Hallowe’en (2)

I’ve already done a post on Howie’s Hallowe’en Party, and more photos may well follow. As I say, this year it began as a costumed, clothing optional party with a Hallowe’en theme.

As we often do posts on real life situations which we reimagine in an SL context, I thought it might be nice to find a few photos of people in Hallowe’en costumes and reimagine Howie’s party brought to life, with all manner of naturists initially turning up in costume.

 

Ella

Grausame Tochter (Cruel Daughters)

Grausame Tochter’s ‘Ich liebe meine vagina’ (I love my vagina) video, with English lyric subtitles)

 

Grausame Tochters, or Cruel Daughters in English, are a German ‘Industrial’ band I was informed about this week. I have to say that the ‘industrial’ music scene isn’t something about which I’m remotely familiar, but I was advised that they could be something I’d find interesting in the context of this blog, and how right that person was!

Not naturist at all, but certainly within the remit of the blog in the sense that they’re normalising nudity to some extent (or titillating a mainly teenage, male audience?). Either way, singer Aranea Peel and bass guitarist Era Kreuz aren’t afraid to perform nude, as the photos show.

 

We’ve had quite a bit of fun replicating RL in SL with this blog entry. Thanks to Becca and Jax for fulfilling the roles of Era Kreuz and Aranea Peel so enthusiastically.

Industrial techno isn’t quite my chosen genre of music, so I can’t say how good they are within their chosen field, but their video, their message and their image are powerful. If you watch the video at the top of the page, you’ll also see how aspects of SL are very, very familiar within their work. It’s almost as if SL, or another virtual world platform, was used for the video.

Ella

Hallowe’en

I’ve never quite got Hallowe’en. I put that down to being born in England, where we celebrated Guy Fawkes night, a celebration of a failed attempt to blow up parliament in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605

Elsewhere in the UK, certainly here in Scotland or across the sea in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Hallowe’en, the night before All Hallows/All Saints, prevail as the primary celebration of that week. It’s also closely aligned with the Gaelic/Celtic festival of Samhain.

Hallowe’en is also huge in north America while it’s celebrated in places like Mexico as Dia de los Muertos, the day of the dead.

When I say I don’t get it, of course I understand it. It’s just that not having grown up in a culture where it was celebrated, I don’t readily identify with it, although that has changed since I was a child, with England increasingly celebrating it (more for commercial reasons and shifting turnip lanterns and other seasonal tat).

And of course Hallowe’en is huge in Second Life with many sims bedecked with pumpkins and the like. Add in a splash of autumnal colour and it becomes one of the most photogenic times of the SL year.

If Hallowe’en is your thing, there’s plenty of outfit choice to be had on a dollarbie/free basis. Below, I’m wearing a Hallowe’en outfit from Brii Underground, worn to one of Howie’s irregular naturist soirees. This year it started off as a clothing optional event, provided the clothing had a Hallowe’en theme, but hey, we’re all naturists who are invited to his events, so we inevitably ended up nude in his pool at midnight anyway, watching a firework display he arranged.

Lydia and SLN photographer Harry picked up free ‘witch’ and ‘witch hunter’ outfits available at Blue Moon Enterprises (L$0, no group join fee) although Harry doesn’t appear to be doing much witch-hunting here, and appears to be more under Lydia’s spell! 🙂 

Jenny and Hank had picked up pumpkin heads to wear in acknowledgement of the Naked Pumpkin run, a long standing Hallowe’en event in the US (see photos above and below). These are a free gift at Kaju at the Darkness Monthly Event.

 

We’ve extensively covered the Naked Pumpkin run before at SLN, Pookes reporting on it in 2012, with two blog entries on our own SL version of it. The real life version was blogged, again by Pookes, in 2014.

I have to say that the accessories  for SL’s pumpkin run have vastly improved in the past five years!

Evie’s costume was another of Brii Underground’s dollarbie outfits.

I didn’t get the chance to ask her dancing partner where he got his minimalist outfit. Watch out you don’t burn the burgers!

 

Naturist blogger/youtuber Christine presents her countdown to Halloween 2017!

 

Mary Clare from Terra Cotta naturist resort

It’s not something I plan on blogging about much because it’s not really something that grabs me and also because there’s no real naturist perspective.

