Critical bike ride



The photo above reminded me that we recently put a shout out for builders who might be able to aid in the development of a ‘Critical Tits‘ naked bike ride at the forthcoming SL Burning Man festival. We’ll rent the plot and provide a multi bike rezzer to enact a version of that Burning Man event…if someone knows how to design flags, banners etc that we could utilise as part of the build.

I did try to find a penny-farthing bicycle in SL in order to get one of my umm….more mature SL friends ( 🙂 sorry Jim!) to re-enact the photo for your benefit, but failed. However, we did find a multi-bike rezzer we could use if we can get the event to grow legs, so it wasn’t an entirely wasted day.

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We’re still in the market, so if you can build, please get in touch! Pookes (IM ‘Eva Pookes’) will be co-ordinating the event if we do manage to bring it to fruition.


Steampunk Naturism

My educational background is in History, specialising in Victorian history. Historical eras in Britain are essentially divided by the monarch’s reign, and we are currently in the New Elizabethan era (which began in 1952). I imagine that History will eventually sub-divide this into early and late eras, perhaps even early, middle and late, if Queen Elizabeth goes on much longer (and she shows no sign of slowing down).

The Victorian era, then, covers a period when Queen Victoria was on the throne, 1837 to 1901 (her death).

It’s worth explaining this because the chances are that in your country that era isn’t necessarily referred to as ‘Victorian’ (although it will be if you were part of the British Commonwealth of nations, so that’ll cover quite a bit of the globe).

We sometimes think we know about Victorian attitudes, prudish and highly moral, and sometimes forget that it was a period of rapidly changing attitudes, forged in a white-hot flame of scientific advance (electricity, Darwin, geology, radio, manned flight all pretty much coming in that Victorian era).

So let me post something about bathing rituals in the Victorian era.

Victorians thought nothing of bathing nude in the sea! The invention of swimming costumes came as late as 1870 and before this the options were a bathing hut wheeled into the sea or to cavort naked in the waves. It seems the later was not as exceptional as you might suspect, and many preferred nude bathing! In the summer  months the correspondance columns of local newspapers were full of complaints about the;

‘shameless seaside cavortings of loose women and unblushing men…’

However one naked bather, the Rev Francis Kilbert, was anything but loose morals. In his diary he extols the delights of nude sea bathing and somewhat innocently complains about,

‘the detestable custom of bathing drawers that are now becoming de rigeur.’

It seems he created quite a stir at Seaton 1873 when unaware of the new requirement for wearing bathing suites, especially as;

‘the young ladies strolling near seemed to have no objection.’

One newspaper, the Saturday Review, commented on the habit of some women activley seeking out male nude bathers;

‘There they sit [women] happy, innocent, undistrubed – placidly and immovably gaze at hundreds of males in the costume of Adam.’

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Further discussion on Victorian attitudes to nudity can be found here.


The images above are of Victorian era nudes, being distributed on the cutting-edge technology of the day -photography- just as new representations of the nude, in its many manifestations and flavours of sexuality, is now distributed in the cutting-edge technology of 2013 -digitally, and given the capacity all of us have to record the minutiae of our lives, including what goes on in the bedroom or on the beach, a veritable explosion of nude photography (much of it qualifying as pornography as opposed to mere representation of the nude male or female form).

And pay attention, if you will, to photograph 3 in particular, as it captures a flavour, in terms of the hat, the jewellry and the petticoats, of what we often see as ‘steampunk‘ styled clothing -much of it harking back to the Victorian era.

Those of you who have followed this blog for any length of time will know that Harry has occasionally attempted to capture a flavour of naturism in a ‘vintage’ style, re-imagining what SL nudity might have looked like in the 1950s, or the era of the 1914-1918 World War. Indeed, we’ve got our own page where some of the representations, occasional forays into the past, are housed.

