Winter Bare

Winter Bare
Bare Stare and totally relaxed!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Photo-Blog: Bottoms Up! End of September, 2015

Bottoms Up! for all Guys Without Boxers!

It's the end of September and ready or not, Autumn is here. Here's your last chance to show-off your beautiful bare buttocks as we skinny-dip outside for one final time before the temperatures drop. 

Early autumn is great for outdoor nudity. Camping is fun, hiking is great and skinny-dipping is perfect without all the crowds from the summer. Strip bare and enjoy some "natural" fun today! Our remaining skinny-dipping days outdoors are severely numbered! Don't be the last to bare your buns!

Better still, strip bare with a friend! Double the clothes-free fun!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Bare With Pride

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Final September Weekend

So begins the last weekend of September, 2015. Time for one final fling at the beach before the weather becomes too uncertain with the arrival of October and the Autumn temperatures.

Many of the public beaches here in the USA no longer have scheduled maintenance as we are now officially in the "off" tourist season. Hence the visible debris on the beach above.

Get bare and sun yourself while we're still able!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Bare With Pride

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Royal Heir Denounces Homophobia

It isn't often to learn of a member of the Royal Family speaking publicly against homophobia. It is refreshing to read of their stands for equality for all persons and it appears as though the heir to the Windsor Throne has done just that. 

My blogging brother and friend, Kishna, has posted an exceptional entry concerning H.R.H. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his very public denunciation of homophobia recently. Of course, we all know such a statement could not be issued without the prior approval of the prince's grandmother, H.M. the Queen. 

To read his article, click here

The above photo not show His Royal Highness. The Duke of Cambridge's image is below. 

It is heartening to know that the second-in-line Heir to the Throne not only of the United Kingdom, but of the entire Commonwealth, rejects the discrimination against all same gender loving persons. We could use someone with such an enlightened attitude to educate the plethora of politicians here in the U.S.A. 

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Bare With Pride

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Autumn Begins and 2015 Summer Reading List

Autumn Sunset

The 2015 Autumn season begins today. As the seasonal transition offers no clearly marked temperature change, there's no need to immediately abandon all hope of enjoying the freedom of outdoor nudity, at least not for another few weeks. There is still time to make plans to get together with friends and organize bare outings to celebrate the passing of another summer and to bask in the nude glow of early autumn. 

Aaron, my husband, and myself are in the midst of planning a nude hike into the woods for our extended clothes-free family and close friends. Nothing beats the early autumn chill better than a brisk hike followed by a mid-day spent basking in the warm sunshine. It's a great way to improve the blood-flow and excellent exercise. Besides, it presents yet another reason to be outdoors nude (as if anyone needs an excuse)!   

If the weather cooperates, it should be warm enough for us to take an early afternoon break from the rigors of hiking for a skinny-dip into a nearby river before the sun begins to set. A full day of fresh autumn nudity before the cold temperatures arrive. 

In the meantime, we'll opt to be outside and bare whenever we're able. Lately, the past several winters have been too long and too harsh for either one of us to waste one precious moment of outdoor nakedness than necessary. Those clothes-free outdoor memories are a terrific way to melt away the frigid temperatures on the cold winter days! 


2015 Summer Reading List

These are the books that I read this past summer. This was accomplished while I enjoyed a social nude environment either at a public beach or in the clothes-free "comfort zone" at a local public park. The books that I read this past summer between the USA Memorial Day (end of May) holiday and the Labor Day (beginning of September) holiday include:

Tomlinson Hill: The remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name- one black, one white by Chris Tomlinson

Invasion by Robin Cook, MD

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs 

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A family, A Virginia Town, A Civil Rights Battle by Kristen Green

A War To Be Won: Fighting The Second World War by Williamson Murray and Allan R. Millet

The Innocent Man by John Grisham

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Last Full Day of Summer, 2015

Invariably in life, all good things must come to an end. This includes the Summer, 2015. As much as I hate to see the season disappear, it has to go in order for another Summer to head towards us. Such is the way of our seasonal cycle.

As we sit back and watch this past summer "wade off into the sunset," I trust it was a safe and happy one for all. I know that it was for Aaron and I. It was our matrimonial time and that event has left us both with many pleasant memories and happiness. 

We'll both look back on the recent summer and fondly recall the good times with both family and friends. It's not just the major life-changing moments that make a passing season special. Fortunately for all of us, there are many exciting and fun times that we all enjoy. 

