Sexy. On my terms.

Huffington Post has done a spread on ‘middle aged women doing sexy other own terms’.

 

 

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Anne Rosenberg poses for a portrait in New York on Monday Feb. 22, 2016. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post) *** Local Caption ***

Anne Rosenberg, 59 — “For me now, sexy is alluring and creative.”

I think all of the women in the shoot(s) look gorgeous, regardless of how much or little they are wearing. We often define ‘sexy’ as something youthful, when the reality is that women of any age can look beautiful, attractive and remain sexual in their fifties and sixties.

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I am lucky. I have a loving husband who makes me feel loved and, just as importantly, feel like a sexual being. All women, regardless of age, deserve to feel this way.

 

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Colleens

We’ve been able to assemble a quartet of Irish colleens showing off a free St Patrick’s Day dress from Nala Designs, as well as allowing them to pose nude for us.

We’re rapidly approaching the time when the entire grid turns green, so we’ve taken the opportunity to do our own take on Irishness (also within the usual SL Naturist brief).

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(L-R Brid, Caireann, Niamh and Seosaimhin)

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Brid and Niamh are RL sisters, and have developed a similarity in their avatar appearance deliberately.

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Caireann says that ‘I’m not a redhead, but have adopted that look in SL to play up to a fairly unrealistic stereotype of the Irish’.

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The emerald dress, worn by all four ladies, as currently available from Nala Designs.

My thanks to all four ladies for grabbing the dress, wearing it (then not wearing it) and deigning to be online at the same time. It was an exceptionally difficult photoshoot to pull off, and I’m grateful for the ladies’ patience while we did this late on Saturday evening. Indeed, as Brid told Diane, ‘it’s not really usual that Niamh (her RL twin sister) and I are on SL at the same time that often. We converse via IM on Second Life, or point each other at certain things on our Facebook pages, with the intention of keeping our avatars fairly similar’.

All four have had SL naturist experience, although Caireann says that ‘naturism is now secondary to sociability. I found that naturist sims can be very sociable, and vocal, which is why I started using them, but there are other equally vocal sims I would use now for the conversation’.

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Calendar Girls

 

Many of you will have seen the film Calendar Girls, based on a true story, in which some ladies from The Women’s Institute decided they should raise money by printing up a calendar featuring coy nudity. The original aim was to raise enough to buy a sofa for the visitors’ room at a hospice where one of the ladies’ husbands had died. The rest, as they say, is history, and now many people from many walks of life have followed the original idea to raise money for their own causes.

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(above: Helen Mirren and Celia Imrie in scenes from the original Calendar Girls movie)

Let me raise some points here. One, most of those who appear to participate and produce these calendars are very much middle-class, if one makes some generalisations about the groups producing them. Not that there’s anything remotely wrong with being middle-class, or of any of the charities benefitting, but it’s clear that the charities are very much of a particular social demographic. Two,  for many participants it may be their first experience of communal, outdoor nudity, and in participating we can but hope that there will be those who will enjoy the feeling of being naked outside and may subsequently embrace naturism. Three, as time progresses the calendars become a little more risqué (unless you’re already a naturist!) and the coy nudity of the original calendars has now given way to almost routinely bared bottoms and side-boob. While British reserve maintains a coyness, some calendars from other locations around the globe now feature nipples, not routinely, but they’re there all the same!

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One fairly constant theme in British calendars of this type is the rural, agricultural setting, and I’ve asked Diane if she’d produce a small series of something similar, that is semi-hidden nudity, in a rural setting. This won’t be for any calendar as such, but a small standalone post (and the photos also published on our Flickr account). What we’d like to do is feature new models. If you’ve never posed nude before for any sort of SL related project, now’s your opportunity!

Please contact Diane if you’d like to take part (and males and females are equally welcome).

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We’ve taken some photos of country ‘gal’ Lavinia out in nature, replicating the sort of scene you might typically see in a naked, charity calendar.

