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Venice Beach Council wants Women to be able to Sunbathe Topless again!

image Forty years ago, a cadre of Venice Beach sunbathers routinely basked in the altogether. The Venice Neighborhood Council thinks the time is ripe to take a half-step back to that time of physical freedom. In a 12-2 vote Tuesday, the council said it "supports women being afforded the same rights as men to sunbathe topless." The city and county of Los Angeles prohibit nude or topless sunbathing. Venice council community would draft letters to Councilman Mike Bonin, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the County Board of Supervisors....More...


World's Best Beach Holidays (Without the Resorts!!!)

image There are beaches, and there are beach resorts. They might sound as if they go together like airports and boredom, like LAX and a pat-down – you could easily think that if you wanted to spend a week by the sand you'd have to spend it in a huge hotel with a buffet breakfast and a kids club. But that doesn't have to be the case. Some of us don't like resort life. I'm not a fan of lying by pools and I don't really like huge crowds....More...


Nude Beer Festival Bare Beach Beer Bash returns to the Poconos this summer!!

image If you’ve never enjoyed a beer in the buff, the time has come to drop your duds and have some suds — courtesy of the Bare Beach Beer Bash. The annual festival will make its return to the Poconos’ Sunny Rest “clothes-free” resort Saturday, June 27 for an afternoon of very good beer paired with other stark-naked people who enjoy it. Tickets are $20 at the door, must be nude for the duration of the event....More...


Brazilian government will sue Facebook for withdrawing a picture of two naked Indians

image The photograph of a couple of half-naked Indians who had been published on the website of the Ministry of Culture on that social network. Ferreira said the network social “ignored” the laws of Brazil and did not respect the culture of indigenous peoples. The Brazilian government has announced that it will take legal action against Facebook for withdrawing a photograph of a naked Indian couple who had been published....More...


Catalan nudists vow to fight to bare all on beach to Strasbourg

image Naturists are taking their fight to be able to strip off on a Catalan beach to Strasbourg after Spain’s supreme court ruled that nudism is not a fundamental right. The ruling sided with a decision in 2009 by the town of Castell-Platja d’Aro, 50 miles (80km) north of Barcelona, to ban nudism on its beaches and impose fines of up to €300 (£215) on those caught stripping off....More...

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Nudity is the ultimate test of self-acceptance. Why are we so afraid of it?

image “Skyclad” is a term used by naturists to describe going nude. A wonderful word that conjures peeling back the blue heavens and wrapping it around one’s shoulders, as if it were a cloak. Naturists are not the same as exhibitionists – the latter being motivated by titillation, a desire to be seen; whereas the former simply feel inhibited by clothing and in discarding ....More...


World Naked Bike Ride coming to Chelmsford

image Bottoms up – the World Naked Bike Ride is coming to Chelmsford. The worldwide campaign, which asks participants to go "as bare as you dare" as part of a protest against car culture and pollution, could see hundreds of naked people riding through the city centre on Saturday, June 27. The cheeky event is coming to the city as part of the Four Seasons group, which is planning naked rides in...More...


Naked yoga in Kelowna, B.C., promotes accepting bodies as they are

image Naked yoga — where participants bare it all for their practice — is gaining traction in Kelowna, B.C., with classes aimed at helping women accept their bodies for what they are. "The general overwhelming intention is to try to integrate the entire body to allow yourself to breathe in and become one and not reject different body parts because they are aesthetically not ....More...


Nudist beach opening clouded with confusion

image After months of applications, appeals and public backlashes, hundreds of naturists descended on the Mpenjati beach near Trafalgar over the Easter weekend for some fun in the sun. However, the naturists first ‘trial-run opening’ on the secluded part of the beach last Friday started clouded in confusion. When Reverend Mike Effanga, chairman of the Concerned Citizens of ....More...


Penticton's Nude Three Mile Beach won't get official recognition from city

Naturists are upset after the city of Penticton opted out of officially designating Three Mile Beach as clothing optional. Earlier this month, city councillors voted to have staff look into options to find a solution that satisfied both naturists and upset property owners. Their decision was to keep the status quo and that's not sitting well with naturists. "It was extremely disappointing and...More...


Expect to see nude models around Cincinnati on Opening Day

image Two women and one man practiced undressing themselves Monday at Goodfellas Pizzeria in Covington. The three volunteered for a nude photo shoot on the crowded streets of downtown Cincinnati on Opening Day. Photographer Harvey Drouillard, who has made his name taking pictures of nude models in front of well-known public landmarks across the country, has made ....More...


Naked art lovers tour National Gallery of Australia in after-hours

imageLed by Melbourne-based contemporary artist Stuart Ringholt was open to naked guests only. The first tour took place after regular gallery hours on Wednesday night. It was hoped the unique approach to the gallery's summer exhibition would remove the material barrier between artist and audience. Those who took the tour this morning all agreed that after some initial awkwardness, walking around...More...


Port Stephens Council rebrands nudist resort to capture camping market

image The former Samurai nudist beach resort has been a massive drain on council finances, but was officially relaunched today as Port Stephens Treescape Camping and Accommodation. Council's corporate services manager Carmel Foster said affordable campsites are now in high demand as other resorts go up-market. She said it is also about acknowledging the site is a...More...


Naturist area Cliff Bathing Beach celebrates its 35th anniversary

image Known officially as Cliff Bathing Beach, the naturist area begins just before Black Rock at Duke’s Mound with shingle banked up to form a screen between the beach and the road. It is about a mile from the Palace Pier heading towards Brighton Marina with signs indicating the area. The decision to welcome bathers to dare to bare all on a section of its seafront was...More...


Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy Left Legacy Of Positive Body Image With Nude Photography

image The late Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy left many legacies in his work across genres, but one that might not be as well known is his role as a champion of beauty of all sizes, including his plus size photographic work with San Francisco-based Fat Bottom Revue, featured in 2007. Nimoy, known as Spock in Star Trek, had been bitten by the photography bug early, and has photographs in ....More...


Google Reverses Move To Censor Nude, Sexually Explicit Material On 'Blogger'

image Google is backing off a decision to conceal sexually explicit material on its Blogger service in reaction to an outcry from people incensed about the censorship of their nude photos. The decision announced Friday reverses a more conservative policy announced earlier this week. Blogger warned its users had until March 23 to remove most nude pictures or their site would be switched ....More...


Skinny dip world record smashed by 790 nude swimmers at Fremantle's South Beach

image Perth has smashed the world record for the largest number of people skinny dipping simultaneously. On Sunday morning, 790 beach bums stripped off and ran into the water at Fremantle’s South Beach, breaking the previous record of 744 skinny dippers held by New Zealand. PerthNow columnist Heidi Anderson, hit92.9’s breakfast presenter, took part in the skinny drip challenge organised by....More...


French Court Rules It Has Jurisdiction Over Facebook in Nude Painting Case

A court ruled on Thursday that it had jurisdiction over Facebook in the case of a teacher who sued the company after he was suspended from the social network for posting a picture of a famous nude painting. Facebook argued that the site’s terms of service, which users consent to when they sign up, state that any legal disputes will be handled by courts in California, where the company is based. But the court, in Paris, ruled that ....More...


Dr. Seuss' forgotten adult book stars seven naked sisters

image The literary work of beloved children's book author Dr. Seuss wasn't all cats in hats and truffula trees. Tucked away in his canon of books is Theodore Seuss Geisel's adult picture book: The Seven Lady Godivas: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family. According to Maria Popova of Brain Pickings, when Seuss left Vanguard for Random House in 1939, he asked his publisher to allow ....More...


Heidi Anderson: Skinny dipping with strangers

image AT the start of 2015, I made a commitment to step out of my comfort zone this year, and do things that will test my limits while pumping some adrenaline through my veins. I’ve always played things safely and never really stepped out of my comfort zone. OK, that’s a lie — in 2013 I completely overstepped my boundaries when I entered the Big Brother house. But 2014 was a little different — I started a new ....More...


The right to bare all: Swimmers want nudity back at New Orleans club

image Here’s a new hashtag you’ll be seeing on Twitter and Instagram… “Nude not Lewd” (#nudenotlewd). A group of New Orleans activists are starting a petition to bring back the option of nude bathing at a New Orleans club. Dillon Henderson sees absolutely nothing wrong with being naked! “It’s just nudity. It’s just nakedness. Chill out! That’s a social construct to think that being naked is dirty,” he said. He believes in ....More...


Nudists express concerns about bikini barista initiative

image Last night, Spokane City Council considered what to do with a citizen initiative that would specify what parts of the body can be bared in public. The initiative was spearheaded by a group of moms who want more restrictions on so-called “bikini baristas,” or coffee stands where scantily clad women (or women not clad in anything at all) serve drive-thru customers coffee, sometimes in plain view ....More...


Doncaster camp site to host week long naked festival

image A Doncaster camp site is to host a week long nudist festival later this year. Candy Farm camp site near Finningley is set to stage its annual Nudestock Festival in May when naturist guests will be able to leave their clothes behind and enjoy activities such as naked yoga, barbecues in the buff as well as nude Scottish dancing and pool and darts. The sixth annual festival at the farm on ....More...


Hike Nude for an adventure in geology

image This is a hike in an often overlooked small wash and canyon with fascinating geology and vegetation, similar to that found in the larger, more frequently visited washes and canyons in the Vallecito Mountains. It can be considered a refresher course for those who recently visited the nearby Narrows Earth Trail and want to find other examples of the geological formations displayed....More...


Naturists campaign for ‘naked sunbathing rights’ for Hampstead Heath’s lady swimmers

image Retired archivist John McPartlin, 66, said in a letter to the Ham&High today: “The only place in the whole of London where public naturist sunbathing is possible is at the men’s outdoor pond on Hampstead Heath. At the ladies’ pond only topless sunbathing is permitted. “That women who would like to acquire an even, all-over tan, the same as the men, are not able to do so is a real ....More...


Flock okay with naked pastor’s video

image Some Christians are fuming, saying KZN Pastor Sthembiso Zondo has done nothing wrong and should be left alone, after a video of him walking naked in his home went viral over social networks this week. The video of the divorced pastor was allegedly taken by a woman who was with him in his lounge. A foot with a nail painted with pink nail polish appears in the video. Zondo has a slot on ....More...


Trivago gives Birmingham hotels low ranking - but naturist Clover Spa voted best in city

image Hotels in Birmingham have been given a poor rating by one of the world’s biggest comparison websites – but a naturist retreat comes out top in the city. The Clover Spa & Hotel, near Erdington, was the city’s highest-rated venue among customers whose views were gathered by Trivago. But overall the city’s growing status as an international centre of leisure and commerce failed to ....More...


Battle brewing over a South Okanagan clothing optional beach

image There’s a battle brewing over a South Okanagan clothing optional beach that’s pitting naturists against families who live in the area. No trespassing signs and fences have forced the naturists from the more secluded area of the beach closer to the family portion. With a controversial website, petitions and letter writing campaigns both sides claim they are being bullied. Matt Fraser, a Three Mile Road ....More...


Chicago defends law against going topless

image The city on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit over the right of women to go topless in Chicago, arguing that nudity is not protected expression under the Constitution and that “female breasts are considered erogenous in a way that male breasts are not.” lRelated Woman sues Chicago over right to bare breasts in public Breaking News Woman sues Chicago over ....More...