Farewell to the Summer of 2015! 

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Bare With Pride

Friday, September 18, 2015

Nude Dudes, September, 2015

Casually, proudly and openly sharing his complete bareness with much pride, this above dude is the perfect epitome of the summer of 2015! A great way to spend the final weekend of the summer season! Autumn begins on Wednesday so this is one lasting tribute of the glory of nudity before the colder weather eventually arrives.

The above hirsute skinny-dipper is thrilled to have one last opportunity to swim naked in the ocean before having to retreat to indoor aquatic facilities with the approach of the Autumn. Best to get out and enjoy the natural sunlight while you can, man! 

A "bottoms-up" nude helps us bid farewell to a fun summer as he splashes about in the rapids of a river. 

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Bare With Pride

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Perspective: Bare Footgear

My Feet In Sandals

Many social nudists reject the notion of footwear while bare as "un-nude" and too conforming. They argue that if you're wearing sandals or any other form of shoes, you're not completely naked. I understand their point but disagree with their premise. Since our feet are a very vulnerable part of our body and one of the few areas more than likely to encounter a foreign object and sustain an injury (or worse), many of us who embrace living bare (myself included), would rather be proactive and maintain a barrier between our nakedness and the sometimes unfriendly earth. 

True, if we're wearing protection, we're not completely nude. However, I feel that I may be hanging out totally naked everywhere else (see picture above), just because I'm wearing a pair of sandals fails to exclude me from my naturist/nudist brethren. I'm bare everywhere else in spirit if not in fact.

In my opinion, boots are no different than sandals as far as nudity is concerned. The same principal applies: it's worn for the protection of the foot. Especially true while hiking, no matter if its in an urban or wild environment. There's always a need to provide some support and covering for our feet. The activity is useless in the event of a foot injury. 

The same logic holds true when riding a bicycle, no matter if its for recreation or for participating in the local World Naked Bike Ride event. A hurt foot could prove to be a disaster for both the cyclist and for other riders. The bottom-line here is that the wearing of footgear in no way compromises the nudity of the particular individual. 

Athletics play an important aspect in the lives of many social nudists. The purist nudist claim that the use of footwear or athletic shoes or other footgear negates the nakedness of the wearer is a tedious adherence to minute detail that ignores the larger scope of the naturist/nudist personal safety, which should always be a top priority. In my mind, that's like throwing out the baby with the proverbial bathwater. Our primary concern should be the health and well-being of our brother naturists and not the spirit of our nudity.

For a number of years I played on a nude same gender loving recreation basketball team. We competed against other nude teams and our major consideration was always the safety of all of our players and spectators. The fact that we were running and dribbling up and down the basketball court with our penis and testicles bouncing in full view reminded everyone watching us play that we were a bare ball team. The fact that we were wearing athletic shoes was virtually unnoticed by most of the audience. I expect the same holds true for most naked teams. 

  I respect the opinions of my fellow nudists with regards to the wearing of shoes, etc., and being nude. They have a point but so do I. If we are willing to share our nakedness with others through our enjoyment of nude sports, then any concern for our safety does not make us any less naked than anyone else. There are far too many haters in this world than for us nudists, gay or straight, to resort to in-fighting when the basic matter is the safety of us all. It isn't as though anyone is giving out prizes for whoever is the "most" naked among us.   

I appreciate the ongoing discussions such as this one over footgear within our bare community. I believe these debates help bridge the various issues that potentially could prove divisive within the social nudist culture. Contributing to the ongoing dialogue fosters an understanding of different perspectives and encourages other men to enter into the sharing of views. In turn, this leads to a healthy and stronger community. It helps to build a lively and vibrant culture and to mutual respect among all members. It adds to the diversity among naked practitioners that all of us can appreciate. 

Strip off your clothes! The footgear is optional and experience the freedom of being completely bare!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Bare With Pride

Friday, September 11, 2015

Patriot Day, USA

Patriot's Day, 2015

honoring those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Bare With Pride

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Overview: Skinny-Dipping

The very mention of the term skinny-dipping immediately conjures up images of boys and men, stripping off their clothing in a mad rush to head into a body of water and frolic about splashing water over themselves and their buddies. Without a care in the world nor one piece of clothing on their bodies, they dive and create mayhem together while enjoying the warm rays of sunshine that cover their nakedness and afford them the freedom of the summertime. 