If you don’t wish for Diane to take the photos, and prefer to take your own, we’ll certainly accept submissions.

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SL imitates RL

When Harry was SL Naturist’s photographer, he used to do posts in which he tried to replicate RL photos within SL.

It’s not a theme I’d considered maintaining, until now, when Diane passed me the composite photo (below) in which she has done just that and added ‘I’ve been experimenting with mesh bodies. I’m not 100% convinced by them yet, but there’s no doubt that female genitalia is markedly more accurate with mesh’.

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Permaculture and alternative lifestyles (1)

In one of those remarkable synchronous events that seems to happen regularly if one is an SL player/blogger, no sooner had I posted a previous blog post, about the Home & Garden Expo, than I clicked into The Guardian’s website for my dose of daily news and read about The Steward Woodland Community, (link connects to the Guardian’s reporting) a community facing eviction from Dartmoor National Park.

The Steward Woodland Community (this link goes to the community’s own webpage) have been living a low-impact lifestyle at Dartmoor for the past sixteen years. They’re a group who have been living and working together and experimented with…permaculture food growing and land use, community dynamics, renewable energy and appropriate technology, building their own dwellings using low-impact materials, small-scale woodland management and experiential and home education. They must be doing something right for their experimental (not exactly experimental, one supposes many people in England, and around the globe, once lived a similar existence) lifestyle to successfully run for sixteen years.

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Theirs is a lifestyle within a system known as permaculture, and it’s a fascinating topic which naturists will readily identify with, as a broad naturism very much involves care for the environment, much as Howie outlined in my previous posting.

I began to do a bit more research, and also contacted Howie back as regards his understanding of that lifestyle.

‘It’s not something I’m overly familiar with’, he told me, ‘but it’s something that interests me greatly. Naturists are part of a broader counter-culture, as are the likes of the Steward Community. We live beyond the immediately familiar and accepted way of living, but there’s a common bond between us and others. I’ve recently been part of a naturist beach clean-up (we were clothed, due to the time of year) where we cleaned up a lot of the detritus washed ashore, or dumped by people. I got involved because we naturists need to care for our environment, for the sake of our children and grandchildren. Naturism isn’t just an act of taking clothes off. It’s a bigger thing than that, and Ella understood that when she was editing SLN. I’m delighted that, without prompting, you’re also feeling confident enough now to expand your vision of naturism beyond reporting nude acts -although that’s important too in the sense of creating a fair and equitable society.

‘Yes, I’ve read about this group in recent days and I support their claim to have a right to exist within Dartmoor where they’re definitely guardians of nature, rather than a threat to it. I imagine the local council’s objections to them living there permanently is greatly influenced by the group’s capacity to be living in an ‘odd’ way, which isn’t odd at all, but the manner in which man lived for thousands of years. It’s only in the past 800-900 years that we’ve moved away from the hunter-gatherer-forager lifestyle into houses and ‘civilisation’. I actually think this group are living in a very civilised manner, certainly more attuned to the world around them than many of the rest of us.

‘I know you read the SLN back pages when you took over the editor’s role, so you’ll know this has been a minor theme of SLN all along. Ella used to couch it in terms of ‘better and more diverse geography, less shopping malls’, but she was on the same track. SL should be a tool for education as much as it is shopping or cybersex. If we, as naturists, are growing window boxes of herbs, without fertilisers, in SL and it encourages someone to think ‘hey, I think I should grow some basil and mint for my salads in real life’, then I think we’ve achieved as much as we have in promoting and underlining the idea that naturism does not equate to sex just because people are naked.

‘Which is why I mentioned to you a while back my idea to rip down SLN HQ and re-invent it as a sort of eco-village. In real world terms, I’ve got about half an acre of SL land at Eden. That’s about 1/3rd of a soccer or American football pitch. Not a lot, but even that would be a foothold in the presentation and representation of alternative, sustainable living. Naturism, as I say, as Ella said, as you’re now saying, is a much bigger thing than naked people.

