Thoughts on “My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist”

13 Jan

I thought I would jot some thoughts on how our recent brush with fame in “My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist” went whilst it is still fresh in my mind! First of all, I’m really glad about our portrayal in the documentary, and I think we came across pretty well. We were filming with the documentary crew for a long time and talked a lot about the politics of feminism and body image, and I’m glad that at least some of that comes across. The production company were pretty cool throughout, considering they could have properly screwed us over if they had wanted to! For those of you who have seen it, you can catch it on 4OD if your in the UK and here if your are from overseas.

I feel to a certain extent that the some parts of the documentary seemed a little de-contextualised, and it’s a shame that overall the result made the documentary less political than it could have been. The production company must have a lot of footage of me, Luke and Alex ranting about feminism, capitalism and body image on their cutting room floor! Although I think we always knew that going on a mainstream telly was always going to involve a bit of a compromise on politics, so overall I think we’re pretty chuffed with how it’s gone.

My biggest bugbear is probably the title – “My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist” along with being largely misleading (at least half of us were male and over 20), it seemed to promise furtive glimpses of underage feminine sexuality which ran contrary to what the documentary was about – being comfortable in your own skin. I guess that was Channel 4’s way of hooking in the punters.

Reading through some of the reviews in the papers, almost every one picked up on a conversation between Luke and two girls whilst flyering in Manchester, about how Darryl and Alex were pretty attractive, and whether or not this made them good adverts for body-positivism. I don’t want to speak for Alex or Darryl, but I’d wager that every person, no matter how conventionally attractive, has had doubts about their body image and self esteem at some point. This is pretty much the basis of the beauty industry – fostering hang-ups in order to profit from cosmetics, creams, and cover-ups. As such, going publicly naked represents a big step for anyone, regardless of how pretty other people think they are. And frankly, as astute as those girls statements were, I imagine the media’s reaction would be much more scathing if this was a documentary about older and well-weathered nudists, sadly. It’s a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

Another thing I’m surprised hasn’t been raised much in criticism of the documentary is about how white we all are. There is a serious lack of diversity in the show, and the naturist movement/community as a whole. We talked about it a fair bit with the production crew (which didn’t make the cut), and have jotted down a few of our own thoughts on the subject, but would love to hear your thoughts on how this situation can improve – get in touch if you want to contribute articles to the blog, or have any good resources to share.

I hope I can speak for all of us when I say that we have been really overwhelmed with the positive comments, tweets and emails that have flooded in. Some comments have been amusing, others filled with anger (of the good sort), and more so have been incredibly touching. I’m sorry that we won’t get chance to respond to them all, but thank-you for them all the same.

Whilst I’m on the subject of thanking people, I’d like to give a shout out to my best friends and naked vegan comrades, Luke and Greta. You’ll probably recognise Luke from the documentary, and heard how his body-positive attitude has helped me come to terms with some of my own body issues. Greta wasn’t in the documentary as her family was worried about the potential of it being sensationalised and sexualised in the media (which in hindsight was well founded) but has really been a powerhouse behind making this project work, as well as doing some really fantastic campaigning around the media and ad industries perception of women and bodies.

We’ve met some good people through doing this documentary, and have come a long way since the documentary was filmed. Naked Vegan Cooking also has some exciting projects coming up, including naked clubbing and a pop-up restaurant which you can hear about if you subscribe to get email updates or to our events mailing list. Other ways of keeping in touch with us include facebook and twitter. And don’t forget if you fancy giving naked vegan cooking a try in your own kitchens you can submit your own recipes to go on the blog here.

With love, Jess

P.S. You might want to check out our housing co-op project : )

112 Responses to “Thoughts on “My Daughter, the Teenage Nudist””

  1. Sally January 13, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Just saw you guys on the telly, I WISH I knew some people round here to cook naked with and to live in a naturist-friendly activisty co-op! Ignore the haters, you are doing awesome things :-D

  2. nadine January 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    so inspiring…you all look beautiful.

  3. Alex January 13, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

    Just like to second my appreciation/admiration for Greta, Luke and Jess for the blog and events – you guys are amazing.

    On the subject of being ‘conventionally attractive’, while I (like most people) spent many of my younger years struggling with body and food issues, I appreciate that this would not be visible to the outside observer since I appear ‘lucky’ enough to be naturally slim. As such, I have a lot of sympathy for the views expressed by the girls who thought I wasn’t a great front woman for a body positive campaign.

    In fact, I think that having a ‘front person’ for such a campaign doesn’t even make sense- the power of this message can only come from having a significant number of people of all shapes, sizes, genders, ages and races standing up to the media and simply providing natural, unaltered images of what people really look like, in all our diverse glory! Every person who stands up and says “this is my body and I am not ashamed” is performing a political, feminist and anti-capitalist act, no matter what they look like.

    That includes me and everyone involved in the project, but it may well require more courage for those who are less privileged by society. Moreover, the political message gains import the more people who do it. So I’d encourage everyone to be brave and try it for themselves!

    • radicalrabbit January 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

      Couldnt agree more Alex.

  4. Pete January 13, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    I first heard of you guys/gals in a recent edition of H&E magazine (I kept the receipe!), then saw you in the C4 documentary. Just wanted to say that you have absolutely nothing to worry about body-wise – any of you – you are young and healthy (you’re all vegan and there is nothing more heathful than a vegan diet in my opinion). Enjoy being young! I suffered a lot with body image in my teens and twenties (I’m 6ft4ins and slender, although I have filled out a little since then – I’m now 42). I always felt that I should be broad-shouldered, well-defined, muscle-clad and tanned, but because I wasn’t, I hated myself.

    Well the internet changed all that as you get the chance to see a lot more ordinary people in the nude (if you choose to visit such sites!) and it helped a lot. Now I’m happy being me and enjoy being naked (although I’ve yet to be naked in public) and I’ve been vegan for almost six years. Life can’t get much better (except for a lottery win!).

    Cheers and take care :-)

    Pete, Surrey

  5. Perry January 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Enjoyed the show very much. Empowering and enlightening :) xxx

  6. MartinNYID January 13, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Upon further reflection, I really appreciate your comments about your own body image, and how this has helped you work through them. It’s one thing to hear about an eating disorder from a clothed person, but wow, someone, a man, sitting completely naked in front o the world, and speaking abotu body issues…I just haven’t quite gotten my head around it – but the only intelligent reaction to have would be ‘you don’t look ar out of the range of the norm’ – not to pigeon hole anyone, but it really added a level to the whole thing. Not to mention the fact that now that the fascist beauty industry has conquered women, it’s going after men. Perhaps you headed at least one young person off before the pass. x

  7. John Tompkins January 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    My wife and I enjoyed the program – but then we enjoy any thing that promotes the Nudist ethos without too much sensationalism. Trouble is after a start like that there is usually no follow through. the whole thing is left in the air. Much better to have a season of films that explains the whole Naturist/Nudist subject.

