Friday, December 10, 2010


From the very beginning of naturism/nudism, there have been people who have exploited naturists and nudists. They go against the very core values of our movement. They objectify our bodies and sexualize our activities. They turn our philosophy into a source of personal gain. (money, sex, power, pride, etc...)  Some of them even pander to deviants but conceal themselves beneath the cloak of legitimacy that naturism provides.

All too often, we have been willing participants. The exploiters use our tolerance and open-mindedness against us. They infect a club and twist the definition of naturism to suit their purposes. They tempt us with the money that many clubs are always short of. Because naturists are intelligent, they understand that life is not black & white so some compromise is sometimes necessary. But those small concessions can lead to a very slippery slope.

In this episode, we discuss two infamous clubs in Roselawn, Indiana that were victimized by exploiters. We listen to a 1966 radio interview with the founders of one of the clubs that illustrates the lofty initial goals of the club as a contrast to the current situation.

Episode XXVI

Sunday, October 31, 2010

History of Bare Oaks

Eric Jarvis (on left) at Bare Oaks in 2008
A discussion of internet-based retailers selling naturist/nudist merchandise and the launch of the Bare Boutique online shop. Plus an interview with Eric Jarvis who originally founded Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park when, in 1972, he purchased empty land and started the Toronto Helios Society at Haytor Park. He tells us his story and the challenges of starting a nudist club in the early 1970's.

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Episode XXIV

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Naturist Family Vacation

We take a naturist family vacation to Cypress Cove Nudist Resort near Orlando, Florida.

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Episode XXIII

Monday, August 30, 2010

Morley Schloss

Recounting a first-time experience and a conversation with Morley Schloss; one of the most important leaders of the naturist movement. He is co-owner of Sunsport Garden, the only original member of the Naturist Action Committee that is still serving, a topfree rights activist, long-time member and past president of Naturist Rochester, a prolific writer on naturist issues and so much more!

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Episode XXII

Friday, July 30, 2010

World Naked Bike Ride

In this episode, we review the 1984 movie "Educating Julie" and talk about what it is like to participate in the World Naked Bike Ride.

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Episode XXI

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

How not to be creepy

Some individuals have more trouble than others getting people to accept them. While that is true in our society as a whole, it can become even more pronounced in a naturist environment. This is likely because traditional barriers are dropped and the individual is foremost. Additionally, people who are new to naturism can feel self-conscious and clumsy as they battle emotions of awkwardness for breaching traditional societal taboos.

For single men in particular, intentions can easily be misinterpreted. It is normal for a single man to want to find a partner. But it is a fine line between showing interest and being creepy. Not all single women come to naturist clubs looking to meet someone. Women appreciate naturism because it allows them to escape society’s pressure to reach an impossible ideal of physical beauty. In naturism, they feel accepted for who they are. But too much attention from a single man, as friendly as it might be, can remind them of mainstream society’s oppressive focus on their body. It can feel like harassment.

In general, making friends in naturism is not that different from the rest of the world. Introducing yourself, being friendly without being overbearing, finding people with common interests, participating in activities, listening to people, and being trustworthy & reliable are always good ways to make friends anywhere.

Naturism is founded on respect for self and others. Being respectful (not just acting respectful) is the fundamental basis of good interpersonal relationships. In this show, we discuss some pointers for people who might be having some trouble getting accepted in a naturist club.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Minorities in Naturism

It is plainly obvious that visible minorities are under-represented in naturism. In this episode, we try to understand why and ascertain what can be done to change the situation.

Our two guests are both bloggers who have discussed the subject.

George's Blog:

André's Blog:

Episode XIX

Photo by DarkFokus

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunshine and Vitamin D

An overwhelming number of studies have recently come out that show that there are many health-giving benefits from sun exposure. Just a few years ago, the consistent message from the medical and scientific community was that any sun exposure was bad. But we now know the vital importance of the vitamin D that sunshine gives us. Studies have shown that it helps us fight illnesses like cancer, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, influenza, psoriasis, Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.), Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (P.M.S.), sleep disorders and autoimmune diseases. In this episode we get the most up to date information from Dr. Holick who was an early pioneer in researching the link between vitamin D and cancer. As a result, he is now one of leading experts in the world on the subject.

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Episode XVIII

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Women and naturism

Of the two genders, women get the most pressure from society to meet to unrealistic expectations of physical beauty. That is one of the reason that women benefit most from being a naturist but it is also why they have the hardest time trying naturism. For a woman, the idea of being nude in a social setting is fraught with fears related to a lifetime of sexual objectification and subconscious attacks on their self-esteem.

In this episode, we explore how women in naturism overcame some of these barriers and what they get out of living a naturist life. We also review strategies for convincing someone to try naturism. 

To summarize the strategies presented:

  1. Review your own motivation
  2. Be open and confident about naturism
  3. Be sympathetic and understanding
  4. Try a therapeutic approach
  5. Be patient
  6. Be very careful of the first experience & praise gently

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Episode XVII

Monday, February 15, 2010

Lessons from Naturist History

As the American philosopher George Santayana said, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Through an interview with Doug Beckett, founder of the Federation of Canadian Naturists, we get a first hand account of what naturism was like over half a century ago. 

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Episode XVI

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Nudity on British TV

Part 3 of 3 on nudity and the human body. In this last part, we continue look at society's view of nudity through the lens of mass media. We review three televisions shows from the U.K.

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Episode XV