Is it safe to come out now?

Back to full health, my re-entry to the world of SL coincided with my least favourite time of the year in SL -Halloween. It’s not something I get excited about in RL either. So rather than worry too much about the various SL related product boards, crammed with stuff I don’t like or need, I loaded up my alt and have spent a lot of time inworld recently, rather than blogging.

2019 was, for me, a total wipeout where naturism was concerned in RL, and that impacted onward into SL.

I’ve become becalmed by naturism, in and out of SL, so a bit of a rethink was required. Then it struck me while doing some Christmas shopping online, and buying some olive oil for family members from a website in Greece (actually adopting an olive tree in an olive grove).

By the magic of SL, I was able to imagine buying olive oil directly from the farmer, who was naturist, of course 🙂

And all of a sudden, my SL was reinvigorated.


We’re going to go back in time 🙂 And undertaking a series of posts relating to historical naturism, and how acceptance of nudity has ebbed and flowed over time.

I’m well into a couple of posts intended to cover attitudes to nudity in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, and these will be posted in due course.

In the meantime, here’s a small gallery of modern day naturists in Greece, plugged into a long, historical acceptance of the naked human form.

Ella

Hallowe’en

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, but a period of illness that I thought I’d got over turned into something a little more serious, requiring a few days in hospital and now a lengthy period of convalescence at home. I’m fine, I’m recovering, it’s not something that will impact me in the long term, but it has left me very tired and weak.

Finally I’ve turned the corner with it, and I’m now getting a little stronger every day, but still exhausted a lot of the time.

I will be back soon, I promise!

Ella

Those wonderful vintage days

This has been quite a wretched naturist summer for me. Poor weather,ill health. And one of those irregular periods where SL didn’t excite me. I’ve got the bug back again…it usually only needs one post,one item to be purchased, to reinvigorate me. And now it has.  The best way to move forwards is sometimes to look backwards. So here’s a small vintage gallery to get us started for the autumn/fall. Ella

Eat the babies?????

An absolutely bizarre moment occurred last week when a woman claimed, at a meeting held by US politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, that to save the planet the solution was to eat babies. :-O

It turns out the exchange was some sort of stunt, but the power of social media was evident when the video went viral, and a meme was born.

To demonstrate how things move quickly in Second Life, there is already a T shirt bearing the #eatthebabies hashtag.


Not remotely ‘naturist’, I know, but the real life exchange demonstrates what an increasingly bizarre world we inhabit. It seems to me that it just gets stranger and stranger and it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not anymore.

I dunno, where naturism was once seen as some weird, fringe lifestyle, it feels like it’s becoming increasingly normalised as a result of the weirdness surrounding us all.

Ella

The North-East skinny dip, 2019

This morning was the 7th annual North-East skinny dip, an event that more or less concludes the naturist ‘season’ in this country (the UK).

It raises cash for MIND, an mental health charity, and I’ve heard that it was marshalled in a different manner to keep ‘casual photographers’ away, with only official photographers and participants cameras/phones allowed to record the event. Whether this was flagged up in advance, I don’t know, but my source -a veteran of this event- says that the male to female ration was much more balanced this year.

People like to have the likes of this on their ‘bucket list’ (skinny-dipping is on many people’s bucket list) and also like to raise money for charity. Combine the two and you have a winner! But people don’t like to necessarily have their naked self splashed all over the internet or in print, and it’s clear that many people would avoid the event for that reason. Good marshalling, to preserve people’s anonymity makes sense for events such as this (and also the Sydney Skinny, another event that also is firm on photographic rules).

(photos shown from last year’s official photos)

Ella

You may now bathe without tops.

This photo is, apparently, from Atlantic City in 1939, so we’re celebrating the 80th anniversary of the photo. Topless male swimming had become the norm around 1934, and I’m guessing that Atlantic City was just a little behind the curve, normalising it in ’39, hence the photo.

It’s almost certainly staged in front of a real sign, playing on the fact that the woman is pointing out the info given while the beach lifeguard looks bemused.

In many parts of the world, 80 years on, women are still fighting for equality in this matter.

Ella

The Naked Photographer


Susan has been out and about, taking photos of various SL naturist locations (and more general views). Above, she’s at the Punta Negra naturist sim, and we’ll have a report on that soon.

In the meantime, here’s a small gallery of other, similarly inclined photographers.

Ella