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Searching For a Nudist Song- The Uncovered Version

Naked female singing on a stage

There is a song— more of a hymn really, although it doesn’t actually address the Almighty by name — much loved by the English, yet probably almost unknown to the rest of the world.

It’s a rousing, inspirational piece, which soars and dips through a series of peaks and troughs and crescendos, and it never fails to bring a lump to my throat whenever I sing it. It’s a favourite at English weddings and funerals, it’s sung in schools and churches throughout the land, it closes the annual conferences of all three main British political parties, and is the theme tune of the national Women’s Institute.

It’s called ‘Jerusalem’, and many English people—including yours truly— would like to adopt it for those occasions when we need a purely English, as opposed to British, national anthem.

Apparently, it’s also the anthem of the British nudist movement, which was news to me. This was revealed in a television programme I saw a few weeks ago. Actually the programme was first shown on BBC 4 years ago, but I came across it on a dusty old videotape in an aged relative’s house which I was helping to clear.

The programme, called, I think, An Anthem For England discussed the use and history of the song and suggested its adoption as the national anthem of England. There were contributions from many of the great and good of the time, and also from assorted groups and cliques including politicians of all persuasions, trade unionists, football supporters, public school types, churchmen, historians, the Women’s Institute, various choirs, a band called Fat Les and, importantly for our purposes, a group of naturists.

Naturist? Why naturists? Because, according to this programme it seems that this song is, or was, also the anthem of British Naturism. As I said, this was news to me, but to prove it the programme showed a gaggle of naturists standing nude in a field, singing the song in that sheepish, dispirited way that English people have when they are asked to sing in front of an audience, especially if they happen to be mother-naked and freezing to death at the time.

Now, just what is going on here?

As a born and bred English girl, I too love the song, and at every opportunity will croak it out with as much gusto as this ageing old larynx can manage.

But a nudist anthem? Since when? And anyway, why choose a uniquely English song to represent British Naturism. What would our friends in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland think? No, I don’t think so. I think someone got that wrong. For one thing, do we even need an anthem? I mean, when would we sing it?

Every time we get naked? Hmmm. Not really practical is it?

Down at he club? Come on now—we don’t want to frighten the wildlife or annoy the neighbours.

At sauna / swim nights? Have you heard the acoustics at most municipal swimming baths? Try singing the high bits and see what I mean.

OK then. How about a rendition at the end of the British Naturism AGM? Now that’s a much more sensible idea. The only problem is that besides being English rather than British, the song itself doesn’t really lend itself to the nudist ethos, which espouses peace, equality, and harmony with nature. Whilst we would have no problems with ‘In England’s green and pleasant land’, lyrics such as ‘bring me my chariot of fire’ and ‘nor shall my sword sleep in my hand’ and even those ‘dark satanic mills’ are surely a trifle too stern, edgy and combative to represent a gentle organization like ours.

The Women’s Institute, yes, without a doubt. But the nudist movement, definitely not.

So, if we were to have an anthem, and I’m not convinced that we need one, we would have to look elsewhere. With this in mind, and with nothing much else to do on this miserable cold winter’s day, I set myself the task of finding a suitable national nudist song.

It wasn’t easy. Nothing quite ticks all the boxes, and there wasn’t one stand-out candidate. The trouble is that although there are many that seem at first glance to be contenders, closer investigations reveals that, just as with Jerusalem, the words are not really suitable—usually because they are steamy enough to peel paint off the wall. So in the end I simply settled for a selection based upon the title (or a mangled version of the title) alone.

Here then, in no particular order, is my short-list:

Naked by Avril Lavigne
Totally Nude by Talking Heads
I’ll Be Seeing You In All The Old Familiar Places with apologies to Bing Crosby
I’m in the Nude for Love with apologies toFrank Sinatra
Nobody Does It Barer with apologies to Carly Simon
I like you so much better when you’re naked by Ida Maria
Buck Nekkid by ZZ Top
Desnudate (Get Naked) by Christina Aguilera
Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Barer! written by Irving Berlin and sung by many.

