As naturists we have been confident in the value of our lifestyle for a very long time and there has been general agreement about why. This statement attempts to state those beliefs and to indicate why naturism is so important, both for us and for society as a whole.
Not every naturist will agree with all of it, and there will probably be argument about some of it, but that is no different from any other belief system. For some naturists it will form part of a religion but for others it will be part of their philosophy or life without any religious connotations.
The first paragraph is intended as a short statement which can be used on its own.
This statement is the result of over 150 postings to the British Naturism members forum. If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement please send them to Malcolm Boura at British Naturism. email@example.com:
Naturists believe that nudity is an enjoyable, natural and moral state which brings benefits to themselves and to society at large.
Decency & Shame
• The human body in all its diversity is an object of intrinsic beauty of which the owner should be proud.
• Simple nudity is not indecent, shameful, or immoral.
• Bringing up children to respect their own and others’ bodies improves their well-being and fosters more responsible sexual behaviour as they grow up.
• Children have a right to know what humans really look like.
Social Division & Respect
• Naturism engenders self-respect and respect for others regardless of shape, age, gender, size, colour, or disability.
• People should be accepted for who they are and not for what they wear.
• Communal nudity discourages social barriers but clothing accentuates social differences.
• Clothing can provide needed protection but often it is unnecessary and it can be harmful.
• Naturism transcends fashion.
• In a tolerant society what to wear is a matter of personal choice.
• Governments should promote toleration and not impose unnecessary restrictions on freedom.
Environment, Nature, & Quality Of Life
• Naturism encourages respect for, and harmony with, the environment.
• Naturism can add to the quality of life through the enjoyment of simplicity.
• Naturism can reduce impact on the environment. http://dlvr.it/39ck6Y POSTED_VIA_inaked.info/blog
by Amy Hall
A group of naked strangers cycling through a city centre is going to turn heads. Every year across the UK World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR), ‘the world’s biggest naked protest,’ is held to try and get people to notice in the name of oil dependency and pollution, car culture and the vulnerability of cyclists.
The two biggest issues for the naked protesters are our continued dependence on oil dependency and the lack of safe roads and pathways for cyclists, helping us to reduce our dependency on oil. The naked part of the protest symbolises the vulnerability of cyclists as road users.
While the rides themselves are a bold statement, there is debate around whether they are effective in communicating the issues behind them. The organisers of the bike ride say campaigning for better protection of cyclists and promoting cycling itself is the only reason they do it. ‘But bear in mind that those behind it often have their own angle,’ says a spokesperson for the WNBR.
Bigger environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth see the naked protest as something more amusing than effective. ‘I applaud the bare-faced cheek of those taking part in the naked bike ride. Anything that helps raise awareness of pollution and greener modes of transport is a good thing in my book,’ says Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth (FOE).
Although they are not involved in the event, FOE says anything that raises awareness about the environment and cycling is positive. ‘We have our own cycling challenge, the Big Green Bike Ride, at Friends of the Earth, but we’d always encourage our supporters to get cycling as much as possible, clothed or otherwise!’
Jesse Schust, 40, first took part in the WNBR in 2004, since then he has taken part in 14 rides in London, Brighton, and York. As an experienced activist he was attracted to WNBR as he felt it was harder to ignore than traditional forms of non-violent protest. ‘For the riders and the general public, it’s almost like entering a amusing dream,’ he says. ‘All the while, tourists and shoppers line the route smiling and cheering. You feel more like royalty than a protester.
'It has a serious message delivered with plenty of humour and goodwill. This makes the protest more memorable, and more attractive to media coverage.
'Although almost none of my friends were willing to do the ride initially, many have tried it as the ride became bigger and more popular; it's a fun way to protest.'
A summer protest with a difference
The first coordinated WNBR was in 2004 and this summer rides are set to take place as part of Bike Week 2012 in UK cities including York, London and Manchester, as well as cities around the world. Many participants are seasoned naturists, whereas for some it’s the only time of year they go naked in public. Clothing is optional so while many riders go completely naked, some wear some clothes or cover up with body paint. London has the biggest UK ride and organisers say 1,000 people now take part each year.