    I was surprised that the Police were allowed to get away with breaking the law which requires no discrimination on the grounds of gender. Also the nudity laws only require that genitals not be displayed and (the beautiful) Alex clearly was not displaying hers.

  8. sue January 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Hi Guys, watched the program last night, and must say has given me mixed emotions. I myself and really new to nudist scene (so to speak) and to be honest only started this as i wanted my own buisness and a job came available. But a year on i’m loving it. I do belong to a club, and have to say we have members from all walks of life, shapes,sizes. Being in the larger size bracket myself – i was totally worried about how people would see me. All i can say for anyone thinking about this and worrying dont. Yes nudist are a rare breed of people – as they see the person, skills,knowledge and personality -not the naked body. I would like to say -from a chefs point of view – we arent all vegans, however i think you’re cooking club is a totally exellent idea, and have already spoken to some friends to maybe start something in my area – something along the lines of naked come dine with me! Another point mentioned was not everyone wants to do sports in clubs. In my experience ( all be it a year!!) most clubs are easy going, and people attend events as they wish to. Always worth suggesting an activity in a club, most clubs will try events and see. Can only speak for myself – but sure club members would agree, you would be welcome to visit our club anytime. Good luck with future – happy to swop recipies!

    • radicalrabbit January 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

      Naked Come Dine With Me is a fantastic idea :)
      And swapping recipes sounds great too, let me know whether you want to do a post or something…? x

  9. Richard Schillig January 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    We liked the comments you made. We did find that Naked Vegan Cooking came across stronger and better than YBN. If we had to choose between YBN and Naked Vegan Cooking, you win hands down.

    We would be happy to put you on our links page. Let us know what you want in your listing. Keep up the good work. Well done

    • radicalrabbit January 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

      Thanks for your kind words!
      How about “Naked Vegan Cooking – bodypostive cooking blog” :)

      • Richard Schillig January 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

        Cool, will do, we will do the next update in the next couple of days. Can you send me the URL please. Thanks

      • radicalrabbit January 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

        thanks :)
        its http://nakedvegancooking.com/

  10. northlondoner January 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    There were a lot of good things about the programme apart from the title and your being featured provided a message that activities without clothes can be fun, and being naked can help overcome body issues. The respect shown for those who wished to remain clothed came across well, and GM Police being shown to be stupid is no bad thing. Pity about the title of the programme.

  11. John P January 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    One thing I’m impressed with on your pages is your feminist consciousness. I’m constantly being annoyed by fellow naturists who seem to want naturism to be all about getting pretty ladies to take their clothes off–that’s especially true when somebody is trying to sell something! And it was true when the TV company put that stupid title on the programme, but mercifully the show itself was a lot better. I really wish naturism would present an approach to nudity that’s different from what we see in the wider world, with everyone being equally acceptable, and no concentrating on the babes. Given that naturists often bemoan the fact that there aren’t many female naturists, you’d think that we’d face up to the possibility that women might be afraid of being put on display, and do what we can to reassure them. Unfortunately I don’t see much willingness to do that, except here. So congratulations.

    • radicalrabbit January 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

      couldnt agree more!

    • John Tompkins January 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm #

      John
      While I agree with what you say, consider this; the majority of naturist clubs will not allow single males to join.

      So as naturist children grow up, they want to do things for themselves, teenagers do not want to be hanging around with their parents, but single males cannot go to other clubs, so they either give up naturism or give up clubs and go to open beaches etc.

      Naturist girls do not have that problem, they can go to almost any club, but they want to be were there are other teenagers. So they either give up naturism or go the same route as the boys.

      Once these people have left the clubs, it is going to be very difficult to get them back. Then the clubs start moaning about the lack of female members (what do they want female members for if all the males are already in couples?).

      But it is their own stupid attitude that has caused the problem.

  12. Paul January 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I thought the programme was pretty inspiring and that you came across as positive, intelligent individuals. As one who really discovered the beauty and joy of naturism in my teenage years (I’m MUCH older now!) I cannot commend you all enough for the healthy image of naturism/ nudism/ whatever you all portrayed.

  13. laura January 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    The 2 girls were spot on imo. Although I am aware that people of all shapes and sizes have hang ups about their bodies, it does nothing to encourage me personally when the women shown are slim and conventionally good looking. In fact, as an overweight person, it just serves to make me scoff ‘well, with a figure like that I’d happily be naked in public’. I know its not that simple, but there really is an ocean of difference between a slim persons perceived imperfections of their own size 10 figure, that nobody else sees, and an overweight persons body image issues that are obvious to all around, even fully clothed.

    Good show, i would just have liked to see a more diverse range of shapes and sizes represented, but perhaps there aren’t so many plus sized young naturists as it is much harder to feel comfortable for them.

    • anon January 28, 2012 at 10:49 am #

      I absolutely agree. I attended a naked bike ride in Manchester only to be verbally pressured to remove more clothing by other people with body shapes that are more accepted in the media/by Western society.

      Though I am sure, as Jess says, that these people also may face a lack of self confidence it is surely plain to see that someone that does not fit into that idea is more likely to have a bigger hurdle to climb, and in many ways seeing another size 10 naked woman is nothing new. We see them all the time on billboards, tv ads, magazines. Nothing against her or her personal journey but in a wider sense, that isn’t really very ground-breaking at all.

      In addition to the whiteness of everyone it was also, as expected, very middle class. Life chances, and within that personal confidences, are very different for white middle classes- as shown in this programme. It would have been interesting to look into these issue but there again I guess it’s obvious.