Now this is, of course, just a short personal selection, chosen by me before a guilty conscience compelled me to go and do something useful. You may have other, better ideas, or even have written an original piece. I’d love to hear your suggestions, but please keep them clean; I’m still hyperventilating from the Christina Aguilera song.

One last thing. Don’t look to me if you want any nudist anthem recorded. For one thing I have a voice that is beautifully suited to silent movies, but apart from that there is the question of the nude promotion video which will inevitably accompany its release. This could be a big publicity opportunity for the nudist movement, and you’d want only the best performers, in terms of singing ability, show business experience, and, let’s face it, nude appeal. Their references would need to be impeccable. I may have had my moments in the past, but now I just don’t think my testimonials are good enough.

Any volunteers please?

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It’s Just A Fanny, But What Should We Call It?

young woman panties question markThere was a great photo on social media recently of a young lady taking part in a naked bike ride with the slogan “It’s just a fanny” scrawled across her torso.

Let me say right away that I admire her attitude, share her sentiments and envy her boldness. I get the message, and I wish I’d done it first—ideally some years ago, when the medium was still tightly framed.
It is a striking image in several ways: the nudity, the attractiveness of the girl and the public setting all contribute to the potency of the photograph. However, I suspect that much of its impact lies in the use of the word fanny.
Because, even today when bad language is commonplace, and even in the context of a mass nude event, an explicit reference to a vagina still causes an element of cultural discomfort.
The problem is you see, we ladies have no socially acceptable way of referring to our nether regions. Continue reading

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Are You a Nudist or an Exhibitionist? Take the Quiz

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“Isn’t naturism just another name for exhibitionism?”
Of all the question that I get asked about naturism, this is one of the most frequent.
It's a good question. But is it relevant? Does it matter if you’re a naturist or an exhibitionist, or maybe a bit of both? Well, I guess it’s a matter of degree, but let’s not get too heavy and judgmental here—we’ll save that for another post. The point is, it’s a valid question to ask ourselves and although I’m not sure I know the answer, I think I know the difference.
And so I’ve put together this short little quiz. It’s based upon personal observation and experience only and has no scientific or psychological basis whatsoever. It’s just a bit of fun, but maybe it will also help us think about our own reasons for getting naked. Some of the responses are obviously in there just for laughs, however, all of the other responses are actual opinions and actions that I’ve seen and heard over the years.

Please answer all of the questions, even those which are aimed at either males or females. I can't figure out how to do an either / or option and the quiz won't work unless all questions are answered, so you might need to exercise a little transgender imagination here!

Now it’s over to you. Have fun!
Select one answer per question from the choices available.

1. You come out of the shower or bath. There are other people in the house. Do you:
2. Do you think that you have the right to be naked anywhere at anytime, regardless of the circumstances or other people's feelings?
3. You are a male. Your social media profile indicates that you have an interest in naturism. Would your profile photo be:
4. You are a female. Your social media profile indicates that you have an interest in naturism. Would your profile photo be:
5. You've gone to a nudist beach. It's freezing. The only other beach users are fully clothed. Do you:
6. You are not yet a practicing nudist. You've seen a TV programme about nudists. How did it make you feel?
7. You’re relaxing naked on the lawn of your naturist club when a group of textile trespassers wander in. Do you:
8. You’re at your nudist club. The temperature has dropped uncomfortably. Do you:
9. You're clicking through a “nudist” website. It's full of explicit photos of attractive naked people in provocative poses. How does this make you feel?
10. You’re relaxing naked on the lawn of your naturist club when you spot a pair of peeping Toms spying on you. Do you:

Congratulations: you’ve finished! To find out whether you’re a nudist or an exhibitionist or somewhere in between click the submit button below. But don’t take it too seriously; it’s meant to be a bit of fun and the most scientific thing about this little quiz is the computer you’re reading it on.

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I may be a nudist, but do I have to see your penis?