Barry Freeman, who has done 20 WNBRs first came to the event as a life long nudist and cyclist and saw his first ride as an opportunity combine both. ‘I fully supported the reasons and purpose behind the ride,’ he says. ‘I had no qualms about riding naked but I have greater admiration for those non-naturists, who we call ‘textiles’, who cared enough about the protest to ride naked too.’
Kelda Remington was a first timer in Cardiff’s 2011 ride and is looking forward to doing it again in 2012. The 22 year old has been involved in environmental and social justice campaigning for a few years, fully clothed, but was attracted to the WNBR as a chance to try something new.
She says she didn’t see any negative reaction to the protest and that was a fresh change. ‘One of the last protests I did was a Topshop UKUncut tax avoidance thing, and there were so many people like ‘what the hell are you doing?’
'I guess a lot of the public wouldn’t necessarily know why we were doing it but it certainly gets people's attention.'
Improving the eco message
Emily James, cyclist and director of environmental activism documentary ‘Just Do It’ says this is what the ride needs to work on. ‘It’s too easy to look at it as a stunt without a deeper political message. What they do well is get attention, but their main struggle is to translate that attention into something more meaningful,’ she says.
British Naturism is the national members organisation that campaigns on behalf of nudists as well as holding social activities across the country. Andrew Welch is their Commercial Manager. ‘If it was called ‘wear a yellow hat bike ride’ it wouldn’t get the attention that it does,’ he explains. ‘We didn’t support it as much as we might have done originally because it was about a political cause using nudity to raise the profile.’
However he says as the years have gone by things have developed with many members of British Naturism joining in. ‘We certainly accept that it gives people an easy opportunity to experience what we call social nudity,’ says Welch.
According to a 2011 British Naturism and Ipsos MORI 6 per cent of people in the UK consider themselves a naturist or a nudist. It is not illegal to be naked in public in the UK but public order laws can be used to get people to cover up and it is illegal to use nudity to harass people or cause them distress.
Many WNBRs have police escorts and a previously agreed route and the organisers say nobody has ever been arrested taking part in Britain. In 2011 Portsmouth held its first WNBR despite a petition against it signed by nearly 1,000 people. Freeman took part in the ride and says that the opposition to the protest strengthened his resolve to support it. ‘I think both the Council and the police in Portsmouth were marvellous and handled the petition and the threats made, by a church, against the riders very well. They upheld our right to peaceful and legitimate protest.’
In 2007 people taking part in the Brighton ride were threatened with arrest before the ride but then Sussex Police changed their mind and the ride continued. ‘Public nudity of this sort is permitted under the Exposure section of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which replaced the outdated ‘indecent exposure’ laws,’ said Nick Sayers, WNBR Brighton & Hove rider and coordinator at the time.
While the two world’s of activism and naturism do not always go hand in hand there seems to be increasing overlap for the people involved. Remington says going on the ride has made her consider engaging in more social nudity outside of political activism.
Welch says there is a link between naturism and environmentalism even though British Naturism does not normally go further than beach cleans and raising money for conservation charities. ‘That basic feeling of walking across the grass in your bare feet and swimming without a costume on and all of that does make you feel connected to nature,’ he says. ‘I wouldn’t say we do anything that is particularity environmentally friendly; we’re not into displays of that but as an innate part of who we are I think you’ll find it does go hand in hadn’t.’
This article was taken from Mail Online By Richard Webber (Last updated at 12:44 PM on 4th May 2009):
We want to do the full Montenegro! A nudist resort and a holiday letting business, two reasons why these British couples are banking on the Balkans
Eight years ago, Montenegro was still embroiled in the Balkan dispute, deemed an aggressor through its union with Serbia and suffering the effects of United Nations sanctions.
But after holiday-home buyers hailed Croatia as the ‘next big thing’ in 2004, it was not long before attention turned to its cheaper neighbour to the south, whose border lies ten miles from Dubrovnik airport.
British and Russian developers began exploiting this tiny nation’s real-estate potential, and its emergence featured in property programmes such as Channel 4’s One Year To Pay Off Your Mortgage.
What it lacks in size - it’s no bigger than East Anglia, with a population of 670,000 - it makes up for in natural beauty, including stunning beaches along its 180-mile Adriatic coastline, seemingly impenetrable mountain ranges and historic towns. Today, it’s a year-round home to about 300 British citizens.
