There has been something of a lull in ‘new builds’, certainly in the naturist sector, in recent weeks. There was a time when new ‘naturist’ locations popped up weekly. Some were sex beaches, some were short lived, some lasted the distance, but the depressed global economy seems to have reduced those willing to take a punt on their own places. Or perhaps it’s because SL naturism is now well and clearly defined into a few, but superior, naturist locations. I can live with this, because we’ll now punch it down to few spots where the emphasis will become one more of social interactivity.
Of course, romance will blossom and sex may occur within these locations (or elsewhere), but maybe a kind of adult (in the sense of it being played out by grown ups with intelligence, rather than a ‘porn’ adult sense) naturism is emerging onto the grid. We shall see. The great thing about SL is that it evolves, constantly.
The theme of Issue 3 is ‘Going to…’ We could have added much, much more, and we will, when we pick it up in Issue 4, published at the beginning of July. In fact, we’re pretty much concluded with it now. Could we squeeze it out before I head off on my own, RL nudie hols at the end of June? Oh…now there’s a thought!
Remember to enjoy your SL (and RL) naturism and be nice to one another.
I guess most of us who are SL naturists have our favourite bookmarks. Limited RL time (you’ve noticed I mostly only post on my days off RL work???? 🙂 ) means I can’t play SL as often as I’d wish, and what time I do devote to SL is spent on this blog rather than actually playing the game.
I don’t mind, as it’s a labour of love, and something I enjoy doing. An increasing readership means we must be pushing the right buttons somewhere along the line, too, and getting through to others who are captivated by a virtual, SL naturism.
When I do get inworld, I certainly do spend time in my favourite naturist sims, and you’ll notice that there’s often subtle updates to the sims to keep them fresh and interesting. With this in mind, I’ve devoted this entire issue to places we’ve largely blogged before.
I suppose Wild Coast is possibly the oldest, constantly running naturist sim in SL now. Certainly the oldest established ‘genuine’ (by our definition) naturist sims on the grid. And it’s exceptionally popular. With this in mind, Harry (a member, as am I) met up with one of his oldest SL friends, Ali, to show us around Wild Coast as it is, and explain what makes it special for her.
‘I like the sense of space’, explains Ali, ‘so that I can choose to be sociable or not, depending on my mood. If I want to be on my own, or with one or two friends, I can. If I wish to dance and socialise, I can do that too.’
‘I suppose the hair effect on this one (above) is due to transparency on some SL textures, but it has the happy coincidence of making my hair look wet, like I’ve just stepped out of that waterfall. I love this pic. I hope Harry’s going to give me a copy!’.
We left Ali to enjoy the sun, and wandered off around the sim by ourselves. As I said, I’m a member, but it has been ages since I visited, so it was fun to see what’s changed recently.
I’ve mixed feelings about posing for the mag myself. One one hand, it’s not about me, so I tend not to want to be photographed too much for it. On the other, as editor, I need to ‘walk the walk’ rather than just ‘talk the talk’, I knew Harry was snapping away, so when he sent me copies of the photos I thought ‘what the hell?’ and decided to stick a couple on the blog.
And (above) I can almost feel the gentle, warm breeze that is blowing the drapes in the photo.
If you haven’t visited Wild Coast, you should. Although there’s a membership fee for the areas in which the above photos were taken, there is also a free area in which you can try out the delights of this delightful sim. More reportage and photos of Wild Coast will appear in Issue 4, and we’re also planning a visit to its sister sim, the more raunchy Turtle Beach.
The INF (International Naturist Federation) defined naturism as ‘living in harmony with nature, expressed through personal and social nudity, and characterised by respect of people with different opinions and for the environment’.
That means we should be cleaning up after us and, if we all do it, we leave a beach in as pristine a condition as we hopefully found it. And if we found it in slightly less than pristine condition (although my experience is that naturists are pretty good at taking their beach detritus with them), then picking up and binning a couple of bits of litter we didn’t generate means we’re doing our own little bit to improve our environment.
In SL, interestingly, genuine naturist sim builders have either consciously or subconsciously adopted this approach. I prefer to think of it as conscious thinking to the issue, a subliminal message that each of us take responsibility to our environment.
While the faerie folk may find lush green glades in which to do whatever it is faerie folk do in SL. Pardon my ignorance, but I’ve never indulged in roleplay of any kind in SL, historical, Gor, faeries, merfolk, so I’m not quite sure on their activities.
It’s a stunning build of woodlands, beaches, ruins etc, so there’s an element of something for everyone. This makes it sound like a mish-mash. It isn’t. It’s a superbly well done sim that is spacious enough to permit each group to act independently or interact.
(nb: We go to press with this article ‘unfinished’. Howie and Lupe’s owner, Darky, have been in conversation, and I will be contacting him myself, with a view to getting his own input into his hopes and ambitions for Lupe’s. I shall either tack that input onto this post, or publish a new standalone post next week, and link between the two articles. Ella)
Another quick round up of images sent in to the mag. If you’d like to have your own photo features, please send it in. (nb: I’m having trouble with our email currently, so if it seems to reject your attachment, try again a little later until I get the settings correct).
(Above) A model who wishes to remain anonymous 🙂
And finally, or maybe not 🙂 we feature Claudia, wading into the blue sea around Mykonos, featured in our ‘Travel Supplement’.
…Perspectives of Eden
…Is there a place for RL naturism in SL?
…a new male writer!
ISSUE 4 of the SL Naturist will be published on or around Wednesday, June 20th, 2012! Place your order now!!!!
We ran into Lydia Ireman recently, and were delighted to find that, as the World Naked Bike ride season approaches (in the northern hemisphere, at least), that she had set up a group a couple of years ago called the SLNBR (Second Life Naked Bike Ride), with a view to replicating the real life events of similar aims.
Sadly, Lydia informed us that she had handed over management of the group to Lil Lowey (an SLN commentator in the past) because she was heavily involved in a) a bike charity, SUSTRANS (Sustainable Transport) which builds cycle routes here in the UK, and b) was preparing to ride the RL version in Brighton in June.
‘I did a couple of small SLNBRs in 2010’, Lydia informed us, ‘but I couldn’t really do it justice due to exceptionally limited SL time, and because I wasn’t particularly attuned to publicity. We managed to get a few people to join in, though, and it’s something I’d have loved to have built on. I hope Lil can do something with it in the future.
‘The aims of the WNBR are important. Sustainable transport and less dependency on oil. We should all be embracing those ideals’.