Older naturists

The previous editorial team had Barbara blogging occasionally about older naturists and trying to apply an ‘older avatar’ to a Second Life setting. We often are drawn into this idea that naturism can only be for the young, the slim and the beautiful when nothing could be further from the truth.

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While doing my whistle stop tour of Second Life’s naturist sims I’ve noticed that more male avatars are now wearing older looking skins and they look terrific and individual for doing so. More of this, please, gents.

Sadly, I’ve not yet noticed many women adopting older looking skins. If I do, I’ll be grabbing her for interview and photo session.

Is this a reflection on the demands for women to look younger and more beautiful in real life?

Does this impact on how we women like to portray ourselves in Second Life?

My own real life experience of older naturists is that they often exude a confidence and beauty, regardless of size, shape or age, that younger ones don’t. Naturism is for everyone. It’s open and free. If you find yourself criticising naturists for being on the bigger size, or ‘old’ or ‘not very well hung’ or ‘saggy bombed’ remember that we all hope to reach their age. They wear their age and size confidently and with pride. If you’re criticising others on the basis of looks or shape, you clearly don’t understand naturism very well.

 

Trine

 

It’s YOUR choice, ladies

I read this article from The Elephant Journal and thought I’d comment, as it is still a subject that vexes naturists into pro- and anti- camps.

The essence of the story is that a girl discovers pubic hair for the first time and, never having seen her mother sporting any, thinks there is something wrong with her and is told it’s fine just to shave it away. In later years, the girl rejects shaving everywhere, although not in a dogmatic manner, but one in which she might shave, but then again she might not, it depends on her mood.

One thing I notice is that naturist sometimes feel compelled to have an opinion on others’ shaving habits. They don’t. It’s a personal choice and others’ views on a shaving routine (or not) are utterly, utterly worthless.

In real life, I flip-flop between two extremes, either going bald, or letting everything grow to 1970s ‘jungle’ levels. My body, my choice, and what anyone else has to say on the matter is irrelevant. A ‘bikini line’ isn’t really an option for me. It’s a half-way house for me and if I thought I was going on a textile holiday I’d buy a swimsuit that was appropriately cut. Or maybe just do away with the lot. It would depend on my mood at the time.

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The reality is that the beauty industry bombards women with advertising telling them what to do, what not to do, and they’re oppressed up to a point in how they’re supposed to look and act.

It’s your choice, ladies. It’s your body. Make your mind up for yourselves, not because the beauty industry or a man tells you what to do.

 

Trine

Beefcake Opinion : Second Life cocks.

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Consider the photos above, guys.

Each and every guy in the photos above has an average sized cock. Not small. Average. I’m posting this as an adjunct to a previous post about ‘beefcake’ type males, and this immediately got me thinking about the way males in Second Life portray themselves.

I’m not immediately drawn to their cocks, though. I’d say, first and foremost, I’d focus on their faces and physique. Each one is a good looking man! In the case of the scrumptious looking one with the hairy chest…mmmmmmmmm! What a hunk!

The size of their cocks is immaterial. Their cocks don’t define them.

So why is it that so many SL men have something between their legs that’s almost routinely over-sized and unrealistic?

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Above is photographed a realistically sized Second Life cock (Aero’s type). Below are a series of photographs of Midnight Lotus cocks in various sizes.

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Midnight Lotus ‘Humble’ sized cock

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Midnight Lotus ‘Modest’ sized cock

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Midnight Lotus ‘Standard’ sized cock

All three are realistic and lets face it guys, more of you are on the side of humble or modest than maybe even ‘standard’ sized. Of course this doesn’t prevent the majority of men opting for…

 

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…the ‘Humungous’ size (and Midnight Lotus’s cocks go even bigger than this!). No fellas. You don’t look ‘impressive’. You look ridiculous. Another word of caution would be to spend some time colouring it correctly. If it’s your pride and joy, try to look as if you’ve spent some time on it, not just slapping on the first colour that comes out of the box and looks stupid. Early *cough* research would indicate that Second Life naturist males do try to get it right whereas males on a ‘nude beach’ (there appears to be a difference, mentioning no names *cough* Skinny Dip Inn *cough*) look dreadful. If I were to be indulging in, shall we say, certain physical activities with males in Second Life, I know I’d be drawn more to the naturist male rather than the badly assembled naked male at some locations.

 

Abigail

 

 

 

Vintage Season 2 : Beefcake

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I think we need to sub-divide the ‘beefcake’ into a couple of different categories. Firstly, there’s the traditional beefcake (above), of the muscular male involved in some sort of sporting prowess, sometimes nude, sometimes in a posing pouch, always shirtless.

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Then there’s a category I suppose I’d describe as ‘social history’. The likelihood is that the three photographs above workers, miners perhaps, washing down at the end of their shift.

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The next five are of what are described as CFNM situations. (Clothed female, nude male). The quality of the photographs is sometimes so poor as to make me wonder as if they haven’t been photoshopped in some way. While CFNM situations arise in naturism, they’re more of an ‘accidental’ situation where one gender has been clothed while in the process of getting, or having been, naked. I know I’ve often been in those situations, as a clothed female in the company of naked men, or conversely as a naked female in the company of clothed males (a CMNF scenario). In naturism these aren’t the ‘fetish/humiliation’ as portrayed in that type of photography.