But it was never entirely unknown. The mini-island hotel of Sveti Stefan in President Tito’s time was visited by movie stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Kirk Douglas. More recently, supermodel Claudia Schiffer has holidayed there.
Next month easyJet resumes flights to Dubrovnik, which is served all year by BA and Flybe from Birmingham, and a fair number of passengers will head south to Montenegro, which split from Serbia in 2006.
Serbian speaking, Orthodox and with a far more casual view of government than Croatia, Montenegro experienced a mini property boom between 2006 and 2008, when prices doubled.
Like elsewhere in Europe, Montenegro has its share of halffinished building sites as the recession grips, but construction has not ground to a complete halt.
'There are some unfinished apartment buildings, but that's always been the case - projects are often started with minimum thought regarding financing the entire build,' says Matt Lane, 36, a former software development manager, who has been living in Montenegro with his partner Amy, 38, since 2005.
'But lots of properties are also being finished.' Matt's holiday business offers kayaking trips around the country's coast and rivers and he also runs property development company Blenheim Consulting (www.blenheimconsulting.com).
'There's nowhere like Montenegro for the range of scenery and opportunities,' he says.
'In early spring, there can be several feet of snow in the mountains, just 20 minutes' drive away, yet it is warm enough for the beach.' Home for Matt, Amy and their daughter Grace, two, is a twobedroom villa in the northern hilltop village of Suscepan, with expansive views of the deep-blue Adriatic below.
The house is on the market for €150,000 (£132,000) as the couple, who are expecting another baby, want to build a bigger home with rentable apartments.
Montenegro remains one of the poorest nations in the region and its infrastructure is in need of improvement. But modernisation is underway, thanks to European Union funding, with £26.5million spent on building a mains water and sewerage system down the entire coastline.
Another couple similarly charmed by Montenegro are former IT technician Steve Boyton- Jennings, 48, and his wife Denise, 38, a human resources manager.
They sold their three-bedroom house in Watford to move to Montenegro in May 2006 with plans to open a naturist resort - the former Yugoslavia having been a haven for Europe’s nudists since the Fifties.
With a £200,000 budget, they bought a two-acre plot for €100,000 (£88,400), close to the Croatian border and Dubrovnik airport. Against a backdrop of the Orijen Massif Mountains, it has sweeping views of the Sutorina Valley.
But their vision to build timber cabins for their naturist clientele suffered a fatal blow last Christmas when the government announced plans for the Montenegrin section of the Adriatic Highway, which will link Greece with the rest of Europe.
'The proposed route cuts right through our land,' says Denise, who was reduced to tears when she heard the news.
'Building our resort was going to be an expensive project, so the risk of compulsory purchase orders and having everything pulled down was too great,' says Steve.
They have scaled down their plans to open the Club Full Monte in August (www.full-monte.com), an eco-friendly, clothing-optional campsite on the same plot.
Despite news of the six-lane highway, Steve and Denise, who rent a three-bedroom property overlooking picturesque Boka Bay in the northern town of Herceg Novi, remain upbeat about their future.
'The road will be fantastic news for Montenegro, even if it means our campsite lasts only a decade.
'The irony of our eco-camp eventually being prime land for un-eco things like roads and petrol stations isn't lost on us,' says Steve.
He feels that tumbling property values - between 20 and 50 per cent in some cases - will simply return house prices to a more realistic level.
Jelena Cvjetkovic, of Savills Montenegro (www.savmontenegro.com), acknowledges that some prices have dropped by as much as half.
Andrea Marston, of Montenegro Prospects (www.montenegroprospects.com), says there isn’t a pattern to which areas or types of properties have reduced the most.
'Some sellers, including British people who bought three years ago when the euro was weak against sterling, can afford to drop prices significantly and still come out on top,' he says.
Marston is marketing the Jaz apartments, three miles from the coastal town of Budva, with two-bedroom penthouses going for €110,000 (£97,300), and one-bedroom apartments for €60,000 (£53,000).
'They were double that last year, but the Canadian developer wants to sell and move on.'
She is also selling a £220,000 two-bedroom frontline apartment in Dobrota, close to Kotor, which last year was priced at £398,000
SOURCE: Mail Online
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