Why A Nudecentric Blog?


From time to time, I get asked the same question, Why do you write a blog about nudity? My gut response to that query is the urge to retort, Why not? But I remember my manners and instead offer a brief summary of why I compose nude while writing a blog about my life and perceptions as an active social nudist. A year and a half after offering A Guy Without Boxers, I guess it’s time I give an explanation here as well. Before I discuss the naked aspect of my online journalism, I’ll give a background sketch of my blogging story.

I blog because I basically like to write. I know that I’m far from being what anyone considers an actual author; but composition is something that I’ve always enjoyed. For the better part of my life, I’ve always kept a diary, a daily record of activities, events, functions and thoughts. So, when blogging became popular, maybe ten years ago, it was a natural move for me to consider the possibility. It wasn’t until almost four years later, in 2008, that I actually began to publicly post online.

The hesitation was due to deciding on a theme or purpose for what I share. I didn’t want to haphazardly offer ideas and opinions on a variety of unrelated topics. I had read enough of those types of blogs to know that wasn’t for me. Then, in 2008, I happened upon a website that addressed queer nudism issues and featured an open blog concerning gay social nudity. I immediately knew I’d found the subject that fit both my interest and my life.

RogerPixTexting      Mobile blogging, 2012

I became a regular contributor to this site’s blog for approximately a year, until the owner decided he could no longer afford the financial obligation. A friend then suggested that I begin my own blog via a social nudist network. I participated again for almost a year, until the administrators began to restrict gaycentric nudist content as contrary to the ideals of wholesome clothes-free values.

In January, 2010, I started my own independent blog site using a different publishing medium. This was fine for almost two years then the location introduced program, cost and format changes that I found very user-unfriendly and cumbersome. In November, 2012, I created  A Guy Without Boxers through WordPress.

Why write about nudity? Why gay nudity? Well, it’s what I know, based on first-hand experience. I am a same gender loving man who happens to be both an active social nudist and one who’s more likely than not, naked at home. The reasons that I share my nude experiences and write from a nudist perspective are essentially two-fold. One is awareness and community-building, the other, is educational outreach.

ROGERbloggingOutsideNetbook blogging, 2013

The community-building nature of  my blogging is fairly self-explanatory. I hope to enable other same gender loving naturist/nudist men to realize that we are an integral, vibrant part of the GLBT culture and that we are not alone. A safe, inclusive, nonjudgmental space where we can all be our true selves. I occasionally meet people who are genuinely surprised to discover that there are other gay men, besides themselves, who really appreciate living naked as much as possible. I feel an accessible online journal, with no fees, membership requirements or other restrictions, is the best tool for this purpose.

There exists within the broader society, particularly in the United States, a great amount of misinformation and myths regarding nudity in general and especially same gender loving nudism. These misconceptions are mirrored within the GLBT population as well. Too often, this results in negative attitudes towards gay social nudity that lead to derision, marginalization and stereotyping. Many people, whether same gender loving, dual gender loving or opposite gender loving, view clothes-free socialization simply as a license for unrestrained sexual escapades when, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

Through blogging, I try to offer an insight into the life of a gay nudist. It’s really nothing glamorous, spectacular or hyper-sexual. Aaron and I are just like most average people, we go to work, we observe the world around us, we pay bills. We deal with extended family issues while balancing friends, family, volunteer commitments and the plethora of daily dramas that always manage to intrude into our lives.  We strive to experience a healthy social life and simultaneously devote time to each other to strengthen our relationship. The only difference between our life and the lives of others is that whenever possible, we’re not wearing anything except our award-winning smiles or our devious grins.

Why blog about nudity? Basically, to put a human face on the idea of gay social nudity. Using  A Guy Without Boxers for what it essentially is, a communication tool, as an instrument of change to dispel the false concepts many people hold about nudism. Over the past year and a half, readers and fellow same gender loving bloggers have commented that this blog has altered their views on living clothes-free. Knowing that I’ve helped to make a difference in the worldview of others makes all the effort here worthwhile.


Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Happy Earth Day, 2014!


Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, 2014. Earth Day is an awareness campaign to encourage/remind us all to become better stewards of both our planet and our environment. If we don’t begin to care and support this home that we all share, then we, as a species, need to prepare to suffer the consequences of  our inaction and indifference.

For me, every day is Earth Day. I don’t need to have a designated date and planned event to enable me to be environmentally responsible. It’s automatic. I have enough respect for myself, my fellow humans (both clothed and clothes-free) and for nature that I really want to do the “right thing.”

