|Bad Attitudes on Body Image in Media and our own words|
|Jan 6, 2013|
|I think this is a pretty well known issue, Lucia Lorenzi in her "Body Shaming," post has a perfect example of this. Sometimes such examples are rather obvious, but often such concepts are not so obvious. Even naturists educated about issues of body shame can make the same mistakes.|
First Lucia is absolutely right when she says:
But there's something more insidious going on. It's not just that we, as a society, as producers and consumers of media, and as networks of individuals, are shaming those bodies which are not perfectly toned and fabulously styled: we are waging war on ALL bodies. We are attempting to erase the body (the sensuous, moving, functioning, glorious body) from existence.The thing is, we are a whole person. We are both our body and mind - they are inextricably linked. Our personal self esteem can be linked to how we perceive our own body. Having a strong body image can improve your personal self confidence.
So while we should strive to get the media and society to stop treating nudism as a joke, we should also more closely examine our own lexicon. Years ago I saw a story about how some social worker was helping young girls who had been ridiculed for not having "perfect" bodies. Getting picked on for how your body looks is horrible, it can really bring down your self confidence. So the worker told these girls a familiar refrain:
Its not what is on the outside that is important, its what is on the inside.That message, while true that you as a person should be considered important for your mind, is CONFIRMING the idea that the outside is bad, not worth your time. It does nothing to change the default social attitude about the "perfect" body. It may give some temporary relief but its a poison pill.
We need to push a more whole positive person message. You are great the way you are, body and mind. That those social perceptions are wrong and need to be changed.
So think about this, how many other things do we say that seem innocuous, but are actually toxic? Don't be so quick to offer a reassuring message when you have not actually thought about real meaning.
|Informative Poll by Bare Platypus|
|Jan 2, 2013|
|Bare Platypus is a cute and clever little blog that is currently running a poll that asks the question, "When did you become a nudist?" For my part I clicked the "From the time I could get my diaper off." I've always been a nudist and never really liked clothing. These days it seems to bother me more than ever, my wife thinks I must be allergic to them. Probably true. Head on over and let them know if and when you became a nudist.|
|Snooze - A Short Story|
|Jan 1, 2013|
|In addition to writing the occasional article or software program, I sometimes write short stories. "Snooze," is one I wrote many years ago and even had published in Naturally Magazine, though I don't recall which issue exactly, its been a number of years. Recently I posted a copy of the story in the Naturist Fiction section of the Nudist Clubhouse website.|
When I have time I try to get some of my others posted. Let me know what you think.
|Best Nude Scenes of 2012|
|Jan 1, 2013|
|First let me just make this clear, we are not talking about my home movies. No, this is actually a story about real movies, you know, the kind you go to see in a movie theater. You know, those places you went to before Netflix came along.|
Second, yes I know this is not strictly a naturist topic. But what I do find interesting about this is how movies tend to reflect and possibly drive the social idea of what is normal/ok nudity wise -- kind of like a social attitude measuring stick. Of course, you should expect the default attitude of nudity == sex and not much in the way of casual nudity. And while I really don't see the Hollywood attitude having changed much, there are few gems in the roundup from the Huffington Post. Of note is the funny shower scene in "Take This Waltz" with Michelle Williams and Sarah Silverman.
|The Naturist Journal|
|Dec 31, 2012|
|The Naturist Journal (www.naturistjournal.com) is the site I ran along with my wife for many years. We would post news stories and other short articles and even answer questions about family oriented naturism. The site used to be based on slashcode, the software behind Slashdot, which is great for posting articles, taking comments and managing users.|
Since those days many other sites now find great news stories and there are a variety of naturist bloggers that provide great content on naturist related news and topics. There are so many in fact that its hard to list them all, however I will note a few to take note of:
Chet Kresiak is probably the most prolific poster of both news stories and a wide variety of nude photos. I can appreciate that by posting so many photos he attempts to make naturism seem more normal. I would be more selective in my choice of what naturism means by way of photos than he is, but that is probably more my idealism. He also posts news stories to his twitter feed.Lady Godiva
While she has been a naturist for a while she came to the attention of many by participating in OneAndOther and sitting on the Plinth nude, on a rocking horse. Since then she has gathered quite a following, helping to promote naturism on a very positive way.Samantha Lynn Gilmour
Samantha is very new to the naturist blogging world and seems off to a good start. She posts from her own personal perspective and not intentionally about promoting naturism, though she does anyway. We need more people like this posting stories in this way.Like I said, the above is a sample - there are so many out there. Many use tumblr now and quite a few are on twitter.
For my part I do plan to post more in the coming year, both on naturism and other topics - just with my own twist on things. I use twitter for the most part, feel free to follow me there.
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|Jan 6, 2013 ||Bad Attitudes on Body Image in Media and our own words|
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