Grrrr!!!!

Eleven days largely out of SL while I was heavily involved with RL, and now ‘logins are temporarily disabled’ when I try to get inworld! Frustrating.

Still, I’ve a few bits and bobs to post to the site, as soon as I can get inworld and do the last thing I do prior to posting, check the current, valid slurls to linked locations.

Hopefully, later today or tomorrow….

Eden: An apology

Whoops! I’m grateful to Brenda for pointing out that I’ve omitted, completely, utterly and without excuse, a slurl to Eden Naturopolis on the ‘live naturist sims’ page. My error.

I’ve corrected that omission now, and it’s maybe time to focus on Eden a bit more. We’ve covered some of the locations (with linked slurls) in previous posts, but the thing is that it’s so big -and we’ve said this in posts- that you cannot simply do the place justice on a single posting here. In many ways, Eden needs to be seen as a series of sims (which it is) with unique and special qualities as one  crosses to other sims on the estate.

The conference centre, yacht club, stage area, apartments, beaches with their own special qualities, sailing…each and every one deserves and will probably get its own post on this blog eventually.

Basically, it’s an unclothed virtual world within the SL world, and I do believe it would be almost possible to live within the Eden sims permanently, with rarely, if ever, any need to tp out, apart from maybe shopping for new hairstyles.

And I would say to any avatar with an interest in naturism or the lifestyle, Eden pretty much represents your starting point.

So to Brenda and Elbag, I say ‘sorry’ again for the oversight, and to everyone I say ‘expect more postings on individual facets of Eden soon (i.e. this time next week when RL can take a back seat for a couple of days and I can get back to giving the blog proper care and attention).

All the news that’s fit to print…

As a real life naturists I like to keep…ahem!…abreast of what’s going on in the naturist world out there, so I’ve a few sites bookmarked.

Clothes Free International has a news page, and I follow it regularly, as it gives a round-up of naturist news and events from around the globe. Some of it will have a direct interest to me, such as the status of free beaches here in the UK which I can, or cannot, use, according to decrees from local councils. And some of it informs the content of ‘SL Naturist’.

It’s a news aggregator, so stories I might otherwise miss, and which might make for interesting SL Naturist posts, are read, digested and then replicated inworld. This one, of full moon skinny dipping in New Zealand, will certainly make for a future SL Naturist item.

Another one I follow is i-naked, a UK based website with a lot of ‘relevant to my parish’ items. It also links to CFI’s news aggregator page, and its gallery page links to global events we, as naturists, may be interested in. One such gallery features Femen activities, which we posted on earlier.

We are a SL naturist blog, not the real world, so in the main I avoid using pictures from RL, or even mentioning issues pertaining to the RL naturist lifestyle. But occasionally events in the real world inform our blogging, particularly with regard to body consciousness. So we shall keep you informed of RL naturist events and activities in a roundabout sort of way, with posts here reflecting events and attitudes there.

Femen in Paris

I’ve picked up a report from French TV channel TV5 of another Femen ‘happening’ or protest in Paris yesterday.

Femen, in case you didn’t know, are a Ukrainian group who stage topless protest to highlight various feminist and political issues.

As one of their taglines suggests, ‘smart people are inspired, dictators are horrified’.

Normally, I’m appalled at the continuing sexualisation of breasts. I would have imagined in the 21st century we should have been over such things, and the continuance as a method os selling daily papers here in the UK (and in Germany, as far as I remember, too, and possibly other places) is disgraceful, with the models reduced to being nothing more than a pair of breasts.

But I suppose the other way of looking at it might be that who, exactly, is empowered by this? Maybe the models, using their own peculiar talents, are controlling a male dominated media. Maybe they’re sending a powerful message that ‘with these, I control your world’. Or maybe they’re just idiotic, dumb blondes (and brunettes) seeking a way in which to scale the giddy heights of ‘Z’ list celebrity and hang around with football stars. Who knows?

What gives Femen the opportunity to make such a powerful message is, of course, exactly because breasts are still seen in a sexual manner. Their exposure, whether in the centre of Paris, or from a breastfeeding mother on a bus in your town, still has the power to shock, in a way, despite our over familiarity with them in the media.

Concerns over political issues (Russian energy company Gazprom, the patriarchal system of Islam) are some of Femen’s targets, as well as objections to being ‘objectified’.

In solidarity with their aims, partly to diminish to sexualisation of breasts, or the exposure of the naked female form in a patriarchal society, we grabbed a model, tp’ed over to the Eiffel tower, and shot off a few pictures.

We’d have liked to have got a ‘flash mob’ of semi naked protestors if we could, and maybe even had them wave placards. Unfortunately the shoot was done in a hurry, so you’ll have to make do with Pippa posing here. Not remotely ‘naturist’ in its intent or delivery, it is however an opportunity to highlight body issues in RL, and how the attitudes are sometimes reflected (‘wow! you have lovely tits’) within SL.