Would Alice Munro attend a naked book club? Probably not, but I did anyway

image What would Alice Munro do? That is the one question I have asked myself repeatedly since I published my first novel, Shirts and Skins. And over the past two years I have tried my best to adhere to this mantra: I have done library readings, chatted and sipped tea with ladies’ book clubs, exchanged polite correspondence with readers and had the occasional book signing, just as I thought Alice ....More...


Danish Activist Emma Holten Is Sharing Nude Photos To Combat Revenge Porn

image An ex-boyfriend put nude images of Emma Holten on the Internet -- but she refuses to be ashamed of her naked body. A new photo series featuring Holten nude, shot by a photographer of her own choice, allow the activist to show her body on her own terms. The Danish activist was the victim of revenge porn three years ago, when an ex-boyfriend shared intimate photographs on a "creepshot" ....More...


Plymouth student photographer's nude shots challenge gender stereotypes

image A student photographer is hoping to challenge the traditional portrayal of the human body with her new collection. Livvy Dunn, aged 21, is in her third year of a photography course at Plymouth University, and is compiling a portfolio of portrait shots. Her ‘Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder’ collection features nude models in a series of so-called ‘male’ and ‘female’ poses....More...


Nudist bed-and-breakfast inn closes its doors for good in Uptown New Orleans

image It became clear to Wayne Porter in 2002 that if he wanted to keep his New Orleans bed-and-breakfast alive, he would have to appeal to a different clientele. In the eight years he had owned and operated The Dive Inn, a 10-room lodging house on a quiet residential block in Uptown, Porter had hosted thousands of tourists from around the world, who relished the inn's quirky charm and heated....More...


Meet the therapist who likes painting on naked models

image A German speech therapist spends her free time transforming human “canvases” into living, breathing works of art. The days of using a traditional canvas are long behind Gesine Marwedel — she instead opts to paint horses, eagles and fantastical landscapes onto the bodies of nude models. Modal Trigger Photo: Barcroft “In contrast to painting a canvas, during body painting you have a 3D canvas....More...


Canberran nudists find a natural home in the Kambah Pools

There's nothing more Canberran than enjoying the natural bush close to home, especially at the nudist section of the Kambah Pools. Since 1972, a corridor of the Murrumbidgee River in Canberra's south has been a sanctuary for those willing to shed their clothes and inhibitions. But while the prospect of public nudity may be confronting to some, an ACT Nudist Club spokesman said the Kambah Pool was a perfect location for those willing to experiment with nudity. "We do have people come to us who have never been nudists before and people certainly go to the Kambah Pools to try it out for....More...


Widower plans to set up a nudist colony in his garden

image We all want friends that we can bare all to. But for one man in Southmoor, he’s looking for that in a more literal sense. Avid naturist John Weston, 72, is hoping that in 2015, he can some forge firm friendships with fellow enthusiasts. He had been part of a naturist society but stopped going following the death of his wife Margaret. However, after watching the Channel Four documentary....More...


Which Male Senators Liked to Swim Naked in the Senate Pool?

image The latest Politico magazine features a long read by Liza Mundy on "The Secret History of Women in the Senate." While the whole article is surely fascinating, I'd like to focus for a moment on the tantalizing anecdote laid out in its first two paragraphs. Kay Hagan just wanted to swim. It was late 2008, and the Democrat was newly arrived on Capitol Hill as North Carolina's junior senator-elect. But Hagan....More...


British Museum explains why Greek statues are naked

image When the British Museum opens its blockbuster exhibition of Greek sculpture this spring, curators believe visitors may have one burning question. Why are all the statues naked? While the neighbouring Egyptian and Assyrian galleries are filled with fully clothed gods and mortals, the ancient Greeks chose to depict the human body in its natural state. In an effort to educate visitors, the British....More...


Housekeeping Works Overtime and Other Confessions From a Nudist Resort

image The idea of a nudist resort can be both alluring and terrifying. We all stumble upon clothing optional beaches from time to time, but to book a vacation that is all about the nudity is a different story. We decided to get the skinny (and the not so skinny) on what really goes down at amodern-day clothing-optional hotel. Alejandro Perez, Niche Market Manager for Karisma Hotels & Resorts including ....More...


“No nudes is good nudes” is constitutional, but discriminatory enforcement violates First Amendment

So holds Hightower v. City & County of S.F. (Dec. 24, 2014), allowing plaintiffs’ First Amendment case to go forward. Plaintiffs say they had been arrested for protesting nude against the San Francisco public nudity ban. That, the court concludes, would have been fine if the public nudity ban were evenly enforced: Here, Defendants’ legitimate interest in protecting the unsuspecting passerby from nudity as well as the other stated ....More...


Naked free runner captured in breathtaking photographs above London's streets

image It takes a lot of guts to hop, skip and jump your way across London's rooftops, it takes even more guts to do it completely naked. That is exactly what free running world-champion Tim Shieff and photographer Jason Paul did, in a bid to bring a new twist on the increasingly popular urban sport. In series breath-taking shots taken by Paul, we see Shieff captured jumping across buildings, running ....More...


Careful with that dumbbell! Meet the UK's first naked fitness trainer

image The only balls most of us come across in the gym are of the Swiss exercise variety - unless your trainer is Colin Dobson. The 42-year-old has done away with fancy gym gear to become the country's only nude fitness instructor. And he says that his clients, who range in age from 19 to 70, have never looked back. However, those embracing the trend are dissuaded from taking part in high impact activities....More...


Artist blends modern graffiti with ancient calligraphy to create stunning pieces using women's bodies as a canvas

image Being paid £3,000 per month for inscribing intricate writing patterns on young female models means that at just 23-years-old this self-taught artist probably has the world's best job. Talented 'calligraffiti' artist Pokras Lampas, from St. Petersburg, Russia, has his models strip naked before he scribbles his calligraphy freehand on their chests, navels and legs. The intricate designs wind around the models' ....More...