  14. Stuart January 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Saw the show last night. It came across really well the fact that nudity in these circumstances isn’t sexual, but quite natural. Last year I visited a lovely place on a secluded Scottish Island where a group of enthusiast have a project to grow a wide range of foods ahead of the summer festival. They endeavour to provided a vegan menu for all and I have to say that the food was superb. No one was being judged about their eating habits or whether they decided to be naked on the beach. I only visited for 2 days but found myself to be enlightened by people’s relaxed and non-judgemental attitudes towards each other. And yes, although I didn’t think I would, I got naked and very quickly forgot about the fact that I dont have that steriotypical “ideal body”. I guess its not for me to promote their project, but I am aware that this year they are looking for people to provide whatever help with the garden project ahead of this years gatherring. If you want to know any more please drop me an e-mail and I’ll put you in touch with them. Regards. S

  15. Sandy Manly January 13, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    Following on from the feminist debate, I was so pleased there were so many naked men shown by the programme. as a gay man I was delighted by the many cock shots, big, small, circumcised and non. Glad that the women were ignored for voyer titillation and all the women and gay men watching got such a nice show! I’ve sky plussed it!

    • radicalrabbit January 14, 2012 at 12:10 am #

      lolololololololol

  16. Brian Craigie January 13, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    I think you’re all fab. The documentary was well balanced and you all presented well. We should all be free to dress as we like, regardless of how our body looks. We’re all human and looks don’t matter. It’s so much more relaxing to socialise in the nude and you don’t need to ponder about what to wear.

    Well done and I hope naked cooking groups spring up all over the world now!
    :-)

  17. Mike January 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    Loved watching the show, I think you guys/gals were the stars as you were all so honest in what you spoke about. And Alex – Hubba Hubba – what a gorgeous lady you are :-)

  18. Chistopher Jones January 13, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Good evening,

    I thought the coverage on C4 last night did the nude movement a world of good. Unlike much media coverage you came across as people who enjoy the feeling of being naked in a non sexual way.

    Keep up the good work – will keep a look out for any future events and perhaps even joiun the YBN! Alex and Daryl are great ambassadors for this I feel and hopefully BN will open up the the newer views of those who just want to keep calm and get naked!

  19. LauraBax January 13, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Just watched the documentary on 4od. If it is any consolation I really did get a sense that there was a far more political aspect as to why everyone was taking their clothes. I would love to have heard more on this but yes; the producers really did want to keep it simple and appeal to the ‘mainstream’ audience unfortuantely. Plus you can’t always fit weeks of footage into an hour long programme.

    Those two girls may have thought that two ‘commercially beautiful’ people had been chosen to be naked in public; but if it wasn’t for the media projecting skinny, toned bodies into the minds of the public, then the girls wouldn’t have thought as such in the first place. So there.

    I feel so inspired! I have had passing thoughts of joining in on the naked bike ride in London but always been far too self conscious to bother. However; watching the documentary and hearing the voices behind people which do so has really made me want to take part this year.

    Oh and as a vegan who really is lazy when it comes to cooking I’m glad I have discovered this blog and a little surprised I hadn’t come across it sooner!

    You all came across in a great light on the show and in a really positive way and I know I can’t be the only feeling so inspired! Fantastic stuff and thankyou so much! You really should be very happy with the programme and I wish you all the best and look forward to experiencing the ‘free’ feeling too soon!

    • Simon January 14, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      Hello, I just wanted to say, love your knitwear! I know as someone who likes being nude that is a bit ironic but I do like clothes too! Yay you! And glad you have been inspired by the programme. The London naked bike ride is so good. As is as you say, being ‘free’. You will love it!
      Simon :)

  20. Olivier January 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    I saw your TV documentary and really enjoyed it. It made me want to join a group like yours. I enjoy being naked, but have never participated in nudist events. Food-wise, I have been a lacto-vegetarian, now for most of my life (I am 50 now), and this is a definite contribution to good health. But the mental health and balance must go hand-in-hand with healthy foods, and your documentary made a good attempt to show the relaxedness that should go along with being comfortable with the body.
    Thank you.
    Olivier
    (P.s. Any groups, dinner, events in London?)

  21. Scott January 14, 2012 at 12:38 am #

    You guys are awesome x

  22. Rebecca Nokes January 14, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    Really enjoyed the programme as an exploration of alternative lifestyles although I agreed with Jess’ analysis in that it was perhaps marketed to audiences expecting titilation rather than a political and media commentary.

    It would be interesting to add the issue of disability into the mix here as well as ethnicity which was ignored. As a disabled person it would be nice to see more of my community embracing positive body image attitudes thus questioning concepts of ‘normality’ which the media promote heavily. Would the naturist community be as accepting of disabled nudists as they are of everyone else?

    Totally in agreement though with the equation between a positive body image and ‘reclaiming’ the naked body as an empowering tool for self esteem. The female body in media terms is largely the domain of Patriarchy and thus laws etc penalise women for not fitting a specific Patriarchal/media stereotype. We need to change this extremely negative, constricting and damaging viewpoint.

    • radicalrabbit January 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      Hey Rebecca – very good point regarding access/disability/normalcy. Its one we have talked about a fair bit privately but havent yet managed to get anything on the site about yet.

      My experience so far of the naturist community, of being a disabled naturist and of talking to other disabled naturists, is that largely naturists are pretty accepting of different bodies, but like most of the rest of the world, have a limited understanding of access needs and that does present some barriers for disabled people. Although, most people seem reasonable enough to take action when asked to do so. I was chatting to someone whose main barrier to naturism was not so much naturists but finding PA’s that were OK with it. So I guess there is a fair bit of work to be done.

      I’d love to hear your thoughts on this further if you are happy to give them.

      -Jess x

      • Rebecca Nokes January 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

        Hi Jess, well as a service user who employs a PA for personal and social care I would say that if a disabled person happened to be a naturist then their lifestyle should be taken into account when employing staff. Obviously, we’re not asking them to become compliant in the activity but to enable the individual to facilitate their lifestyle is key to the argument here. I’m not sure how forthcoming and open-minded people are but I’d suggest that if a potential PA wasn’t comfortable with such issues then they’re not worth employing anyway.

        As for access issues, this is a constant struggle anyway for the disabled community and defines what further disables them (according to the Social Model). Therefore, it’s imperative that we get this across to any lifestyle based community so that they’re made aware of making events as inclusive as possible. The same goes for everyone I’d say, we need to make accessibility a central part of decision making instead of it being a mere afterthought. Once we get used to taking issues such as these into consideration then it no longer appears to be something that we don’t take into account. It’s changes like this in terms of altering mindsets that means disability becomes ‘acceptable’ and a ‘normal’ part of life instead of something to be shunned and ignored.