In the course a longish and varied life, I have, not to put too fine a point on it, seen more penises than you could shake a ruler at.
Large, huge, small, tiny, black, pink and yellow, straight, bent, twisted, corkscrew shaped, hanging down, pointing up or sticking straight out, shrinking and growing, soft, hard and somewhere in between, tattooed, pierced, cut and uncut, natural and smooth, one that had been bitten by a ferret (not funny, just stupid), one that was stuck in several folds of wire mesh (funny, but don’t ask!) and a few that defy description.
I say this not to shock or brag, or because I’m a nymphomaniac or a closet urologist. I’ve seen even more lady-parts in my life, but that doesn’t make me one of the Sisters of Sappho. It’s just the way it’s been. I’m sure many ladies of a similar age and background, especially if they’ve been practising naturists since Carter was in the White House could say the same.

The point I’m trying to make—and I’m talking specifically to a minority of my male readers and followers here—is that with such a large and varied repertoire of choppers under my belt, so to speak, I’ve just about seen all there is to see. And unless your todger is solid gold and whistles “Hallelujah” it won’t impress me at all – if indeed that is what you’re trying to do.
What makes you think, then, that I so desperately want to see your pecker that the first thing you do, by way of introduction, is to post or send me a photo of it? I don’t mean to be rude, I really don’t, but what is so special about yours that it’s more important than your face?

Oh dear! I’m going off on one again. I didn’t mean to.
That’s the first of my new year’s resolutions to go up in smoke.
It’s just that I’ve grown tired of clicking on a social media profile and seeing a penis. Sometimes with the rest of the man attached, but basically just a penis, in various states of robustness.
The fact is, boys, that just because I’m a naturist it doesn’t mean that I have to, or want to, see your penis.

I am a naturist. But let’s be clear. Genuine naturism celebrates the whole of the body, not just the giggly parts.
Naturists get naked for pleasure and well-being, and if we happen to be sharing a naturist environment we will see each other naked, and that’s fine because, well – because we’re naturists, and that’s what we do. Similarly we see and share photos of happy fully naked people enjoying a nudist lifestyle and that’s fine too.
But in my opinion seeing others naked and being seen naked yourself isn’t the main point of naturism.

Naturism is much more selfish than that.

In my book I define naturism as “… the enjoyment of getting as naked as possible, wherever appropriate, alone or with others, just for its own sake.” Enjoying naturism means relishing a unique combination of recreational activity, social event, health benefits and environmental philosophy all rolled into one.
And I do it for me. No one else. It makes me feel better, healthier, more relaxed and I can do it alone or with others, as the case maybe.
In other words, my reason for being a naturist is not to show other people my bits but to make me feel better. It’s not important to me that other people see me naked: if it was I’d have become a stripper.
In just the same way I can appreciate the fact that you are a naturist without you sending me a close-up of your credentials to prove it.
If we meet in the street, and I extend my arm to shake your hand I’m sure you wouldn’t dream of plonking your tool in my palm. So why, if you’re contacting me by email or following me on social media, do you think the first thing, indeed in some cases the only thing, I must see is your John Thomas?
It’s not only bad manners, but it’s offensive and, to my mind anyway, labels you as more of an exhibitionist and a lewdist than a naturist – and yes, to my mind there is a difference.

The other thing to think about, if you are indeed a genuine nudist and not just a flasher, is the effect on non-naturists who happen to come across your profile, especially on social media. Society is becoming more puritanical and prudish by the day. Naturists are increasingly coming under the cosh from people who have a mistaken impression of what naturism is about. Many of us have been campaigning hard to overthrow this impression and show naturism as the natural, health giving theraputic activity that it is. Explicit profiles of “nudists “ just reinforce the general public’s already strongly rooted negative prejudices and make our job harder.
Even worse, by association we all get tarred with the same brush.

So, gents. Can I ask you to go easy on the genital selfies? I’m sure yours is wonderful, and I know you’re proud of it, but there must be more to you than just your tallywhacker.
And remember that displaying it immoderately might well have the very opposite effect that you intend.

If you want to say hello that’s fine.

But please, don’t be a complete dick about it.