IMs and emails have flowed back and forward between Harry and myself recently, and Harry’s intention is to undertake a lengthy series of photographs that re-imagine a Victorian, steampunk naturism, given that there is a plethora of suitable sims around. If you aren’t getting ‘tango’ed’ with prim boobs, perhaps this year’s ‘must have’ (ho, hum!) SL accessory, then perhaps you’re indulging in this year’s ‘must try’ SL alt-lifestyle, one I would suggest may actually rival ‘Gor’ in the RP stakes.

I don’t plan to host much of ‘steampunk naturism’ on the SLN web pages, but I will endeavour to keep you informed of new additions to that particular style on Harry’s own web presence over the coming weeks and months.


Go Topless Day (…the final contributions)

Before we put ‘Go Topless Day’ to bed (for another year), here’s a couple of contributions from Italian(?) readers. I didn’t get any info on where they’re from, but I’m guessing Italy since both chose Italian settings for their contributions.

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Diane did a little ‘post production’ on their original contributions.


Hedonist Beach

We’ve already blogged on Hedonists Beach, but I felt that it’s only right that I should point you in the direction of their blog, and in particular a ‘mission statement’ that gives SLN a mention (thanks, guys!) and which spells out a very positive approach to clothing optional sims in SL.

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Pookes relaxes at Hedonists’ Beach. In keeping with the ‘clothing optional’, rather than strictly naturist aspect of the sim, Pookes kept her shorts on 🙂


Sweden re-opened!

I’m delighted to report (we’re a bit behind the news with this one) that Evacaroline has decided to re-open Sweden Naturist. The url is the same as that found on our links page.

One small difference: Eva has made it ‘members only’, with a very small fee of L$100 to join. Anyone who previously joined the ‘Sweden’ group can still access the sim. A members’ fee will hopefully discourage idiot griefers who created the circumstances in which Eva closed it briefly. Remember: Sweden Naturist has been running for goodness knows how long…certainly the full length of my SL, and a membership fee isn’t Eva being greedy. Goodness knows how little that will go to cover her tier costs. Eva is a very, very good friend of SL naturism and should be supported. I would like to thank her for re-opening the sim, and standing firm in the face of SL trolls who occasionally do their best to spoil things for the rest of us.

I fully support her decision to charge an exceptionally small membership fee if it discourages the idiots.


Pippa gets caught in the grass watering system at Sweden Naturist


Walk the walk for Go topless day (2)

I’m delighted by the global spread we’ve got in the way of reader’s contributions for ‘walk the walk’

Nothing else to say that isn’t said in the captions.

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‘Arabic’ reader Rahimateh opts for a scene at a desert oasis

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Dutch reader Sanne, domiciled in London, opts for a London bus stop

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Turkish reader Sisman takes tea at a souk



Chinese reader Zhuo decides on a Chinese sim done in the style of Chinese ink art.

Thanks to all who contributed to a decent global spread on Go Topless Day.


Walk the walk for Go Topless Day.

There’s not much point in us ‘talking the talk’ about top-free rights if we aren’t prepared to walk the walk too.

The brief was ‘denim and topless’, and I’m pleased to say that all of us on the staff  (as well as a few old friends) have provided contributions to this post. All of the photos were specifically taken at non-naturist (or clothing-optional) sims.

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I also put a shout out to everyone in my friends list (at least, those I know to remain active in SL), and we’ve got a companion piece to this post, wherein SL readers, basically, also show their support for ‘Go Topless Day’. That will follow tomorrow, Sunday, the actual day of the event itself. 🙂


Summer’s dog days, and time to enjoy the pool

Over at Feeb’s Sale room you’ll find an utterly fabulous pool floatie/dinghy/mat thing. I’m not sure what I should call it.

Anyway, for L$50, it’s yours! And it’s one of the best L$50 bills you’ll ever part with. There’s 19 animations in total.

As summer drifts to a close, we often get what’s called in Britain an ‘Indian summer‘. That is, the weather picks up the instant the kids go back to school in September. I note from the wiki link that many other countries have their own names for it. Essentially, it’s ‘unseasonally warm autumn/fall weather’.

Ideal for lazing by the pool in anticipation of an imminent return to school or university, or being lucky enough to have taken late summer holidays.

