Brighton naturist beach

I didn’t realise it was as recently as 38 years that Britain’s first naturist beach, at Brighton, was opened.

The UK’s Daily Star reported the anniversary. What’s interesting about the article is that they published a photograph in which pubic hair -effectively full frontal nudity- appears. First time ever for a UK newspaper? I’m not sure if the photo made the print edition, but it certainly makes it to their digital version.

Four decades on, nudity is commonplace in Brighton, including the end of their World Naked Bike Ride

Ella

Ella adds : apologies for no ‘in world’ postings from Spain. The signal we have in the apartment is exceptionally poor right now (Spanish internet isn’t the best in the world) and not strong enough to allow SL to load. I’ve been reduced to re-heating media stories about naturism, but there have been some interesting RL naturist ‘postcards’ that will emerge when I get home on Monday.

Second Life nude photographers

Harry would be the first to tell you that he’s a ‘snapper’, not an artistic photographer, and the imagery on our pages are for illustrative purposes rather than be any sort of ‘art’ photography. SLN’s purpose isn’t, primarily, to produce fantastic photography.

There are, however, some absolutely fantastic nude photographers working in Second Life.

I’d suggest that John Pearl’s work on Flickr is well worth investigating, as is Isle Biedermann’s work.

I’ll add a third name to that list of photographers whose work really grabs me: Fabio Lazuli, whom I’ve known for quite some time in SL, as well as admiring his work.

Fabio can often be found at Commune Utopia, a place I’ve not visited for quite some time now, due to the external pressures of pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, work and, latterly, school holidays, but it’s somewhere I intend to revisit when my life takes up a more normal shape in a month’s time.

As the work of the photographers is their own copyright, I won’t illustrate this post with their work -click the links! – but instead illustrate it with one of our own more ‘arty’ shots.

 

Ella

Naked Britain by Amelia Allen

 

I hope the screen grab above passes muster in terms of ‘fair use’, as I’m reproducing the introduction to Amelia Allen’s ‘Naked Britain’ book for the purposes of information only. Should this contravene any copyright issues with the author or publisher I will take it down immediately.

Follow the link to see photos that document naturism in Britain in 2017, and photos from the book will be displayed at the Herrick Gallery, Mayfair, from 4th-8th of November this year. Amelia can also be found on Facebook.

And Twitter.

It already looks like something to put on the list of gifts from Santa!

Ella

Topless equality? Double standards? Conservative nonsense?

I read many avatars’ blogs, and have many bookmarked. One is The Poultry Report, by Uccello Poultry.

Not only because she embraces nudity, but because her blog often offers sage advice on the ‘state of play’ with Linden Labs, and is worth reading for a heads up on LL’s development plans. And Uccello also is a strong supporter of equal rights for women vis a vis going topless, both in real life and in Second Life.

Her recent post (July 4th) pretty much sums up the situations in both worlds where she says, about the inworld situation, that…

In this picture, though, I’m breaking a Second Life law. I am in a G-rated region with my breasts exposed. This is a no-no for no good reason.

One day, when I have the time, I’m going to ask someone official at The Lab about this. Until then, I’m going to go topless wherever I wish to, risking whatever punishment is (not) merited.

It is called freedom.

Uccello also has a Flickr page, should you want to explore her SL photos and see just why SLN can identify strongly with her stances for ‘equal rights’ both in and out of SL. I won’t post any of her photos, they’re her copyright, but you can click the links above.

This has tied in with a conversation I’ve had this week in SL, with one avatar telling me how exasperating she found some of the conservative values in SL. ‘It’s like the freedoms fought for in the 60s and 70s by the counterculture and feminists have been simply waved goodbye! We enter this second world where realistically we should be inventing our own new set of morals, yet everyone comes into it with the baggage of real world morality. I can visit sims where war gaming and killing is part of it, I can visit sims that glamorise rape and cement some males’ attitudes, yet I can’t go topless at a sim because the same silly rules that apply in real life are routinely attached to Second Life. It’s crazy!’

I felt a challenge coming on…

Long-time readers of this blog will know I have a couple of ‘alts’, avatars I can break out for photography purposes whenever I need a model and there’s no friends online to help out. While Ella is intended to resemble me, to a great extent, my alts (one male, one female) look nothing like me (well, naturally the male alt doesn’t). I imaginatively named them ‘Adam’ and ‘Eve’ for the times when they do, exceptionally rarely, get let out of the box and other than some hair (and in Adam’s case, male genitalia), I’ve spent nothing on them. They’re last resort reserves, and have been since I made them up, roughly around the time I was planning SL Naturist. They can’t have been used more than a couple of dozen times over their five year lifespans, and ‘Eve’ is my go-to alt avatar with which to occasionally experiment with mesh avatars, should any freebie mesh stuff make an appearance. ‘Eve’ has little more than the clothes you see her standing up in. A couple of freebies, yes, but I wouldn’t roll her out to pick up many of the free items available on a weekly basis. However, Ella does pick up a lot of clothes, so I’m kind of aware where to go to pick things up.