City Councilmen Deemed This Nude Pregnant Portrait 'Pornography'

image Look below and you'll see a stunning contemporary photograph by Angela Strassheim, dubbed "Untitled (Janine Eight Months Pregnant)," depicting a nude pregnant woman outstretched on a sofa, currently on view at MOCA Jacksonville. The Connecticut-based artist is known for capturing transitional life moments in her works, fleeting points that separate childhood, adolescence and adulthood...More...


Sleeping naked slashes risk of diabetes and helps you lose weight, study reveals

image Napping in the nude could help slash your risk of diabetes, ward off infections, trim your waistline and make you feel more refreshed in the morning, research reveals. It may be cold out there but that's no reason not to get into your birthday suit for bed. And ditching your cosy PJs and sexy underwear could actually help cut your risk of diabetes, a new study revealed. In fact, the research by U.S. National....More...


In Free the Nipple Movie, Women Go Topless for Equality

image Censorship matters to Lina Esco, whose new film Free the Nipple tells the story of a group of activists challenging laws by baring their chests in the streets. For Esco, "It's not about going topless, it's about equality." The movie grew out of a real-life campaign that questions a country that glorifies violence in the media but removes a woman from a flight for breastfeeding her baby. As one of the fictional ....More...


Inside nudist culture in Washington

image Seattlepi.com staff photographer Jordan Stead spent 2014's summer and fall months documenting the often-misunderstood culture behind nudism at Issaquah's Fraternity Snoqualmie family nudist park. Expand arrow in lower right is recommended for better viewing. Editors note: This photo story includes partial front and back nudity, both female and male. Names have been removed and all subjects ....More...


Bernard Pollard: "I'm a nudist"

image Bernard Pollard is a self-proclaimed nudist. During his weekly spot for The Tennesseean — known as "The Pollard Show" — on Wednesday, the Tennessee Titans defensive back was asked if he has any pre-game superstitions. For Pollard, any rituals he has basically come down to not wearing clothes. "When I get into the facility, I'll go get in the hot tub, shower, then go to my locker and just sit ....More...


The Social Psychology Of The Naked Selfie

image If you're building a tech product that has anything to do with photos then you're probably feeling an uncomfortable sense of déjà vu lately, and it has to do with data security. It had become so routine that throughout the fall it was hard to imagine a Monday without hearing about another set of iCloud photos that been hacked during the weekend. And these aren't just typical pictures of the girl down the ....More...


No Strings Attached: Brazil Nudists Get Rio Beach

Pedro Ribeiro lives just one block away from Copacabana beach, one of the world's most celebrated stretches of golden sand. But almost every weekend he drives nearly three hours to soak up the sun on his own terms ? in the buff. Following a two-decade battle Ribeiro helped spearhead as the head of a local nudist association, Rio de Janeiro has its first beach for nudists, which may surprise some given the city's renown for its hedonistic Carnival celebrations and anything-goes attitude. Abrico beach, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of central Rio, was officially made a ....More...


Naked and marooned for 60 days on a tiny island

image What do you do after you walk the Amazon? Ed Stafford -- adventurer extraordinaire and Guinness World Record holder for walking the length of the Amazon River -- likes a challenge. Casting about for an adventure that would top the extraordinary feat he recounts in Walking the Amazon, Stafford decides to maroon himself on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific. His mission: to survive for sixty ....More...


'What painting portraits of naked women has taught me'

image Aleah Chapin has seen a lot of naked women. In the past couple of years, she's studied wrinkles, tattoos, mastectomy scars, pubic hair, lactating breasts and sagging bosoms. The 28-year-old American artist, who hails from an island off Seattle and now lives in Brooklyn, has been lauded for her realist, larger-than-life depictions of 'real' female bodies. It started with the 'Aunties Project', which saw her....More...


Naked Lunacy: Not this very eccentric rambler, but the huge sums wasted jailing him

image At last, the Naked Rambler has reached the end of the road. After almost a decade in and out of prison, Britain's most surprising inmate — real name Stephen Gough — has lost his chance of freedom at the European Court Of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He must now keep serving his two-and-a-half-year sentence in Winchester Prison for breaching an indefinite Asbo against being naked in public....More...


Ebola Scare Hits Nudist Tourist Spot on Canary Islands

image An Ebola scare hit an unexpected place this week: a nude beach. A boat arrived Wednesday on a Maspalomas beach in the Canary Islands, filled with nearly two-dozen undocumented travelers, according to Reuters. Some of the travelers had fevers, prompting officials to initiate their own Ebola protocol, isolating the migrants on the beach for five hours as nude tourists looked on. Officials in masks....More...


Ritz Tower suing to block nudist 'castle'

image Views of a nudity-friendly spa were not in this white glove condo's offering plan! So the board of the buttoned-up Ritz Tower at 465 Park Ave. is suing the neighboring Galleria Building at 115-117 E. 57th St. to block construction of Manhattan's first location of the popular Spa Castle chain. The luxe residential skyscraper's board sniffs in a new Manhattan Supreme Court suit​ ​that the mega-spa's bathing in....More...


Naked Warwick Men's Rowing Team Calendar Makes A Splash To Fight Homophobia

image Ready for some tasteful nudity to support a good cause? The 2015 naked calendar of the University of Warwick men's rowing team is out to combat gay discrimination. The U.K. squad has been producing a nude datebook fundraiser since 2009. When it discovered that much of its audience was gay, the team figured it should direct its charity toward the LGBT community, according to a video released to....More...