Have a great new year!

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Another Good Reason to Get your Kit Off – The Microwave Bra!

Microwave braI’ve long known that clothing can kill you. In fact I devote a whole chapter to the subject in my book Nice Girls Can Be Nudists Too.

I’ve also been banging on for years about the close connection between wearing bras and breast cancer as pointed out by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer in their 1995 book, Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras.

Quick summary of their findings in case you’ve not come across this yet:

According to the authors, wearing a bra can cause all manner of unpleasantness. It seems that ladies who wear bras for more than twelve hours each day except for bed are twenty-one times more likely to get breast cancer than those who wear bras less than twelve hours per day. Those who wear bras even in bed are one hundred and twenty-five times more likely to get breast cancer than those who don’t wear bras at all!

These findings have been disputed but never invalidated, and more recent studies, such as a 2009 Chinese study that found that not sleeping in a bra dropped a woman’s risk of breast cancer by 60%, have reinforced the initial findings (1).            Continue reading

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Where to Go on your first Nudist Day Out

nudism in the wrong placeSo you’ve decided to try nudism for the first time…

Now what do you do? Whatever you decide, it has to be appropriate and legal, which usually rules out just stripping off in the middle of your street!
So here are a couple of suggestions.
If you’re sure that you’ll like the nudist life, and you’re prepared to make the commitment without a second thought, you can join a nudist club  or book your first nudist vacation and jump straight into the nudist lifestyle.
But what if you’re a little more hesitant? After all, who can blame you? Going nudist for the first time is a big step for a lot of people.
Maybe you just want to dip your toe in the water, without making too much of a commitment at first, so that should you decide that you don’t like it you can back out, immediately if you feel like it, without losing anything.
Does that sound like you? In that case you have two options.
1. To try a free open day at a nudist site.
2. To try a free nude beach.
Of the two options, number one is preferable for the following reasons.
Firstly, you will be in a controlled environment, where club rules ensure that standards of hygeine and behaviour are observed. The area will be well-screened for privacy and there will be at least basic amenities. Importantly, you will find that because the members will be keen to attract new members they will be friendly, open and welcoming.
The problem is that nudist club open days are not common, and if one occurs it might be hundreds of miles away. Also, it will be arranged for a particular day and date, which, even if you can make it may be cold and rainy and not really “nudist friendly.”  Nevertheless they do occur from time to time. Try a regular internet sweep for “naturist club open day” or something similar and see what comes up. Don’t hold your breath though!

Try a nudist beach

A more realistic option would be to try a free nudist beach, or lake, or swimming hole.
If you go for a nudist beach, the first and best bit of advice I can offer is to make sure that it’s an “official”, (i.e sanctioned by the authorities) nude beach. Or perhaps just  a  section of the beach, because whilst some beaches are all nude, other, larger beaches may only allow nudity in certain well-marked designated areas. Unless you know what you’re doing, using anything other than an official nude beach can result in some embarrassing attention from the law!
Some of the pro’s of using a free nudist beach are:
·1 There will usually be at least one on the nearest coast to you.
·2 They are free.
·3 You can visit whenever you want for as long as you like, and then leave whenever you wish.

Some of the “cons” are:
·4 They are largely unregulated. You may come across bad, offensive or inappropriate behaviour.
·5 They are rarely screened off and are accessible to the general public. You may suffer from gawkers, voyeurs, outraged non-nudists (even on official beaches) and similar menaces. Also watch out for the hidden camera sneak who films in secret then plasters his seedy little videos all over the internet. (Tip. To frustrate this shabby individual, place a large beach-bag at your feet when lying down. It prevents  him from getting his favourite shot.)
·6 It may be difficult to make friends with other beach users. (Tip: If this is a worry for you and you are looking for nudist friends try . Even if you don’t want to sign up for free you can leave a message on one of the free forums.)
·7 Many of them are difficult to access and have no amenities whatsoever.
It may seem that the cons outweigh the pros,  and nude beaches are places best avoided, but I’ve pointed out the potential problems for completeness only. You’ll rarely encounter all of the cons on a beach visit, and most often it will be trouble free. Just do your homework at places like www.,  peruse the beach reports and user reviews, then make your choice.
It’s the easiest, trouble-free and cheapest way of taking your first nudist steps.
Enjoy them. I guarantee they won’t be your last!

