The ‘Nude’ Beach

What does the phrase nude beach suggest to you? Here in Europe, it means just that, nude people, not semi nude people. In north America it seems that the term ‘nude beach’ is much more readily applied to what we in Europe would call a ‘topless beach’, i.e. boobs out, ladies, but bottom half covered. And in Europe that sort of means damned near every beach going, and no real funny looks or the threat of a law enforcement officer pressing charges. At worst you’d get a quiet word about ‘behaviour’ from a policeman who, mark my words, will know much less about the law and nudity than you do, if you’re a card carrying naturist.

Trust me, I’ve had that conversation. Not, I should add, on a beach, but at a dinner party, where our naturism came up in conversation and another guest, a quite senior policeman, tried to bore me with his ‘legal’ take on it, much of it false. Either he didn’t know the legal position in the UK, or was working on the assumption that I wouldn’t know my rights. In this, he was quite wrong. I dismantled his arguments one by one and that bit of conversation ended with the arrival of the cheese board and the hostess declaring we should all head off to the beach and ‘get out t*ts out!’.

Well, exactly. It’s not illegal. Aspects of law relating to public nudity can be found on the Crown Prosecution Services’s website.

What is key is that ‘A naturist whose intention is limited to going about his or her lawful business naked will not be guilty of this offence.‘ Note that this isn’t just about boobs, it pertains to bottom-half nudity too!

Self-evidentially, waggling your willy at the church/school gates won’t be regarded as ‘lawful’, whether you claim to be a naturist or not, as Steve Gough, the Naked Rambler, continues to find out to his cost, and to my mind to the detriment of UK naturists, whose reputation is tarnished by his actions of being naked everywhere.

That’s my personal view. I know some UK naturists support Mr. Gough’s approach.

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Stephen Gough, the Naked Rambler

There’s a cultural difference between Europe and north America, then, and this can be seen in articles that pose the question if speedoes are acceptable nude(!) beach wear or articles which highlight toplessness in America as progressive, while Europe’s several decades past that analysis of the situation. Quite clearly, many Americans do understand what naturism is: it has been reported that in 2010 there were 260 naturist clubs in the USA, double that of a decade previously.

The Naturist Society reports that 1 in 4 Americans, while they may not necessarily classify themselves as naturist, have at least skinny-dipped in mixed company. That’s 70m people.

Within Second Life, the same conventions regarding what constitutes a nude beach carry over from real life.

On my travels around the grid I’ve often encountered places where no one is nude. Some females may be topless, but bikini briefs and, yes indeed, speedoes are the order of the day for everyone.

I can well understand the conventions within real life, where nude=topless in many RL locations. Within SL, however, I don’t understand the theory behind it. The word nude is defined here. ‘Wearing no clothes’. That’s right, no clothes.

If SL is a world where people have the opportunity to do things, virtually, that they can’t do in RL, be it a parachute jump, flying a plane, captaining a yacht, all manner of sexual activity and, yes indeed, visiting a nude beach, then should your avatar be pushing that boundary or your own, learned responses to social convention and lack of opportunity in the real world?

If you are going to visit a nude beach in SL, I’d encourage you to slip off those bikini briefs and speedoes and actually embrace full, virtual nudity.

If you teleport into a sim described as a ‘nude’ beach, accompanied by a sign at the tp point that says ‘swimwear may be worn’, do yourself a favour and tp out again.

Ella

 

Lord Orchid Nude Beach

It was great to wake up this very wet and very windy morning knowing that, this afternoon’s school run apart, ‘I’ve got nothing on’. 🙂

Don’t get me wrong: it was straight out of bed and into my jogging bottoms, sweatshirt and dressing gown (yes! that sexy!) as it’s still not warm enough to wander around au naturel, but I’ve decamped to the office where I’ll be for most of the day. My proper work will distract me from SL for an hour or more this morning (Thursday), but other than that it’s effectively an SL fest right through until Sunday night and, once again, we’ll play a little bit of catch up with the backlog.

The first post today is to direct you to Lord Orchid Nude Beach, something that’s new to me, and I’m grateful to reader Aynelle for pointing me in its direction.

Billing itself as a place where your erotic dreams and fantasies come true. Sex on the beach, couples, swinger, lesbian, bi-sexual, lust, master, slave, domination, submission, dance,…

Aynelle reports that she and her partner couldn’t find any ‘racy’ pose balls at the sim, and suggested that -from their perspective- it was all rather more ‘genuine’ naturist (as I would phrase it) than ‘sex and swinging’.