        I guess the argument has come full circle, understanding acceptance, challenging stereotypes and discrimination along with embracing the unknown. xxx

  23. Chris Moody January 14, 2012 at 1:14 am #

    I saw this show talked about on Twitter, however it seems the link to the over seas version of the show is not currently available. Was it taken down? or something else?

  24. Simon January 14, 2012 at 2:02 am #

    Thought the documentary was brilliant! Re-affirmed my belief in naturism and being naked. I would love to get to meet some of you and help change peoples perceptions about being naked. I think what you guys are doing can really inspire people with both complex issues to become more confident and happy about how they look. The Tea Party you threw looked like such fun. I am a young naturist based in Kent and would love to meet up with like minded people. Keep up the good work. Please do get in contact :o)

  25. kevitivity January 14, 2012 at 2:12 am #

    Honestly, the most objectionable thing about this blog is the food. Vegan!?! Yuck!

  26. Adrian January 14, 2012 at 2:49 am #

    I loved the show and it has made me think about getting naked – really like the idea of skinny dipping!

    I understand why you are a little dissatisfied with the title but if it hooked in more viewers then perhaps it was for the best?

    The comments made about the “conventionally attractive” fronting the campaign I don’t think you can criticise as they hadn’t watched the rest of the show and were not aware of the background to what you were doing. It was also a valid point of view considering the standard media portrayal of attractiveness. It was clear from the show that Alex and Daryl were beautiful on the inside as well as the outside so as the audience we could see that the comments were not well founded but could understand the point of view of those making them – so no fault all round.

    Perhaps we are all worried about whether our internal beauty will be visible to others if we are not sociable or articulate enough to put it across and so rely on hiding behind clothes, silence, conformity, etc. I guess that the group dynamic you have provides you all with greater encouragement and confidence to deal with that and get through it. This is perhaps a good angle for yourselves and the YBN/BN to take to encourage newcomers.

    It is not obvious to me really why political activism and nakedness are connected and perhaps not everyone needs to connect the two things. Neither do I understand the connection between being a vegan and being naked, although the vegan diet appears to make one attractive, intelligent and thoughtful … if how the TV show portrayed your group is anything to go by :-)

    Food and political preferences are free choices as is the choice to be naked so you have my support all the way but personally I would prefer to keep all three independent of each other to prevent exclusivity.

    With your new found fame I suspect you will be targetted by those seeking to subvert for their own causes so please be careful and try not to be influenced such people.

    • radicalrabbit January 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      I guess there really isnt much of a link between being naked and being vegan, its just the choices about the food we eat and how we treat animals which is largely incidental. On a couple of occasions we have been compared to PETA, which ran an ad campaign with sexy ladies saying “we would rather go naked than wear fur” which we thought was on the whole pretty sexist.

      We do think that all bodies are political, in line with the feminist concept of the personal being political. Not only are our bodies politicised by what we choose to do with them (work, play, protest, strike, etc.) but also they are often the battleground of a lot of political struggles (skin colour and racism, breast-feeding and moralism, eating disorders and the unrealistic expectations of beauty, ad campaigns and airbrushing, etc). Above and beyond that, largely because of the medias sexualisation and sensationalisation of the naked body, they get a lot of attention. A lot of groups do naked protests in order to catch the eye of the media, or portray a message about people being vulnerable as a result of cuts to benefits, etc. I dont think we would be getting anywhere near as much airtime if we werent naked!

      Jessx

  27. Simon January 14, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    I’m in Southampton and wanted to say that you have all inspired me to start up a nude vegetarian/vegan cooking group! So glad I have joined your blog! I think it’s great what you are all doing. You all came across really well in the tv show. I will be checking your events pages as I plan to come up to them in the future. Naked high fives all around to you all!
    Simon :)

    • radicalrabbit January 14, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

      Hey Simon, keep in touch and let us know how it how it goes! If you have any recipes you want to share feel free to send them and we will get them up on the blog :) Jess x

      • Sime January 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

        Will do Jess! Hope you are all having a great nude weekend and eating lots of yummy veggie dishes! :)

  28. Bob January 14, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    Just watched the show on 4OD. That Darren was insufferable and represented the real smug exhibitionist side of nudism that many people often associate it with. However, Luke, Alex and particularly Jess came accross as intelligent thought-provoking people, more interested in the philosophy and politics behind it and the bigger picture. I suppose Molly represented the ‘average person’ although I ended up skipping through a lot of her pointless screentime in the end. Anyway congrats to the Naked Vegan Cooking team for being the highlight of the show!

  29. Hazel January 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I loved it you guys inpire me so much! Keep it up! :)

  30. Hawnby January 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    I really enjoyed the programme and thought you all came over well.
    Sadly I am no longer in the right age bracket to join you, but you have my full support and Ijust wish the climate for change had been better when I was a teenager
    I was particulary impressed with the way Alex handle the police situation ,calm and with a lot of reasoned control.(It just amazing how ignorant of the Law the police seem to be)

    • radicalrabbit January 14, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      There are no age limits here! :)

  31. Hugh Dower January 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    I don’t know if you got a posting I attempted to put on your facebook page, but it contained a scan of a letter I had published in H&E magazine in september 2007 which I thought would be of interest to you. You can find it on the “World Naked Bike Ride York 2012″ facebook page. Best wishes, Hugh.

    • radicalrabbit January 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      dont think we got it? do you want to email it to us – email address is on the “submit recipes” page.

  32. Over the hill January 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I thought the organised naturists were way to pushy, desparate almost for new members. Whereas your approach was 100% better the difference between inclusive & exclusive I suppose & I know which I prefer well done and keep doing what you are doing

  33. duncan Heenan January 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    For a group of people who purport to campaigning against the concept to body image obsession, you all seemsed to be a bit over concerned with your own body images. Why all the business about waxing off body hair for example?
    Darryl (I know he’s not striclty one of your group) gave the impression that naturism is all about ‘hav9ing fun’ in a hedonistic, partying way. To me it is all about just living your normal life, but without clothes when they are not necessary. In this sense, I think he veered too far towards the idea that naturism is a hobby or activity, rather than a lifestyle. In this he was actually aligning himself with the club based fudd-duddies. He also did his own image no favours by being late for the BN EC (when the TV cameras were expected !) meeting due to oversleeping from too much drink. If he is taken as a role model of young naturism, I have my doubts!

