Nude Photography

We explore a variety of issues with artist and academic Matthew Hamon. There are many types of photography: casual, artistic, erotic, pornographic, artistic, clinical, commercial, scientific, etc… What is the difference? Is nude photography pornography? Is the image of a nude child indecent? What is consent? What if people misuse your image? What are the implications of a naked picture of yourself on the internet?

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Photo: by Matthew Hamon – Matt’s family, Jennifer, Emile and Lur, often bathe outside in a livestock tank even during Montana’s cold winters

Episode CXII

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Skeptical to Fanatical

An interview with a new naturist; a young man who approached with skeptical caution to quickly become a passionate advocate of naturism.

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Photo: First Visit to Bare Oaks

Episode CXI

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Nude Play

Tim Chizmar interviews the director and cast of “Disrobed: Why So Clothes-Minded?” performed at the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival.

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Photo: The June 2019 cast of “Disrobed: Why So Clothes-Minded?”

Episode CX

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Textile Nudist Podcast

Bethany Denton tells us how she came to create an episode of “Here Be Monsters” titled “The Evangelists of Nudism” where she recounts the story of her first, and rather unusual, experience as a nudist.

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Photo: First time visitor to Bare Oaks by naked-club.org

Episode CIX

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Naturism in LDS/Mormons

We discuss participation in naturism by Mormons from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) with Stacee (practicing) and Mike (lapsed). The religion’s focus on respecting the body creates an interesting (and arguably erroneous) dichotomy for those who want to be naturists.

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Photo: Freedom in Joshua Tree National Landmark (Utah) by Donald Fletcher

Episode CVIII

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Keeping Youth

We talk to three young people: one who rebelled against naturism when she was a teen; one who stayed as a naturist; and another teenager who is new to naturism.

Why teenagers leave:

  1. The club does not make them feel comfortable (possibly because it isn’t really about true naturist values like acceptance and tolerance of others)
  2. The club does not offer them things to do, peers to hang out with, or opportunities (e.g. jobs!)
  3. Their social circles are at home with their school friends and they want to fit in with them
  4. They want to develop their own identity by differentiating themselves from their parents (rebellion!)
  5. They would rather stay home alone while their parents go to the club (freedom!)

So teenagers leave for a variety of reasons. They always have and they always will. If it’s reasons numbers 3 to 5 there’s not much that can be done. But if a club deals with reasons numbers 1 and 2, then some teens may stay. At Bare Oaks, we have actually had teenagers visiting us on their own because their parents are not there. (reason #4 but reversed) Over the years, we have also had many young people, including teens, work as staff for the summer and they loved it! (like Nicole in this episode of the podcast)

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Photo: Nicole and her sisters by Matthew Hamon

Episode CVII

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A nude actor, writer, and comedian in Las Vegas

An eclectic chat with Tim Chizmar on a wide variety of topics: Las Vegas, his experiences organizing nude comedy, nudism in general, his nudist movie project, and more!

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Photo: A nudist comedy show at Olive Dell Ranch – Tim Chizmar is top left with at the back, Jon Smilowitz and Kevin Lahaie; and in front, Heather Schmidt, Katie Hall, and Melissa Dejanude.

Episode CVI

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Dating Advice for Naturists

We discuss dating for naturists/nudists. Because single men are the ones who seem to have the greatest challenge in naturism, we focus our advice on them. We interview Melissa who is an affirmed naturist and Christine who is not but would consider it for the right guy.

A summary of the dating advice:

  1. Don’t focus on naturist/nudist dating sites. Most, and possibly all of them, are scams.
  2. Don’t limit yourself to existing naturists.
  3. Don’t make naturism the focus of your profile but don’t keep it secret either.
  4. Gentlemen, nude pictures (and dick pics in particular) don’t work.
  5. Keep trying; you need to talk to many people before you find someone who is compatible. If you’re in Canada, our survey suggests you’ll need to talk to 10 people before you find one who is willing to try naturism.
  6. Treat people with respect. If you know someone who has trouble with this, have them read our webpage on Making Friends in Naturism.

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Photo: Two naturists who met at Bare Oaks and dated for a while. While that is rare, it is possible and it does occasionally happen.

Episode CV

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Naked Wanderings

We chat with Nick and Lins about their experiences while visiting naturist places around the world and the amazing success of their Naked Wanderings blog.

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Photo: Nick and Lins visiting with Stéphane and Linda at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

Episode CIV

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Dressed to Kill – Second Edition

We discuss the second edition of the book Dressed to Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras with the authors, Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer. They recount how they were subjected to vindictive and prejudiced attacks on their research and their personal reputation.

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Photo: Dressed to Kill, the second edition

Episode CIII

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