The skinny on Palm Springs' 'naked bridge'

image Now wait just a minute here: you mean there's a "naked bridge" within spittin' distance from my house, and I'm just now hearing about it? I've always assumed that the bridge is there to provide access parking for the condos on the other side: the developer needed a certain number of units to make the project work, but space was at such a premium that they had to buy some land across the street for parking....More...


My girlfriend is going to be a nude model

My girlfriend is considering doing nude modeling in an art school. I understand that it is only for art but I am still very hesitant. She doesn't want to discuss it, and even though it's not happening yet, she said she will not tell me when she starts it. I've told her it's bothering me and she understands, but she may still go ahead with it. Am I overreacting? I am really stressing about this. We are talking about getting engaged soon (and she's promised she wouldn't do it after that) but it is really stressing me out. -- Stressed I'm going with (a) Overreacting -- but only to the modeling itself. I won't end my answer....More...


Vic grandmother snapped sunbaking topless in property advertisement

image A Melbourne grandmother is furious after she was snapped sun baking topless and in a G-String for a real estate advertising campaign. Mandy Lingard, a mother of three and grandmother of one, had stripped down and was soaking up the sun in the privacy of her own back yard when she was photographed by a drone taking aerial images of her neighbour's multi-million dollar property at Mount Martha....More...


Chicago woman at topless demonstration sues city over fines

A woman who was stopped by an officer while at a topless protest in Chicago in support of women's right to appear bare-chested in public has filed a lawsuit against the city. Sonoko Tagami said she and other women attended a demonstration in August, and wore opaque body paint over their breasts to comply with a Chicago ordinance, the complaint, filed Tuesday in a U.S. District Court in Illinois, said. Still, Tagami said she was told by a Chicago police officer that she needed to "discontinue her protest" or "be subjected to a full custodial arrest." The demonstration, called "GoTopless....More...


Sailing in the buff: Best topless cruises

image For passengers who want sun sans tan lines there are nude theme cruises and select other opportunities to go topless on some cruise ships (on others, crew may turn the other cheek as long as you are discreet). Select beaches at cruise ports including in the Caribbean also appeal to those who like to let it all hang out. Here are the best cruises for going topless. Hapag-Loyd: Europeans tend to be....More...


Rio designates first nudist beach

image It is a city where the locals have long enjoyed showing off a bit of bronzed flesh, but the people of Rio can now go all the way. Abrico beach, an hour's drive west of Rio's center, was officially designated as the Brazilian city's first nudist site on Tuesday. "This is a courageous decision by the mayor and it will help Rio become a cultural and tourist reference point, especially with the city about to celebrate....More...


110 Mexican women pose nude for US photographer

San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) As many as 110 women posed nude as a group here for US photographer Spencer Tunick, who conducted a photo shoot with the theme of Mexico's Day of the Dead. With just a strip of flowers around their necks, women of all ages braved the chilly morning temperatures and fog Thursday covering this highland town in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato to pose en masse for Tunick. This is the second time that the photographer has staged a photo shoot on the theme of death in San Miguel de Allende, a town he visits frequently....More...


Here's Your First Glimpse Of Seth Rogen And James Franco's Episode Of 'Naked & Afraid'

image Last month James Franco posted a few images on Instagram that looked suspiciously like behind-the-scenes hijinks from an episode of Discovery's nude survivalist series Naked & Afraid starring him and Seth Rogen. Turns out there was a perfectly reasonable explanation for the pictures: they were behind-the-scenes hijinks from an episode of Discovery's nude survivalist series Naked & Afraid starring....More...


Clothing optional 5K: Did anybody turn out?

image Of the seven participants in the clothing option Boo Run 5k last weekend, only four were daring to bare in the near-40 degree weather. The race was part of the Hidden Lake Resort — a nudist campground in Jay — "Wild Horn" weekend. "We had seven people in total for the race, four runners and three walkers," said Tim Nowling, spokesman for Hidden Lake Resort. "Not all of them were locals. We....More...


Giant Balls, Naked Handstands: Welcome to the WTF Protest

image As millions feel a maddening cultural angst driving them to trash their suddenly clunky-seeming old smartphones for a new iPhone 6, the media stumbled upon a quirky new folk hero to embody our discontent: the Naked Handstander. An anonymous, stout (yet spry) golden-locked man, the Handstander travels the globe, occasionally finding a beautiful landscape or renowned monument that inspires....More...


Meet the naked estate agent

The presenter of Buying Naked, Georgia-born Youngblood is the self-styled "queen of nudist real estate". Her company, skiptheoutfit.com, does have some conventional clients – or "textiles", as they are known in nudist circles. But most of the properties she handles are in Pasco County, Florida, the unofficial kit-off capital of America. One thinks of Americans as more prudish than Europeans, but there are now more than a dozen naturist and clothes-optional resorts in Pasco County, just north of Tampa. The nudist lifestyle has never been more popular. "I started out on my own....More...


Cambridge to host World Naked Bike Ride for first time

Cyclists are being challenge to go as 'bare as you dare' through the streets of Cambridge next year as the World Naked Bike ride comes to the city for the first time. Riders will depart from the entrance to Parkers Piece in Regent Street at 3pm on June 20 before following a seven-mile circular route around the city. The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an initiative that takes place in over 50 cities around the world including London and Brighton. Cambridge is part of the group 'Four Seasons' and joins Clacton, Colchester and Chelmsford in hosting....More...


Citizens talk about Fantasy Fest changes

The racy and colorful folks that march around the Southernmost City every fall for Fantasy Fest are still being talked about. But, behind the masks and body paint are concerned citizens like Kathryn Watkins, who runs the group Key West Fest Friends. For Watkins, what started as a Facebook discussion group last month has morphed into regular meetings with other locals. The main objective: to clean up Fantasy Fest. "We want Fantasy Fest to stick to that creative side," Watkins said. "We have no issues with the human body." Watkins, a local communications consultant, said....More...


