Critical bike ride

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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.

Ella

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.’

(reprinted from http://graceelliot-author.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/nude-or-prude-victorian-attitudes-to.html )

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

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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.

Ella

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 🙂

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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.

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Pippa gets caught in the grass watering system at Sweden Naturist

Ella

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

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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.

Ella

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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Areola

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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. 🙂

Ella