Mantilla

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With another Spanish holiday looming, I’ve been in email conversation with my friend Mercedes, who also plays SL.

We got into conversation about the mantilla, a religious head covering for Spanish women, held in place with a comb called a peineta.

She has one that she wears to church and sometimes at funerals, and was telling me (much as photographers and artists use the ‘taboo’ of the hijab in their work to ‘break boundaries’) that Spanish artists have utilised the mantilla with the nude in their work.

A little bit of research later…

A mantilla is available on the Marketplace, priced at L$250, if anyone should wish to follow Mercedes’, and some artists, lead on this.

Ella

I don’t pop my balloon for every man I see..

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Here’s one of the most fun items I’ve seen in SL for a long time. Boutique 187 has a wearable balloon outfit.

L$20 will get you this outfit which, if either you or a bystander clicks on the balloons, they magically ‘pop’!

They do pop back into place a few seconds later, but they would be a fun item to have at a balloon party of some description as a crowd of dancers start popping each other’s balloons.

Trine

The health benefits of sleeping naked

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The Daily Mail points out the health benefits of sleeping naked.

 

  • Sleeping naked is good for you, mainly because it lowers skin temperature which activates good fats to help burn calories
  • Sleeping naked can help prevent women from getting yeast infections
  • Men should also skip the clothes for maximized sperm production

We’ve covered this aspect of nudity before, but it’s worth pointing out again that you should maybe be considering dumping the jim-jams.

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I’ve long been an advocate of sleeping nude, for the fact that it’s simply more comfortable for me rather than the health benefits pointed out. There’s a nice feeling to it, so I suppose  that -a feel good factor- is a health benefit in itself.

Trine

 

‘No’ to overpriced works outings at Christmas

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A bad day at work (in a post which has absolutely nothing to do with SL or naturism for once).

There’s a Christmas dinner coming up…and we’re being asked to state our intentions in August. Furthermore, the cost is £50 per head. We live in an era of ‘austerity’, and quite frankly I don’t want to spend fifty quid on a dinner with people ( (mostly) am glad to see the back of on a Friday evening, much less spend extra time with them.

More importantly, less facetiously, I resent the idea of spending £50 on a meal. It offends me. The ingredients are likely to cost…what? £5-10 a head? Less?

Yes, I know I’m paying for ‘the location’, ‘the waiting staff’ (probably on minimum wage), ‘the chef’ (who, unless he’s Michelin starred, won’t be on huge wages) and everything else, but still…where’s my £40 going?

Despite untold pressure to sign up (‘Oh, come on, it’ll be fun…the chance to mix with senior management and impress), I’ve said ‘No’. I would presume my chance to ‘impress senior management’ should be more fixed on my capacity to do my job well, not ‘scrub up well’ at a dinner. I’m probably being silly in that assessment, of course…

And I’ve said ‘No’ because I can spend the evening with someone I love, having a quiet dinner for two, with things cooked they way I like them, with music I like playing, with the candlelit atmosphere I like twinkling, and I can send £40 to Unicef, to eradicate hunger around the bits of the world not buying into this ludicrous set of bourgeois values which don’t impress me. Approaching Christmas, the idea of having filled some hungry child’s belly impresses me more. It should you too.

So, come on, when they’re asking you to buy a ticket for this Christmas’ works-do, don’t be afraid to say ‘no’, and say it for the reasons outlined above.

Trine

 

Swank

SWANK August

Well done to Swank, for their monthly round for August, entitled ‘Around the World’.

Regular readers will know I’ve moaned long and hard about the lack of cultural diversity in SL, so it’s fantastic to see Swank address this with different styles of dress from around the globe.

I did spot a full male Scottish kilted set of clothes, and am wondering if I can drag Mr. Keng along before the end of the month. Yes, yes, we’re a naturist blog, but traditionally the Scottish male is bare under his kilt, so sort of semi-nude anyway…

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Nothing is worn under the kilt. It’s all in full working order!

Chinese outfits, Indian outfits, sombreros, African tribal face paints…they’re all there. And if you’re wondering which I’m championing clothes, my theory is that if we have clothes to suit a certain topography, then the appropriate sims may just follow. Ergo, African styled dresses lead to African styled sims which lead to…that ‘naked savage’ trope I spoke about previously. The potential for ‘nakedness’, if not strictly naturist, expands.

Dozens of blogs posting ‘new mesh jeans’ can get very boring, so do yourself a favour and immerse yourself in some lovely looking global fashion at this month’s Swank.

Ella

 

The ‘Naked Savage’ and the unattainable woman

Ella wrote yesterday about a missing post of Abigail’s, relating to attitudes regarding nudity and sexuality within Islam, and I confess I missed that post entirely, hence it not being published! I’ll right that wrong in a day or two, but before I do I’d like to echo Ella’s thoughts regarding the objectification of ‘out of bounds’ women.

‘What lies beneath the burqa?’ is something that’s going to lead to fantasising and the sexual portrayal of such women, but we must remember that this isn’t a recent phenomenon limited to those ladies hidden under a burqa.

Something of a theme develops if we widen the idea of ‘the unavailable’ being sexualised.

Think of the exploitation films that utilise this theme. How many feature nuns? How many feature innocent white women being ritually abused by tribes of black men?

It’s a ‘thing’, once you think about it.

The photos, above, show the way in which this sense of ‘unattainability’ stretches into ‘art photography’ with both hijab and nun vestments being the source of eroticising the unattainable.

In all instances, not really SLN2 territory in terms of naturism, but certainly something that we return to again and again in the framework of the objectification of women.

I mention this because I’ve previously been at the Amazon River sims in SL, where you’ll get screen notifications that ‘if you have an exotic appearance you may be subject to unwarranted attention’.

While role-play and cosplay are core to some users Second Lives, there’s also a great truth behind it. ‘The Naked Savage’ was, to a degree, ‘unattainable’ in real life, and explorers, missionaries and others were thus drawn to them.

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Christian missionaries arrive to convert these indigenous people, across the Americas, across Africa, while never being beyond having sex with the women.

Art shows these people as being naked, and thanks to the Bible one of the first things to be done was to clothe them -just as in Genesis. If we have ‘an enemy’, one of the things we do is dehumanise them. So, in current times, the entire ‘stripping the Islamic woman of her gowns of concealment’ really only follows on, I think, from a theme which has existed for centuries.

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The ‘naked savage’ of the Amazon River sims attracts the attention of the Christian explorer

Abigail’s article on Muslim women’s attitudes to life (some of her source material drawn from some of her real life Muslim friends) is an exceptionally interesting (and lengthy) read. Because of its size I may split it into two parts.

Trine