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There’s also the situation where naked males are posed ‘classically’, like Greek gods, perfect specimens of manhood, and that was a familiar type of photograph a hundred years ago, presumably servicing two markets, the art photograph market and a gay scene.

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I’m going to guess that the photo above is of an army unit exercising or washing horses. Often there appear to be photographs of nude soldiers for the simple reason that bathing costumes would have been regarded as superfluous kit and thus communal nudity amongst male servicemen was commonplace.

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Many other nude male photographs exist(ed) to satisfy a gay scene.

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Cecil weightlifts and poses in a gay, beefcake scenario (photos taken in the gym at French Lovers Resort-Naturist Gay Zone)

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Many skins are available to give that honed, toned, six-packed look. A certain ‘ruggedness’ is also added with designer stubble (all part of the skin effect: this skin from 7 Deadly Skins: Group Gift)

There’s no reason why men can’t look this good in Second Life and be beefcake/eye candy for the ladies. So why do so many men imagine looking like a refrigerator in terms of shoulder, or thigh, size is a good look?

Beefcake, boys, I think we ladies (and most men?) prefer a beefcake look.

Abigail

Night fairy pink top

Thanks to Nessaja Freebies for highlighting this crop top that’s available on the Marketplace for L$0, and will show your support for Breast Cancer charities.

 

 

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Also included in the gift is the tattoo shown below, a lovely butterfly design incorporating the pink ribbon. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and you may be aware of numerous activities in Second Life that support this worthy cause. As the gift is free, it should allow you to donate a few Linden dollars in support.

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Trine

 

Swanky!

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There’s three things worth reporting in this post.

  1. The hoodie worn by three lovely ladies at the top of the page, photos 1-3, and then ‘solo by Abigail, photos 4-5 a free gift from Hawker’s House at the Swank event ongoing. There’s a male and female gift, and the hoodie is the male version!
  2. The female version is a mesh T-shirt and blazer, shown in the photos below, and modelled by myself, Trine.

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trine blazer2_001bAnd three is…just who is that person with the camera between Abigail and myself?  All will be revealed, literally & figuratively, in a subsequent post.

Before I became editor I would read SL Naturist for Pookes’ ‘naturist accessory’ posts in the main. I confess that a lot of my Second Life time was spent as a bit of a beach and dance floor girl, but Pookes always came up with imaginative accessory posts that could be applied even in a clothed environment, so my main knowledge of SL Naturist originated with her posts.

In keeping that theme going, I teleported to Swank for the female gift, as seen on another blog, the sadly soon to close Fab Free, to be precise, indication of such a vital resource that is for many avatars, one of those daily go-to blogs. The influence of Pookes, and SL Naturist, made itself apparent when I saw the male gift, the hoodie and thought ‘I know how I can apply that to the blog!’ Yes, while my naturist experience in real life doesn’t sometimes run as deep as the previous writers, I’ve had enough experience of an English naturist club to recognise that sometimes a Saturday or Sunday morning in my sun club doesn’t lend itself to full naturism first thing, so Abigail’s ‘hoodie and nothing else’ poses stuck a chord.

The location for all photos is Howie’s home on the Eden Naturopolis estate, something I now recognise as the backdrop to many previous SL Naturist shoots.

In a subsequent post I’ll be introducing the lovely lady between Abi & I in the top three photos with a bit of a photo-essay about and by the lady herself, along with a bit of an interview.

Trine

Vintage Season 2 : Naughty postcards

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I suppose the early days of ‘pornography’, when photography was first invented, was the distribution and collection of ‘naughty postcards’. In the two above you can see a theme, that of a lady posed indoors, beside a cloth draped bit of furniture, fully nude.

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I’ve used Photoshop to re-create a couple of Second Life images in a postcard setting (above).

Another noticeable thing about these postcards or pornography of that era is the way in which ‘Arab’ women are portrayed as wild, undressed, un-Christian ‘savages’. I’ve read that these weren’t actually ‘Arabs’ at all in many cases, but Parisian prostitutes who were paid to pose and give the impression they were from French colonies like Algeria or Morocco who ran around semi naked a lot of the time.

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There is a plethora of Gorean and bellydance outfits that could be utilised to present the ‘uncivilised’, semi-nude woman as portrayed in historical postcards.

Another aspect of the pre-digital ‘porn’ age would have been ‘beefcake‘ photos, muscular men, often but not always intended for a gay market. I’ll turn my attention to ‘beefcake’ next as Vintage Season 2 continues.

Trine

 

 

SL Naturist on Tumblr

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With Flickr determining to deny us the right to categorise photos as we see fit, and our withdrawal from that service, I’ve moved to establish a different photo outlet for further SLN photos, and to that end I’ve established an SLN tumblr page where photos that don’t make the main blog can be displayed. I’ve uploaded just a couple of photos there so far,to get it going, and I won’t transfer the Flickr stuff unless anyone is desperate. I’ll now hand it over to Trine & Abi to use as they see fit.

Trine has commented that she’s witnessed erections, marked safe and vegetable insertion, marked ‘safe’. I know I’ve also seen photos of penetrative sex on there, so how our pixel naturism has been categorised as it has baffles and irritates me, but I’m not going to get into a ‘we’re right and you’re wrong, you can’t win’ argument with someone at Flickr. It’s best just to leave it well alone.

If tumblr is what you do, please feel free to bookmark the page via the link.

Best,

 

Howie