Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Gymnophobia


Part 2 of 3 on nudity and the human body. In the second part, we discuss Gymnophobia, the fear of nudity and how it impacts our view of the human body. As in part 1, we look at society's view of nudity through the lens of mass media. In particular, we review and critique a BBC show called What's the problem with nudity?

Links to items mentioned in the show:

Episode XIV

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nudity and the Human Body

Part 1 of 3 on nudity and the human body. In this first show, we discuss society's attitude towards the human body and how we deal with being nude. How mass media deals with people who are naked is reflective of our own attitudes. But mass media also amplifies our fears, issues and anxieties thereby making them worse. We look at two television shows. First that cultural touchstone that was Seinfeld and, secondly, a current reality-TV show called Dr. 90210.

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Episode XIII

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Clothing-Optional/Nude/Free Beaches


In this episode we discuss naturist beaches with Judy Williams. For the last few decades, she has been the leading force behind Vancouver's Wreck Beach, one of the most famous nude beaches in the world. She tells us how she got involved in naturism and takes us on a narrative tour of Wreck Beach. She also provides practical advice for anyone who wants to create a nude beach in their area.

The song at the beginning of the show is:
Naturist Girl
by The Naked Drummer & the Baileys Road Band.
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Episode XII

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Old clubs and a young woman in an old trailer


A discussion of the reasons for the failure and closure of Glen Echo Family Nudist Park north of Toronto, Ontario and an interview with Stan Wortner of Sunny Glades which, because of the closure of Glen Echo, is the oldest, continuously operating, naturist club in Ontario.

We also interview Stina Sieg, a 26 year old California woman who is travelling around North America for a year in a 1969 trailer. Her first stop was Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. She shares her observations about her first experience with naturism and how living nude has impacted her perceptions of herself and others. Follow her trip at: www.stinasieg.com

The song we play is The Bumble Bee Invaded a Nudist Colony by Billy Mitchell from a 78 RPM recording done in the 1920's and found at the Internet Archive.

Click here for more information about Sun Valley Gardens and Karl Ruehle who are referenced in the Stan Wortner interview.

The book referenced in the show, Au Naturel: The History of Nudism in Canada by James Woycke Ph.D., can be previewed at Google Books by clicking here.

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Episode XI

Thursday, August 6, 2009

France Guillain

An interview from July 2008 with France Guillain, the author of Le Bonheur d'être nu. Le Naturisme, un art de vivre. (The pleasure of being nude. Naturism, an art of living.) France has written many books on naturist health that have sold millions of copies throughout Europe. She has also shared her knowledge and experience through hundreds of articles, radio interviews and televisions shows. She currently teaches healthy living at conferences, seminars and through naturist retreats.

Ms. Guillain shares with some of her philosophies about naturist health, child rearing, sexuality and gender roles. She also talks about her fascinating life raising 10 children (5 adopted) as naturists. Finally, we discuss naturism in France and at her home club, Heliomonde.

We start the show by reading a very amusing blog post on "Nipple Radiation" from My Secret Public Blog: Naturist, Nudism and other stuff.

The song at the beginning of the show is:
Being a Nudist
by The Naked Drummer & the Baileys Road Band.
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Episode X

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Non-landed Clubs

This episode features reader feedback on the previous show about clothing-optional policies, another song by the Naked Drummer & the Baileys Road Band, and a discussion on non-landed clubs: what are they and how to start one.
Episode IX

The song at the beginning of the show is:
I want to be a nudist
by The Naked Drummer & the Baileys Road Band.
You can read more about the band, listen to other songs and purchase their CD at: www.baileysroad.com

The Ontario Roaming Bares can be found at: www.orbtoronto.org
The Forest City Family Naturists can be found at: www.fcn.ca/FCFN/

The book referenced in the show, Au Naturel: The History of Nudism in Canada by James Woycke Ph.D., can be previewed at Google Books by clicking here.

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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Why Clothing-Optional Does Not Work

Episode VIII

We discuss the many reasons why clothing-optional policies do not work in naturist clubs. Naturism wasn't always so tolerant. In the beginning of the 20th century when naturism started, wearing clothes in a naturist club was not an option. The clothing-optional policy, a well-meaning attempt to be more inclusive and to make it easier for new people, has actually back-fired.

The song at the beginning of the show is:
Skin Free
by The Naked Drummer & the Baileys Road Band.
You can read more about the band, listen to other songs and purchase their CD at:

The Toronto Star article referenced in the podcast is here:

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Naturist Cartoons

Episode VII

We interview Stephen Crowley author of Loxie & Zoot and The Bare Pit cartoons. The first story, Loxie & Zoot, was published as a book. He has since published 12 more stories (nearly 400 pages) on the web. Stephen's cartoons very effectively depict of every body type and shape without bias against any of them. His stories are appropriate for all ages and contain lessons for both naturists and non-naturists. Stephen pokes fun at many textile misconceptions about naturism but also takes a few shots at some naturist hang-ups. You can also see some of Stephen's art on Bare Oaks' website and printed materials. Stephen discusses his inspiration for the strip, the impact of naturism as a topic in cartoons, and how he goes about creating The Bare Pit. We close with Stephen describing naturism in Australia. The image included with the post was specially drawn by Stephen for this podcast. Can you guess who the characters are?

www.TheBarePit.com

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Naturist/Nudist Fiction

Episode VI

In this episode, we discuss naturist fiction with Tom (T.H.) Pine who has authored many short stories and novels. In fact, he was an author before he became a naturist. Discovering naturism led him naturally to writing naturist fiction. We talk about his stories, his writing techniques, his inspiration, the type of fiction that he likes and what he thinks doesn't work. As part of those discussions, we debate the pros and cons of including sex and sexuality in naturist fiction. Tom also gives some advice for listeners who want to write their own fictional stories. We close with a discussion on e-books and the future of printed books.

Links:
e-books:

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A tribute to Lee Baxandall


Episode V

On November 27, 2008, the naturist world lost a leader when the founder of The Naturist Society, Lee Baxandall, passed away at the age of 73. This episode is dedicated to Lee’s legacy in the naturist world. We interview Nicky Hoffman from the naturist society who worked with him since almost the beginning. We also hear Mark Storey’s perspective on Lee’s impact on the naturist world. Finally, we hear Lee Baxandall himself speak about naturism.

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Nude Volleyball


Episode IV

Nude Volleyball — it's become a cliché of naturism. In this episode we talk with Peter Allison a long time player and the organizer of the Greater Toronto Naturist Volleyball Tournament at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. Peter tells us about the reasons why volleyball is so popular and provides hints for people who want to try it.
Links:
http://www.BareOaks.ca/volleyball
http://www.whitethornlodge.org/public/superbowl.html
http://www.nudistvolleyball.com
http://www.nakedvolleyball.com/
http://www.fivb.org/en/beachvolleyball/rules/Rules.htm