It’s no major undertaking. The simple act of cleaning up after a day in the sun is a major contribution towards helping preserve our habitat. That’s how I was taught so it really is a “no-brainer.”  Why be rude and leave a pile of trash for someone else? My garbage is no one’s problem except my own.


There are several other earth-friendly and people-friendly efforts that we can use in our hectic lives that allow us to eliminate excessive waste. Recycle as much as possible. Re-use it before we throw it away. Aaron and I have easily adopted this practice into our home life without any special hassles.

Plastic items are a particular concern for the both of us. It is not biodegradable and clutters landfills. We’ve stopped buying plastic bottles of water to carry with us when we go out. Instead, we have aluminum beverage containers that we fill with water and take with us. It makes no difference whether it’s for the commute to work (using public transport) or for a day at a clothing-optional beach (using private vehicles), we’ve reduced the expense and the number of empty plastic bottles from our lives.

Tired of all those plastic bags accumulating in cabinets and shelves? We now use canvas totes when we go to market, pharmacy or other shopping outings. These we store under the seats in our cars when not in use. We even carry one folded in our backpacks when on mass transit.


Aaron and I both are social nudist practitioners (no surprise to anyone who reads here). We’re clothes-free when at home and frequently entertain our friends who are the same. Most of the time, when we go out socially, it’s usually for a nude function. This lifestyle enables us to seriously reduce the amount of laundry we need to clean.

Our nakedness affords us the luxury of enhancing our quality of life. It helps the environment by reducing the number of times required for the washing of clothes. There’s less detergent being recycled into the groundwater supply and less generated energy necessary to operate our appliances. Living nude (as much as legally possible) is gentle and kind to Mother Nature.

The added fringe benefit from a no clothing existence is in our personal lives. The household task load is lessened by having fewer garments that need laundering. There’s more time available for leisurely pursuits, either individually or as a couple. This is a special bonus for both Aaron, myself and the health and success of our relationship.

Too often in our modern society, environmentalists are characterized as a lunatic element and ridiculed as “tree-huggers.” Personally, I find nothing wrong  with having household bills delivered electronically and paperless. If it saves a tree, what’s the harm? Ultimately, every tree that’s allowed to grow is good for all of us.

I welcome the observance of Earth Day for the awareness, educational, developmental and outreach opportunities it provides. Knowledge empowers us all. Every small step towards conserving our limited resources is one step in the right direction. The more involved we become, the greater our rewards.

There’s an Ethiopian proverb that offers: When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion. In other words, working together, we can make this a reality.

Celebrate Earth Day, 2014! Whether you’re naked or clothed, please join me in practicing the principles of Earth Day, every day!



For information on Earth Day, click here

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Who’s Naked? Who’s Nude?


Are they naked or are they nude?

My blogging buddy and fellow nudist Alex, author of the online diary, Happy Bare, recently offered a post that explored the different views on labels held by the culture of nudity. The article covered the various perceptions and stereotypes within the clothes-free community on the terms “naturist” and “nudist.” The title, Happy Bare Naked Naturist Nudists Or Not(click to view), sums up the topic perfectly. It is a brief and humorous discussion of a war-of-identity that has plagued the nude world for decades. I urge all to read, no matter how few (if any) or how many clothes one wears, simply for the education and entertainment value.

On reading Alex’s words, I remembered a rough draft of a post I’d begun last year on the labels naked and nude and the difference between the two. I’d never edited my original as other ideas germinated in my mind. I decided  that now is the time to revisit the subject and explain what and how I use those two words here on A Guy Without Boxers.

For most people, naked and nude, like naturist and nudist, are synonymous and are used interchangeably. Probably, the majority of the culture of nudity feel this same way. There does exist within our community a group of purists who advocate the difference between the two and take offense if and when they believe the terms are misused. Is this a splitting the proverbial pubic hairs? Perhaps. But everyone is entitled to their opinion and yours truly respects that right. Individuals are allowed to decide how they self-identify.

What follows below is my perspective on the distinguishing characteristics, however minor, between naked and nude. My buddy, Alex, has already covered the distinction between naturist and nudist. I’m leaving that one alone, at least, for now. Please understand that I am not an absolute authority on nudity. I consider myself a naturist/nudist but I’ve never been crowned king or elected as the undisputed leader. I’m not even an amazing wizard of nakedness. I’m merely a lay person who’s clothes-free whenever possible.