Watch: Ballet dancers bare it all in body paint

image Artists from across the country and around the world were in Atlanta, Georgia, recently for Living Art America's annual international body painting competition. They competed for top honors and cash. When dancers from the prestigious Atlanta Ballet joined the models on stage, all painted in 3D ultra violet fluorescent paint, it was their performance that lit up the dark room. Each artist was given between....More...


The Do's and Dont's of Going To a Nude Beach

image Don't photograph people without their permission. This is common etiquette in any public place, but it's especially sensitive when so much skin is involved. Just because someone is comfortable enough to let it all hang out doesn't mean they don't value their privacy. Take a quick photo for posterity if you must—of yourself, or of the beach itself—but then put your phone....More...


Chocolate body painting, ancient spiritual rituals and water volleyball in the nude

image Little comes close to the bliss of glowing tanned and healthily on an almost-clear fine sand beach, palm trees cocooning you in 32-degree heat, a light breeze, a blended iced coffee by your side and a tropical sea inches from your sun lounger. It's the ultimate image of holiday - that precious two weeks away from your desk, for which you save up all year. But what if....More...


Skinny Dipping With Will Gartshore: Pristine Lake Superior

image The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee. "Superior," they said, "never gives up her dead when the gales of November come early!" ~ Gordon Lightfoot, 1976 When you grow up in Northern Ontario sometimes your best memories of adolescence are of swimming naked in Lake Superior. It usually happens beneath....More...


The nude model and me

Anybody who has a blog would probably agree that if you work by the rules, finding photos to illustrate your entries is not always easy unless you use images you own. Most photos on the Internet are, in theory, protected by copyright. For my Gazette blog, I can dip into Postmedia's vast library, which grows daily as wire pictures flow in. But it is not so easy for my main blog at jillianpage.com. I do play by the rules there — I don't use photos unless I have the right to use them. So, when I gave my blog a new look a couple of months ago, I searched....More...


Why has sending naked photos become normal for young people?

image Research by the anti-bullying charity Ditch The Label suggests that almost 40% of young people have shared a naked photo of themselves on a smart phone and a quarter of those have had the image shared without their consent. 'Katy', not her real name, is one of those victims. She started a relationship over social media when she was 17. Initially Katy responded to....More...


Weird and wonderful world of hiking

Hiking is a widespread pastime in Europe and it attracts a wide range of hiking enthusiasts. Here's a breakdown of the categories of hikers that might cross your path if you go: - Extreme Hikers: One of these is Joey Kelly, a former musician and an extreme sports enthusiast, who walked 900 kilometres from north to south in Germany over 18 days. Another extreme hiker is Benno Schmidt. The 82-year-old's nickname is "Brocken Benno" because at the latest count he had hiked to the top of the....More...


'Pervy' footage of women secretly filmed on two Sydney beaches removed from YouTube

image Shocking footage has emerged on social media of women being secretly filmed at two of the peninsula's most popular beaches. The most recent footage was uploaded to YouTube this week of women at Shelly Beach under the tagline "Sexy Girls". All of the women filmed were in swimwear, but one of them was shown topless. While some stills have....More...


Stripped Down to the Bare Truth: Why Naked Reality Shows Are Good for Our Country

image Reality shows are often judged to be shallow, trashy and lowbrow entertainment. From wine-drunk women getting into fights to young twenty-somethings whose only mission is getting drunk and hooking up, there doesn't seem to be anything beneficial to watching reality TV except to see some mindless entertainment. (And for the record, we see absolutely nothing....More...


Nude Olympics planned in San Francisco

image Francisco nudism activist said a series of "Nude Olympics" will be held Saturday to show support for arrested nudist athletes in Malaysia. Gypsy Taub, a prominent supporter of nudist rights in San Francisco, announced Saturday's "Nude Olympics" at Baker Beach will be the second event for the city after it previously hosted a similar event in 2008. Taub said the....More...


8 Nude Beaches Where We'd Dare to Bare

image Part of this Caribbean island is technically part of France, and its residents seem to have adopted the French laissez-faire attitude to nudity. You'll see bare sunbathers along the length of its most popular beach, although technically the nude area is limited to the southern end, where the clothing-optional Club Orient resort is located. When you're done working on....More...


Female rowing club launches nudist calender for cancer support

image An all women rowing club whose charity snaps were banned from Facebook have overcome their previous disappointment to launch their third nudist calender. The university of Warwick rowing society were left devastated earlier this year when photos from their previous calender were branded 'too pornographic' by Facebook and were removed from the site...More...


Topless women cause a stir at Port Dickson beach

image Four women caused a stir when they were seen sunbathing topless at Pantai Saujana. An eyewitness said passers-by stopped to look at the bikini-clad Caucasian women who did not seem bothered. He said the women, three of whom were believed to be in their 20s while the fourth one was 40-something, were swimming there earlier. It was about 3pm and the beach....More...


Revenge porn Bill upsets British nudists

image Naturists in Britain have written to Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary complaining that the new Revenge Porn Bill discriminates against people who practice nudism. Last week Mr Graying announced a new criminal offence of posting so-called 'revenge pornography' on the internet, which will carry a maximum sentence of two years. Cruel individuals....More...


Four in Penang nudist event seeking alternative charge

The counsel for four participants of a nudist sports event at a beach in Teluk Kampi in Teluk Bahang here, will be writing to the Attorney-General's Chambers for an alternative charge upon receiving prosecution documents. The four, namely Chew Tok Hwa, 57; Chan Chia Wen, 27; Teh Guan Hoon, 37 and Kong Meng Long, 38, were charged with committing obscene acts at a public space which caused public unrest from 3pm to 6pm on May 30....More...


