wow: women standing for rights in the middle east and north africa

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In this week’s installation of Women on Wednesday, I highlight a few examples of women from the Middle East and North Africa engaging their nudity as a stand for political, social and religious freedom.

“And Still I Rise”

This video is of Maryam Namazie, and Iranian activist who connects women’s rights to discussions around Islam, politics, secularism, free expression and more. She also conducts a whole other host of work around the world. You can read her biography here:

Excerpt from her post on March 8, 2015 related to the video above for that year’s International Women’s Day:

So yes I am a free woman. I am a Kafir. Je Suis Charlie, Neda, Avijit, Salwa, Sadiq, Sameera, Rafiq, Monir, Katia*… the innumerable slaughtered over many decades in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

But still I rise.

I am, we are, Islamism’s greatest threat – a women’s liberation movement that will bring…

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Thanks to your support we’ve reached another milestone

I share this post from to celebrate a significant milestone it reached a few days ago —>

A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make a Web Mag possible. Earl D, the Founder, Curator and Editor-in-Chief, built the site from the ground up 4 years ago, and continued to evolve the project from its humble beginnings to a dynamic web mag with multiple contributors, original pieces, research, projects and more.

Much of his sweat behind the scenes involves constantly reaching out to people all over the world for their perspectives and shares; consistently staying on top of tech needs to keep the site current, safe and secure; observing and watching trends and needs within and outside of the clothes free community; trying different approaches to see what resonates with people considering clothes free life, newbies and long-time lifers; being open to listening to and learning from people of many different backgrounds; research; engaging in dynamic discussions with others; reading; and, of course, making time for oneself to reflect, experience and write on one’s own experience as well as research pieces. That kind of work is not easy, and things don’t always work out. So, to have someone who is consistently committed to this work in service of others for 4 years onward is no small thing.

This requires a person who is working in service of others, a greater and common good. It is an expensive endeavor in terms of time and resources, a challenging, humbling and inspiring kind of work. So, I share this post not only because expresses thanks to everyone who reads, visits, supports, references and contributes to it… but also to acknowledge and give thanks for the vision, dedication and service of the founder.

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Only a week or so after our fourth anniversary the support in terms of the number of people viewing the site is tremendous. We want to say thank you to all of our regular long time readers and welcome to all the new folks. We are glad you have found us! Thank you to those who take the time to comment on our posting whether we agree or not

Yesterday we had the largest number of page views to date, almost 4, 000. We crossed the threshold of a 1/4 million visitors and more than a million and a quarter views. That is strictly by word of mouth and personal referrals since this site limits search engine traffic intentionally to keep our readership out of the realm of those searching for stuff unrelated to naturism and clothes free living. A huge thank you for sharing our site and content goes…

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Black to the future:Naturism,nudism, and clothes free living African Americans and the clothes free community

Part 4 “Back to the future,” published today, is the final Installment of the #blackhistorymonth series “Naturism, nudism and clothes free living: African Americans and the clothes free community.” This piece and the others in the series were researched and written by Earl D, Founder, Curator and Editor-in-Chief of
I have found this series to be particularly interesting to read and digest for a number of reasons. 1 – I am black , residing in the United States. 2 – I have wondered about black participation in naturism. 3 – Although I have taken quite well to clothes free life since 1.5 years ago, I have wondered about the landscape of participants. I have some thoughts that I will share in another post for in the next day, but I encourage folks to read through not only this piece, but the others in the series that the founder wrote. Share your thoughts on those posts (on the original links to them), even if they are uncomfortable.

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“Being a naturist, I chose to experience my nudity outdoors in natural environments and indoors within communities of diverse people in non sexual environments. For me, it’s a choice to openly and intimately experience myself in every season. I openly and intimately embrace all of the elements: air, fire, water, earth. And I commit to maintaining practices of self-love and self-acceptance through all the seasons of my life. I chose to have my first naturist experience during a time in my life when I was consciously seeking and exploring personal, spiritual and tangible liberation and freedom.” Jasmine Burems – Honey & Gold – The Goddess Lifestyle

So where do we stand? What is the current state of the relationship between African-Americans and the clothes free community? Is the clothes free community and the practice of clothes free living an inherently a white European practice? I wish I could say the…

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