A Brief History of Nakedness

A bit of history and spirituality in naturism by way of an interview with Philip Carr-Gomm, author of A Brief History of Nakedness as well as a psychologist and the leader of the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids for over twenty years.

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Episode XXXVII

Québec Naturism

Naturism in the province of Québec as described by Michel Vaïs, one of its most notable champions. Plus audience numbers (over 40,000 listeners per month!), a listener’s letter, and the financing of naturism.

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Episode XXXV

Ethical Naturists plus a Naturist Pioneer

We introduce the concept of the Ethical Naturist. We also interview Cec Cinder, one of the pioneers of naturism and a prolific author.

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Episode XXX

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Exploitation

From the very beginning of naturism/nudism, there have been people who have exploited naturists and nudists. They go against the very core values of our movement. They objectify our bodies and sexualize our activities. They turn our philosophy into a source of personal gain. (money, sex, power, pride, etc…)  Some of them even pander to deviants but conceal themselves beneath the cloak of legitimacy that naturism provides.

All too often, we have been willing participants. The exploiters use our tolerance and open-mindedness against us. They infect a club and twist the definition of naturism to suit their purposes. They tempt us with the money that many clubs are always short of. Because naturists are intelligent, they understand that life is not black & white so some compromise is sometimes necessary. But those small concessions can lead to a very slippery slope.

In this episode, we discuss two infamous clubs in Roselawn, Indiana that were victimized by exploiters. We listen to a 1966 radio interview with the founders of one of the clubs that illustrates the lofty initial goals of the club as a contrast to the current situation.

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Episode XXVI

History of Bare Oaks

A discussion of internet-based retailers selling naturist/nudist merchandise and the launch of the Bare Boutique online shop. Plus an interview with Eric Jarvis who originally founded Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park when, in 1972, he purchased empty land and started the Toronto Helios Society at Haytor Park. He tells us his story and the challenges of starting a nudist club in the early 1970’s.

 

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