Body freedom activists let it all hang out

image After hearing about the May 31 arrest of several nude activists in Malaysia who participated in the "Penang Nude Sports Games," Bay Area nudist George Davis decided to take action here at home. He and fellow body freedom activists gathered recently on Baker Beach in San Francisco to hold their own Nude Olympic Games to show solidarity with the Malaysian....More...


Truck with "huge photo of breasts'' causes hundreds of car accidents

image Picture this. You're driving down a busy Moscow road and suddenly a truck with a giant image of a woman's boobs appears beside you. The ad campaign is certainly designed to get your attention but it backfired in a big way when it caused over 500 road accidents in a single day when male drivers became so distracted they ploughed straight into each other...More...


Trick or treat? Resort hosting clothing-optional 5K

image If you don't have anything to wear to the 5K Boo Run, you could just wear nothing. The November 1 inaugural run, hosted by the Hidden Lake Resort, is clothing optional, like the resort. Flyers posted around the Jay area might make passersby do a double take, but Tim Nawling, spokesperson for the Hidden Lake Resort, said it's no joke. "It's for real," he said....More...


"Naked Rambler" sent back to prison for walking unclothed in Winchester

image The man dubbed the "Naked Ramber" was yesterday given a two and a half year jail sentence for once more breaching a court order preventing him from appearing unclothed in public. Stephen Gough's long-held personal crusade is that he is entitled to walk the streets in the nude. But bystanders have routinely complained to the police about his appearances - and the....More...


Celebrity nudists: the stars who like to let it all hang out

image From Kate Humble to Helen Mirren, Robbie Williams to Brad Pitt, meet the stars who love to moon. Tonight, in an interview with Piers Morgan, Bear Grylls will reveal his penchant for naked swimming in open water (9pm on ITV). But he's not the first celeb to share his passion for a nudey frolic in the wilderness. Did you know this lot are all big supporters of naturism too....More...


Naked breasts appear on 'desexualised' adverts in UK shopping centres for the first time

image Full-frontal images of women's breasts will be shown on adverts in public shopping areas, from today, to raise awareness about breast cancer. The photographs feature seven bare-chested women, each painted with a word they used to describe their own boobs, such as 'squidgy', 'doughy' and 'firm'. Large versions of the ads will be displayed outdoors in London's Westfield White City, St Enoch...More...


'Nude' Or Not, Women's Cycling Team Uniform Makes Waves

image If one goal of the uniforms for a women's cycling team from Colombia is to attract attention, they're a smashing success. Some observers are calling the outfits — which in photos seem to feature a swatch of flesh-tone-colored fabric in their lower region — "rude," "wrong" and a "disaster." But others are defending the uniform and the cyclists who wear it, saying the criticism is entirely sensationalized. The...More...


Delegates undress to impress at international naturist conference

image Delegates at this conference all wore nametags on cords around their necks — but for around 70 of them, that was the only thing they wore. Appropriately enough for Ireland's first International Naturist conference, many attendees were suitably undressed. Almost 150 people from 30 countries arrived in Leitrim yesterday for the four-day conference of the World Federation of Naturists. One issue was a...More...


Naked on a New York Street—for Art

image On a busy Manhattan thoroughfare, the artist Andy Golub painted the bodies of nude models. Passing New Yorkers tried not to gawk. A flaccid human penis painted sea-foam green isn't what one generally anticipates encountering on her way bank from the ATM on a sunny afternoon. I could have walked by the man to which that penis belonged and his peers, who were also naked and covered in...More...


The growing trend of naked fitness

image They're hiking in the Aussie bush, swimming Sydney Harbour and doing the downward-facing dog in yoga studios. These intrepid fitness and adventure enthusiasts have joined a growing global trend of clothing-optional recreational pursuits. So what makes exercise in the nude so appealing? While supporters of the concept talk about feeling free and "at one with nature", all of them stress that a less-dressed...More...


Naked swimmers attempt to break skinny dipping record in 13°C sea

image Hundreds of naked people have braved the chilly waters of the North Sea in an attempt to break the world skinny dipping record. The participants climbed into the water at Druridge Bay, Northumberland, this morning and were hoping to beat the record of 800 skinny dippers that was set earlier this year in Florida. Unfortunately their bravery was not rewarded as only 300 turned up for the North East...More...


In Praise of Nude Selfies: A Portland Grandmother's Perspective

image Your granny is most likely pontificating on the evils of nude phone pictures. Selfies with her friends with clothes on are acceptable and prove her hipness. But without clothes is another kettle of fish. As a granny myself, I assert she is wrong. Nude selfies are an important historical reference. Ask your grandparents how they can prove that they were fine physical specimens back in 1967 during the Summer of...More...


Shaffer: Naked 5K is a natural high – no need to be bashful

image This weekend, I ran a 5-kilometer race through the Brunswick County woods, joined by 50 other joggers including a septuagenarian, an elaborately tattooed woman and an ex-Navy SEAL – all of us completely naked. I joined this group of nude strangers out of curiosity. Not the lewd or voyeuristic kind. But a genuine journalistic inquiry. What compels people to disrobe in broad daylight, save for Nikes...More...


Is Nudity Back in Fashion?

Is the bare human form still culturally offensive? For many the answer is a resounding no. With today's proliferation of nudity inclusive television, has nudity returned to its post-taboo status or are television contestants just more liberal than most? VH1's Dating Naked explores the relationship between sexuality and romantic attraction. The primary question that moves the plot is: to what extent does sexuality determine romantic attraction? In the show, the typical veil of clothing is removed and with it the body's socially determined sexuality. What's left is a human being who must find other ways...More...