    • radicalrabbit January 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

      I think the philosophy of “live and let live” is a good way of looking at things. No-one is completely unconcerned with the way they look. I style my hair, buy clothes that I think suit me, shave and occasionally wear the odd bit of eyeliner to mix things up a bit. Darryl has his balls waxed. Both of these things are completely fine, whatever makes you happy and more comfortable in your own skin is OK. As long as you recognise that having body hair/different clothes/no clothes/different shapes and sizes is equally alright.

      The problem is that the media often promotes unrealistic ideals of beauty. Most ad’s have pictures that don’t even resemble to model who sat for them because they are so heavily airbrushed and altered. This means that a lot of people think that they cant be comfortable/attractive/sexy if they dont look like the adverts – and yet no-one looks like the adverts!

      • Alex January 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

        Personally I am quite anti the whole waxed and buffed thing. Choice is good, but if you happen to be ‘choosing’ to do the things that capitalism/patriarchy is dictating to you then it’s probably good to ask yourself why you’re really doing it! Eg. ‘choosing’ to wear make-up or shave your legs, as a woman…

        I think the distaste for body hair may well come from porn culture, and although everyone should be free to do whatever they want with their body, I find when you’re aligning yourself with mainstream porn ideals, it’s probably a good idea to challenge yourself to make an alternative choice!

  34. John January 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    Excellent prog! I do think the “two girls” and laura above (not LauraBax) missed the point that it is our own perception of our bodies, our self image, and the fear of criticism (though understandable) that needs addressing. They are effectively penalising Alex for having overcome, at least in part, her fears, and she certainly shouldn’t be criticised for encouraging others to challenge society’s warped view of how people “should” look. Sadly Jess is correct when he closes by saying (more or less) that it’s “lose/lose” – the critics will carry on criticising come what may!

  35. paul January 14, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    What an interesting documentary and it is good that naturism is being promoted to the younger generation as it encourages respect for everyone whatever size,shape or colour they may be.I was surprised to see the policeman ordering the young lady to put her top on as i didnt think topless was an offence(can anyone enlighten me on that one).

  36. Joe January 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Just want to say I enjoyed the show the other night and thought you all came across really well. Very jealous of your lifestyle, wish I had more open minded friends willing to try something similar.

    Are there any plans for another naked art show or any other naked events? I’d love to attend one :)

    • radicalrabbit January 15, 2012 at 12:14 am #

      We have a couple of events in the pipeline, but at the moment they are secret! (they are way too awesome to announce before we know for sure they can happen) the best way of finding out about stuff is to either follow the blog or join the NVC events mailing list which you can find a link to on our abouts page I think.

  37. Paul Hamer January 15, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    I saw the programme and was reminded of myself at your age, I still can’t comprehend all the negativity associated with nakedness. It’s how we all came into the world and I love being naked, It’s just that now when I’m in my birthday suit it looks like it needs ironing, I would walk round town naked if I thought I could avoid arrest, I’m not one for sun worship but am just more confident wearing nothing, I even earn money by posing for art groups and due to my unconventional shape (I was a very fat person, who has lost the weight – described as looking like a cushion with some of the stuffing removed). I believe we should enjoy nakedness in our own way and would shy away from formally organised events. I tend to find negativity to nakedness comes from 2 main different camps from the prudes including religious groups and the vain who object to anyone who hasn’t what they class as an ideal body shape. I fear that in future there will probably be more objections to nudity especially from religious groups. May I wish you all A Happy Nude Year.

  38. Jen January 15, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    i met mollie from the documentary at uni (i’ve just finished watching it), if you guys ever do events in london i am so there!!! i’m going to post a link to this, the documentary and your facebook and twitter onto my blog (fellinlovewithagrrl.tumblr.com, it’s a feminist blog, i follow a lot of body posi blogs/vegans also so i know that people would be interested in this project!) before i go to sleep because it’s 2am and i shouldn’t really be on the internet at this hour with work the next day!
    keep up the body positivity you guys are great!! xxx

    • radicalrabbit January 15, 2012 at 11:44 am #

      love yr blog :)

  39. Steve January 15, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Well done guys, being part of any kind of media “coverage” (no pun intended) of naturism/nudity is inherrently risky but on balance I thought this programme was positive and you all came out of it very well.

    One question. How much was cut from the confrontation with our friends in blue? I thought you let him off lightly :-) I was a bit disappointed with the YBN guy. I thought he would have been better prepared for possible challenges from the law enforcement community. Say what you will about the British Naturism organisation, being part of it may not be for everyone but they are a great source of information and advice about your rights when choosing to be socially and publicly naked.

    In any event, congrats again and good luck wih future events.

    • radicalrabbit January 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      Alex would probably be best to answer as when all the excitement was happening I was stuck in a lecture…
      Jess x

    • Alex January 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      I didn’t push it further than what you saw on the documentary, as it was our first event that evening and I didn’t want to be arrested! Don’t know what would have happened if I’d made more of a fuss but that didn’t seem like the right moment to do so! Would definitely do it again and fight my corner next summer.

      • mark e January 17, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

        As a citizen of the U.S., I’m just amazed that Alex was able to stand and talk calmly and rationally with that police officer as long as she did! Though he did not back down on his insistence that she put her top back on, he did acquiesce to her reasoning about the issue being one of decency. Despite ideological disagreement, the encounter appeared quite civil!

        Around this country things seem quite different. Perhaps my view is unfairly one-sided, but in my country I have not observed or experienced the capacity to stand and talk calmly, civilly, or rationally with a police officer who is on duty. Instead what I observe and experience is that if an officer detains someone, he or she does not treat that person as a fellow human being but rather as a problem and a danger to be subdued and dominated. There is a forceful talking down to the person. There is an air of treating that person as stupid or imbecile. And there is a constant implication in the voice, manner, and demands of the officer that if the detained individual does not comply immediately, physical coercion will come swiftly and mercilessly. I assume this is due to the training police officers receive. Perhaps it is also due in part to the type of individual who is naturally drawn to become a police officer in the first place. It also may be one of those situations where the person in power psychologically tends to eventually relish lording control over others.

        Or maybe I am incorrect and biased in my assertions.

        But I can say this … I felt phenomenally different walking past and interacting with officers of the law during the week that I spent in Canada a few years ago than I ever have in my own country. Outside of the U.S. the police officers seemed casual, friendly, and helpful. They were even open to a joke and a smile. Here? The police seem filled with malice, unfriendly, unsmiling, unable to be spoken to. It’s chilling, really. I avoid the police at all costs. It’s a sad thing, isn’t it, when those entrusted with keeping the peace seem so at odds with peace.

        I’m finished ranting.