Maria, our model, doesn’t like swimming, so she’s clung close to the pool steps in case she capsizes! 🙂maria pool5_001_Sprout_20130823 maria pool6_001_Sprout_20130823 maria pool7_001_Sprout_20130823

I’ve not put this in ‘Naturist Accessories’ because I don’t know how long it’ll be there, but it’s well worth every penny, and I know I’ll be buying a copy of this for my own inventory.



Gypsy Taub & desperately seeking builders.

Pookes’ ‘Burning Man’ post reminded me that nudist activist Gypsy Taub conducted (nude) interviews at a Burning Man festival in the past, 2010 to be precise.

You can see the video here, alongside many other videos on Gypsy’s ‘My Naked Truth‘ website. I’m a great admirer of Gypsy’s activism and her work.


Gypsy Taub (right) conducts an interview for her ‘My Naked Truth’ channel. 

She was most recently in the news for resisting changes to San Francisco’s social nudism laws.

Following on from Pookes’ post on ‘Burning Man’, we’ve had some major ‘behind the scenes’ discussion at SLN.

Publisher Howie has determined that we should take a plot and run a ‘Critical Tits’ cycling event at the SL ‘Burning Man’, both in the spirit of the event itself and as a promotional tool for SLN.

We’re in a slight bind, though.

None of us know the slightest thing about building. That’s we’re we’re bloggers 🙂 rather than sim owners.

Essentially, we think we need rezzable bikes for this event (which we know we can buy), but we’d also need some posters and banners to set up around our plot. If you have these skills and fancy taking on a little bit of a challenge, get in touch, preferably with Pookes, who will be looking after the Burning Man reporting for us. (You’ll find her in a people search under the name Eva Pookes). Alternatively, if anyone wishes to run a ‘Crticial Tits’ event at SL’s Burning Man event, we’ve decided that we would be willing to hire the land to make that happen, as well as buy whatever rezzable bikes are necessary. After that, all you’d need to add are some banners/posters of your own making, and maybe commit yourself to being in attendance for part of that week in October.  If you’re out there, and have some building skills, or further ideas, please get in touch.


Burning Man

I think most people now have an idea what the RL Burning Man Festival is. If not, you can visit their website here or read the wikipedia entry on a week of craziness here.

Word reaches us of a virtual Burning Man festival coming to Second Life in October. The RL event is from August 26th-September 2nd, but the SL event will be from October 19-27.

The sim is already up and running. It’s looking a bit spartan at the moment, with just a few builders constructing their contributions, and all manner of building materials in evidence. Still, if you want to go over and check on its development between now and the start date, or bookmark the location for when it does commence, you’ll find the url here.

Why am I so interested? Well, I think there’s a firm emphasis on ‘alternate lifestyle’ at festivals like Burning Man, and naturism is an alternate lifestyle of itself, so we’re kind of like natural partners in a sense.

And anyone who has ever checked out Burning Man events (either for real or in a ‘googling’ sense) will know, quite a lot of random nudity, body freedom, takes place. 🙂 You’ll find a blog on the theme here and a flickr site (emphasis more on the craziness than the nudity) here.

We did actually consider taking a plot here in order to promote naturism, but as none of us are builders, and we can visit it ‘dressed down’ anyway, I don’t think we’ll proceed with this idea. Our collective building skills aren’t even enough to create a banner that says ‘go and read SLN magazine’! Maybe we could buy a fire or something so that a bit of skyclad fire dancing could go on…I dunno. Probably not for us this year, anyway, unless there’s some kind builder can make us some banners.

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I’m not sure Ella knows yet 🙂 but I’ve appointed myself official SLN reporter from the craziness that I hope takes place that week, and I’ll certainly be trying to get up several posts from the event.

This year’s art theme at the RL & SL event is ‘Cargo Cult‘, specifically the John Frum variant.

Another element of Burning Man is the Critical Tits event, and this link explains part of the thinking behind it.

OK…if it’s some boobs and nipples you want…let me be the first to go topless at the festival site! 🙂

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Pookes poses topless in front of the poster highlighting this year’s art theme at both the RL & SL events

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