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This is something I've been working on, to be more comfortable being naked in public and semi-public places. I would like to see our culture getting more comfortable with nudity.
 
Nudity - Not Just For Sex & Showers?
[by Scott Swain]

Growing up with a hippy/gypsy mom, we traveled (hitch-hiked) all around the States and later, Europe. We lived in many places in many ways. Nudist colonies in Northern California and on the east coast. A commune near Sacramento. Random camps and trailer parks.

I remember living in a cabin in the mountains, shared by around ten people. We didn't have electricity or running water. One of the kids' daily duties was to hike to a nearby stream to fill jugs. Clothing use was purely based on utility, not on who was around. A few times a week we would all pile into an old pickup truck to drive to a nearby river where we would all swim and bathe together. No one bothered with swimsuits. 

Relaxed attitudes about nudity as a child made it much easier to accept public nudity later as a teen at various beaches, lakes, rivers, and swimming facilities in both America and Europe. 

Later, as an adult, I discovered the Burning Man community (art festival in Nevada once a year) where it is common to see people choosing many ways to adorn or un-adorn their bodies. At Burning Man and the local Burning Flipside, it is common to see everything from elaborate costumes to body paint head to toe. "Burner" parties throughout the year tend to be clothing optional events.

Here in Austin there is a clothing optional part of Lake Travis called "Hippy Hollow" where people can go to sunbathe/swim naked or clothed. I've gone there with groups of friends and while at times there was an initial discomfort or worry about what other people are thinking about my body shape, it melts away pretty quickly under feelings of acceptance, community, and how good it feels to have your entire body exposed to sun, wind, and water.

More than half of my friends, when they use my hot tub, will do it nude and it has nothing to do with sex. Same with the pool parties here. You may even see people hooping and spinning fire naked. Do we still "check each other out"? Of course, we are human! But feeling and being safe is important so it's common knowledge amongst my friend groups that being naked is not an invitation to stare or grope. 

Countless times I've been rewarded with words like, "That was my first time being naked in front of someone not a lover or family member and it was so liberating!"

Self expression, authenticity, and acceptance are important for all humans. Especially as it becomes increasingly easy for us all to absorb media showing us exactly what we want to see, potentially skewing our ideas of what a "normal" human body looks like or what falls within our range of "attractive". I believe it does us all good to expand that range.

My hope is that, as we evolve, we learn to be more accepting of the diversity of our bodies and shed our fears along with our clothes!

Here is an interesting article that inspired me to write this. It's on the health benefits of nudity. It's funny/sad to me that they have since removed a photo showing the backsides of naked people about to jump in the water: http://immortallife.info/articles/entry/nudity-provides-health-benefits-for-your-body-and-brain

#bodyimage #acceptance #authenticity #nudity #naked #skinnydipping
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You can always do a naked hangout to get used to it as well. Its something i need to work on too.
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Ironically, this shift to certainty now comes increasingly from what passes for the Left in America. These are the same people who historically have identified themselves with open-mindedness and the defense of free speech, while conservatives, with some justification, were associated more often with such traits as criminalizing unpopular views – as seen in the 1950s McCarthy era – and embracing canonical bans on all sorts of personal behavior

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Fucking hell.

"Known as the Heartbleed bug.. the programming mistake has left large amounts of private keys and and other secrets exposed to the Internet for a long time, according to Finnish security consultants Codenomicon. Attackers can read the memory of vulnerable systems in 64 kilobyte chunks, until they have the required information to succesfully compromise them.

The flaw was introduced in OpenSSL in December 2011, and has been "out in the wild" or known to attackers since March 2012.

OpenSSL recommends that uses immediately upgrade to version 1.0.1g. If that's not possible, users should recompile OpenSSL with the -DOPENSSL_NO_HEARTBEATS flag to remove the the heartbeat handshake. The 1.0.2 version of OpenSSL will be fixed with beta 2.

Debian Wheezy, Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS, Centos 6.5, Fedora 18, OpenBSD 5.3, FreeBSD 8.4, NetBSD 5.0.2 and OpenSUSE 12.2 are all listed as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug."

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/382068,serious-openssl-bug-renders-websites-wide-open.aspx
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Register now at www.MiPLC.org for the The Michigan Peace and Liberty Coalition's second annual Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest! Don't miss the early bird special and alternative currency discounts! Once you've registered, be sure to RSVP and share the event with your friends here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396205553974453/
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If you got the money, there's hemp products in select super markets for purchase. It's legal to buy and sell, but not legal to grow yet so we're importing the product from Canada.
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Register now at www.MiPLC.org for the The Michigan Peace and Liberty Coalition's second annual Midwest Peace and Liberty Fest! Don't miss the early bird special and alternative currency discounts! Once you've registered, be sure to RSVP and share the event with your friends here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1396205553974453/
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I wish. I have another obligation :(
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I have lived in small towns and big. Seattle seems to fit. I'm slowly opening up to sharing more about myself on here. For now I want to say that I have recently discovered a book called Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg PhD and it is changing my life. Thank you +Scott Swain for exposing me to this way of looking deeper!
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