. It begins to sound like the same old patriarchy in action and the leader wanting to have his cake and eat it.

Some of the concept, living naked in the jungle and eating naturally grown foods, sounds idyllic, up to a point. But when other elements are introduced…no. Just another false ‘god’ with feet of clay.

Ella

Flamingo

I saw this arty photograph online and thought it was fantastic, pink flesh and pink flamingos juxtaposed to a blue dress and sky.

It also made me think of where I take my naturist holidays in Spain,  because flamingos are in abundance there, using salt water lagoons near the resort of flying overhead on their way to Cabo de Gata National Park.

I’m not really a wildlife enthusiast, but it’s still beautiful to see a flock of these birds in the wild, or flying over, and I’ll certainly drag myself away from the beach for a bit every trip to go and watch them.

For me, being in nature is part and parcel of my broader naturism. And I’m not alone in that line of thinking. Many naturists will tell me that they’re not wildlife enthusiasts, or environmental warriors, and yet they will often stop what they’re doing to observe wildlife, or reflexively ensure they aren’t leaving plastic bottles on the beach and causing litter or a danger to wildlife. It’s almost subconscious at times. Naturists simply embrace a bit of care for the planet they inhabit.

Not flamingos, but French avatar Sandrine enjoys the company of some bird life.

Ella

A brief history of the nipple

BBC web pages carry a short video (3 mins) which explains the history of the nipple (in art and society).

I’m not sure if this will be available widely around the globe, or if viewing is confined to those of us within the UK.

 

I’ve covered many of the questions asked in the video within this blog, but I have to say that it’s interesting to see it compiled and compressed for a non-naturist audience.

Ella

Year of the dog

Chinese New Year began yesterday, February 16th, and I’d like to wish all of our Chinese readers a happy new year…

新年快乐

 

Thanks to long standing SL friend Xiu for reminding me about it, and also posing in an Chinese kind of setting in an appropriate  kind of SLN setting 🙂

 

Ella

Progressing naturism?

Now that I’ve got SL time to play with again, I’ve found over the past couple of weeks that I’ve got nothing SL (or indeed RL) naturist related to write about!

We’re deep in the dead and cold of a northern hemisphere winter, and there’s nothing really RL naturist going on right now. If I turn my attention to the Southern Hemisphere, well only the Rio Carnival (or Mardi Gras) has been offering any sense of public nudity. And we’ve already covered that extensively in previous years.

I have a sense that, as time goes on, there is less of a need for minuscule, ‘revealing’ costumes as there is for merely applying some body paint, glitter and ‘jazzle’ to a body-canvas and that is pretty much acceptable. Obviously, as someone who celebrates public nudity in all its forms, and sees it as the opportunity to normalise the human body in society, I welcome this.

I suppose it was almost 80 years ago that the ‘topless’ ban for male swimsuits was disposed of, and it’s 50 since the topless swimsuit for women first emerged. Odd that in the past 50 years, then, there has been no further progression towards accepting bodies as bodies, and making nudity on beaches acceptable everywhere.

Certainly, there has been a small expansion of nudist facilities in that time, although nothing like I’d have hoped for, and naturism existed before and after males were going topless on beaches, but I’d have hoped that over the course of fifty years we could have moved society forward to the point where all beaches were theoretically naturist for all who chose to swim or sunbathe thus.

And yet we’ve become stuck, bogged down and, in some ways, drawing a line in the sand to hold what we have gained. There’s a new conservatism in the air, pressing body freedoms in all directions. Look at the number of stories (many of which we’ve covered) about women demonstrating for top free equality…a full 50 years since the ‘monokini‘ first appeared.

And this new conservatism in society appears to have a loud voice, with identity politics and culture playing a central role in what should be, at all times and in all circumstances, a basic human right to strip naked for swimming purposes, be that in the sea or in a swimming pool.

Second Life, at one time, seemed to offer a way forward in this. An opportunity to re-think society’s rules about how we approach the topic of nakedness. And yet its users -many of who were clearly keen to explore areas of sexuality unfulfilled in real life (and continue to do so)- couldn’t adapt their thinking to nudity. Today, even in pixel form, the female nipple is routinely blocked out in many SL blogs, nudity banned from the majority of SL sims.

An alternative world should, surely, have its users rethinking real world social mores.

Ella

 

Saggy Boobs Matter

I’ve been reading up on some online movement called ‘Saggy Boobs Matter‘.

There’s a website by the movement’s originator, Chidera Eggerue, here.

If you can receive BBC videos in your location, you’ll also see a short video of Chidera speaking about it.

I’m not well enough endowed to really be ‘saggy’, but I don’t understand the need for everyone to look the same. Breasts (and nipples) are as varied as their owners. I’m not entirely sure there needs to be an internet thing about it, but if it helps some women feel more confident about themselves, I’m not going to knock it.

In SL we female avatars have a capacity to alter ‘breast gravity’ (i.e our ‘sagginess’).

I always set mine to 100% because it looks more natural on an avatar. Anything less seems to resemble a boob job gone wrong!

However you look in real life, ladies, learn to love your body. You’re beautiful! You’re always beautiful! Never feel you need to fit with anyone else’s -particularly the media’s- ideals.

Ella