|Latest issue: July 2, 2000|
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What are the first ideas that come to mind in connection with the concept of nudity? Sex? Embarrassment? Probably. Now, as an experiment, relax and turn on your imagination. What other ideas can you associate with nudity?
On the other hand, if you did think of one or more of these things, then it is even more urgent that you read what's here, because you have an intuitive grasp of the potential of non-sexual nudity as a life-enhancing physical, emotional, and (perhaps) even spiritual experience. Some people regard non-sexual nudity as a liberating, enriching, exalting addition to their lives and to the lives of their familiy and friends.
Not everyone will find that much in nudity, of course. However, we're all different. For some this life-enhancing possibility is real. Yet very seldom is the full possiblity realized immediately. It takes some time for the ideas and reality to sink in. What we are offering here is a newsletter, that is, a series of articles and features devoted to exploring - through news about the experience of other, real people - the validity of the claims. In other words, this is not a finished work that you can simply sit down with and read from beginning to end. Instead, almost none of it is written yet. Like any other newsletter, it will develop gradually, a little at a time. You will be able to follow it - and interact with it - as it develops. This is one of the main advantages a Web-based publication can offer.
In order to get a little better idea of what the intent and purpose here is, please read the main article from our first issue, The Best-Kept Secret.
Then, to answer other questions that might naturally occur to you, please have a look at The Weekly Nudesletter FAQ. (FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions.)
We could summarize things by saying that this newsletter is for and about people who like to be naked for non-sexual purposes. And for people who want to explore the idea of non-sexual nudity with an open mind.
Why "non-sexual"? Because the conventional association of nudity with sexuality is too obvious to require further elaboration. We have no general objection to sexuality expressed within a conscientious moral system and the use of nudity as an adjunct to it. But if sexuality is the only reason you are interested in nudity, please don't waste your time reading anything more here. There is an absolutely overwhelming amount of material available online and elsewhere to meet your needs in this regard.
The purpose of this newsletter, therefore, is to cover just about every aspect of nudity except the sexual one. However, even if you came here out of a sexually motivated curiosity, feel free to read on if you're willing to entertain a much more general view of the value of nudity.
Incidentally, you might be wondering about how this newsletter relates to what is known as "nudism" or "naturism". The answer is: there is a strong relationship. Nudists and naturists are people who like to be naked, and they should find almost everything here of interest. Unfortunately, however, our society has a very poor understanding of what nudism/naturism is about. The most prevalent view is that it's about voyeurism and exhibitionism. The main purpose of this newsletter is to cover the value of being naked, not of seeing nudity or showing it off. Therefore, we have chosen to define the subject matter and audience as "people who like to be naked", to avoid cultural stereotypes.
However, the hope is that every issue will contain at least several of the following types of features:
Back to Being and Nakedness
Beach Nudity, Please Read!
There's something liberating about the antic of being naked. The freedom. The exhilaration. The lack of pocket lint. Unfortunately, for most people the notion of nudity requires some rationale - no matter how silly that rationale may be. Streaking across a football field. Skinny-dipping in a lake. Mooning for the camera. Photocopying your butt. Playing naked Twister. Flashing a nun after sixth-period class, hoping she didn't recognize you and isn't at this instant phoning your parents. For most people, it's all about the naughty thrill of getting caught or exposing a private part. But not for all. No, for many it's perfectly routine, as normal and natural as, say, kissing hands or shaking a baby.
Nude beaches are the perfect denominators for these two groups, the puritans and the pure exhibitionists, the fakirs and the non-fakers. Think of it as a big game of strip poker where everybody has crappy hands. The thing to remember is that nude sunbathing isn't about sex or exhibitionism - we'll leave that to the nudist colonies and Courtney Love. Nude sunbathing is about elation and free-spiritedness (and avoiding wedgies and ugly tan lines).
I've made the trek to No Clothes Land many a time. I've dropped trou in Europe, where it's no big deal - heck, even the Royal Family has displayed a boob or two (not counting Prince Charles). Black's Beach in San Diego is world famous for nude sun worshipping. And, of course, here in Miami, we have Haulover Beach.
One of the misconceptions about nudity is that every human body is beautiful (Right). The key to inoffensive nude sunbathing is to do just that - sunbathe. Do not play volleyball in the buff. No grilling or barbecuing. Even if your Playgirl's Mr. January, do not perform an oil and air filter change on your auto while naked. An watch the jogging - you could poke somebody's eye out.
Nude beachgoers often have their social cliques and routines. They picnic and fraternize, and they love to mingle. Zoiks. These people who sashay up and down the beach wearing nothing but a smile and a spare tire are the same folks you find in the receiving line at a wedding wielding a business card and a can of Binaca.
When I venture to Haulover, I stick close to my blanket or hit the water. I donít wander about. Itís like you want to work the room, but thereís no place to put your hands and no appropriate place to hang your Walkman. (Plus, you feel like youíve gone to a party and everyoneís wearing the same thing.) Personally, I happen to like being naked. Itís never bothered me. I often get home from work, disrobe, and sit naked on my couch eating cereal. (Did I just cross the line of too much information?) Some people are uncomfortable naked. Iím not. What I do have a problem with, however, is being ugly and naked. Statistics show that the number of people who enjoy nude sunbathing is proportionate to those who should put something on. Like a tarp. Or one of those tents that they use when theyíre debugging a house. That one of the reasons why I prefer the sanctity of my blanket. I can feign sleep (or death, if necessary) should some naked old man approach me and start to discuss todayís undertow as he squats liberally in front of me.
Sunscreen: Iíd be remiss if I didnít stress the importance of proper protection. Those regions that rarely see the light of day are the first to succumb to the sunís deadly rays. Hence, watch your behind, or your buns will be toast. As for Ė how do I say this politely Ė garnishing your weenie, yes, your little buddy needs sunblock, but remember, youíre in public. There a fine line between safety and pleasure when applying lotion to Mr. Happy. Iíve seen guys go at it like theyíre greasing a fire pole. So take it easy. Don't make things hard on yourself.
When it comes to accessories, there are certain things you should and should not bring to a nude beach. Telescopes and binoculars are definite no-nos. You may think of this as a ball game, but Iím sure the Red Sox would beg to differ. Likewise with a camcorder Ė carrying a video camera at a nude beach is the pervertís equivalent of driving by a schoolyard with a van full of candy. As for ready, avoid books with titles like Justice of the Piece. Stick to Field and Stream, Readerís Digest or the Gideon Bible. Sunglasses are a must. If youíre gonna ogle, at least do it behind your Maui Jims.
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As for your random beach bump-ins, there are obvious encounters. Besides bodies that youíd rather not see naked, piercings are immensely popular. Popular, I surmise, because theyíre in places that wouldnít necessarily be exposed at Publix (unless you shop at the new one by the bay). Iíve seen nipples that look like parachute rip cords.
And below the belt, Iíve seen piercings that made me recoil. (Come to think of it, Iíve seen coils down there, too.) And little napkin rings. And something called a Prince Albert. Iíve seen less metal at a gun show. And shaving. Hmmmm. Apparently trimming the hedges has become all the rage. Some folks go for the close cropping; others like it smooth. I havenít seen topiary this creative since I was at the Botanical Gardens.
Nude sunbathing can be a kick, an exciting way to liven up an otherwise dull day at the beach. For the ladies, it means being able to wear a sundress without worrying about unsightly strap lines. For the guys, it means thereís no need to adjust the boys: itís a wind sock now. For all of us it means an escape, a break from our daily worries and cares, a momentís freedom where less is so much more Ė except when it comes to that sunscreen.