As in the above photograph, there is some mystical attraction between bare men and the water, especially during the height of the summer season. Once the clothes come off, there is an inexplicable force of nature that works as a magnet to draw naked men to the aquatic shores. 

This ritual, as old as mankind itself, is repeated over and over throughout the world every summer season. What this means is that some men are always stripping to swim every day, somewhere on this planet we all call home. 

Skinny-dipping is a fairly recent term used to describe the act of swimming nude/naked. Originally, it was primarily a colloquial phrase used in the USA Deep South region to mean swimming completely clothes-free. It didn't gain widespread usage throughout the USA until after the massive mobilization of American men to fight on two battlefronts during World War II. By the time of the surrender of Japan, most Americans understood exactly what skinny-dipping meant. 

Prior to World War II, swimming was almost universally understood to be an activity/sport that was always performed in the nude. From the earliest of times, both men and women engaged in swimming in segregated spaces and times and almost always clothes-free. It wasn't until midway through the Victorian period in Great Britain that women began using loose-fitting gowns for swimming while men and boys always swam naked. This was common everywhere. 

Swimming suits for men didn't appear until the latter years of Victoria's reign. The first male swimsuit, created in the 1890's, was made of wool, which became heavy when wet. For most men at the time, the weight alone proved unacceptable and the cost of the garment was prohibitive to all except the wealthy. The vast majority of the middle and lower classes of people continued to swim naked, or skinny-dip.

"The Swimming Hole" Thomas Eikins, artist, 1885

Because of the predominately agricultural and rural nature of most societies, natural bodies of water was the location of most swimming opportunities for the world's populations. In the few industrialized cities, the expense of public bath-houses was restricted to only a few. Most bath-houses were segregated by gender and the heavy woolen fabric used in male swimsuits continued to encourage most men to practice nude swimming. 

The growth of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and that organizations establishment of athletic facilities brought to the middle classes the idea of large indoor pools for year-around swimming. Well into the 20th century, YMCA's maintained a strict policy of mandatory naked swimming in all of their local affiliates. It wasn't until the 1960's when the YMCA's began to admit women that swimsuits became the norm for swimming.  Up until the early 1970's, YMCA's continued to host advertised "skinny-dip" swims for male members only and their male guests. 

The expansion of the middle classes didn't occur universally until the manufacturing growth caused by World War II in most countries. The war production led to the rapid growth of synthetic fabrics and this in turn introduced affordable male swimsuits for virtually all men everywhere. As a result of the availability of swimming attire and the accessibility to indoor pools, the widespread custom of skinny-dipping began to decline in popular culture. 

However, skinny-dipping or naked swimming never disappeared from popular culture. The naturist/nudist community kept the spirit alive within the clothes-free culture and the renaissance of that movement following World War II fostered a renewed interest in the creation of areas where skinny-dipping or naked swimming can occur legally and without stigma. 

The social nudity experience has led to the popularity of nude beaches, resorts and to the number of clothing-optional sites. This growth has helped to maintain an affordability to skinny-dipping or naked swimming and in some ways to respectability. The very fact that one has merely engaged in a skinny-dipping experience no longer has the marginalization or judgment attached as it once did. 

As more people are discovering the joys of swimming naked, the demand has grown and more resorts and indoor pools are offering guests opportunities to enjoy themselves while completely bare. In the past decade, there has been a rapid growth in same gender loving oriented destinations providing optional nudity experiences for patrons as many more travellers are opting to "go bare." 

For many teens and young adults today, skinny-dipping is often considered a rite-of-passage action where the young people begin to assert their independence of adult supervision. They're at last able to enjoy swimming without parental chaperone's and can at last experience the joys of skinny-dipping with their comrades and even spending the entire afternoon hanging out without wearing one iota of clothing. For most, this experience provides the epitome of the phrase, "the carefree days of summer." 

A number of social nudists have attributed adolescent and/or young adult skinny-dipping as their initiation into their world of social nudity.  This is as true for same gender loving social nudists as it is for the heterosexual. Most adolescents are extremely body-conscious as they begin to experience puberty and the accompanying physical development. If they are able to achieve enough confidence to skinny-dip among their peers and others during this developmental period, the chances are likely that they will continue to practice some form of social nudity later in life, even if it just occasional visits to a clothing-optional beach. 

It's never too late to try skinny-dipping. There are a few more weeks of summer left here in the Northern Hemisphere. Have fun!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Bare With Pride