Bugs and Bares, part 5: Mysterious Marks

Lalo looked at his former teacher incredulously. “Admit? What is it you don’t want to admit?” Dr. A seemed like she was trying to answer, but her own sobbing impeded her. “It’s alright, Dr. A.,” said Nate. “Nobody was trying to make you upset.” “It’s just that…” she managed to get out, “it’s just thatContinue reading “Bugs and Bares, part 5: Mysterious Marks”

Bugs and Bares, part 4: Crunchy and Spicy

“Lalo! So good to see you! That smells delicious,” said Dr. A. “Miranda, such a nice surprise. Would you like to try some? Oh! But where are my manners? Please, go ahead and remove your clothes. There’s a rack right behind you to hang whatever you want to hang.” “Thank you,” said Dr. A, whoContinue reading “Bugs and Bares, part 4: Crunchy and Spicy”

Bugs and Bares, part 3: Super Silk

They had not been long on the highway before Nate pointed out the window. “Do you see that billboard ad? I swear that was not there this morning.” Dr. A looked at the sign. It said: SUPER SILK!  Specially designed moth-repellent clothing with luxurious feel and great price! “Well… that’s interesting. Perhaps you didn’t noticeContinue reading “Bugs and Bares, part 3: Super Silk”

Bugs and Bares, part 2: The Failed Naturist

(continued from previous post)   Nate stood still, dripping wet, waiting for Dr. A’s pronouncement. But, as often happened, she changed track. “Wait, wait, wait. Wait! First, you should probably go dry off. And go get those smelly clothes of yours and put them in the washer. You know where it is, right? You’ll seeContinue reading “Bugs and Bares, part 2: The Failed Naturist”

Bugs and Bares, part 1: Moth Attacks

(a new serial)   Nate rolled his Jeep to a halt under the shade of the palm trees in Dr. A’s yard. He checked his watch – he had rushed from the capital to Noonay Noo in a half hour. Dr. A’s door was open, and she had seen him arrive. “Hi, Nate! What’s newsContinue reading “Bugs and Bares, part 1: Moth Attacks”

A Big Step for Organized Naturism in Latin America

Last weekend, January 28-30, the sixth ELAN took place at Zipolite Beach in Oaxaca, Mexico. ELAN is an acronym in both Spanish and Portuguese for Gathering of Latin American Naturists. This is important because naturism always needs organizational support in the face of ignorance and repression, anywhere in the world, but especially in areas whereContinue reading “A Big Step for Organized Naturism in Latin America”

Escape the Drape

A reflection on naturist massage Some people leave their underwear on, or their bra. Socks. Wristwatch, even. That’s just sad. If you’re receiving a massage, especially a full-body massage, it’s only your hang-ups about modesty and shame that keep you from uncovering your full body. Better to get those wrist-pinching, calf-scoring, back-branding objects away fromContinue reading “Escape the Drape”

Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism

Congratulations to Brian Hoffman, who has turned years of dedicated research and academic presentations into a thorough yet relatively succinct and well organized history of organized nudist movements in the United States, including an epilogue bringing us right up to the present. In Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism, the author’s focus on legalContinue reading “Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism”

Naturist Lodge near Guadalajara

In my previous post, I reviewed the hot-off-the-press Naked at Lunch by Mark Haskell Smith. I’d like to return to the book for a moment as a way of introducing this post. Smith, in a chapter about the future of social nudism, quotes a well-known voice of naturist philosophy, Mark Storey, on a rather pessimisticContinue reading “Naturist Lodge near Guadalajara”

Naked at Lunch

Mark Haskell Smith’s exploration of the world of social nudity, Naked at Lunch, is an important book for you, no matter where you are on the nudity-textile spectrum. Why? Because he wrote about it from the perspective of a “reluctant nudist.” His tone throughout the book is refreshing – not skeptical, really, but certainly objective.Continue reading “Naked at Lunch”