A new Greek location

One of our most popular posts (still!) is ‘Mykonos: Gone in SL’.

While not naturist, I would say that it certainly was naturist friendly, a blind eye turned, as it would be in RL Greece, to a bit of sim-edge skinny dipping 🙂

It was a marvellous sim because the whitewashed buildings against a blue sky made for the most wonderful photographic light, just as it would do in RL.

So I’m delighted to report that there’s not one but three Greek styled sims (kind of modelled on ‘Ancient Greece’ to some extent, but with air beds floating on a crystal clear blue Aegean to suggest that there’s some sense of modernity in the sim).

You can find them here, here and here.

You’ll also find a report on them at Uccello Poultry’s blog. For those of you who are interested, Uccello also tries to do a Topless Tuesday posting most weeks (scroll down her pages for that).

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Harry, who took the photos at the Bohol sim (the first of the three I’ve offered) gets very excited by sims such as these, due in main to the light quality. Note that the sims aren’t naturist, but I wouldn’t anticipate too many issues with you being nude there if you’re discreet. 🙂

Models: Judy & Alan

 

Ella

Free the nipple campaign continues with a surprising champion.

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Kiera Knightley has posed topless in support of the #freethenipple campaign which I found surprising, given that she’s quite demure in her public persona (hooray for Kiera!). But it’s terrific to see people continuing to highlight the inequality that exists between men and women. I don’t just limit my understanding of #freethenipple to top-free equality, but as a mechanism whereby we could and should then highlight other male/female inequalities. The pay gap, for example.

You can read about Kiera’s reasoning for the shoot here.

 

Ella.

Nearly time for Spain again & hipster beards

I’ve begun packing for what will be my last trip out to Spain this year. I think I’ve largely exhausted the ‘Postcards from Spain’ series, so I won’t be doing that this time around (although if I see something of particular interest I can blog, of course I will do that, reflecting RL naturism in SLN).

I’ll be interested to see if hair’s resurgence in RL naturism continues, as it seemed to be making a comeback when we were out there in June.

That’s hair in all of its constituent forms. One the head, in the pubic region, under arms.

Whether that was just the nature of the holidaymakers at the time, I’m not sure, but it was certainly more visible, as if a wheel had turned and naturists were once again embracing it after several years of razor tyranny. I’ll certainly be keeping you posted as to its state of play when I get there in a couple of weeks time.

We aren’t talking 1970s jungle here, you understand, there’s still a bit of topiary going on, but it’s not the vast, arid pubic deserts of before.

And it’s not just the ladies who have semi-retired or fully retired the razors. The guys, too, seemed to be re-embracing chest hair and, in noticeable numbers, beards. Hipster beards seem to be this year’s thing, naturist or not, and there were more than a fair share of them on display in naturist circles in June and, once I’d begun noticing them, even up and down our High Street. There certainly were a number of naturists -some I even know by name- sporting trendy facial hair three months ago, and I’m anxious to see if the trend continues, both above and below the navel, given that there’s a different naturist demographic in September as there is in June (September’s when the ‘silver birds’ -middle aged naturists- return to Spain, the oppressive heat, the crowded beaches, the families of holidaymakers, have all departed).

So it’s good to see that Spellbound is offering a ‘monster beard’ that accurately reflects current High Street fashion codes. It’s priced at L$300, and certainly adds a finishing touch to anyone who wishes to sport that ‘hipster’ look, regardless of whether they’re naturist or not. But mark my words, these beards do appear to be part of the naturist fashion code right now!

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Ella

 

Model: Alan. Photos : Diane

Another Ice Bucket Challenge pose

Earlier in the week I pointed you at an Ice Bucket Challenge pose at Fashowl.

And now another one has turned up at Toby’s Juke Joint, so no excuse not to join the ‘fun’. I think it’s moronic myself. If you want to give, give. No need to indulge in stupid social media memes.

Here’s Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, the main architect of the Scottish independence bid, indulging in it.

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Serious politician? Buffoon? Remember, this is the man who, earlier this week, argued about independence affording Scotland the opportunity to make its own budget on health care. And yet, here he is, effectively acknowledging that, while being in control of that budget he is supporting cash for Motor Neurone Disease (MND – the UK equivalent of the USA’s ALS charity) because it’s…..underfunded? Go figure.

Salmond did it to highlight ‘Gordon’s Fightback’ , a website highlighting one man’s fight against MND, and on that website Gordon Aikman, who is involved in the ‘Better Together’ campaign (that’s the people in Scotland opposed to Scottish independence). You can, as I have, donated via the JustGiving website. No need to faff around with buckets of ice.

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This latest Ice Bucket Challenge pose comes courtesy of Toby’s Juke Joint (you can also pick up free T-shirts, the female one being modelled by Roberta, above). Once again, a post that has precisely zero to do with naturism, and while I persist in the notion that the Ice Bucket Challenge is humans determined to show themselves as sheep incapable of thinking for themselves and displaying an enormous herd instinct, I also think we need to be asking bigger questions of our politicians about why we’re having to indulge in this to raise awareness, on both sides of the Atlantic (and elsewhere). Funding for MND/ALS is quite obviously underfunded if we need to do this to raise cash for it. Perhaps those in the Scottish (and UK) governments need to be asked questions about the pitiful levels of funding for what appears to be a killer disease.

Ella

 

#EscracheDeSujetadores (Spanish Bra Protest)

Living in Scotland, I’ve got an ‘independence’ (from the rest of UK) vote coming up in September. I’ll not go into further detail now as I’ve another post lined up about that in the next couple of weeks. And yes, I do work in some ‘no fig leaf’ comparisons.

