Brazil Part Three -Abrico Beach

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All photos identified online as Abrico

Once again, Abrico Beach, south of Rio/Sao Paolo, is not a beach Natalia has visited, due to the great distances from her home. So there’s now a lot she has been able to add to it as a location, so it seems an appropriate point to get her input on hat Brazilian naturism means to her and her thoughts on its history and where it is right now. She emailed me right after spending a day on her local beach, Tambaba. Remember, it’s summer south of the equator!

‘I had a great day on the beach with my boyfriend, thanks for asking!

‘I am not a great expert on Brazilian naturism, but I think that we can be grateful to a lady called Luz del Fuego for being the ‘godmother’ to Brazilian naturists. I know she founded a political party called the Brazilian Naturist Party and ran for the Congress in Brazil! She performed as a dancer with snakes! Maybe this even pre-dates European political naturism, I don’t know. This was some time around 1950. Were Europeans standing for representative bodies in 1950? I don’t think so. We Brazilian naturists celebrate her birthdate (February 21st) as the ‘Day of Naturism’.

‘We should not under-estimate Dora’s (Luz del Fuego’s real name) influence on us who are naturist 60 years later! Next year (2017) we will celebrate the centenary of her birth. Maybe SL Naturist will do a feature on her for this date?

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‘She was also something of an early pioneer of the extended values that we embrace in naturism. The ecological. The care for nature. She was actually murdered because she was going to expose someone for over-fishing the waters. Of course there was also repression in Brazil during the military juntas of 1964-1985. I think because of this repression naturism maybe thrived a little bit, underground, as an expression of freedoms. My personal thinking is that it attracted radicals and intellectuals. Not so different from Eastern Germany from the end of World War 2 until 1989? I don’t know. I think this might be the case.

‘It began to become more public again in the 1980s. So maybe we need to think of Brazilian naturism, now, as only 30 years old in its modern guise. So we can be proud of what we have achieved in those 30 years with several beaches.

‘I am a Catholic, of course, as most are in Brazil, and maybe there is also a history of Catholicism being in opposition to naturism. It was the Portuguese who clothed native Brazilians following colonisation. I am of Portuguese descent, not indigenous Brazilian. I also look ‘European’ in that respect. What you see in the photos I have found is that there is a difference in skin colour in Brazilian naturists, with those of indigenous history and those of European history mixing simply as Brazilian naturists. In one way, we produce numbers of ‘black’ and ‘white’ naturists. Again, I take pride in this as we are maybe a bit progressive! Hey! It says it on out flag! ūüôā ‘Order and progress’. Brazilian naturists can take pride in the way we have done order and progress in the past thirty years’.

Trine & Natalia

 

‘Respect us! We are not fair game even when we are naked!!!’

by guest columnist Ella Keng

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Performance artist Milo Moire¬†has taken to the streets of Cologne to protest against what appears to be a growing trend of orchestrated sexual assaults against European women, perpetrated by ‘young men of north African or Arab origin’.

This first became noticeable on New Year’s Eve, when hundreds (!!!!) of young women -dressed, for winter- were assaulted and two raped in Germany, something that has led today to the sacking of Cologne’s police chief.¬†

To be fair to the gentleman in question, it’s difficult how to know how to prepare for something like this, with police on an already exceptionally busy night for them being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of complaints. If not raped or sexually assaulted, fireworks were placed in the hood of one woman’s coat, and she has been left with permanent scars.

You can read the initial reports of this co-ordinated attack (from the Guardian) here, with further reports on the matter (from the BBC) here, here and here. It is being reported that similar instances occurred in Austria, with the police covering it up.

Such is the racial tension in Europe that it seems entirely possible that is true; that police did cover it up for fear that it would lead to a backlash against ‘young men of north African or Arab origin’.

We have a pro-liberal press in Europe, in the main, even if much of it is actually right of centre in its political views. But I find it rather disturbing that rather than give us ‘the facts’, as they might be, they would seek to actively bury an anti-women story, to turn a blind eye to the systematic assault, rape and maiming of...let’s say it out loud, white European women. We need to be careful about claims that one assailant told his victim ‘I am a Syrian refugee. Treat me kindly. Mrs. Merkel invited me’.¬† You don’t arrive from Syria and have that command of German in the course of a sexual assault in just a few months, do you? I smell a rat in that element of it. However, repeated reports to police that ‘he was north African or Arab’ are clearly saying that the assailants weren’t and aren’t European.milo-moire-koeln

It is being reported that fifteen women in Kalmar, Sweden have reported being groped, amidst fears of orchestrated attacks on a European-wide scale, with women being advised not to go out at night alone.¬†¬†Kalmar, I’ve checked the statistics, is a town of 36,000 inhabitants. Not large, in other words. Sweden offered immigrants free bus passes so they wouldn’t feel so isolated¬†in the asylum centre of Helgesbo, 40kms away. Good call! Now they use the free bus services to move to an fro places like Kalmar to grope Swedish women.