Ella in her ‘Eve’ alt avatar guise.

Taking up the baton Uccello intimated at, I spent a couple of hours going around numerous reasonably populated sims, i.e. places offering free clothes, to see what the reaction might be to a topless female going shopping, and gauge reaction in SL. Sure, I could go totally nude, but the focus here is on top-free equality.

Let’s experiment…

Ready to take your top off, Eve?

 

Great! Let’s proceed!

I have to admit I imagined I’d meet some resistance to a topless female. An hour later, no one had IMed me with a word of condemnation as to my semi unclothed state, despite me teleporting around numerous very popular SL sims. I’d picked up free skins, clothes, make up, tattoos, footwear as part of kitting Eve out. Tarried in front of lucky boards, midnight mania boards and lucky letter boards surrounded by others, headed to safe hubs which are always thronged.

And the reaction was zip, zilch, nada.

I dispensed with the denim skirt I’d been wearing and proceeded to go around many more sims fully nude, apart from boots and sunglasses (Hey, it was a sunny day!) Nope. Not a word of warning that I’d forgotten to dress or that my clothes hadn’t rezzed. It used to be that the grid was a little less stable and, even if wearing clothes on your own monitor, they didn’t show on others’ monitors and you would get a friendly IM from a stranger warning you of this.

So…how about my other ‘alt’, Adam?

Here he is, ready to set out on an adventure.

 

My expectation was that male genitalia might be seen as more offensive than a naked female and ‘frighten the horses’ (ha! See what I did there in relation to the photo above?) But no! Adam spent close to another hour this past week teleporting into popular spots and wandering fully nude. Only once was mention made of his state of undress, and that (see above) was a friendly notification that he’d forgotten to dress. No one threw him out of a sim or spent time remarking. That’s not to say that you couldn’t teleport into a location and immediately be confronted by some uptight, body phobic idiot, but it demonstrates to me that people -and it challenged my own expectations- no longer care about naked avatars in a way they once did. Yet there are avatars who have the capacity to escape their own limits and fail to do so. So many skin (skin!!!!!) stores still utilise photos with censorship it’s unreal. Blogs who refuse to incorporate nudity into photos when the situation would lend itself to nudity. Blogs who promote overtly sexual outfits, yet won’t use the rather more mundane naked body under any circumstances. However, it was great to discover that, in the main, nudity, almost anywhere in SL, is not worthy of comment by other avatars, busy getting on with their own lives rather than interfering in those of others. Perhaps it’s a lesson that needs to be projected back into real life, particularly by those who have Twitter accounts. Haven’t you anything better to do than find stuff to be offended about?

Ella

 

Summer winds down


The trip to buy new school uniforms this week reminded me that the summer is almost over and it’s ‘back to school’ time in a couple of weeks. This summer has been the first where my children have got to an age where playing in the garden daily didn’t satisfy, and we’ve had road trips to various attractions to make the summer holidays more interesting.

As a result, SLN has suffered from a relative dearth of posts, but we’ll be ratcheting that up shortly as the naturist season in Europe begins to wind down. Once the schools go back, you can see a downturn in naturist locations abroad and naturism, while still doable, diminishes for another year. My summer, this summer, has been much less active, naturist wise, than previously, but we’ve a holiday back in Spain next week to look forward to.

Again, this has been dictated by the needs of the children. In previous years, pre-school and nursery (kindergarten) years it was possible to take a cheap holiday in mid-September, as the children weren’t losing out on an enormous amount of learning (and, indeed, I often regarded a week in the sun attempting to learn some Spanish as a more educational week than might be achieved in school).

What not posting as much has allowed me to do, though, is think. I’ve had lots of time to consider various angles and ideas for the blog, and when the children are back to school I’ve got a number of plans that I’d like to bring forward into SLN. First off, there’ll be a bit of general housekeeping, and after that we’re…well, you’ll just have to wait and see! 😉

This morning is a beautiful morning, and there will be some home-naturism later when the sun gets a bit higher in the sky. I don’t know what it’s like in your part of the world, but there’s a bit of an autumnal nip in the morning air, and the leaves on the chestnut trees, the first to appear in spring, the first to go in autumn, are already changing colour.

I’ll try to get some ‘Postcards’ published from Spain during next week, and after that SLN will begin to ratchet up its posting activity for autumn and winter.

Ella