I’ll tell you now. I’m voting against independence. Yes, I’m English, but my Scottish husband will be voting against too.

In the past couple of years we’ve concluded the leader of Scotland’s Nationalist Party (the ones seeking independence, more as a vanity project than anything else) Alex Salmond has proven himself to be, well, a bit of an idiot.

So it’s satisfying to learn that our politicians aren’t singular in their stupidity. It can happen to any puffed up, self regarding moron anywhere in Europe.

Take Leon de la Riva, Mayor of Spanish city Valladolid, who is afraid to get in a lift with a woman because she might strip down to her undies and cry ‘rape’.

This has led to a ‘bra protest’ in Valladolid in anger at his comments.

In Malaga, the courts dropped a case against five alleged rapists, and their mayor effectively said ‘well, don’t focus on Malaga, there’s 1000 rapes in Spain each year’ (link in Spanish). And Spain has proposed some guidelines for avoiding rape, such as ‘take your first name off your letterbox’, which people believe attempts to shift the burden of blame from rapists to the victims.

The hashtags #EscracheDeSujetadores (Bra Protest) and #NoEstasSola (You are not alone) are now trending on Twitter as people grow angry at politicians loose tongues over very serious crimes.

Naturally, SLN supports those who are protesting against the idiotic remarks made by local politicians. We support the right for women to go about their business without fear of sexual assault or rape, and ‘she was drunk, it was consensual’ is never an excuse. If she’s drunk, it’s a man’s duty -a real man’s duty- to ensure she gets home safely, to not take advantage.

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Read more about the bra protest in Spain here and here and here (Youtube report via ‘Russia Today’ news).

Ella

French Knickers, cami-knickers.

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I’m not sure if naturism informs my sense of undergarments, and a sense of looseness and airiness around my nether regions, but I do adore French knickers (or cami-knickers as they’re sometimes known).

They’ve never, to my knowledge, been something created in abundance in SL. I guess that briefs, as panties, are easier to add as an under layer. And there’s some sexy lingerie around, no doubt about it, but still I yearn for someone producing a beautiful set of silk cami-knickers (or French knickers), as illustrated above.

I’ve trawled the Marketplace, without success, for something like those above, and previously toured dozens of lingerie stores.

So I was glad to see that Hilly Halaan has a free group gift billed as ‘romper suits’ that, in the panty element, are one of the closest pieces of clothing I’ve seen to replicate that style of lingerie. It’s free to join the group, and you get three colours in it. What has this to do with naturism? Nothing. It has merely been a bit of a rummage through my RL lingerie drawer and the excitement of me finding a garment that I’ve wanted to own in SL for ages. 🙂

 

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Ella

Paradise Found

Let me point you at Canary Beck’s web presence.

Canary has been doing wonderful, wonderful things in SL for ages, but if you’re new to SL, or new to SLN, or a long-term reader of SLN or player of SL, then it’s worth reminding you of this colossus of the pixellated world.

For example, Canary acts in and directs theatrical performance in SL, most notably performances of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’. The latter is particularly interesting to us as it features nudity and deals with the discovery of sexuality, being based on ‘the fall from Eden’ and Adam & Eve sharing that apple.

But as with everything Canary does, it’s done with style and grace and with a professionalism that equals any real life theatrical production. It doesn’t become less artistic in pixellated form. You could argue that it adds another dimension to the activity of theatre going.

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Photograph © The Basilique Performing Arts Theatre Company. Adam & Eve dancing in a performance of ‘Paradise Lost’

 

Indeed, Paradise Lost has proven to be so popular that it is back for a second season (ongoing between the beginning of August and the end of October).

You can check out The Basilique web site (the Basilique being the theatre which houses the productions) for ticket availability. Yes, you need to buy a ticket! Why? I’m guessing there needs to be some sort of limit to prevent a sim being laggy, and let’s face it, it’s such an ‘immersive’ (Canary’s own description) experience that there needs to be some sort of way in which to recoup costs (I imagine that there are costs involved in production). And, rather excitingly for me, it’s the act -as in real life- of making a commitment to go and see a performance, paying for it, planning your evening around that event. And it’s artistic endeavour, monetised in SL. Why shouldn’t those who put in their time and effort (just as with clothes, hair and skin designers) get paid for their work?

Originally, SLN publisher Howie Lamilton’s vision for his SL was to bring a ‘unique to SL’ music into SL and sell it exclusively in world, and build up a roster of like-minded artists who could produce their own work exclusively for SL. hence his ‘Second Life New Media Publishing Group’. His vision wasn’t for SLN at all, but a publication that highlighted SL’s artists’ work. A page on in world art production, for example. And had it grown legs, certainly features on the likes of Canary Beck’s work. For one reason or another that didn’t materialise and SLN was realised, partly because Howie is a RL naturist, partly because it was still a ‘naturist magazine’, ergo ‘an artistic outlet’ that partially fulfilled the role. Look at some of Harry & Diana’s photos for the magazine. While some are merely illustrative, others are highly artistic in their delivery, and it’s obvious that just because the subjects are pixels, the artistic thought going into them isn’t less than that if they were real life nude models.

And they aren’t alone. Many SL blogs feature terrific photography. The writing on many blogs is top notch. We are, in SL, a very artistic bunch, it would appear.

If you get the chance, try to catch a performance of the second season. And at least chase down the links to see what the almost limitless possibilities of SL arts production can look like.

 

Ella