Friday, December 30, 2011

French Naturism and Objectification Research


Listener comments, naturism in France, and some recent research on objectification.

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Episode XXXVIII

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Brief History of Nakedness


A bit of history and spirituality in naturism by way of an interview with Philip Carr-Gomm, author of A Brief History of Nakedness as well as a psychologist and the leader of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids for over twenty years.

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Episode XXXVII

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fashion


Fashion is often considered the antithesis to naturism. It can indeed be an oppressive tyrant. But it can also simply be an aesthetic or artistic consideration. We interview Joshua Williams, an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York who recently discovered naturism.

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Photo: From the 1994 film, Prêt-à-Porter, by director Robert Altman.

Episode XXXVI

Friday, September 30, 2011

Québec Naturism


Naturism in the province of Québec as described by Michel Vaïs, one of its most notable champions. Plus audience numbers (over 40,000 listeners per month!), a listener's letter, and the financing of naturism.

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Episode XXXV

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Barely Proper


A radio-play adaptation of Barely Proper by Tom Cushing recorded at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park on August 4, 2011 during the Naturist Festival. Originally published in 1931 and subtitled "an unplayable play", Barely Proper was extensively performed in nudist/naturist clubs in the 1960's and 1970's and served as an introduction and fundraiser for them.

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Illustration by Mordecai Gorelik from the original 1931 edition of Barely Proper by Tom Cushing.
The One-Act Adaptation of Barely Proper is by Leonard Lehrman ©1991
The music at the beginning of the play is Choro "Aguenta, seu Fulgêncio", composed by Lourenço Lamartine and played by Pixinguinha (flute) and Lourenço Lamartine. Recorded in 1929 (RCA Victor Talking Machine Company of Brazil)

Episode XXXIV


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Movie Wrap-Up and Growing Up Without Shame


A discussion with some of the cast & crew of Act Naturally after the Toronto movie preview and an interview with Dennis Craig Smith, author of The Naked Child/Growing Up Without Shame and Naked Fear.


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Episode XXXIII

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Christianity and Naturism


Naturism and religion is discussed with a focus on Christianity and the Bible. We interview author Tom Pine who has written extensively about Christianity and naturism. Matthew Neal of The Biblical Naturist Blog is also interviewed about his post on objectification and lust in religion.

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Photo by: ~zymon~

Episode XXXII

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nude Theatre


A discussion of nudity in theatre including a play where a clothing-optional night was held in March 2011. Plus an interview with the actors of this two-woman show where they spend most of their time nude on stage.

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Episode XXXI

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Ethical Naturists plus a Naturist Pioneer



We introduce the concept of the Ethical Naturist. We also interview Cec Cinder, one of the pioneers of naturism and a prolific author.

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Episode XXX
Photo by Ðariusz

Sunday, March 13, 2011

New Naturist Film


An interview with J. P. Riley, director and producer of the new independent movie Act Naturally. Filmed at Olive Dell Ranch, this is a naturist movie by naturists but produced by professionals. Plus reviews of Diary of a Nudist, Les Textiles and CBC radio's DNTO show on "private parts".

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Episode XXIX

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Breasts


Human female breasts are arguably the body part most obsessed about by both genders. In this episode we explore society's obsession with breasts. Two Guelph university students, Andrea and Lindsay, discuss the Top Freedom Day of Pride they organized in August 2010. Gwen Jacob tells us how, 20 years ago, her topless stroll while a student at the University of Guelph set an important legal precedent that gave Ontario women the right to be topfree. And a breastfeeding activist, Emma Kwasnica, talks about the true purpose behind those mammaries.

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Episode XXVIII



Monday, January 31, 2011

Pornography


Every naturist needs to understand pornography because the images of naturism are so often classified as pornographic by the general public. And, for nearly a century, hustlers have exploited naturists in order to create porn. But most importantly, we need to understand how pornography is hurting us and affecting our relationships.  Not only is naturism NOT about pornography, it actually offers an antidote to its ills.

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The song at the beginning of the show was "Nature is" by Brian Madison.

We also celebrate passing 100, 000 downloads (not hits or impressions) of the show! And that number to continues to grow every day and the rate of growth is also increasing. Here are a few facts about the podcast:
  • It is audio-only so only true naturists or those genuinely interested in naturism listen (we don't get download of the show from people just looking for nudity because there are no pictures)
  • Each download is many megabytes in size and the show is nearly an hour long so the involvement level is very high. (it's not just a 'hit' or 'impression')
  • Unlike a radio or TV show, the podcasts are available forever. Even the oldest episode is still growing in listenership as new people discover the show and catch up on the older episodes. 
  • While there are no specific demographics available, the audience is obviously technologically savvy which suggests that they are well-educated and younger.
  • There are listeners are from around the world. (18% Canada, 39% USA, 26% Europe, & 17% other)

Episode XXVII

Photo by David Shankbone via the Wikimedia Commons