Porn is the Enemy of Nudism!

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You’re going to have to forgive me right now, but I am absolutely seething, and what you are about to read is me at my least eloquent. But I am monstrously furious, and I need a space to rant.

Maybe I should not be admitting to this level of rage, so as not to invite the attention of the trolls, but at the moment I am almost prepared to delete my fucking blog.

For some inexplicably stupid reason, the good people at WordPress feel it necessary to allow anyone to ‘like’ my posts, with a tiny little profile photo attached to their like that could be anything from a cute cat to XXX porn. Even more inexplicably, WordPress has made it impossible to simply remove these images, or to block the offending exhibitionist from scattering porn all over my work. I am not even able to remove the ‘like’ function, and  have resorted to deleting my posts in their entirety and reposting them simply to rid myself of the offending content. Update: After e-mailing them several times, someone at WordPress showed me how to remove likes from my posts, so this problem has been resolved, at least!

I suppose this could have happened to a church lady’s knitting blog, but naturally, it had to happen to mine, under a post where I am discussing the merits of nudism. And here is where I take issue, because the insipid person who liked my article, wherein I go to considerable lengths to argue the point that nudism is innocent, has the audacity to claim that he, too, with his page full of porn, and his profile displaying his engorged cock and balls, is also a nudist!

BULLSHIT.

Pornography is abhorrent to me. It is disgusting. It is vile. It debases humanity in every imaginable way. For those of us in the free-body movement, pornography is the very antithesis of what we believe. It is everything, and I mean everything, nudism is not. It can be argued, from a nudist’s perspective, that the purpose of nudism is to cure the world of pornography. That the purpose of nudism is to alter the way the human body is too often portrayed in the media, not simply in pornography, but on TV, and in movies and in magazines. The goal of nudism—at least for me—is to free the mind of unwanted and uncontrollable lust, by showing us that THE HUMAN BODY CAN BE INNOCENT, by providing evidence, through its practice, that we can look at one another, male and female alike, with respect, and treat one another not as objects of lust, not as things to satisfy our basest animalistic urges, but human beings. The intent of nudism (again from my perspective, not all nudists are in the same camp) is to elevate our thinking, not to debase it, not to sink it into the gutter. Yes, as nudists we expose our genitals, but we do so with the intent of NORMALIZING such exposure, decoupling our bodies from the way they are typically portrayed in our society. We free our genitals not so that we can focus on them, or get excited by them, but to achieve the opposite end, to become so accustomed to the sight, we are no longer stimulated, in the way textiles, and viewers of pornography, are stimulated. So that, ultimately, when we gaze upon a naked man or woman, we are able to see the whole person. Heart, mind and body.

Anyone who understands this, who possesses any conception of nudism at all, would NEVER use a “dick pic” to represent himself. This person has NO knowledge whatsoever of nudism, and to admit to such an identity is to mischaracterize the movement in the worst possible way.

Pornography is the enemy of nudism.

Yes, I will admit that adult content has its uses, and I am by no means a saint. But my feelings for this kind of entertainment is comparable to my feelings for my toilet. It may serve a necessary function, but I cannot be proud of it, and do not wish to go near it once the deed is done. This is not to say that sex is dirty—I am prudish, but not a Puritan, and in actuality I find sex can be beautiful, as a natural expression of human love. Now I am not here to argue over sexual mores, that is not the scope of this post. But I will say that pornography rarely, if ever, portrays sex as anything more than a mechanical process, as a means to an end, and in this way, intercourse is divorced from the natural sharing of human emotion upon which any normal, healthy relationship is based. Pornography, in how it most commonly portrays intercourse, reduces our bodies to playthings, and in so doing, diminishes our humanity. Even in my earliest writings, from when I experimented with erotica in college, I always took care to consider the emotions, the personhood, and therefore the humanity of the characters involved.

I have long championed nudism because of the way in which it elevates and defends our dignity, a dignity that cannot be taken away, whether we are clothed or not. Nudism challenges the basic assumption that, without clothes, we are just dumb animals, who succumb to instinct at the first sight of genitalia.

For this reason I am enraged, because people who engage in the proliferation of pornography have no business with me, or with nudism. They are polar opposite to everything I stand for, and everything I believe in. In their sad attempt to fit nudism into their sick trove of fetishes, they undermine the movement and all it stands for.

Nudism is G-Rated. Something I can readily share with my children. So please, whoever you are, keep your perversions where they belong, far from me and far from nudism. There are plenty of others with whom you can enjoy what you do, but that is NOT what we’re about. Put simply:

 Pornography dehumanizes, nudism humanizes. 

 

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