As I sit here on a freezing cold morning, I can see (and hear) the co-op lorry backing in with today’s delivery. I can see also the grey sky which looks as if it has more snow, than rain to deliver, in those clouds. Its Easter Monday, It’s April 1st and the “World of Naturism” seems as far away as it ever could, then you wonder if its ever going to warm up again. During the past few weeks I’ve had a month’s ban imposed by Facebook, that for posting nothing more, than the naturist photos I post here. The BBC news also reported, that on March 22nd the temperature had reached a glorious high of 5°c, whereas on March 22nd 2012 it was 21°c….what’s going on !!!
During these weeks, we managed to forget about our naked world, by visiting a few towns and cities that we have and haven’t visited before. We saw some famous sights, some hidden gems, visited some decaying “concrete monstrosity” towns, but all in all had a good time. The famous sites : – Beachy Head, Ely Cathedral, Dover Castle (from afar). Hidden gems: – the ruins of St Mary’s church in Reculver, the beach at Dymchurch, both in Kent and the horrid decaying towns of Dover and Folkestone. It is amazing what you can find near you, in your own country if you just look that bit harder. Oh by the way parking at Reculver (near Herne Bay) is only £1.00 for 24 hours !!!
During these weeks, our thoughts were never far from our own “stately pleasure-dome” (our naturist world) as Kubla Khan decreed in that famous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge from 1797.You can have as much indoor naturism as you like, but it’s never quite the same as being nude outside in the open air. Last year, we were out walking in February, at the beach in March, this year we’ve had to make do with being at home and the occasional naturist swim at Prested Hall near Kelvedon in Essex. Naturism (as I keep trying to say) is all about the relaxation or freedom that is so overwhelmingly liberating. Society has a perverted view of naturism, so much that normally they giggle at it, poke fun at it or latterly like Facebook try to ban it. Naturist’s dress to go shopping, they dress to go to work; naturists believe it or not are just normal people, living normal lives. Society also thinks that naturists are always naked regardless of weather conditions. This too is also a perverted view because when it’s cold “we’d freeze our arses off ”. In reality millions more people try it and even more want to try it.
Conversations about naturism tend to go like this as when someone recently asked:-
“Do the authorities ever tell you that can’t walk around naked ? Just wondering ? Where do you stand law wise ?” I replied by saying “there’s no law saying you can’t Google it” (it’s was too long winded to explain in full).
The reply came “Has a copper (policeman/woman) ever stopped you?” I replied “No because we go on beaches and in the countryside, it’s only a offence, if you offend someone, being naked isn’t an offence by itself”
The replies came “Really” (Yes Really !) “So you could walk down the high street? & Do people in the countryside react funny to you?” I replied “Because of the media, nudity is seen as something sexual by society, when really it shouldn’t. It’s innocent too, for kids to run around naked in the garden, but for adults its unthinkable.” I went on to add “There’s a guy called Stephen Gough who tests the lawmakers by going around naked he’s nicknamed the “naked rambler” look him up online” also I mentioned “ Naturism is not practiced by weirdoes just ordinary people. Once you get used to being naked its relaxing liberating and fun (in a non-sexual way).It’s also for people of all shapes and sizes too. We don’t go out in overly public places though. You should try it on a beach or in the countryside you’ll love it “
I may have a convert who knows ? Although most people will give the normal excuses for not stripping off, which I’ve mentioned many times in earlier posts. Hopefully slowly people will see that being naked isn’t such a big deal and that it can be enjoyed without being in anyway sexual.
Going forward with that thought, the media, social, public organisation and bodies, together with society, should step forward and also see that nudity in itself is not explicit. They shouldn’t ban photos just because it shows plain nudity. They should only ban photos if it shows sexual excitement or simulation…in plain English “open legged shots or erections”.