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S Korea Nudist Resort Forced to Close

Bad news for nudists from S Korea, where attitudes against naturism and social nudity appear to be hardening.

The closure of the site follows a report, featured on this blog, that Korean tourists are feeling increasingly uncomfortable when encountering nude beaches abroad.

This may be a sad development for the international naturist community, but we should realise that other nations’ culture and values are different to ours, are no less valid and must be respected.

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Nudity banned on some Spanish nude beaches

nudist beach SAN PEDRO DEL PINATARIf you’re planning a naturist break on the nude beaches of SAN PEDRO DEL PINATAR on the Costa Blanca, Spain, you’d better go soon.

Because from July 18th, a new ordinance will prohibit a whole raft of activities, including nude swimming and bathing, on all of its beaches. Map here Continue reading

Road Closure Affects Spanish Nude Beaches

If you’re planning to enjoy the nudist beaches along the beautiful but wild Mazarrón coast of Murcia, Spain, you’d better pack a stout pair of walking boots along with the sun cream.

Because from 1st July 2017, the nudist beaches of Playa Cueva de Lobos/Moreras, Playa Amarilla, Playa de la Grúa, Cala de Leño, Cala Desnuda, Playa del Barranco Ancho and Playa Hondón del Fondo are only accessible on foot or bicycle.

Google map here

In late June the municipal council of Mazarrón announced that the dirt track running along the coastline between Bolnuevo and the Cañada de Gallego beaches would be permanently closed to mechanised transport from 1st July 2017, limiting access to the stretch of wild and nudist beaches along this coastline to those on foot or bicycle. Continue reading

Naturism makes you a happier person – official!

Happy nudists

By Albert Yam (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

What took them so long to find out?
Social nudity might make you happier, according to a new study from Goldsmiths University of London. 
Researchers surveyed 849 people, and found that those who had spent time in the nude outdoors with other people were happier, felt better about their bodies, and had higher self-esteem than those who didn’t shed their clothes. Continue reading

Taking the plunge -First-timer Benjamin’s story.

We recently received an email from Benjamin, a young man who wanted to tell of his experiences becoming a naturist. As it’s always good to hear about young folks coming into the movement, we invited him to write them for our blog, hopefully to inspire others in the same situation.  This is his story, in his own words.

taking the plunge into naturism imageMy transformation from a textile to a nudist was hard. I all began when I was 14. I heard about nudism and wondered what it was. I was intrigued by the fact that so many people from all walks of life could take off the clothes of the world and communicate and do everyday activities naked. I had always had thought I was very ugly and that people would judge me because i wasn’t very thin, or I wasn’t what the world wanted me to be. Learning about nudism, I discovered that everyone accepts people for who they are and there is no shame. Every human body is beautiful whether you are skinny or you have extra pounds. whether you are tall or short. when I turned 18 I decided to try nudism. Continue reading

Australias’ Nude Olympics moving to New South Wales

Queensland has lost a nudist event worth $2 million-a-year to New South Wales.

Tnude olympics photohe annual Nude Olympics, which pulls more than 600 people a year to Noosa’s Alexandria Bay has been cancelled. The Australian Naturist Federation decided on the move after police  started to fine nude men swimming in Alexandra Bay with wilful exposure. Nude women were not fined.

The event, organised by the Australian Naturist Federation, will now be held this March at Byron Bay, either at its legal Tyagarah nude beach or the north Belongil Beach. Negotiations have already  begun with Byron Shire Council to hold the 2017 Nude Olympics at Belongil Beach.

ANF spokesman Stuart Whelan – who owns a naturists’ retreat in New South Wales – said the decision meant several million dollars in accommodation and restaurant takings was now lost to Noosa.

“We are talking several million dollars that will no longer be going through the local economy,” Mr Whelan said.

The logic of the decision to begin arresting nude male bathers, but not nude female bathers is frankly bizarre. Not only is it discriminatory and sexist but it will cost the local economy dear. I can only assume it was taken to demonstrate a smug sense of PC-ness on the part of the authorities.

Yet another case of the growing sanctimonious puritanism which is becoming so popular right now? It is replacing common-sense and in this case costing real money.

Let’s hope the voters remember.

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Topless protests in Argentina

Hundreds of women are expected to take to the streets topless in several Argentinian cities Tuesday, claiming their right to enjoy a day at the beach bare-chested “just like men do.”
The so-called “Tetazos” protest follows a week of escalating tensions over an incident in which three women sunbathing topless on a public beach were ordered by cops to put their bikini tops back on.
And although a judge ruled that topless sunbathing on a public beach is allowed, the controversy is far from over.
More power to you girls, we say. Fight on, and maybe one day, just like us, you’ll lose those bikini bottoms too !

For more on this and the incident which sparked the protest, including video footage,  go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4203566/Bare-breasted-protesters-demonstrate-Argentina.html?ITO=1490