‘The raciest thing I got to do was jiggle and dance provocatively for my partner’, she grinned.

Anyone has also passed on the notecard received on landing, which I’m pleased to see are replicated in a number of languages. I wish more sims, in general, not just from a naturist perspective, would do this more often. If SL is to be inclusive, let’s not box each other off in terms of our first language and ‘others’

RULES OF THE NUDE AREA:

– Only Adult Humans
– Members with Active Tag
– Only Nude (or Bikini-Shorts)
– Dressing at the Entrance only
– No Weapons of any type
– No Assault or Harassment
You are welcome as long as you respect and comply to these rules. Any violation will cause ejecting and or banning you from our group and land. Enjoy your stay!

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REGRAS DA ÁREA NUDISMO:
– Apenas avatares humanos adultos
– Membros com Tag atividade
– Só nu-nua (ou Bikini-Shorts)
– Vestir-se na entrada só
– Não armas de qualquer tipo
– No assalto ou assédio
Você é bem-vindo, desde que você respeitar e cumprir com essas regras. Qualquer violação causará ejetar e ou proibindo-o de nosso grupo e terra. Aproveite a sua estadia!

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REGLES DE LA ZONE NUDE:
– Seulment les avatars humains adultes
– Membres avec Tag actif
– Nue (ou Bikini-Short)
– Vêtements à l’entrée seulement
– Pas d’armes de tout type
– Aucune agression ou de harcèlement
Vous êtes les bienvenus tant que vous respectez et respectez ces règles. Toute violation entraîne l’éjection et ou vous interdire de notre groupe et de la terre. Profitez de votre séjour!

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NORMAS DE LA ZONA NUDO:
– Sólo avatares humanos adultos
– Miembros con Tag activo
– Sólo Desnudos (o Bikini-Shorts)
– Vestirse únicamente en la entrada
– No armas de cualquier tipo
– No Asalto o acoso
Bienvenido siempre y cuando respete y cumpla con estas reglas. Cualquier violación causará la expulsión y la prohibición o de nuestro grupo y de la tierra. Disfrute de su estancia!

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Aynelle dances for her partner

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While her partner tries the DJ booth, and some sunbathing


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Aynelle reports that the animations commence by clicking blue or pink sandals. I’ve never heard of this before, but it’s a nice touch.


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I’ve not visited the beach yet myself, but I do find some of the poses and animations that Aynelle has tried to show in picture form to be rather cute, and something certainly worth trying out.

Ella.

‘Not everyone goes naked…’

…wrote one of our readers, so we asked her to recall a holiday abroad with her family when she was 18 and an eye-opening experience on the first couple of days of that vacation.

‘Foreign holidays were a rarity, my parents preferred to own and keep a caravan on the English east coast. But 20-odd years ago, as I turned 18, they decided that, with me going off to university, and my sister about to graduate and move to another part of the country, we’d have one last family holiday.

So we made it out to Spain, and down to the beach the first morning. My mother and sister bikini clad, me also in bikini and sarong. We have a holiday snap that my father took which is fairly similar to the photo below.

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It happened to be a nude beach! We didn’t know that when we booked a nearby hotel, and it was a bit of an eye-opener to say the least.

But what happened next was a bit more of an eye-opener, when my mother -my mother!!!!- whom I’d never so much as seen in a bikini or even her underwear before- decided that the bikini top should go!

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Emboldened, my sister (we shared a bedroom, we’d seen each other naked before) followed suit.

While the shock of my mother baring her breasts was sinking in, and a parade of full nudity passed before our eyes hour after hour, I was even less prepared for the moment when my mother and sister began giggling girlishly, and conspired to agree that they would go fully nude. It wasn’t such a shock that my sister would do such a thing, but my mother?????

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Worse! My mother went first. My sister took a little longer to pluck up the courage, but by the end of the first day both of them were running around the beach, sunbathing and swimming, fully nude. In the meantime, I’d lost the sarong, at least!

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By day two, they both began the day fully nude and…groan…my father had decided he, too, would lose his swimming trunks. Where to look!

While SLN have contrived to replicate many of my memories in virtual naturist form, I should add that no photos of my sister and I exist, although my mother and father did take photos of each other nude, and even got my sister to take one cheeky snap of them both nude on the beach.

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By the middle of day two, I admit it, I’d also lost my bikini top, on the basis that I felt overwhelmed by the fact that I seemed to be the only one on the beach in a full bikini. People were, perhaps, looking. I simply blended in by having the top disappear into my beach bag.

