Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mainstreaming Nudity: "What's Nude" Art Show

This morning the Bare Platypus read an interesting announcement about a "What's Nude" Art Show in New England that will feature work from more than forty artists.  What's more, this one is put on / sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce.  The linked article notes that pieces with both the male and female form will be included in the exhibition.

Kudos for mainstreaming nudity within the arts.  When human bodies are accepted as fitting for display as paintings of sunsets, seashores, or architecture (as they most certainly have been for centuries... if with sporadic "celebration" as standards change) this helps change mindsets for the better!

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Joys of Gardening Bare

Bare Platypus lives South of the Mason-Dixon line.  With this geography, plus an unseasonably warm winter, there have been several days warm enough to go outside without clothing and remain quite comfortable.  There's a patch in the backyard which, after several years of taking enhanced non-offense measures, is sufficiently secluded to allow total nakedness.  Enjoying such nakedness in FEBRUARY can only be described as sheer joy.

So while it may be premature to celebrate World Naked Gardening Day, it is certainly fitting to celebrate simply gardening bare.  If it's too cold where you are to enjoy this simple pleasure at this time of year, no problem.  Water your houseplants nude.  Start some seedlings in your kitchen window and experience the luxury of doing that nude.  You owe it to yourself.  And you'll score one for God's green earth while you're at it.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Nudity and the Superbowl - For Your Consideration

The American Association for Nude Recreation ( AANR ) 's publication, The Bulletin carries stories and recipes this month commemorating the Big Game and suggesting we celebrate it by going naked if we can.  Great idea!

Bare Platypus has echoed these sentiments in past blog posts.  Here's a sampling:

Whichever team you route for today, the Platypus hopes you can do so in your birthday suit.  And... if not... there's always the day after the Superbowl to celebrate too.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Scientific Proof Nudism Boosts Body Image - Great News Opens 2017

Okay... We've always known that being nudists makes us happy.  But it's nice to see that now there's some added scientific proof.  From articles running today in Men's Health (Being Naked Could Make You Happier) to iTech post (Getting Naked Makes Us Happier) to Expose'.ie - Being Naked = Better Body Satisfaction there are several sites promoting the same basic story: University researchers in Britain are reporting the results of a scientific study that found people who attended nudist functions had a demonstrably better self image and more joy following their experiences.

It's good news to open 2017!

Monday, November 9, 2015

When Promoting Nakedness A Snapshot Is Worth A Thousand Words

The Bare Platypus finds it somewhat ironic that he spent years and years learning how to construct sentences and paragraphs in high school, college, and grad school.  And now... many of those skills are becoming obsolete.  Let me explain further.

This blog allows for writing essays and lengthier articles.  However, in the world of social media-- be it Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, or Instagram, messages are served up in bite sized morsels. Usually conveying one simple thought or idea.  Often juxtaposed over a photograph or illustration that emphasizes the point.

Think about how many of these eCards, memes, advertisements, or whatever you want to call them, that show up in your Facebook feed each morning.  No expository writing on the level of an H.L. Mencken, a James Thurber, or an E.B. White there.  Just a picture and a few quick words to get the viewer thinking.  Then it's on to a hundred other posts in the news feed, on to breakfast, and the morning radio show..

Now, this blog post is not meant to be a Luddite's manifesto against the way things are going in journalism.  Just a realization that the depth of information once found on a full website, or feature length article just isn't the way folks exchange information in the marketplace of ideas much anymore.  That means that nudists must be prepared to convey messages in new ways.  On Tumblr it's not much of an issue... Tumblr is liberal about depicting nudity..We note, somewhat wryly, that this may attract those who merely collect images of nude people rather than reaching the "outside" world.with the message of nudism.

We're interested in what it will take to get nude messaging in front of more of the mainstream viewership. We get religious, political, humorous and slice-of-life messages.  We get recipes, celebrations of sporting events... even see what our former classmates had for dinner last night?  Couldn't we do a better job of getting people to think about getting naked?  True, many social media have policies that ban any nudity and get Draconian about enforcing those policies. But surely we can do more within the parameters we do have.

Is there room for line drawings?  Is there room for diagrams, pie charts, or something else we can use???

We don't use much in the way of images on this site now.  But we may have to work on generating more of these "meme shots" than we have in the past if we wish to remain relevant in the fast-paced dialogue of today.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nudity and Autism: Many Visits to the Bare Platypus Pages on that Subject this Week

Not sure what brought on a sudden interest in a topic that the Bare Platypus has been posting about for years, but this week our Nudity and Autism Page got substantial traffic.  To commemorate the increased awareness, we're posting the ecard below which we have seen elsewhere on the net.

We welcome thoughts and comments from those of you who deal with autism yourselves or in your families.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

UK Bans Skinny Dipping Ad - But NOT for the Reasons You Think

Here's some interesting news.  The UK advertising standards board struck down an advertisement for a hostel featuring skinny dippers because the ad depicted the college aged swimmers jumping from cliffs into water of unknown depth.  In other words, it showed DANGEROUS activity.  Not objectionable nudity.

See the story yourself Naked ad banned for depicting dangerous activity .

Is it just an excuse?  Knowing that many persons have become disabled through such jumps, we think it's a valid point.  But for what it's worth, we like the ad!