International Naturist Congress being held in Ireland

image Pat Gallagher is preparing to welcome visitors to Ireland, but he has no plans to dress up for the occasion. That's because Pat is the president of the Irish Naturist Association. The association is set to host the biggest event in the history of Irish naturism. The 34th International Naturist Congress will see delegates from across the globe descend on County Leitrim on 11 September...More...


WE SAY: Butt out and let the nudists be free

image Our View: It is all very well to call for public debate over nude beaches, but will it really solve anything at Noosa National Park's Alexandria Bay? Known as A-Bay to those who surf and sun themselves in the area, the beach has been a nudist haven for more than 40 years. Tucked away in the middle of the national park's coastal walk, and quite a hike from the suburban hubbub both north and south of...More...


10 reasons you should go to a nudist beach (at least once)

image We've come a long way from the early 1900s when ladies and gents on the beach were covered from their knees to their shoulders. Now we're rocking teeny tiny bikinis and schlong thongs. However, many of us blush at the thought of stripping down to our birthday suits, while nudists dare to go bare. Here's 10 reasons why you should join them – at least once...More...


THE FLIPSIDE: Living Naked — But Not Afraid

image Back in the mid-1990s, the British fusion rocker Tricky had a scorching and somewhat clairvoyant line in his song 'Tricky Kid' that spoke to the fact that "everybody wants to be naked and famous." With the advent of television shows like Discovery Channel's "Naked and Afraid" and VH1's "Dating Naked," baring your bits and bobs — even if digitally blurred after the fact — for all the world to see...More...


Get rid of the prude and make way for the nude

image Why is Queensland different? Twenty-nine years after then South Australian premier Don Dunstan declared the first official Australian nudist beach, Queensland is still arresting people for wilful exposure at unofficial nudist beaches. While South Australia led the way in the 1970s, Victoria and NSW followed in the '80s and Tasmania already has the state law to have clothes optional beaches, although it...More...


Philadelphia bares all for the Sixth Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride

image Despite the rain hundreds of bicyclists creatively painted themselves or rode in the nude for The Sixth Annual Philly Naked Bike Ride on Saturday afternoon. The pre-ride activities began at 2:30pm at Penn Treaty Park where riders could get their bodies painted, bikes serviced and eat ice cream. The group of bicyclists began the 10-mile trek through the city just after 5:00. The route went...More...


Social Nudism/Naturism: A cure-all?

I've been quite preoccupied with — and worried about — world affairs these days, as regular readers know. I've found myself wishing Canadians could have the same freedom Americans have to own handguns. I've been wondering if Russia's president wants to start a world war — and if the Russians love their children, too. And I've wanted to push some nuclear buttons to wipe out the ISIS scourge. I know I am not alone with these worries. I am surprised by how many Canadians agree with me on the handguns issue. I am not surprised, though, that so...More...


It's 2014: Lawyer says time for legal nude beaches

image A leading criminal lawyer has called for a debate on the legalisation of designated nudist beaches. It follows comments by a magistrate questioning a police crackdown at Alexandria Bay in Noosa National Park. "It's 2014. We are adults, it's time for a debate," Bill Potts, a practising lawyer of 33 years, said. "We live in a society that wants to protect our children and be free of people's bad behaviour." ...More...


Women, It's Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

image Women, so long the focus of male sexual objectification, are keen to recast the standards, significance, and sexist humor about their chests. Women have long been told to cover up their sexy parts, as the world ogles them, sometimes to aggressive extremes. When there is a personal violation as egregious and disturbing as the recent one against Jennifer Lawrence and several other female...More...


The problem with nudity, is that there is no problem

At least not in Europe. I was telling my Malaysian friend who was visiting us in Paris recently how we ended up camping next to a nudist beach in Corsica this summer. Imagine my surprise when she trumped my story with talk of nudists in Malaysia. "And it wasn't just nude sunbathing," she continued, revelling in the effect this sensational news was having around the breakfast table, but "an international naked sports event" hosted in Penang with participants from Burma, Philippines and Malaysia as far as she could recall...More...



Singaporean 'naturist' says Penang nude games to promote health, not sex

image The self-proclaimed "naturist" behind the controversial nude sports video shot in Penang said the event was not sexual in nature and was meant to promote a healthy lifestyle. Albert Yam, a member of a Singaporean naturist group, said he has been living the naturist lifestyle for 25 years...More...


A Nudist Paradise in Rhodes

image The view of the "big blue," walks on cobbled streets, rich smells of Greek cuisine, blinding sun and lacy beaches summarize the slogan "Live your myth in Greece." This is what millions of tourists expect to experience when they book their vacation to Greece. In recent years, however, ...More...


Lose your clothes (and your inhibitions) at naturist ranch

image Kingston Heritage News - Naturism (defined as "a cultural and political movement practicing, advocating and defending social nudity") is a way of life for John and Dorothy, a Kingston couple in their late 60s. "It just feels wonderful," John says of being nude. "The breeze is blowing...More...


NUDE BEACHES 2014

image Well, it's been 40 years since I turned over on my side and asked a totally naked woman at Red Rock nude beach, near Stinson Beach, if she knew of any other clothing-optional beaches in Northern California. Don't worry, she didn't slap me. Jane and I were on our third date — we'd met at...More...


Nude political candidate campaigns in Times Square

image Pedestrians react as George Davis, left, walks nude through Times Square, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in New York. Davis, a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, gave a speech in the nude speaking out against a 2013 San Francisco public nudity ban that was introduced...More...


'Skin Wars' tests Orlando body-painting artist

image "Skin Wars," billed as TV's first body-painting contest, has a style similar to "Face Off," a contest for special-effects makeup artists. But that knowledge didn't help Shannon Holt of Orlando. "I don't really watch reality TV. I am just a busy artist," said Holt, 39. "I haven't watched 'Face Off.' That...More...


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