        At any rate, nicely done Alex, pressing for the right to be treated as equal and doing so while keeping a level head about you!

      • radicalrabbit January 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

        I think the presence of a camera crew made a big difference!

  40. jack January 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    Hey just watched the program, Was really well done and positive congratulations for being aa part of it and representing younger people trying to get better with their body issues etc.
    Im across in leeds but signed onto the events mailing so maybe see you sometime
    jack

  41. willgolden January 16, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    Well done Jess
    ……and also everyone else up there in cray-naked Manc who helped the show. .

    ZKK are genuine people with respect for whichever subject they cover. They are, apart from Trini & Suzanna (The Great British Body), the first TV production team to cast naturism in a poz light.

    They are now trying to feature me in a programme. I would normally say “no”, reticently. I am for specific personal reasons scurred of public exposure (literally). But they have made me feel, well, almost important whilst at the same time well cool. I am sure you got the same aura from their presence.

    Stressy though! Weren’t you when they turned on the cams?

    I was there at Abbey House Gardens, the second time, and had the real cred of being Alex’s escort around the place. (No.1 on my all time female naturist companions list of…. errr… one!) Am I being sexist when I say I would take up any lifestyle that had Alex n Mollie for members?

    What really wired me about the programme was how it showed that naturism as not just a warm weather pastime for retirement homes in the southeast. What you did amped that, coz naturism is craving more INDOOR nudist activities for the winter.

    You guys were the most laid-back people in the prog. I was hung on your “meat on view, but no meat eaten” event. (Sorry I couldn’t resist that, lol!) It ranked up naturism apart from its own profile, insofar as it placed our hood way out of bounds for the dumbass porn-hunters; hitting instead on the sophisticated level of diet and nutrition.

    I have a couple of skanky videos on the subject you may find ….errrmm, interestingly embarrassing (?) in a “Cooking Clothes-free for Caravans” series. They were taken on a 6-y-o camphone but the soundtracks are awesome, I insist (Banco de Gaia and Silversun Pickups)! Check them out!
    http://vimeo.com/24166523
    http://vimeo.com/24165995

    As you can see, I am not Vegan, but I do swear by QUINOA, SQUASH and BEANS (Las Tres Marias), the healthy immune system-boosting diet that gave the Incas a life expectancy of up to 90 years. (They died very ugly!) This pretty much cured me of M.E. in 2 months!

    Try bringing Quinoa in on your scene. It’s tasteless but you’ll never sneeze again!

    Oh, another thing! My next job, if I can get up off my visibly lazy butt, is to set up some night out venues for YBN (I have one already, yay!) which I was working on in touch with Daryl. Course, I am fenced in in the south so maybe later on you can lend a hand further north.

    Has there ever been a Vegan Disco? Duhhhhh!

    Hugz,
    Will Golden

    • radicalrabbit January 16, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

      Hey Will

      thanks for your lovely comments – those videos are great! Love the soundtrack (just needs a drumbeat!)
      we have a huuuuge bag of quinoa downstairs, we which havent cooked with for ages. Might try and get something on the blog, in your honour.

      Luke and I are potentially working on a naked clubnight, but its not anywhere near being organised yet. I’d be interested in what your plans are…?

      Jess x

  42. Charlotte January 17, 2012 at 2:15 am #

    Just wanted to say thank you for all that your doing, I would consider myself very body conscious and although I know I would enjoy the thrill and freedom of getting naked, I can’t see myself achieving it in public and time soon. Your positivity will certainly help girls like me try to become comfortable with the skin we’re in!

  43. Caggers January 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    You guys are brilliant! I saw you on C4 and now I’ll definitely be trying out some naked recipes, in the nip ofcourse!! Keep it up you’re all beautiful! I’m going to keep up with your facebook page and hopefully try to make an event to pop my ‘naked in public’ cherry! xxx

  44. mark e January 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm #

    Really enjoyed the documentary! I was especially impacted when Jess talked about not necessarily feeling confident about his body. He mentioned how he found it weird that so many people look to him as someone who is confident, but in fact, he still has his doubts, issues, and insecurities. And yet who do we see leading the charge by example—both physically and intellectually? Why, Jess! Well done, sir! You’re an embodiment of the phrase, “Feel the fear and do it anyway!” I wish there were not an ocean separating me from the positive events you’ve got brewing over there…

    • radicalrabbit January 17, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

      *blushes* thanks :)

  45. Angie January 17, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Hello from the Southwest mountains of Virginia in the USA! Just watched you on the show. My 14 year old daughter actually came across it and I thought I would watch it first before letting her. You are correct that it wasn’t as political as it should have been. But it was enlightening. I’m a nudist myself when my children aren’t home. Body image is something that needs to be addressed both in the private and political arenas, especially when the media puts such a stigma on having the perfect body. And while my daughter is 5′ 7″ and a size 3, she is always telling me how beautiful I am which makes me feel wonderful (I’m a size 18). Keep up the good work and I look forward to trying some of your recipes!

  46. Michael B. January 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I watched it on the catch up thing and was impressed with channel 4′s non censorship of the (male!) subject/ member. In my student house in the 70′s I enjoyed being nude and showing my body off to other clothed men in a non sexual way.

    I certainly found I got female guests coming round for a good look.

    I too used to try to envelop it in the politic- but at the end of the day I think we all just like getting our bodies out and sharing gods gifts and thankfully mine is a bit of a bigger gift than most!

    I suppose if straight men can have ‘babestation’ we can have programmes like this one. Well done channel 4 for a bit of me time.

    • radicalrabbit January 18, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

      Whats babestation…?

    • Sandy Manly January 23, 2012 at 1:04 am #

      Exactly! What a lovely show of penises. Gay tv… At it’s best .. can’t believe they beat the censor… god bless channel 4. Why can’t nudists get into their heads gay men drool over your cock. Wonderful. Why not just come out???

      • Sandy Manly January 23, 2012 at 1:09 am #

        I’ve just looked at the credits …..all women. Boo, wanted more gay men. But the women did a good job of showing cock. Fair play.

      • Duncan Heenan January 23, 2012 at 10:22 am #

        What a pity that this thread is being taken over by idiotic gay trolls. It seems that some people just can’t see something pure and leave it undefiled. Rather like the way naturist beaches get turned in to gay cruising grounds too often.

