It is somewhat ironic that there is a growing interest in enhancing body image and well-being by getting naked, the latest fad or trend it seems is shedding your clothes and embracing your true self….
The irony is that us “Nudey’s” have long been extolling the virtues of getting naked as being a healthy and invigorating thing to do which goes a long way to improving your self body image, when a man such as myself talks about the benefits of going nude and how it’s so great I get laughed at or told I am a pervert etc.
With the appearance of groups like the “Body Image Movement” https://www.facebook.com/bodyimagemovement?fref=ts which was started up by a mother of three from South Australia who has bravely made a stand against the media’s false portrayal of the “perfect body” it looks like finally society is starting to sit-up and take notice of what myself and other Nudism advocates have been saying for years.
On last Sunday the 23rd of Feb 2014, The Sydney Skinny http://www.thesydneyskinny.com.au/ was held in Sydney Harbour and they were reported to have over 700 participants, most of which were having their first taste of public nude swimming, this event was launched by Nigel Marsh last year, but this year it has really been given a boost by the inclusion of Taryn Brumfitt https://www.facebook.com/taryn.brumfitt the creator of the Body Image Movement, I think it is fantastic and goes to show that with hard work and patience along with some serious sponsorship the message can get out just as Nigel has done.
Nigel Marsh has deliberately shied away from calling it a “Naturist or Nudist event” as this in some peoples minds would stop them from attending, but by integrating it into society as a fun thing to do, and it’s no coincidence that after last years events internet traffic spiked to Nudist websites and my Naturist news page http://www.facebook.com/australiannaturistnews as people started seeking more information about the nude lifestyle..
I attended the Sydney Skinny last year and after the swim myself and some other naturist friends stayed naked on the beach till the event was finished completely and I personally overheard people saying “wow this feels’ great, I don’t want to swim clothed again” as well as overhearing discussions between nude newbies and “seasoned nudeys” about the locations of other legal nude beaches.
Below is the news report from the Channel 7 Sunrise program… ignoring some immature silly remarks from the male host it is quite a good report:
It also made it to news outlets around the world:
So is this the long awaited corner society is turning towards nude body acceptance? I have said many times that I dream of the day when Nudism is treated like many other slightly unusual hobbies like Ham Radio/Stamp collecting/train spotting.. IE: a little out of the ordinary and not really for everyone, but definitely nothing to be ashamed of 🙂
So in closing I would like to shout out full kudos to Nigel Marsh and Taryn Brumfitt KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! and hopefully I can get to the Sydney Skinny next year!
25 Feb 2014