First posted this on my personal blog, The Meandering Naturist, back in 2016. The article bounces someplace between sarcastic and snarky, but the author raises some thoughtful points, along with a bit of insight from Phillip Carr-Gomm. Hope you think it’s a good read. Some people dismiss streakers, naked protesters and even nudists and life […]Read More Naturism & Exhibitionism: Enemies or First Cousins?
A New York Times reporter takes the plunge for a full immersion experience while interviewing the locals at a German naturist park. Particularly interesting are the reflections from long-time naturists who remember the meaning of social nudity before the wall came down in 1989 – and how the western influence has turned a non-event (getting […]Read More A Reporter’s Dilemma: Should I Take My Clothes Off?
After falling away from the blogosphere for a few months, I’m making my re-entry with this archival piece from the New York Times dated September 2, 1974. What I find most fascinating about the piece is that it seems the pendulum does, indeed, continue to swing from one direction to the other. The last 20 […]Read More Nudity Increases in America
So as best I can tell, dw.com is an on-line magazine dedicated to helping ex-pats, especially Brits, understand life and culture in Germany. In this installment, they take on the cultural norms surrounding social nudity in Deutschland, along with a brief history thereof. An embedded slideshow walks you through the last one-hundred years of naked […]Read More Why Germany’s nudist culture remains refreshing
To find out what young people get out of being naked. I’m a little reluctant to post this article from VICE (an online magazine) as the author points out one of the awkward truths about naturism – that’s attendees at such events are frequently predominantly male. As one of the objectives of this blog is […]Read More I Went to a Nudist Festival for Millennials
Found this post as a Retweet from @carley_sudlow, which led me back to the University of Washington student newspaper, where a talented young author named Charlotte Houston wrote the startlingly insightful analysis of why people engage in social nudity – with a little help from her friends in the Psychology Department. One of my favorite […]Read More What Nudism is Really Like
Was actually about to put up a more recent post on this subject which, in the last place, I found to be so indecisive that I – as a confirmed naturist and father of three children – came away more confused than before I read it. So I did a quick web search for “nudity […]Read More Naked, with Children
Eager to get this blog up and running again, which was intended to highlight some of my opinion pieces, well written blogs from other authors who I think are especially insightful, and pieces from mainstream media that help explain naturism to the unsuspecting public. I thought this piece from my twenty-something friend Addie was an […]Read More The Joys of Sharing Naturism with Others — The Meandering Naturist
Have gotten away from this blog in recent months, intended to publish thoughtfully written commentary on naturism, mainly not authored by me. (Though I do throw in one of my pieces every now and again.) This is a great piece about the practicality of naturist hiking that is actually published in three parts. I’ve only […]Read More Liberation on the Trail — The Free Range Naturist
While maybe leaning to a bit to the esoteric extreme, it is refreshing to see this recent commentary from the New York Times giving a somewhat muted endorsement for naturism. What is most pleasing, actually, is the author made it through the entire piece avoiding all the typical puns and stereotypish gags about social nudity, […]Read More Letter of Recommendation: Naturism