Baring It All For Graduation

We chat with Kate Logan who, 20 years ago, dropped her robe during her graduation speech and finished speaking completely nude in front of 200 classmates, faculty, parents, family, and friends. Her story went viral around the world in a time well before Facebook and other electronic social media became popular. She was and is still unrepentant. Her act was filled with meaning and principles; values which she demonstrated abundantly when she turned down a large sum of money from Playboy Magazine.

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Photo: Kate Logan

Episode CII

Kate Logan’s Graduation Speech
Long Trail School, Dorset, Vermont, USA
June 13, 1998

Six years ago I began a journey on a road less traveled. Embarking on what would become a journey of growth and knowledge. Beginning to explore the depths of the world in ways I had never before imagined. I have walked a great many miles over the past six years in which I have rounded many corners and climbed many mountains and the journey still continues, offering me indefinite choices and new horizons yet to be discovered. As I prepare myself for my next step forward I call on the lessons of my past to be the teachers and guides for the future.

I have grown to recognize the value of each of the lessons that have presented themselves, and I have grown aware of the possibilities that these lessons have created for me as I currently stand alone ready to face the challenges of tomorrow.

I am eternally grateful for the experiences that have pushed me towards a direction of light and truth. Each of the lessons have taken on a sacredness within my heart, where they will remain and continue to guide and teach. Each of these lessons over the past six years have challenged me to become more aware of myself and the world around me.

I have learned the value of stretching myself beyond what is in front of me. I was challenged to open my eyes to see the beauty in the diversity that exists everywhere. I was called upon to open my ears to all voices and to hear each voice with acceptance, respect and equality. I was pushed to live in a community with an open mind and an open heart. To live through my strengths and learn from my fears. I was challenged as an individual to not be conformed by this world, but rather to be conformed by the constant renewing of my mind.

Many teachers have been the roots to these realizations and I am eternally grateful for their support, pushes and understandings. As I stand at the end of this road, I feel a sense of security within myself that each of my teachers have assisted me in discovering.

I am ready to open my wings and encounter the world with optimism, strength and love. My love for my teachers is endless and boundless. They have provided me the chance to fly in a world that walks.

The sun over a distant mountain is rising and I eagerly take the first step to reach the height that the mountain promises, and in order to reach such heights I realize the necessity to live as a free spirit…
(hat comes off and robes falls to the ground)
…without expectations, feeling the limitless directions to open myself completely, to express myself fully as a confident individual-for it is only then, when I am open and free, that truth and wisdom reveal themselves.

Thank you all for all that you have taught me while I was under your instruction. Farewell to you and to the youth that I spent with you. My awakening on the new dawn has spoken and we must part. I came to you to take of your wisdom and have seen that my experience with you has only been a stepping stone, which I have crossed and I continue to move towards the mountain top, recognizing that I am not confined in any way.

 

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Naked and Afraid

Manu Toigo talks about her experience on Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid show. Plus a review of The Naked Peacock, Felicity on beauty pageants, Michael in Australia and more…

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Episode LXXV

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Pubic Hair

A discussion about pubic hair including an interview with the author of the Bare to Bush website plus Bitcoins, France and more.

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Image: Courtesy of the Bare to Bush website

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Episode LXIII

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Women’s relationship to their bodies and the 60th anniversary of the INF

A discussion about women’s relationship with their bodies and the 60th anniversary of the International Naturist Federation (INF); plus porn literacy, more Facebook censorship, reader feedback, Felicity from YNA and more.

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Image: Speeches in front of the International Naturist Federation (INF) monument at the CHM Montalivet by some of the federations in attendance for the 60th anniversary celebration of the INF.

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Episode LX

 

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Pornography

Every naturist needs to understand pornography because the images of naturism are so often classified as pornographic by the general public. And, for nearly a century, hustlers have exploited naturists in order to create porn. But most importantly, we need to understand how pornography is hurting us and affecting our relationships.  Not only is naturism NOT about pornography, it actually offers an antidote to its ills.
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The song at the beginning of the show was “Nature is” by Brian Madison.
We also celebrate passing 100, 000 downloads (not hits or impressions) of the show! And that number to continues to grow every day and the rate of growth is also increasing. Here are a few facts about the podcast:
  • It is audio-only so only true naturists or those genuinely interested in naturism listen (we don’t get download of the show from people just looking for nudity because there are no pictures)
  • Each download is many megabytes in size and the show is nearly an hour long so the involvement level is very high. (it’s not just a ‘hit’ or ‘impression’)
  • Unlike a radio or TV show, the podcasts are available forever. Even the oldest episode is still growing in listenership as new people discover the show and catch up on the older episodes.
  • While there are no specific demographics available, the audience is obviously technologically savvy which suggests that they are well-educated and younger.
  • There are listeners are from around the world. (18% Canada, 39% USA, 26% Europe, & 17% other)
Episode XXVII
Photo by David Shankbone via the Wikimedia Commons
 
 
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Nudity on British TV

Part 3 of 3 on nudity and the human body. In this last part, we continue look at society’s view of nudity through the lens of mass media. We review three televisions shows from the U.K.


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Episode XV

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Gymnophobia

Part 2 of 3 on nudity and the human body. In the second part, we discuss Gymnophobia, the fear of nudity and how it impacts our view of the human body. As in part 1, we look at society’s view of nudity through the lens of mass media. In particular, we review and critique a BBC show called What’s the problem with nudity?

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Episode XIV

 
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Nudity and the Human Body

Part 1 of 3 on nudity and the human body. In this first show, we discuss society’s attitude towards the human body and how we deal with being nude. How mass media deals with people who are naked is reflective of our own attitudes. But mass media also amplifies our fears, issues and anxieties thereby making them worse. We look at two television shows. First that cultural touchstone that was Seinfeld and, secondly, a current reality-TV show called Dr. 90210.

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iTunes Reviews!
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(it improves the show’s ranking with Apple)

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Episode XIII

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