Monthly Archives: November 2013

Nudity and authenticity

Does social nudity promote authenticity? The general assumption of naturists and nudists is that it does. So that’s what we’re going to examine. But let’s start by looking at why authenticity is important in the first place. It’s about being … Continue reading

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Acting and authenticity in As You Like It

As You Like It, written in the middle part of Shakespeare’s career, is one of the dramatist’s more serious and sophisticated comedies. While classical Greek comedy was generally laden with farce and satire, the Elizabethan form, and Shakespeare’s in particular, … Continue reading

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What can we learn from Shakespeare about nudity?

On the surface, at least, not a lot. Perhaps the most frequent actual references to nudity are found in King Lear. The king has been dethroned by the treachery of his daughters Goneril and Regan. In Act III, he has … Continue reading

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Nudist/naturist bullshit

Nudists and naturists are generally pretty candid when discussing what they like about social nudity and what they perceive as its advantages. (As usual, the minor and hazy differences between “nudist” and “naturist” will be ignored.) However, there are a … Continue reading

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Don’t Always Follow the Crowd

New research finding: Don’t Panic. And Don’t Always Follow the Crowd In particular: “People tend to follow the herd, even when others seem to be heading the wrong way.” The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being … Continue reading

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What Google is telling us about interest in naturism

The blogger at Naturism as a Way of Living wondered how frequently people were searching for the term “naturist” as a function of time. Google Trends had the answer. The result: Not very encouraging, is it? At least since 2004, … Continue reading

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Fully Disclothed

Here’s a very impressive photography project that describes itself thusly: Fully Disclothed is a photography project in the name of self-exposure; it is an invitation for people to disturb their ordinary day-to-day activities and do something they thought they wouldn’t, … Continue reading

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