If you have never walked along the beach with the warm wind blowing
salt spray across your body and the sun's warm glow on your back...
If you have never been tossed in the foam of the surf and been swept by its surge onto the sand...
If you have never lay down in the meadow and felt your body lifted by the grass as you stared into puffly white clouds and then ran laughing and giggling into a pond then you have never lived. And if you haven't done it nude, you have only half lived.
My name is Gil, but you can call me Gilsnow. A lot of my friends do.
(It's a long story). This site is about how I discovered naturism and
what happened next. I hope you enjoy your stay.
I never thought it would be that popular. In about 2004 I took my site down to move it to another location (I would have had to pay geocities for bandwidth) but I never completed the move until now (August 18, 2009). It has been a long time in coming and I admit, most of this was to just restore what I had. But this is a good starting point and, if I do say so myself, a good introduction to Naturism.
I heard about Gay Head, an unofficial Clothing Optional beach on Martha's Vineyard island, Massachusetts, USA in 1993 while vacationing with my wife on our anniversary. I insisted that we go. The beach is flanked by vividly colored clay bluffs. These photos are not enough to do them justice. I enjoyed myself immensely. My wife, not so much.
Shortly thereafter (perhaps a year or two) I was searching the internet and came across www.cybernude.com (now defunct). I particularly liked their quotes.
And forget not that the earth delights
to feel your bare feet
and the winds long
to play with your hair.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
"We are so narrow minded that we show war,
murder, rape, etc. on TV,
but we do not allow to show one of the
most wonderfull creations (the human body)
in its natural form."
Clothes are not an expression of who you are, but of where you are.
Walk Nude, and people won`t need to undress you with their eyes.
I quickly became engrossed and I started looking for other sites. I guess it was the honesty and straight forwardness I saw in the naturist community that first got me believing that nudity could be enjoyed without sexual overtones. But finding that community wasn't easy at first. But eventually I found more sites with thoughts like these.
Truth is, most of us contain a splashing, giggling, squealing child who knows without thinking that bare skin and water go together as wings go with air, roots with earth, and the phoenix with incendiary sun. And innocence belongs to us as it did to ancient Greek athletes, who never wore clothes for their footraces or boxing matches but rather oiled themselves until their nude bodies glistened in the sunlight.From Clothing or the lack thereof.
I liked the whole idea of naturism. My wife wasn't so sure. Well, then I found Patty Logan and I began to see that there is an entirely different woman's perspective. It took time but my wife now understands how much I embrace naturism. Time and patience.
A Short Story of Liberation (fiction)
"The mission of The Naturist Society is
to promote a culture of body acceptance
through clothing-optional recreation,
using the tools of education and community outreach."
To learn more click here.
For some of the rules we follow click rules
Did you think we were without a purpose or rules of etiquette?
Perhaps it's because most Americans have been misled by movies,
TV, books and magazines so often that many believe that nudity is
always either an invitation for sex or a reason to feel humiliated
and embarrassed. Guess what. That's not true of naturists and
nudists. And that certainly isn't true elsewhere in the world.
Places like England, France or Scandinavia have accepted the naturist
lifestyle and clothing optional use of beaches for generations. That,
in and of itself, is like a breath of fresh air. |
I've been talking about Naturism and Nudism. In North America
I began to explore further into what nudity means, not just to the
individual but as a symbol. Nudity is not anarchy, but it is freedom.
It allows one to come in full contact with the natural world in a way
one simply cannot do without abandoning the taboos of most cultures.
Strangely, one can give up these ancient taboos without discarding
one's morals. In many ways nudity can symbolize a rite of passage.|
Here some excerpts by authors who have used nudity in literature and science fiction to describe just such a passage through culture.
I especially like this friend's introduction to a naturist family Experience.
This one is just for fun: Pancakes Au Naturel
Above we looked at naturism from the point of view of adults. Naturism however is really a family centered lifestyle. When parents and children share a naturist environment in the home I believe they develop a greater acceptance of their bodies, a respect for other's personal space and the removal of the veil of mystery and fear of the changes of puberty, pregnancy and aging.
This second piece, courtesy of Samantha Silver and
the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies,
delves into Naturism in New England. In it you
might recognize my voice.
A story about how my son was first introduced to naturism and how he loved it then. I call it
Father and Son.
June 2000 marks my third year attending the Eastern Naturist Gathering.
Here is the story of what happened there.
As a preteen
(Sonclothed's Naturist Page)
|Special note to kids under 18|
|Naturism is ethical, moral, family oriented and, in my opinion, very beneficial. But please remember that common sense and precautions are important for your safety with this or any thing you do.|
Please do involve your parents and never go wandering off, even on your own property, nude.
Please, when on the internet be internet safe. Don't provide your full name, address or other identifying
information (such as school name, church, clubs, scout troops etc.) to strangers, clubs, IM or chat
And don't forget
Take a look at a
Concerned about children
and naturism? Then you
won't want to miss
this article about:
Social Nudity and
Scholarly Study .
This article features two breast
feeding mothers I know.
What is it to be topfree?
|Naked Spirit Beautifully done. A must see.||
The Federation Of Canadian Naturism
"Sexual modesty cannot then in any simple way be identified with the
use of clothing, nor shamelessness with the absence of clothing and
total or partial nakedness... There are circumstances in which
nakedness is not immodest... Nakedness as such is not to be equated
with physical shamelessness. Immodesty is present only when nakedness
plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person... The
human body is not in itself shameful, nor for the same reasons are
sensual reactions, and human sensuality in general. Shamelessness (just
like shame and modesty) is a function of the interior of a person..." |
attributed to Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla)|
Love & Responsibility, 1981
Is Social Nudism Condemned
By The Bible As Sinful?
|This intense debate brings to light questions you may have asked yourself about the Bible and nudity.|
|Fig Leaf Forum||A newsletter offering fellowship, edification and encouragement to Bible-believing Christian nudists.|
Solair Recreation League
Dyer Woods Nudist Campground
Cedar Waters Village
Pilgrim Naturists of New England"