‘It’s strange that you’ve come back to me about this so quickly after I outlined it to you at the beginning of this week. Maybe it’s a sign we should do something.

‘You’ve got my full support to promote alternative, sustainable living as part of a wider naturism.’

Suitably emboldened, I researched some more, to find that naturism and sustainable living do march hand in hand in eco-villages around the world.

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The act of being nude isn’t one of being a sexual being, or of being an exhibitionist (we knew this already) but of logical thinking. If we live naturally, then we live in a manner that concludes that, for swimming purposes, an expensive, sweat-shop produced swimsuit isn’t a solution. We simply need to dismiss society taught ideas that we need to perform is specific ways. If it’s warm enough, we don’t need clothes. We aid the environment by not using as much water for clothes washing, or pumping the detergents into our water systems, heating the water and so on.

Of course, as usual, naturism & Second Life are uppermost in my mind.

So how might ‘permaculture’ be applied to our (naturist) SL experience?

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Rather than allow this post to become gargantuan, I’ve decided to split it into a couple of separate posts, like a mini-series on ‘permaculture’ and alternative lifestyles within the game. This post should serve as an introduction to a broad ‘permaculture’, and in the next couple of posts we’ll be looking at how this lifestyle is reflected in SL. While some locations won’t regard themselves as ‘naturist’, they will nonetheless mirror many of the interests naturists share, with a broad adoption of policies that reflect simple, healthy living, sustainable living and being outdoors.

 

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Whore Couture

No, it’s not naturist, but Whore Couture (now in its 5th year) is always good value for some interesting props and poses (which aren’t as sexual as the fair’s title might suggest).

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I’ve been trying to get into it for the past four days, without success (see the photo above). While it’s disappointing not to be able to grab any items which might have some sort of naturist reporting value for our ongoing ‘accessories’ posts (equally, it may not, I don’t know yet), it’s heartening to know that a fair can be so popular that attempts to get to it, on and off, at various times of the day/night. fail. The upside of that is that the fair’s popularity very much points to the fact that SL does remain a popular game, and that its ‘demise’, as often reported elsewhere, with glee, is not perhaps as imminent as those reports might suggest.

 

 

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The Home and Garden Expo

The Home and Garden Expo is now on, and if you’ve got a SL home then it’s thoroughly recommended. Recommended, too, because naturists treat their own outdoor spaces an additional room, weather permitting. I know I do this in the context of my own home, and we tend to move outside in the summer months, to spend long evenings next to our chimera, barbecuing or simply sitting with a book while listening to the birdsong.

With that in mind, I’m glad to see that SL’s ‘headquarters’ on the Eden Naturopolis Estate (as separate from our office space), continues to develop in an outwardly direction, with the addition of a ‘cuddle pavilion’ and chimera, both got at the Home and Garden Expo, and ‘built’ (rezzed) courtesy of Howie.

What’s even better, I’m told, is that the cuddle pavilion came free, as a group gift, from Greymoon’s Homes (no join fee!) The link will transport you directly to their exhibit at the Home and Garden Expo.

The chimera, also from Greymoon’s Homes, was a L$50 Gacha capture at the same location. I’ve been over to the Expo myself and it is a huge, sprawling event, and I’d advise to set aside an hour or more of SL time to wander the full extent of it.

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Cute poses, mmm? I may even try the pavilion out at some point in the future, as I noted that there were numerous single poses, for those of us without a significant SL other, as well as numerous sweet couples poses (as evidenced in the photos above, modelled by Georges & Frances).