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From a Nude Perspective: Religion and nakedness


Have you ever wondered why there is such a wide divergence of attitudes towards nudity in religion?
Isn’t it strange how some religions, including the world’s largest, positively loath nudity, yet other, equally ancient and valid religions such as Wicca have no problem with it or indeed actively embrace it? Certainly nothing in the Christian Scriptures specifically condemns the naked body: quite the opposite in fact.
I have a simple theory, and at the risk of outraging scholars and theologians who have far more knowledge than me, I‘m going to share it with you.
And it’s all to do with the differences between men and women and the control of the masses. 

Here then is the Gospel according to Liz

 The world’s four main religions evolved from ancient communities which were hierarchical and patriarchal in character, and traditionally deprecated women to some degree. Women were considered to be second class citizens, unfitted to make important decisions and totally subservient to the menfolk.
Being hierarchical meant that the tribe or community was ruled from the top down, with the king or chief at the very top, his family and advisers on the next rung down, the priesthood next, then everyone else. Everyone else, of course, being the ones who toiled in the fields and quarried the stone and did all the work that kept the place going—and allowed the upper classes to live in the style to which they had become accustomed.
Of course a hierarchical society only functions if you’ve got some way of keeping the plebs under your control, and it soon became apparent that the easiest way to keep a superstitious and unsophisticated peasantry in order was through religion. Promise them exclusion from heaven and eternal damnation if they ignore the preachings of the priesthood and they’ll walk through fire if you tell them that God desires it—and some Gods did.
And so in patriarchal, hierarchical communities religion was used to order society according to the will of the ruling classes.
Now, the ruling classes didn’t approve of sex, other than for reproduction. Or, rather, they did approve of sex, and lots of it, for procreation and pleasure, but only for themselves.
If the commoners indulged in too much hanky-panky they might be distractedfrom their duties and then who would do all the hard work? Certainly not the king and his cronies, and so it was written that sex for breeding was just about OK as long as you didn’t enjoy it, but carnality was a sin for which you would be condemned to hell-fire and everlasting torment, unless you were one of the nibs in which case you could go at it like rabbits and still go to heaven.
But if sex for pleasure was to be properly discouraged you had to go after its companion—lust.
And what was the main cause of lust? The naked body, especially the voluptuous, bewitching, beguiling wicked female body which could ignite uncontrollable passions in the poor simple menfolk and encourage unbridled lust and licentiousness, which would keep them from their work, ruin the economy, depress the stock market and generally bring about the end of the world.
And so it came to pass that nudity too became a sin.
These misogynistic, anti-sex and anti-nudity teachings became firmly rooted in all of the male dominated religions, (an acquaintance of mine calls them SkyGod faiths) where they live on as part of the accepted dogma to this day. Nothing to do with divine revelation. Just good old fashioned control of the masses.
The religions which allow or encourage nudity on the other hand have either evolved from the much older, (possibly neolithic) matriarchal beliefs (which my friend calls Earth mother.religions) or are more modern faiths which are less influenced by historical prejudices and ancient attitudes.
Neo Paganism generally emphasizes the sanctity of the Earth and Nature and usually incorporates the concept of both a male and female deity, with the female principle often deemed to be the more important. Fertility therefore is central to the belief system, and sex—including sex for pleasure—is seen as natural and desirable and is revered as part of the life cycle.
Similarly nakedness is considered to be wholesome and natural, and often forms part of the sacred ritual as it is considered to bring you closer to the divine; indeed, the Goddess herself is often represented in the nude. The body is sacred and extraordinary and is something to be celebrated and respected, and quite rightly so, in my humble opinion.
So now you know why some religions let you get your kit off, and some don’t.

Here endeth the lesson.

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