Naked and nude both imply the absence of clothing or any type of concealment or covering. The man pictured above is naked. He’s taking off his clothing because of his situation (shower). While in the shower, most people are naked. In locker rooms and physician’s offices, many are naked due to circumstance and not by choice. When changing clothes at work for an evening engagement, one is briefly naked. Of course, there are other reasons that people are naked but I think those examples are enough to deliver the concept.

Being naked is usually involuntary. Most people who find themselves naked would rather not be naked for whatever reason. More often than not, when naked, most attempt to cover-up or dress as quickly as possible at the first available opportunity. Being naked makes certain people uncomfortable. Some people do not like to be seen naked by others. When naked, they usually try to conceal their genitalia as best they can.


In the above image, the man is in the process of becoming nude. He’s ridding himself of his clothing because it’s his choice. He enjoys being nude as often as he can or for a specific purpose or activity. Skinny-dippers like to swim nude. Some people take a nude yoga class. Some plan to take a “nakation” (naked + vacation) at the nude beach this summer. Most people who are nude do so voluntarily. Persons who are nude are comfortable without clothes and choose to remain in that state for as long as possible.

When a person is nude they are generally comfortable, relaxed and stress-free. They aren’t bothered when they are in situations where they have to be naked, such as the shower, locker room or medical office. If an individual is nude often, occasionally or on a one-time basis, they are indifferent or oblivious if seen naked by others. Their being nude is a matter of no alarm or concern.

NKDnoodCoverWConfused? I hope not. A naked man is totally self-conscious and probably embarrassed over his uncovered body. A nude man is the exact opposite. He’s cool as the renown cucumber with his body available for all to see. This does not imply that the nude is an exhibitionist. That’s an entirely different matter that I’ll address in another posting here.

naked individual is aware of his nudity. A nude man is nonplussed about the fact and isn’t always consciously aware of his state of being undressed.

A naked man will always be naked as long as he perceives himself that way. Only when he overcomes his discomfort can he move into the nude category. On the other hand, a nude man can be both, naked and nude, simultaneously. Others may view him as naked, but in his mind, he’s always nude.

This is my simplistic view on the eternal question of who’s naked and who’s nude. Some may agree with me, others may not. Most consider the entire subject ridiculous and think: who cares? 

As a same gender loving practicing social nudist, I’ll be completely honest and admit that I don’t lose any sleep over the issue. Actually, personally, it’s a non-issue. When I’m clothes-free, that’s it: I’m natural and free-hanging and that’s what is important for me. I’m happy bare, just as my buddy Alex is with his blog, Happy Bare.


Here at A Guy Without Boxers, I make no distinction between  naked  and  nude. I use both as meaning the state of being uncovered,  undressed or clothes-free. It’s the social experience, not the label, that matters most. In my worldview, clothes don’t make the man. It’s the absence of clothing (concealment) that shows us all the quality of man he truly is. After all, at the end of the day, what counts most is not whether I’m a naked man or a nude man but rather, that I’m a good man.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Pay Up!


It’s time to gather all your gold and silver from wherever you keep your private stash. Tomorrow is April 15. The date for all Americans to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”  U.S. Federal income taxes must be submitted online or postmarked via the postal service by midnight.

Funny, the U.S. Congress can fight like cats and dogs among themselves, intentionally ignore deadlines, blame everyone except themselves and blindly adhere to partisanship actions that results in a complete shutdown of the U.S. government. They can neglect their duty of approving a carefully prepared and responsible budget to fund government because they never mastered the art of negotiation and compromise. They selfishly follow the line of thinking that it’s “their way or the highway.”

They are the lawmakers and can do what they damn well please. There are no penalties or consequences for their childish indecisiveness. Ignore the fact that they are denying to the American people the federal services that we, the taxpayers, are really paying for. As a person who pays the proverbial piper, I want my inept government!

The U.S. Congress doesn’t issue refunds or tax credits for all the days that we didn’t have a functioning bureaucracy. Never-mind the reality that we did not receive the promised services. We owe! Pay up!

But you can bet your sweet ass that we, as the taxpayers, had better pay our taxes on time or the interest accrued will add to the burden of debt due and tardiness presents the risk of imprisonment. Don’t let any of us even entertain the thought of acting as immature as U. S. Congresspersons!

A gentle reminder: ante up! Every gold coin counts.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!





Now that April is here, all around we’re seeing positive proof that Spring has indeed finally arrived. The physical evidence is increasing on a daily basis with the almost overnight magic of a return of blossoms and foliage to the trees. It’s almost as though there are tiny wood elves pasting their handiwork on the barren branches under the cover of darkness. Every day offers a new delight as the old winter gradually fades off into the sunset.

