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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Wary naturists cover up with sunscreen

The Taranaki Naturist Club is hosting a national "camp-out by the sea" event, which has attracted about 120 naturists from around the country and overseas.

They started arriving at the club's 2ha property, Waiongana Park, yesterday and were soon soaking up the sun, wearing nothing more than sunhats, sunglasses and jandals.

With about 60 members, the Taranaki club is one of the smallest in New Zealand, and this is the first time it has held the biennial event, which runs until January 3.

"It's a huge honour to be hosting this," club public relations officer Beth Satherley said. "It's very exciting."

She said the event had taken 12 months to plan, with a new shower block and well being installed as part of the preparations.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Clothing-optional beaches: a nudist's perspective

The Wide Bay has been buzzing with opinion on the Burnett Shire Council's recent decision to abandon their attempts to establish Queensland's first clothing-optional beach.

Here, Paul McCarragher shares his opinions on a spirited and sometimes emotional debate.

"My wife and I have been nudists for about 15 years and have seen many attempts by well meaning people to get a nude beach in Queensland, but always with the same result: no nude beach.

We are part of the fabric of society but as a group we have been discriminated against in this state for too long and it must stop.

Discrimination is illegal in Australia, and the failure of local and state governments to provide legal nude beaches for us and many tourists to enjoy is quite frankly against the law.

The "facts" as put by the opponents of nude beaches are nearly always erroneous or based on religious teachings and leanings.

Legal nude beaches have been a part of life in several Australian states and territories for many years without any problems, as most are strictly policed by the Nudist Associations; life guards are employed and people enjoy this lifestyle safe in the knowledge that they are being looked after.

Legal nude beaches and even nude towns are enjoyed overseas with many millions of dollars going their way in tourist revenue.

There are probably more countries that allow nudism than do not, so the statement that "many overseas countries do not allow public nudity" should be countered by "many overseas countries do allow public nudity."

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Sex not the only reason for nudity

Door-to-door campaigning full of nude surprises, Dec. 20.

So a political campaigner encounters unclothed homeowners. He is "still trying to figure out exactly why some voters who were so obviously planning an uninterrupted evening at home even bother to answer the door."

Like most politicians, he errs in thinking that the only purpose of nudity is sex. That mistake has created some bad laws.

Many people in naturist (or nudist) families simply don't like wearing clothes, or find that the naked body isn't shameful or immoral. Their personal physical disarmament brings many benefits, such as better hygiene, relief of stress, and removal of sexual obsession, without any nudge-nudge innuendoes.

Politicians should educate themselves about the naturist movement.

Paul Rapoport,

Editor, Going Natural

Federation of Canadian Naturists

Ancaster, Ont.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Swindon Life Model: The Naked Truth

For anybody suffering from a poor body image the idea of standing naked and being scrutinised by a classroom full of school boys would be the ultimate in harrowing nightmares.

But for Rosemarie Orwin this extreme form of therapy has not only proved to be a confidence booster but has turned out to be a nice little earner as well.

Rosemarie, a former manager at WH Smith in Swindon, found she just couldn't bear office work anymore and decided it was time to bare all instead.
Rosemarie Orwin - Life Model

So, a year ago, she decided to become a life model:

"I had a friend who used to model at Newbury College," says Rosemarie, "and she said she really enjoyed it and said it was easy.

"I've never had any confidence in my body and thought well it's a bit extreme but I'll give it a go."

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

The naked truth: nude isn't rude, dude

Naturalism is the study of plants and animals. The word naturism is the same as nudism and is about accepting yourself and others for who you are and not for what you look like, own, or wear. It definitely builds self-esteem. It's about de-stressing, relaxation, and less laundry.

The body is just the vessel for the person.

Nudism is the great human equalizer with people of all ages, from infancy to over 70, communicating on the same level with no one judging others because of their ability or the lack of it to buy the latest fashion styles.

Nudism was rediscovered in Europe at the end of the 19th century when doctors prescribed sun baths as an antidote to the over-industrialization that was taking place.

Nudism is different things to different people and nudists are as varied as the people around you.

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Nudes kick a goal for charity with many behinds

TRUTH be told, this whole exercise would probably have been rather more comfortable if it had been carried out two days earlier, when the temperatures climbed into the balmy 30s.

But neither inhospitable clouds nor mid-teen temperatures were enough to stop Kew teacher Robert McKay and his brave group of subjects from proceeding with their annual nude photographic project along the Yarra at the city park of Birrarung Mar yesterday.

About 80 Melburnians shed their clothes for the photos, organised by Mr McKay and inspired by the work of artist Spencer Tunick. This was, it should be said, a rather more sparse turnout than that usually seen at a Tunick shoot.

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Navasota is home to nudist colony

While some Hollywood depictions of nudist resorts depict havens for the sexy and studly, in actuality several sites for nude recreation are not so much single-and-mingle but family-oriented establishments. Of these, Lone Star Resort in Navasota is close to home, nestled just south of College Station in Grimes County.

Fluffy Felton, who manages the Lone Star Resort along with her husband, Dale, said Lone Star Resort started construction in 2001.

"We opened in May 2003 and put in a bathhouse, bathtub, pool, pier, office, barn plus two pavilions," she said.

The resort has facilities for swimming and hot-tubbing; volleyball, croquet and badminton courts, horseshoe pits, paddleboats and fishing areas. Special-event weekends feature food (often potlucks) and dancing.

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