Howie told me that it was the presence of the cuddle pavilion, and an outdoor extension to his home at Eden, that prevented him from tearing down his current home and remodelling from scratch (including another Greymoon house), and ‘reinventing’ SL Naturist headquarters. ‘It’s something that I’d like to do and offer something brand new in the context of SL naturism, and that’s create a naturist eco-village. I have contemplated ripping the house down and planting up vegetable plots, site a teepee on the land, open it up for everyone who uses Eden, much in the manner that Tess’s Naked Dreams stands as a complete and separate build to Eden itself, but within Eden. I may yet do this… if I can find how to create some sort of representation of sustainable living, complete with notecards on this alternative lifestyle, it might be something I do. As naturists, we’re attuned to our environment, and I’d like to create a space where our harmony with nature is brought to life in Second Life. I’d also be pleased if there were others out there who share that vision of alternative living, of growing fruit and vegetables, living simply and doing stuff like build a windmill, install solar panels as a demonstration sim for this type of living. I’d be grateful if you shared that ‘vision’ and asked anyone interested to get in touch’.

As you wish, Howie, consider it done! 🙂

Trine

 

New Hampshire

New Hampshire.

The first of the British colonies to declare independence in 1776 and one of the original 13 states to form a nascent United States of America.

A state with very definite British links, evident in its name alone, named after the south coast county of Hampshire. A state with a large city called Manchester. Another city called Portsmouth (also to be found in the original Hampshire). And cities called Rochester-Dover (originals found in the English county of Kent) and Berlin (well, if you don’t know where the original is to that, perhaps you should be studying geography rather than a blog about pixel naturism).

There we are, then. New Hampshire. Old attitudes.

While the original English version can claim a couple of naturist beaches, it seems that the leaders in New Hampshire are rather vexed by the the fact that women have nipples. Just like men, in fact.

Consider this: there’s a proposal to change the public decency laws, which could come into effect as early as January 1st next, which sees Republican representative Brian Gallagher say

‘It’s a shame that some folks are more concerned with exposing their breasts in public places than they are concerned about how families and children may be impacted by being forced to experience this evolving societal behaviour.

This is about a movement to change the values of New Hampshire society.’

Impacted? Forced? They’re tits, Mr. Gallagher. But tits a damned sight less dangerous than those the Republican party elects to the House of Representatives, quite clearly.

A change in the law might make it a misdemeanour if a woman, and only a woman, ‘purposely exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts in a public place and in the presence of another person with reckless disregard for whether a reasonable person would be offended or alarmed by such act.

I’ve read some shabby law making in my time. I do, after all, live in the country with the ‘mother of parliaments’, which has more boobies in it than the average titty-bar. I’m not a legal person, but this is pretty shambolic. Purposely? How do you define that, in the eyes of the law? A public place? What is, and what isn’t, public? In your own home with the curtains open? That’s not ‘public’. Alarmed? Grow up. It’s a tit. It’s not like it’s a gun, an item much more likely to cause alarm if waved around. But you Republican politicians will defend the ‘right to bear arms’. I don’t understand how guns will be defended by the gun-lobby and politicians while a bit of fat topped with a nipple causes your world to implode or, as the Huffington Post puts it, ‘Male Politicians Warn Exposed Boobs May Cause Society to Collapse’

Republican state representative Josh Moore, also apparently suggested in December that women who went partially nude in public should expect to be accosted.

“If it’s a woman’s natural inclination to pull her nipple out in public and you support that,” Moore wrote “than (sic) you should have no problem with a mans inclination (sic) to stare at it and grab it. After all… It’s ALL relative and natural, right?”

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Just as an aside…you chucked the Brits out in 1776 (but kept the language). Is there any chance you could demand your elected politicians could demonstrate just a little bit of education by knowing how to spell and use proper punctuation?

It seems that the internet is rather amused, in a withering kind of way, with New Hampshire’s new legislation, The Frisky pointing out that social media maintains a double standard regarding nudity, with Instagram removing all female nipples almost instantaneously while comedian Eric Andre posted two full frontal photos that were left alone by Instagram for a minimum of 18 hours.

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(Eric, if you’re reading, time to get your phone on the charger, mate).