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And I do recall the moment when, breasts bare for the first time (certainly the first hour), I decided I needed a dip, and walked to the water’s edge, only to come face to face with the fully nude form of the son of other holiday makers who were in our hotel.  I’d identified him as a bit of a cutie….’fanciable’, if you will. And there he was, stark naked and smiling at me!

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I didn’t know where to look. Avert my eyes from his manhood? Cover my own nipples? What??? Life does not prepare you for moments like this.

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We chatted for a while…and certainly met up in the evening, dressed! back at the hotel.

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After that we spent some time together on the beach, in the hotel and…well….it resulted in a bit of a chaste kiss on the last evening of his holiday. I don’t know…did I want more? Did he want more? We’ll never know. It never happened anyway. And he never actually saw me fully nude the entire holiday.

Since then, I’ve never gone fully nude in real life, although topless is pretty much standard beach dress code. I’ve never since seen my mother, father or sister nude. Indeed, my parents are now old-age pensioners. Still with life in them, but older, and settling comfortably into old age.

I often wonder if they think about that holiday, that one-off embracing of the moment, of going nude in public. And I wonder if, when they’re gone, my sister and I are going to do house-clearing and discover some yellowing, nude holiday snaps of a younger and fully alive them.

And I wonder if I missed something by not going naked that holiday. Spiritually, physically and…who knows?…maybe even sexually.

Twenty plus years later I’m now a mother myself, and an SL player. And yeah, I’ve finally, after all these years, been known to embrace nudity even if it’s only in SL.’

 

Thanks to M, L, H & V for modelling for the photos to accompany ‘Anon’s’ tale. Thanks to Harry for the photos, which were taken at Eden Naturopolis.

 

Pookes.

 

Might a battle be brewing?

I recently read a group message from one of the sim owners/staff which was gently reminding group members that, on a nude beach, nude meant nude. Sadly, it seemed that more and more visitors to the sim were keeping their swimwear firmly on.croatia.lokrum-island-nudist-beach

A sign in Croatia spells it out clearly. No swimming costumes, no cameras.

I have to say that, since that group message was posted, I’ve noticed exactly the same thing recently at one or two places. I’m not going to get drawn into naming where I’ve noticed this growing desire to remain clothed, but just let me say that I’ve found it increasingly frustrating.

$(KGrHqV,!oMFEL(8s!!WBRrPOSZ4z!~~60_35When Sweden Naturist was open, Evacaroline was quite militant about the wearing of clothes. If online, she would, without a moment’s hesitation, eject swimwear using avatars from Sweden. In real life, the beach at Arnaoutchot (France) is equally firmly guarded, with visitors expected to strip off at entrances to the beach manned by ‘guards’, so as to best to protect the naked purity of the beach. Otherwise, more and more ‘textile’ visitors would come and in time erode the very notion of it being naturist. To maintain its reputation as a naturist beach, it is thus firmly guarded to remain fully naturist.

I’m also of the opinion that in some locations, notably in the United States, the use of the term ‘nude beach’ is sometimes applied to what we in Europe would call a ‘topless’ or CO -clothing optional- beach. So not really nude, boys and girls. Right?tumblr_lr5wht8lus1qjo1zxo1_500

I understand that we, the naturist community, have some beautiful, stunning facilities at our disposal in SL and that you, the non-naturist might want to visit and avail of the lovely facilities at our disposal. I understand that we, the naturist community, have a reputation for being a friendly, outgoing, tolerant bunch who make friends easily and that you might make some good friends in naturist sims. I understand we, the SL naturist community, have a very few beaches for our chosen lifestyle in the context of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ‘textile’ beaches (i.e. swimsuits are worn). These are all traits that mirror RL. Out there in the real world there are a very few naturist beaches in the context of the sandy stretches around the world as a whole. Out there, we -naturists- maintain a reputation as a friendly bunch.600_126706172

So please, I implore you, if you’re going to visit our beaches, please play by our rules and leave the bikinis and speedoes in your inventory. Otherwise, to protect the purity of the beaches we enjoy as a community, you may find that sim owners and staff may just begin to be a little more militant, as Evacaroline was, in ejecting those who remain clothed. And if you think that’s an over-reaction, ask yourself if you would want us -naturists- turning up, genitals displayed, in PG sims.9564109-vector-naturism-sign-means-nude-people-only-no-textile

Ella.