One needs to be careful with how one analyses Sweden as ‘the rape capital of Europe’ or ‘the second placed rape location in the world only to Lesotho’ because Sweden’s laws are framed in such a way that defines rape on a much wider range than other countries. This is to be welcomed, of course. I’m in favour of broadening the definition of rape as widely as possible, with the convict to serve a lengthy term of imprisonment as a rapist (and his records thereafter to reflect his past as a rapist, never to be expunged from employment searches).

But it’s clear that an alien ‘north African or Arab culture’ either needs to learn European values, pretty damned quickly, or to be dropped back in their homeland. Preferably from a plane circling at 38,000 feet.

We -Europe- also need to be getting our values over to immigrants on or prior to arrival. It’s not enough to say ‘well, you may have this macho, sexist culture in the Middle East, but please don’t do it again‘. Anyone from the UK, for example, who rapes in the US (or vice versa, or indeed amongst any ‘western democracies’ will usually find that their jail sentence concludes with deportation. Let’s get that message over to immigrants. Anyone who is convicted of any offence (other than minor traffic offences) is going to find themselves, and their extended family, on the first plane back to to Raqqah or whatever other god-forsaken hole they emerged from. Our western democracies are often critical of our governments’ tax-raising powers. Well, stick another hundred quid on my tax each year to fund a repatriation airline service for immigrants who offend our laws, from those who commit burglary to those who rape. I won’t say a peep.

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‘Against sexism, against racism’

People in Europe are generally open to the idea of taking a humanitarian approach to refugees. Britain took in many Asian refugees from Uganda when they fled from Idi Amin’s regime in the 1970s. They integrated, maintained their culture, enriched our lives and contributed to Britain while regarding themselves as Britons.

Today, we’d look on that as the right thing to do. Of course, there were dissenting voices. One MP, Enoch Powell, will forever be recorded in history for, above all else, suggesting it would lead to ‘rivers of blood’ with race riots.¬†¬†He was wrong. Those voicing concerns about the current wave of immigrants will be wrong too. But if there is to be orchestrated attacks, a train of thought that sexual assault is ‘OK’, then that attitude, more than anything else, will harden people’s attitudes against refugees.

If you are going to research further, a word of warning. There are a lot of racist websites out there with their own agenda for pushing the story. Clearly, we can read from the mainstream, ‘state’ broadcasters and establishment newspapers that this story remains in flux. And we can find that Deutsche Welle, a respected German media outlet, has already outlined a sense of ‘well, this was a problem among German men, so don’t lay it all on the immigrants’. If you’re going to research, properly research, don’t just hang your opinions on just one ‘news’ outlet.

What I will say, in conclusion, to all men of ‘north African or Arab appearance’ or, indeed, indigenous Europeans, is to mark Milo’s words ‘Respect us. We are not fair game even when we are naked’. You do not need to surf around the internet for long before you can declare that there are a lot of men of ‘white, westernised appearance’ who are just as guilty of adopting this ‘north African or Arab’ mentality. Any porn site will pretty much determine that to many users, we’re ‘sluts’, we’re ‘bitches’ and we’re ‘ho’s’.

 

Ella

 

Trine adds: This was a story I wanted to outline as early as January 2nd, as details of these orchestrated attacks emerged. However, I don’t regard myself as a political animal, particularly in the arena of feminist politics, and so I asked Ella if she would contribute something, as many readers will know her previous political/feminist/body-positive commentaries have been excellent pieces of blogging. Happily, despite saying ‘no, no, no…I want to stop blogging’, she’s now stepped forward twice, and I’m grateful for her input and words.

 

 

 

Brazil Part Two -Praia de Pinho

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Another of Brazil’s best known naturist beaches is Praia do Pinho. Natalia has been able to tell us that it’s located south of Rio, and ‘six hours flying time from my home in Recife’, so that’s further than England to Greece -the width of Europe- by plane. Little wonder, then, that Natalia hasn’t visited it (or others that we’ll be reporting on in due course). Sometimes we simply don’t grasp the immense size of Brazil here in Europe, when we can pretty much reach anywhere around the Mediterranean, and many naturist havens such as France, Spain or Croatia, from any other spot in Europe, in about three hours flying time.

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All photos identified online as Praia de Pinho.

All we have, then, is photographs to give a flavour of Brazil’s take on naturism. I’ve spoken to Natalia at some length about naturism in her home country and her own ‘take’ on how it has flourished as opposed to some other south American countries in subsequent explorations of Brazil’s naturism.

Trine (assisted by Natalia)