wow: choice

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I don’t aspire for a world in which everyone is nude all of the time. I do, however, aspire for a world in which everyone has the right to choose how little or how much to wear without being penalized. 

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naturism philosophy nudist practice and the politics of disagreement

“Embracing diversity is more than saying come be like me more than tolerating someone of a different skin color or social class it’s also embracing diverse thoughts.”

Piece by Earl D of clothesfreelife.com.

Lessons for me, as well.

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Politics – the total complex of relations between people living in society -Merriam Webster Dictionary

A few days ago I had what I thought was a civil tho dynamic conversation on Twitter about best first visit situation clothing optional or clothes free. One of the parties to the conversation promptly unfollowed. The other has blocked our account and the accounts of others who disagreed with their view. I observed the same pattern occur between two other naturist account one of whom was reacting to a question about the terminology of naturist or nudist.

Judging by that observed pattern over the past few days one could say that there is a segment of the naturist/nudist community at least on twitter that is in the throes of what social scientists call a confirmation bias.

Confirmation bias, also called confirmatory bias or myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information…

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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: http://maryamnamazie.com/biography.html

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 clothesfreelife.com to celebrate a significant milestone it reached a few days ago —> http://clothesfreelife.com/2016/03/06/thanks-to-your-support-weve-reach-another-milestone/

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 clothesfreelife.com 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 clothesfreelife.com.
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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 clothesfreelife.com 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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Happy Birthday CFL

Reblogging this post from clothesfreelife.com – the Clothes Free Life site celebrates it 4th year in operation today.

My note: I truly appreciate this resource as it has been an integral part of my clothes free coming of age process. It has been a place for me to learn, share, and consider different points of views that folks note in their comments. I am grateful for its commitment, vision and resources. Words cannot express how much this place has truly meant to me, a kind of home in the mess of the internet. Thanks for putting this together, evolving it, and expanding it to be so many wonderful things. It makes a difference. It does.
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Got a reminder at the stroke of midnight that clothesfreelife.com is 4 years old today. What started as one guy’s effort to engage clothes free community re-blogging photos and stuff he thought was related to nudist life; morphed into a humble blog about his experience and other nudist goings on; and evolved into a multi-contributor blog; and now a web magazine with global contributors sharing original content, featuring curated news,with 1000s of page views daily. But one simple pursue shapes this effort to support exploring and engaging clothes free life.

Thanks to all who have contributed to this effort to many to name. Your stories, experiences, thoughts, words, and effort are invaluable. Thanks to all who visit and read and comment for you are the raison d’entre behind this effort, the life blood for which we toil. Thank you to all the silent supporters who reblog and share our content…

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There are negroes among us – Naturism, nudism and clothes free living African Americans and the clothes free community

Part 3 of the series “Naturism, nudism and clothes free living African Americans and the clothes free community” for black history month. Originally researched and written by the Founder, Curator and Chief Editor of clothesfreelife.com.

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NATURISM IS FOR “every body,” as the saying goes, and its offer of freedom, health, and social equality are inherently available to any and all. Yet naturism in North America remains blindingly white. – Mark Storey Nude & Natural 25.3

imageDescribed as the golden age of nudism by some the post World War II era of nudism wasn’t so golden for African-Americans in the U.S.  The African-American experience in the clothes free community reflected very much what was happening in the rest of society. The racial prejudice and segregation present in the broader society was present in the U.S. naturist/nudist subculture. Perhaps inspired by the experiences of “negro” GIs returning from WWII in Europe or buoyed by the ideals of emerging civil rights movement, the African-Americans actively sought to take part in naturist/nudist/ communities, clubs and camps. This interest was significant enough to permit a report on the phenomenon…

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Rape Culture, Misogyny and a Misguided Mayor

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It appears that our underlying misogynistic culture is always eager to grab an opportunity to rear its ugly head. The ignorance that shapes such a culture is not restricted to just the masses. Oh no! This time it spewed forth its verbal diarrhea from the mouth of a supposed aristocrat – the mayor of Port of Spain, who, in an attempt to clean up the mess he initially caused, spewed forth something resembling an apology, which only made such diarrhea more painful to stomach.

Social media has been abuzz with Mayor Tim Kee’s initial address regarding the death of Japanese native, Asami Nagakiya, who was found dead in the Queen’s Park Savannah while still clad in her carnival costume. His address encapsulated the very essence of our rape culture with brief highlights of his own personal views on Carnival and ‘wining’. The Mayor appeared quite confident rambling on with his…

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