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It seems that there is a long way to go before equality becomes a reality in New Hampshire. It seems equally likely that the state will continue to be a laughing stock, in the eyes of the internet, due to this ridiculous, almost century-out-of-date legislation.

Of course, Second Life itself can often resemble New Hampshire. Nudity is not OK in some states sims.

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These ‘Censored’ bars (just search for ‘Censored’) are available on the Marketplace for L$0

OK. I get that it may be inappropriate to be nude on many sims, and respect that, but on SL beaches???? Or, even worse in my eyes, in SL skin stores????? Why might I want to buy a skin that doesn’t show me ‘the full effect’, be it in terms of nipples or lady parts? It’s time to stop this charade of stupid RL attitudes carrying through to SL.

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The only gross thing in this photo is a firearm.

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Classy/slutty/sexy/sordid? Cap D’Agde ‘style’.

It’s long established that SL Naturist doesn’t regard Cap D’Agde as a part of genuine naturism, it (largely) being a haven for all manner of libertines, voyeurs,exhibitionists and swingers. Hedonism might be another location where the same may be said to be true. That’s not to say there aren’t pockets of genuine naturism within its ‘city’ boundaries. It’s just that the media’s emphasis on certain aspects of Agde have given it a very sordid reputation, a far cry from its golden era as the pre-eminent naturist ‘city’ in the world.

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The photos above capture a sense of a wholesome, innocent naturism that dominated until the beginning of the 1990s, after which the resort began a rapid descent to sordid.

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Apart from the aspects of it which taint naturism’s reputation as a wholesome lifestyle, and a reinforcement in the public’s imagination that naturism=sex (wrong!) there also appears to be something of an ‘Agde style’ (clothes-wise) as evidenced by the photos above.

To me, there is little attractive about any of the styles displayed. Mouton habillé en agneau in most of the photographic evidence. But all are genuine Agde photos, and not particularly attractive, nor a great advert for those who describe themselves as naturist.

Yet it’s a truism that naturists love to dress up to go out in the evenings, regardless of the location. It’s just that some naturists prefer to dress up with a little more class. That’s not to say outfits can’t be sexy or even partly revealing, but they do have sense of being a little more stylish.

I was over at Ghee earlier, and spotted the outfit photographed below. It caught my eye for two reasons. One, worn as a skirt alone, it reminded me of the type of elasticated top skirt (or culottes) worn by naturist women on a beach. Culottes have actually developed in recent years into something called a skort, a portmanteau word of skirt and short, worn as shorts (separate legs) but finished to give the impression of a skirt.

I own a couple of pair, and will throw them on for a walk to a naturist beach before going fully nude.

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When worn with the accompanying see-through top, it wavers between classy night wear and slutty. I’d never dream of going out in something like this (despite having been nude for all to see on a beach all day!) but I wouldn’t think twice about going out in such an outfit with a bra on underneath as in the photo below.

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I should quickly add I’d never wear a black bra under a white top in real life (something I’ve regarded as lacking class since I was at school), but for SL Naturist purposes I’ve popped on a black bra to highlight the beautiful diaphanous nature of the top. This is a beautiful outfit from Ghee, priced at L$199.

Which brings me to a recent topic that has come up at recent SL Naturist staff meetings. Where is all the nice, simple, beautifully done, free and dollarbie lingerie in SL? Abigail wanted to do a blog posting on the dearth of such items in SL right now, and we’ll probably get around to it at some point, but to our eyes, the grid is crying out for designers to get back to basics, particularly with freebies or group gifts, and begin to make simple, everyday lingerie more widely available.

I know there are some ‘naturist’ locations in SL where something of an ‘Agde dress code’ might exist. While it’s not something I remotely regard as core to SL Naturist’s being, that sort of ‘style’ is something I might look at featuring if enough people expressed an interest in it. As I say, it’s not my naturist style, but it is some people’s ‘naturist’ style. Let me know.

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