What I will talk about, instead, is the type of photography used to portray it. Above are a selection of images of ‘witches’, always done in some sort of stylised, sexual form. It’s sexualising women in a specific way, in much the same way that ‘mysterious’ women are generally sexualised. Think nuns…Muslim ladies…and the slightly mysterious world of witches. ‘Fair game for portrayal as sexualised women’ appears to be the general train of ‘thought’. I’ll probably revisit this train of thought in a subsequent post, but I’ll leave it for now. Back to Howie’s clothing optional Hallowe’en party.

Barbara’s outfit evntually gets discarded as she hits the pool with friends. Anna hits the pool in a rather strange ‘clown’ mask. A lady in a batman/batgirl mask chats with another guest beside the pool

While I don’t really do Hallowe’en, just remember there’s a stack of freebie outfits out there, and you can dress up as naturist/textile as you like to be at whatever Hallowe’en parties are going on in your SL.

I’ll be blogging a further gallery from Howie’s Hallowe’en soiree in due course, but I wanted to post the links to a few outfits in advance of the day itself.

Ella

Heroes of Naturism : Gerhard Riebicke

Gerhard Riebicke was a German photographer who photographed, amongst other things, the naturist movement of the 1920s/1930s, just before naturism entered its darkest hour, tainted by association, for a while, with the entire Nazi philosophy of young, energetic and Aryan.

While some of his choreographed nude photography has a dubious element of faintly echoing later, disturbing imagery of the Nazis (not, incidentally, photographed by Riebicke to my knowledge), we can marvel at his capturing of movement and shape.

 

Definitely worthy of being in our ‘Heroes of Naturism’ gallery.

Ella

Are you ready?

 

There’s a new Taylor Swift video out later this week and much is being made, on social media, about her cyborg look in a ‘nude’ bodysuit.

 

Amazing how the concept of ‘nude’ still sets pulses racing, and how some people ‘aren’t ready for it’.

Ella

Indonesia’s naturist community defying the law.

I’ve not posted much recently because there hasn’t been too much to report on, in terms of real world naturism.

When I’ve got inworld in the past couple of weeks I’ve occupied my time away from the naturist sims for fear of trying to force a blog post where none was realistically worth doing. As a result, I’ve been hopping around lingerie stores, more of which in a subsequent post.

While clicking around various news sites I found a naturist related story on the BBC, regarding Indonesia’s secret naturist community defying the law.

“We could face jail time if we appeared nude in public,”

Their [Indonesia’s naturist community’s]  best shot would be Bali, which is less strict than the rest of majority Muslim Indonesia. But he says the existing nudist-friendly resorts “cater to foreigners only”.

Rewind 40 years and nudity was common in places like Bali – women would often walk around topless, and bathe naked.

Nude Balinese Women in Native Attire

As is often the case, it seems as though ‘progress’ takes us backwards in terms of ‘body freedom’, wherever we are in the world.

We weren’t able to find a huge amount of traditional Indonesian/Balinese dress in SL, but our model above is wearing something called a kebaya. A blouse and dress combination sometimes worn with a Muslim hijab.

I have to say that the historical f orm of Thai/Indonesian dress seems rather more comfortable!

 

I was rather hoping to find the headdress known as a chadok in SL or the marketplace, but sadly this is unavailable.

A chadok

A couple of years ago, remember, a model posed in Bangkok wearing nothing but traditional dancer’s jewellery, in an episode that outraged the authorities.

 

Ella

You think naturists are weirdos???? Whatever!!!

 

This ‘Whatever’ pose is available from Helamiyo. L$0, free group join.

There’s a bunch of other L$1 poses (for singles and couples) to chooses from as well.

It feels to me that, as time goes by, more and more naturists are adopting an ‘I’m a naturist…whatever‘ attitude and ‘coming out’ to the world. 

It really shouldn’t be a ‘debate’ we’re having in 2017, or fretting about what ‘the boss’ thinks. ‘The boss’ can’t discriminate against people in terms of sexuality, gender, age or ‘disability’, so why assume s/he can or will discriminate on the basis of a type of lifestyle?

Ella