      • Mike January 23, 2012 at 10:59 am #

        I am sad to see the trolls who mess up these threads. Though i dont want to sterotype gays as causing problems on these sites and beaches. My best buddy is a lesbian, and I have many guy friends. They are just like you and me, they want places that they can relax, not get hounded and enjoy life. Just a few bad apples ruin it for all

  47. graham morrissey January 19, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    i watched the documentary yesterday having recorded it as i was not able to see it when it aired and must congratulate you all on a great outlook on nudism. I was brought up nudist on the beaches of france by my parents and as a 42year old male have continued to be nudist all my life. my wife-to-be-in-july is 29 and is also nudist and we spend as much time as we choose naked at home and we also have a property at Vera Playa in southern Spain where we spend most of the summer. For those that dont know, Vera Playa is one of europes largest free nudist areas in europe. As and when kids pop along they too will be brought up to be free and confident about their bodies and enjoy an all over tan. Play naked, its fun! carry on the good work.

  48. Mike January 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Hello,
    I had just watched the documentary few days ago after few at nudist park I am member of recommend watching it. Overall I felt documentary wasnt to bad, but it could have been much improved. I would have liked to hear more about the political aspects of what groups are for. Case in point world naked bike ride which I have done and I know one of the cocreators of the movement. Likewise, though its what documentary is about, they really didnt focus on what younger generation really wants to do nude and real problems clubs are having.

  49. Jamie January 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    About, My Daughter the Teenage Nudist, I noticed in the program alot of people saying it isn’t a sexual thing, but i think that it’s natural to see a naked girl and see it in a sexual way. So I think it’s not a good idea to be a nudist if you dont want people to see you and be turned on by it and i think no one under 18 should be doing it nither. I do think if a guy can be topless a girl should be able to as well.

  50. Tom Healy-USA January 30, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    To Alex Luke and Jess- I am first off an older man (51) have been enjoying going clothes free since i was about 13 my first time skinny dipping. I was able to see the Documentry online …I’m from the USA and it was awesome as were the three of you I’ve checked out your web site via a link included on the site i got to see the program from and although I’m not a vegan some of your recipes do sound delicious and i plan to try them , i just have to figure out how to convert your celsius temps to Farenhiet for my oven i never was good at math so i am gonna google it. One last thing I felt I had to send you kudos and let you know when i heard some of the negative comments people were leaving on your blog I got pissed off I don’t know why I have no personal stake in things, I guess at 51 I’m finally growing up. Oh, and Jess your body image is just fine so eat some pasta will you kid?

  51. babysparkle January 31, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    ‘I think the distaste for body hair may well come from porn culture, and although everyone should be free to do whatever they want with their body, I find when you’re aligning yourself with mainstream porn ideals, it’s probably a good idea to challenge yourself to make an alternative choice!’ Hmm… well, i’m male – imo there is nothing wrong with being properly groomed – especially if you claim the right to bear all in public.Removal of pubic/axillary hair is not an hommage to porn as you put it; it actually diminishes the genital focus that is attendant with development of secondary sexual characteristics. The body looks far more balanced, aesthetic and natural without it, and of course it is way more hygienic. The course of human evolution and the wearing of clothes has largely rendered body hair redundant – we are becoming ever more naked over time. Removal of body hair is merely acknowledgement of this inevitable truth and helps us better celebrate the human form.

    • Richard Schillig January 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

      On me, personally I hate body hair. So I have no body hair, my choice. Absolutely Nothing to do with porn. Some women like body hair and some hate it. Some like some body hair. The same goes for men. Why does sex and porn have to always be dragged in?

      In Roman times it was normal to have all body hair removed with tweezers on a regular basis, and that was for both sexes….ouch

      • Duncan Heenan January 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

        I think you’ll find that ancient Roman statues (and Greek ones) of nudes usually show body hair on men at least, so I am not convinced that its removal was ‘normal’ for men.

      • babysparkle February 2, 2012 at 12:51 am #

        Agree… From 4,000 to 3,000 BC, women removed body hair with home-grown depilatory creams made from a combination of ingredients such as arsenic and quicklime. The practice of pubic hair removal goes back to the dawn of civilization. To early Egyptians, a smooth and hairless body was the standard of beauty. This first gained total acceptance when it was practiced by the wife of Farao; afterwards, every upper class Egyptian woman made sure there was not a single hair on her body with the exception of her head. They used primitive depilatory creams and a form of waxing that utilized a sticky emulsion of oil and honey – the forerunner of what we now call “sugaring.”
        The Greeks adopted the ideal of smoothness, capturing it over and again in their sculpture. Ancient Greek sculptures of women are universally clean-shaven, whereas the sculptures of men have pubic hair. The Greeks believed that a smooth, hairless body exemplified youth and beauty.
        In “Sexual Life in Ancient Greece”, Hans Licht describes how the Greeks disapproved of women with pubic hair… It was considered a sign of class distinction and subsequently all upper-class women practiced pubic hair removal, as did many women of the lesser classes.
        The Romans also disapproved of pubic hair; young girls began removing it as soon as the first hair appeared. They used tweezers, which they called the “volsella” as well as a kind of depilatory cream called the “philotrum” or “dropax” which was sometimes made with bryonia and foreshadowed modern depilatory creams. Waxing with resin or pitch was also used to depilate. Furthermore, the practice of pubic hair removal wasn’t unique to Rome – it was practiced in even the most remote parts of the empire. Julius Caesar (101-44 BC) writes that, “The Britons shave every part of their body except their head and upper lip.” It is reported that Poppaea, wife of the Roman Emperor Nero, used depilatory creams to remove unwanted body hair daily.
        Islam also has a long history of pubic hair removal. According to the Sunnah, every adult Muslim, as a part of keeping his/her body clean, should remove the hair from his pubic area and armpits. The hair may be removed through any method that one feels comfortable with.
        The returning Crusaders (1096-1270) brought the practice back to Europe. In many European castles built between 1200 and 1600 AD, a special room was constructed where the ladies of the court could gather to shave. During the Renaissance, the practice of pubic hair removal flourished. Sixteenth and seventeenth century artists portrayed women as having little or no pubic hair. The work of Rubens, whose models typified the ideal in feminine beauty at the time, most dramatically reveals this.
        So it would appear to be more to do with cultural practices… worldwide and across the ages: agree with Richard – why does sex/porn have to get dragged into everything; especially when it is clearly of so little relevance? If one considers body hair undesirable; then you have the right to remove it without being ridiculed, as if you are somehow not of sound mind – or unwittingly is not your decision. Otherwise this fundamentally undermines the whole idea of social nudity; which is surely about tolerance and acceptance towards all.