When I was in elementary school, we were forced to memorize poems in English and then translate them into American Sign Language (ASL). Next, we would, one-by-one, stand and recite the poem, first signing in English (using Signed Exact English or SEE ) and immediately following in ASL. The purpose of this exercise was to teach us the basics of both English and ASL grammar (the two are different).

Several decades later, one of those poems always comes to my mind during this time of year. As the trees undergo rebirth and renewal, the words of this simple verse return while I marvel at the natural wonders occurring before my very eyes. Visual reminders that the days of prolonged outdoor social nudity, in the company of my same gender loving brethren, are not too far from reality.

Evidently, this particular teaching strategy of dual recitations worked, at least for me. Whenever I recall this poem, both the ASL and SEE versions automatically reappear in my memory, along with the respective grammatical rules.

Trees is the title of this work and it was written by an American, Joyce Kilmer, in 1912. Kilmer served as a sergeant in the American Expeditionary Force and was killed in battle in France during the First World War in 1918, a few months before the Armistice was signed.



by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed

Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.


Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Modest Nudists?


For most non-naturist/nudist people, this title, Modest Nudists?, may seem to be a gross contradiction of terms. The popular misconception or stereotype being that all nude persons are by nature, exhibitionists. Especially the ones who are same gender loving men. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.

The reason for this myth probably stems from the notion among many that nudity is nothing more than a license for unrestrained sexual involvement. This belief is a part of the puritan legacy of the early settlers of this country. Being naked in the presence of others, what we call social nudity, is seen as indecent and wrong, dirty and nasty. In short, it is both disgusting and immoral. Being a nudist means that a person makes no effort to conceal their bodies, in particular, their genitalia. Hence the perception that automatically equates being nude with promiscuous sex and orgies.

Most clothes-free practitioners are aware of this stigma. Sensitive to the standards of the broader society, we take measures to conform when in mixed or non-nudist environments, such as in a locker room at the gym or pool. Communal spaces where some degree of being naked (in the midst of our own gender) is expected but not all users are either gay or social nudists. This courtesy is extended as being respectful of others.


 Recently, an acquaintance and I were having a conversation at a naked social and he called my attention to a man, standing among others, across the room with his hands covering his genitals. My friend laughed while making some comment about this guy needing to relax and “hang loose” with the rest of us as we are all bare at this no clothing allowed gathering.

I replied, “Maybe he’s modest by nature.”

Looking at me like I was an alien from the far reaches of the galaxy, my buddy stated, “You can’t be a modest nudist. They don’t exist!”

What followed was a lively lecture by yours truly (always the educator) on the fact that there, indeed, are private or shy men who are also naturists. It isn’t a good practice to assume we know everything about a person based solely on one aspect of their personality. Not all gay men are social nudists and not all nudists are gay. Just because a person prefers the nude life doesn’t mean that he votes for a Democratic political candidate and not every man who votes Republican is a bigot. Variety is the “spice of life” I argued. We are all different.

Some of our fellow same gender loving nude brethren may naturally feel awkward in social situations, whether they are clothed or not. Every human being is an individual and one common attribute doesn’t imply that we are all identical. Each person is a product of his own life history.

Next, I reminded him that it was quite possible the man he thought odd was new to social nudity. This could even be his first nude social function and maybe he is merely nervous. This is particularly true if he doesn’t know anyone else here.

I concluded by pointing out a few of the obvious discrepancies between Aaron (my boyfriend) and myself, as my “pupil” is familiar with us both. When naked, I’ll jump in front of any camera aimed in my direction whereas my partner poses nude only when the device used is ours and he has some control over how the image is shared. I’m somewhat hesitant to introduce myself to a stranger (naked or clothed) while Aaron hugs everyone he sees (again, clothes free or not) before he even bothers to learn their name.

“I understand,” my friend added. “Just like be’s black and you’re white.” We both chuckled over that observation. I knew I’d made my point. Yet another successful lecture under my proverbial (and absent) belt!


Later that evening, I picked Aaron up from his job. On the ride home, I told him about the discussion and we laughed over the assumptions that folks make based solely on one characteristic of their personality. People are too quick to pass judgment onto others.

Once home, we naturally stripped off our clothes and settled in to watch a DVD. Returning from the kitchen with a snack of crackers, fruit and cheese, my beloved boyfriend offered the thought: “You know, I’m so glad that neither of us are modest nudists.” 

