Hey beautiful people, Today I posted a tweet asking for inspiration for my blog. I received the following tweet in response:
Replying to @getnakedwithjoy: “I find it very confusing that there seems to be a line between naturism/nudism and sexuality. I am very aware of my sexuality especially when I am naked, yet it seems like oil and vinegar, they don’t mix when in context with naturism. I am not sure how to approach this subject.”@Bareskinwander1
This is a topic that sparks a lot of debate within the nudism, naturism, and textile communities. Naked Wanderings wrote about this subject in their blog post: The Truth About Nudism and Sex. Nick and Lins have covered this and related topics from a variety of perspectives over the years. They offer a wealth of information and resources on their blog, I highly recommend them!
As for my own perspective, I’ve also written a variety of posts about related subjects, but I have recently developed a fresh perspective. When I first launched Get Naked With Joy, I had no idea what the intention was other than to free my mind, body and soul. I was going through a major life transition and at the time, felt repressed and misunderstood.
I honestly don’t know why getting naked in nature helped, but I found it truly liberating. At the same time, because I posted publicly, I opened myself up to support, criticism, and a host of truly positive and terrifyingly negative responses. Over the past four years being a naked blogger, I am happy to report that the positive connections and support I have experienced online have far out weighted the few asshats and bullies I’ve encountered to date.
An interesting emotional challenge that I developed over the first couple years blogging and posting online, is that I once again began feeling repressed and misunderstood. This time it wasn’t my ex-husband, his new partners, or his family I felt judged by, it was a handful of nudists who didn’t agree with me ever mixing my sensuous personality with my “naturist posts”.
The thing is, although I do use the tag #naturist on some of my posts (the ones where I am simply naked outdoors in a fully holistic setting), I do not think that it’s important for me to identify as a Naturist or a Nudist. If I were forced to choose between the two labels, I would definitely choose Naturist. It is more conducive to how I lead my life.
I happen to be comfortable being naked both privately and in certain social nude settings but I do tend to be more comfortable being naked with people I know and trust or who have some personal experience with social nudism. When I am naked in a group setting, I find it unsettling when people chatter unconsciously about the fact that we are naked together (unfortunately some newbie nudists do this).
To date, I’ve still never been to a nudist resort other than a few times as a child (my adopted dad is a nudist). I am considering going to a nudist resort before the summer ends but it’s not a top priority for me.
Getting back to @Bareskinwander1’s question, I agree that there does seem to be a line between naturism/nudism and sexuality. From what I have read and experienced myself, the line is there for a valid reason. At the same time, drawing that line can be detrimental to the naturist/nudist movement.
I honestly don’t have an answer to this conundrum. On the one hand, it’s important that family oriented nudist resorts maintain a safe, consent based, and overall non-sexual environment for their guests. But have some nudist organizations and advocates taken it too far? I daresay the answer is yes.
A truly lovely nudist advocate whom I’ve written about before, BlondeGiraffe @TrueBlueNude who is a proud AANR member and does not follow accounts that tweet or promote POЯN/exhibitionism/graphic sex continues to follow me on Twitter despite the fact that my posts do not always represent naturism.
We have conversed over the past few years and have developed a kinship. Linda accepts that my expression occasionally dives into the realm of sensuous feminine expression. She also knows that I am a daughter, sister, friend, mother, grandmother, and an overall empowered woman. Linda supports my freedom of expression and I adore her for that.
Although I am a highly sensuous woman, what my personal expression online does not do is cross into the realm of pornographic, degrading, or explicit content. If I were to write a blog post about an experience at a nudist resort, I would include only photos that speak to the intended message of the resort.
If I am writing about a topic such as censorship, I may post a photo like this:
In contrast, if I am writing a post about naturism, I’d post a photo similar to this:
In the above photo I appear to be posing. Technically I was just enjoying the moment, but the look of me holding my hair up may even be a bit too “posed” for some of the purist naturists/nudists. At the end of the day, I do my best to navigate the naturist world with respect and compassion but I am also an advocate for freedom of expression.
I hope you have a truly blissful rest of your day.
From my heart to yours,