A good tidy up.

I’ve been tidying up bits and bobs the past 48 hours, so much that you wouldn’t notice we’d updated anything. Spelling mistakes, typos, bad grammar and little things like that have been attended to, and much attention paid to the draft articles piling up. Finish them? Scrap them? Rewrite them?

We or, specifically, Harry have amassed a huge selection of photos which I’ve dumped to an external hard drive on the basis that if we’ve not used them already, we probably aren’t going to use them.

Some of the other pages have been ‘updated’ with additional text/photos too, but I’m not going to be publicising them individually. It’s an evolving magazine! Go explore!

Not sure about the photos included here, I have to say. Less naturist, more fantasy/fetish, maybe, but I couldn’t resist the apron and feather duster (both elements of a French maid’s outfit at Plausible Bodies, incidentally) included in a post about ‘spring cleaning’.

Things are quiet on the SL naturist front, so I’m using the time where there’s less to report by tidying up the blog, looking again at draft articles, and that sort of thing. After Thursday, I’m into an elongated period of work, so posting might be a bit thin on the ground next week. My apologies in advance. In the meantime, I’ll try to get a couple of new posts popped up today and tomorrow.

Ella.

 

edited to add…I’ve just deleted (after backing up to hard drive) 2.07GB of SL Naturist photos!!!! Harry has over 4GB of SL Naturist photos on his had drive. Granted, some are duplicates, and Harry has passed many to me, but still, between us we must have amassed around 5GB of photos. Wild! 

Deleting many of them, and not getting ground down in the eternal search for suitable pix, allows me to start afresh, and to think about how we represent the mag pictorially from a  fresh start. It has taken over an hour to do a hard drive clean up, but I think we’re good to go, and I can now look at the blog with fresh eyes again. As I said above, I’m onto a long slog of RL work now for the next two weeks, so posting will be limited. We’ve not gone away, though, and we’ll return in just under a fortnight with shiny new articles, ideas and pix.

 

Mix ‘n’ match at Summer Dreams and Eden

We continue in our ongoing quest to bring you the best accessories a naturist can have in SL. We are also constantly thinking about how we want to enhance our, and subsequently, your naturist experience in SL.

Over at Summer Dream Naturist, you can pick up a free swim attachment. I won’t provide a slurl to Summer Dreams here, but instead point you at the ‘Links to Naturist Locations’ page, where I’ve just added it, and have slapped my forehead in anguish at not including it before now!

Areola takes to the Summer Dreams pool.

Just wear it, hit the ‘fly’ button, and if you’re in water, you’re now swimming! 

Areola does a front crawl in the Eden Conference Centre pool.

I like swimming in SL, and often you’ll find ‘Swim!’ poses set in the sea at various locations, naturist and textile alike. This free attachment from Summer Dreams gives you the freedom to swim anywhere, so for me it’s essential naturist kit, as swimming forms an integral part of our RL and SL naturist experiences.

Relaxing with a rubber ring.

Summer Dreams, I should add, also has a terrific pool with a couple of great, great built in swimming poses and loads of photographic potential. We’ll be reporting from there, in depth, in Issue 3.

Areola catching some rays.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, so to speak, what we don’t find in great supply around the grid are an enormous number of swimming pools at naturist sims. It’s a bit of a search, sometimes. This is a little disappointing, because often pools can form a core location for the social element of SL much more easily than, say, a dance area or cafe. That’s not to say that dance floors or cafes don’t play an important role, but from a personal perspective I like swimming pools.

A rare sight! Ella dons a sarong in the Eden Conference centre canteen.

So what to do? Well…mix ‘n’ match, of course! I sent Areola over to Summer Dreams, firstly, to pick up a swimmie attachment, and subsequently to Eden (Eden generally has everything!!!!) where there’s a lovely little pool at the Eden Celebration sim, just behind the conference centre.

Areola kicks back in the Eden Conference Centre pool.

Well, after a hard evening’s discussions about future posts for SL Naturist, there’s nothing the staff like better than nipping into the pool and getting some nice aerobic exercise.

Ella and Areola discuss future articles for SL Naturist.

Harry joined us to take a few pictures, and we managed to get some quality staff time in, discussing our vision for Issue 3 of the SL Naturist. I confess to feeling a bit tired, so opted not to join Areola in the pool, but as you can see from Harry’s pics, the pool looks fabulous.

Areola waits in vain for the owner of the super looking speedboat.

Remember! Sometimes it’s worth a bit of mix ‘n’ matching, with this accessory from that location, as it can create a whole new look/feel/experience to a sim, or SL activity. The addition of Summer Dreams swimmie attachment does just that in the Eden Celebration pool.

Next up for Areola? Well….. :)….. I’ve asked her to pop on a swimming cossie, initially, and do a bit of exploration of SL’s public swimming pools where maybe, just maybe, we can indulge in a bit of skinny dipping!

Words…Ella. Photos…Harry.