Nude, young, not ashamed
Well, my fellow fabric-shunning nature friends,
I am of the younger "digital native" generation. Yet this is my first ever blog post....
Why? Because I have a passion and a deep concern about something I adore, which seems to be increasingly shunned by mainstream society. Nudism/naturism/whatever you want to call the act of enjoying nature (often public) undressed, without fear of persecution.
This public opinion in itself doesn't bother me so much; but the stigma of the "shadier elements" of public nudity jeopardises my favourite thing about my city - north swanbourne beach.
The second I dropped my clothes on that white sand - 5 years ago, at the age of 24 - I instantly accepted my body for what it was; just my body!
Insecurities about my penis or body shape vanished there and then (never to return) and - unlike textile beaches, my fair complexion didn't embarrass me.
I'm far more self conscious with shorts on. Not sure why; but it really changed everything. I have not swum in clothes since that day, I'd rather walk or 2a km on a textile beach and swim free.
As a sensual experience, it is among my favourites.
I must be very vigilant against sunburn, but have taken to "accessorising" by bare body. Scarves, hats, blankets, towels - as sun protection, not modesty.
The feeling of sunshine warming my sun-neglected reproductive organs is something so comforting, I feel sorry for textiles.
However, swanbourne isn't all good-willed, sexless sun worshippers, as I am told it was in the 70s and 80s.
While I am totally open to walking nude through the "gay section" - and don't begrudge a wandering eye or two, there is a much more deviant element lurking in the dunes behind the beach.
Some fully clothed, some nude - but most behaving like meerkats - heads popping up here and there to seek out some kind of sexual liaison, or voyeuristic kick.
As I say, I can handle being observed nude, but females I have taken to the beach with me tend to find these people intimidating; especially when they come and sit behind us and openly masturbate. This has happened more than once.
Now, I can only really access this single nude beach, as I have no car - and hanging out nude alone, while it is fun - i start to wonder if being a single guy makes me more like one of them; those that make women uncomfortable about coming to a clothing optional beach.
As well as this, my nudism is not something I can share with my friends.
The girlfriends I've talked into coming with me very often refuse to do so again, and most friends don't seem to consider socialising nude to be acceptable behaviour. Of course, I disagree.
So what can be done?
I would like to create something POSITIVE at this beach - that can be embraced by young and old (I respect the older crew immensely - but eventually the culture - and legality - of nude beaches may come under threat).
The freedom to spend a day at the beach without clothes - and without shame or fear of being "seen" by textiles, or caught (and treated like a pervert by police etc) is something people have fought so hard for in this country.
I'd happily swim nude at any beach, but our culture doesn't allow it.
Which brings me to my point.
Do any of the members of this forum have any suggestions on how a young guy can bring a bit of fun and non-sexual entertainment to these beach users?
I know that nearby Fremantle has a large culture of open-minded, body conscious young people - but I don't see many at swannie.
So far I have considered;
- busking nude (I'm a muso) - writing nude-themed songs...
- selling fruit/refreshments/beads/trinkets etc
- offering henna or body painting to other beach goers
Do any of these seem appropriate?
Would people be *opposed* to their peace being disturbed?
I would like to make nudist friends (rather than try to coerce existing friends) and find a reason to be part of a community that I feel somewhat under-represented in (somewhat bohemian, young straight male, not interested in the sexual side of nude recreation but happiest in the buff).
I respect swingers, and the various sexual lifestyles that overlap sometimes with nudism - but really, I just like to do what I am doing right now - taking it easy, completely nude.
With the existence of groups and clubs for the more sexually inclined public-nudie, I'm looking for ideas to make a positive switch of;
Awareness of nature and
- that can see social nudism evolve into the 21st century.
I am inspired by progressive body freedom movements overseas ('naked vegan cooking blog' in the UK, and the success of the World Naked Bike Ride globally, and the "burning man" festival in the states.
But over here in SWELTERING Perth (I'd be nude tonight even if I wasn't a keen naturist) we seem to have a beach that is being taken over by creepy men who incessantly touch their penises and ogle other beach users, and people who either want nothing to do with this, or don't mind having sand in their swimwear.
This social problem (the deviance and the generational issue) is well documented, and frequently discussed - but I don't want to complain, I want to start something fun to shift attention away from the dune perverts.
Lead by example...if possible.
Maybe I could organise a (media manipulating) protest against tony abbott's choice of beach attire? I'd much rather see a man - any man - with his pants off than in those horribly unflattering speedos.
And the govt clearly needs to be more transparent...
Maybe a nude party to mark "Australia day" / "invasion day", where people can experience the physical sensation of pre-colonial Australia....nude...without the flag waving and binge drinking?
Or perhaps some kind of body painting festival?
Any other thoughts?
Essentially, I feel a huge love for a community that I struggle to find a niche in.
The pervert element must make me uneasy on some level, as I tend not to talk to people much on the beach. When I do, it's great...but all too rare.
Are their intentions pure?
Or are they suspicious of the young, untanned guy walking about so freely!?
It's tricky, because in my heart I'm a passionate nudist, but the contemporary view of nakedness (that prudish idea of this sexual deviant practice - or just embarrassing/funny) holds me back from getting too involved.
I'd love to see more diversity on the beach - men, women, young, old etc - not for voyeuristic purposes, but so we can all enjoy perth's best beach together without shame, fear or prejudice.
Any suggestions of discussion would be most appreciated!