      • Richard Schillig February 2, 2012 at 1:39 am #

        babysparkle

        Many thanks for the the insight very interesting and informative.

        Richard

  52. smophiebottom January 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    I think you guys are amazing and truely inspirational.
    What you do is so nautral and free.
    Ignore haters.
    And keep up the nude cooking! :)

  53. Mark Morris February 1, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    A message for Alex. I watched the program yesterday on 4od and woke up with a weird idea. Tried to get to sleep and couldn’t so I thought I would post and see if that did the trick. Can’t decide whether the idea is great or really stupid, but… have you thought of a career as the Brian Cox of maths? I thought you came over really well – cooler on your TV debut with your top off in Manchester City Centre than that Rachel Riley after several seasons of Countdown and an hour of wardrobe, hair and make up. STEM subjects need a cool, popularising evangelist. Just a thought. Hopefully I will now be able to sleep.

  54. paige pearce February 6, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    Just watched you guys on channel 4, you are an inspiration to young people world wide and i think its beautiful what you are doing. Just have fun and dont worry about people who are hating.

  55. Phill Griffiths February 15, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I have just seen the channel 4 program featuring your blog and I felt compelled to comment and congratulate you guys. What a wonderful promotion of possitive body image and healthy living. As a young naturist myself I find it so refreshing to see a group of young people promoting healthy values in such a way. thank you.

  56. Gary July 25, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Hi Jess & friends :-)

    Found it all very interesting & completely harmless, expressing yourself naked is cool, I have been naked a few times myself & found it very invigorating indeed.

    Not too sure about BBQ cooking in de buff giving the potential for burning ones parts however I am very at home with it all.

    Having recently appeared on “come dine with me” I can’t imagine they would have let me cook everyone’s meals naked however there is always next time. :-)
    I am currently in the process of organising a skinny dip for a great local charity.
    We have the potential to break a world record so once I get the date set how would you all like to come along I have a great potential crowd already ?

    Good health to you all

    Regards

    Gary :-)

    • radicalrabbit July 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

      Let us know when it is! :)

  57. Imogen Thomas July 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Just saw the documentary and was so happy to discover you guys! You managed to get across the vegan message as well as naturist and feminist views, which is great. Reading this, I wish everything you mentioned had made the cut- you have a brilliant message, open minds and the strength to challenge how society conditions us to be. After watching the documentary, I really wondered how people can really be so phobic of the human body; the fear is completely a human construction and it seems crazy how nudity could possibly be offensive! I’m 17, vegan and feminist and I can’t tell you how great it is to see people that share my views, so thank you for what you’re doing. <3

  58. SG1 August 25, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Diversity for its own sake is tokenism. If diversity doesn’t happen naturally, you’re not the problem, they are.

  59. free-weight bodyweight September 1, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Firefox.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you
    know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the issue solved soon.
    Thanks

  60. lyndon October 7, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    Brilliant program, its certainly got me thinking, i can imagine its such a great feeling going naked with others (would love to try it, just dont have the balls to try it). I guess its one of those things that once you have done it you dont think twice about doing it again and again. Though I have got to say that the people that looked most self conscious were those that were clothed on the “clothes optional events” – I dont think i could have sat there with clothes on. Anyway if the world was naked it would be a much better place (how could you get angry with someone when you are both naked).

  61. Dan October 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Saw the documentary and thought you guys were great. You came across well and you have a good message. Good for you.

  62. Simon Hardman December 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    Hi there we will be running a clothing optional venue in Glastonbury fest this year and would love to talk to you all about working there .we like the way you come a cross and would like to team up for the summer as there are other festivals we are trying to get in .with you liking art food and being naked it would work well .think you could find what you are looking for

  63. Clare Powell February 12, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    I think you’re all inspiring :) Definately going to make me think twice about when I do / don’t wear clothes if I don’t have to :)

  64. jez February 12, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    Inspiring stuff guys,totally with you. The naked rambler got arrested near here a few months ago…so crap! We are forsed to wear clothes yet thesun continues page three !. hohipocritical how i get involved with any events?

  65. claire marie February 12, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    Thought the show was fantastic. I have always had to deal with major issues with my body, and it is such a shame that people waste so much time worrying about other peoples perceptions. It’s ludicrous.
    Personally, I thought it was beautifulful and I now want to take my clothes off.
    We are all perfectly imperfect and should learn to embrace our bodies.

  66. Emily February 12, 2013 at 1:37 am #

    Just watched the doc. I heard nothing about it before hand and came across it by chance. I truely think it is amazing how you are all so young and so liberated by your bodies and are willing to pubicise your beliefs, even if they were diluted for general viewing. Amazing, and inspiring.

  67. Graham Grace February 12, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    It is great to see youngsters with such a positive outlook on naturism and becoming more positive about themselves. As a short, fat, old bloke who used to be a short, slightly plump, young bloke,, I wish I’d had their confidence in my youth. All the best to you, stick with your convictions and spread the word.

  68. DARRIN February 14, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    Watching it “Darryl” was going on about how we should not be offended or embarrassed by our bodies……..BUT! Darryl you ARE! as hair is natural on a man, yet you have a sack, back and crack mate………and waxing is NOT natural!

  69. Katy Watkiss February 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi there,
    I just want to say that you what you are doing is a fantastic thing and it is very inspiring. Although I haven’t got the guts to go naked myself, I admire you, keep up the fantastic work xx

  70. aquillasorensen August 21, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    The title of the docco made me watch it for all the wrong reasons (I’m female and under 20) but I’m glad I did, the stuff you guys are doing with was really positive and cool to watch! Thank you for doing the thing, keep doing your things.

  71. lolapassola September 14, 2013 at 12:31 am #

    I’ve already left a comment on one of your recipes by mistake as I wanted to respond to the c4 prog. I’ve just realised it was probably originally screened ages ago. Anyway, I thought the political, feminist aspect of your nakedness as a response to all the negative, bullying stuff we have to deal with, came across really well. I’m inspired to try and be more confident naked, and as veggie, I will now check out some of your recipes. Brilliant work.xx

    • radicalrabbit September 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      Thanks!

  72. Sampyon September 14, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    you are amazing guys!!! Love you all :)

  73. Joseph February 11, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    Just watched my daughter the teenage nudist. I think you guys are great! I want to take my clothes off!! Thank you for opening my mind. J xxxxxxx

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