EDITORIAL, December 2017

Over at Çommune Utopia’s sim, there’s a meadow where, I think, erotic readings sometimes take place.

I’ve never been to that, I’ve no idea what it entails, as ‘erotic’ falls beyond the remit of this blog. Come to that, promoting Commune Utopia activities has previously led this blog into a little bit of bother, lol, when Diane suggested she might blog about an orgy they were holding and the grid (well, a couple of people, lol) objected. At the time they were probably right to object, as we’ve always held a firm ‘genuine naturism only’ policy, and reporting an orgy was well off our radar.

But we, and presumably they, got over the storm in a teacup. Indeed, one party who objected saying ‘that’s not genuine naturism’ had the audacity to do so while their own blog freely promoted a bit of adultery as relatively commonplace in naturism. It’s not. Never has been, never will be. Hypocrisy at its finest, and I told the blog author as much on here AND on their own blog.

Since then, I’ve tried to widen the scope of naturism a little. I still don’t like, or recognise, this sort of behaviour as acceptable within naturism, but I’m adult enough to know that (a) goes on and (b) does get tacked on -inaccurately, unfairly- as an adjunct of naturism. Consider the slightly more freewheeling activities at real life naturist venues like Cap D’Agde or Hedonism to understand that while many can and do visit these places for the same sort of genuine naturism I enjoy, they’re existing hand in hand with ever more risqué activities being hauled into ‘the naturist family’.

It is entirely conceivable I could return to Cap D’Agde, with my family, and enjoy an entirely innocent, genuine naturist holiday…providing I don’t explore certain sections of beach by day or clubland by night.

I could choose to ignore the reality of the ‘more risque’. And indeed I have ignored it for the time this blog has existed. But we can’t hide our heads in the sand to the existence of this sort of behaviour.

These locations do exist. These locations are a part of a wider naturist fraternity/sorority whether I, or you, like it or not. And, as I’ve said, the genuine sometimes co-exists with the risque in the same location.

I decided some time ago to, not exactly embrace these sort of ‘naturist’ activities in real life and Second Life, but to at least acknowledge their existence. I can certainly report, but still maintain a firm ‘anti’ line in our editorial. It seems that I can very readily say ‘look…this sim exists. It’s not what I regard as real naturism. It’s not what you’ll see at a real naturist beach, 999 visits out of 1000’. But it’s quite silly to suggest sex never happens at a naturist beach or resort. Of course it does. Go to the beach early enough in the morning in a genuine naturist resort and you may stumble upon a couple getting ‘frisky’.

What’s key is that there’s no one around. Or the people (participating) think there isn’t. It doesn’t fall into the ‘public sex’ element of, say, Cap D’Agde. Young lovers making love? What could be more natural?

On that basis, then, there is a place for us to report, even disapprovingly, the full range of naturism. Some of this we’ve already done. ‘Wild swimming’ isn’t ‘naturist’, being more of a ‘nude activities’ kind of thing, but no one would ever suggest it doesn’t belong within the broader naturist family. Where do we draw the line?

At music festivals people adopt a fairly ‘clothing optional’ attitude, often, and while it isn’t ‘naturist’, it’s often seen as within the broader naturist family. Where do we draw the line?

WNBR? Burning Man? Again, it’s all about being clothing optional and of ‘body acceptance’. Not ‘naturist’ per se but within that same broad naturism. Where do we draw the line?

Expect, in 2018, SL Naturist to expand the sims we review, without necessarily giving those sims our seal of approval.

 

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Within SL there’s a growing tendency for ‘naturist’ sims to drift away from being ‘naturist’ to being ‘clothing optional’. I’ve had enough of this and of watching ever increasing numbers of avatars teleport into a sim while clothed.

Where ‘clothing optional’ sims exist, we’re going naked. No messing about in swimsuits. Naked or nothing, even if we’re the only ones naked. If the sim permits it, we’ll be naked, not trying to conform to a majority does code. Keen naturist avatars have been doing this, dressing, on some sims where clothes aren’t needed (according to the sim rules). If we, the naturist community, don’t make a stand in SL, we’ll lose more sims to the evil of ‘clothing optional’. Remember : nude or nothing for us in sims where nudity is allowed.

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Sssh! Not a word! But after months of running the blog alone, I’ve now got a couple of new writers added to the staff roster. Expect to be introduced to them in the coming days.

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And that’s it from me for 2017. Some changes coming to SLN in 2018, so keep checking back to the blog. I’m now about to jump in the car and drive to a Scottish castle for a New Year’s Eve (Hogmanay) bash. Ball gowns and men in kilts! 🙂

There’s a couple more posts to follow -relevant to New Year’s Eve- which I’ve already pre-written and will publish via my phone later, but I won’t be at the computer to add anything else until tomorrow afternoon. Whatever you’re doing this evening, behave responsibly, act sensibly and have a great time. See you all in 2018. Happy Nude Year.

Ella

 

 

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