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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Topless Topics – Online Harassment of Women

We discuss online harassment with Cleo of the Topless Topic videos and Felicity Jones of Young Naturist America (YNA).

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Photo: Cleo of Topless Topics

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Episode XCV

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School Project

Sarah talks about her experience doing a couple of college assignments at Bare Oaks. Alexis recounts how she went from exploring the idea of naturism to working at Bare Oaks in just a few days. Plus Felicity, the Kingston-Frontenac Free Body Society (KFFBS) and more.

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Photo: Sarah at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

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Episode LXXI

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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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The Vagina Monologues

A radio play version of The Vagina Monologues performed during the 2013 FCN/FQN Canadian Naturist Festival at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. Plus Felicity talks about a recent NBC News story about attracting youth and whether teens should tell others that they are naturists.

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Cast of The Vagina Monologues: Emily, Ramona, Suzy, Nikki, Karen, & Julia.

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Episode LVIII

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Academia and Treating Sexual Abuse

We discuss academic naturism including a university course on naturism, a dissertation on using naturist concepts of body image to treat sexual abuse victims and a journal article on how media images of thin women affect self-esteem. Plus Felicity, erections, marketing and more…

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Episode LVII

Image: From the 2010 German Calendar from WebUni in Magdeburg http://www.un.geniert.de/

 

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Women and naturism

Of the two genders, women get the most pressure from society to meet to unrealistic expectations of physical beauty. That is one of the reason that women benefit most from being a naturist but it is also why they have the hardest time trying naturism. For a woman, the idea of being nude in a social setting is fraught with fears related to a lifetime of sexual objectification and subconscious attacks on their self-esteem.


In this episode, we explore how women in naturism overcame some of these barriers and what they get out of living a naturist life. We also review strategies for convincing someone to try naturism. 


To summarize the strategies presented:

  1. Review your own motivation
  2. Be open and confident about naturism
  3. Be sympathetic and understanding
  4. Try a therapeutic approach
  5. Be patient
  6. Be very careful of the first experience & praise gently

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Old clubs and a young woman in an old trailer

A discussion of the reasons for the failure and closure of Glen Echo Family Nudist Park north of Toronto, Ontario and an interview with Stan Wortner of Sunny Glades which, because of the closure of Glen Echo, is the oldest, continuously operating, naturist club in Ontario.

We also interview Stina Sieg, a 26 year old California woman who is travelling around North America for a year in a 1969 trailer. Her first stop was Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. She shares her observations about her first experience with naturism and how living nude has impacted her perceptions of herself and others. Follow her trip at: www.stinasieg.com

The song we play is The Bumble Bee Invaded a Nudist Colony by Billy Mitchell from a 78 RPM recording done in the 1920’s and found at the Internet Archive.

Click here for more information about Sun Valley Gardens and Karl Ruehle who are referenced in the Stan Wortner interview.

The book referenced in the show, Au Naturel: The History of Nudism in Canada by James Woycke Ph.D., can be previewed at Google Books by clicking here.

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