I almost choked on the few grapes I had just put in my mouth! I recalled the first two years of our relationship and our first six months of living together. I asked myself, “Should I refresh his memory or just keep my counsel and let this last remark go unchallenged?” 

Silence. I decided some thoughts are best left alone. Nothing I communicate is going to alter our past.

Even though Aaron and I met at a gay social nudist event, neither one of us wearing anything other than our smiles, it took years before he would undress in front of me. Despite the fact that we stripped in each others company at the beach, pool, gym and parties, whenever we were alone, he’d always go into the bathroom, shut the door, remove his clothes and then emerge nude.

When I questioned him about this idiosyncrasy, he’d shrug his shoulders, grin at me (showing his dimples) and quickly change the subject. I am all too easily distracted by his charms (and he knows this).

I love my recovering modest nudist! No matter how soon he forgets! It’s all a part of the sacrifices we endure for the sake of family happiness and harmony. I only wonder how I can prevent him from reading this post?

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


High Five, Bare Bear


A Guy Without Boxers

salutes all our naturist/nudist brothers who allow their body hair to grow, naturally. 

My Lebanese blogging friend, Closet Conflicts, offers an entertaining and insightful look at the bear culture in our same gender loving community. To view his post, click on the above title. It’s among the best resources on the bear life that I’ve seen: informative but uncomplicated.

My naked buddy, blogging brother and friend Rob, the author of Keepin’ It …REAL, offers an interesting observation on hirsute masculinity via his Tumblr. com site,  Male Oriented Erotica and Perspectives. Click the title to go directly to his post. His advice, thoughts and views on the furry male are unique as they are written from his vantage point as a dual gender attraction (bisexual) man. He addresses the topic from an entirely different angle and outside the bear community.


The month of April is my birth-month. In honor of this auspicious occasion (yes, very egocentric of me: LOL!), I’m offering a bonus image of a hairy man for this feature. My birthday gift for all who are visiting here! A photograph is easier to share electronically than a slice of the traditional birthday cake.


Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Author’s Note: Later today, I’m returning to Greece. My father is undergoing minor surgery related to his recent illness. I plan to return on April 13. I have several posts scheduled to publish in my absence. 

End of March, 2014


Bottoms Up!

The End of March, 2014.

In honor of March being the month that heralds the arrival of the Spring season, pictures of men hanging into place their burdensome and restricting winter clothing. The weather’s getting warmer, time to shed those garments and to experience outside as nature intended: nude!


Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


I’m Stripping Outdoors!


Actually and honestly, that’s hardly news to anyone who regularly reads here. After all, this is a blog written by a same gender loving nudist man who features topics of interest for that particular audience (among others). So my “getting back to basics” (naked) is no surprise to anyone. A ploy on my part to use an eye-catching title to reach out and grab your attention.

Now that you’re reading this, please don’t get angry and close the screen. That defeats the purpose of my laboring over an appropriate enticing heading for this post. Forgive my transgression and continue on. Thank you!

The stripping aspect (getting back to basics) is truthfully the reason for this entry here on A Guy Without Boxers. The arrival of the Springtime brings with it a need to address any cumbersome issues surrounding this site. As the earth renews itself, so does this the life of this blog and the blogger, yours truly. Now that it’s possible to enjoy the outdoors clothes-free, it’s likewise time to make a change here.


Last July, when I introduced the monthly feature, High Five, Bare Bears, I decided to publish the series on the fifth day, probably because of the “high-five” salute in the name. The fifth day tradition has become somewhat awkward as it occasionally falls on the day before or the day after my usual Monday/Thursday publication schedule. Several times, I’ve almost forgotten to post this piece.

In the hopes of avoiding this potential oversight in the future, I’ve decided to offer the hirsute heritage salute on the first Monday or Thursday of every month instead of the fifth. This change eliminates the periodic back-to-back postings while at the same time, adhering to the twice-a-week journal entry custom.

The change is effective beginning the month of April, 2014. Therefore, the High Five, Bare Bear for this upcoming month publishes on Thursday, April 3, as opposed to the usual April 5. This practice continues thereafter.

I trust this adjustment doesn’t create confusion for anyone. That is not my intention. I’m simply trying to keep A Guy Without Boxers convenient and easy to follow.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!


Winter Fatigue? A Remedy!


It’s Sunday evening, March 23, and I’m at home, alone. Aaron is working until later this evening (his usual) so I’m watching the NCAA basketball tournament (Mercer vs. Tennessee) and working on my laptop simultaneously (yes, the naked kid can multi-task). Checking some of the blogs that I like, I saw the graphic below and just had to share the chuckle.

I am so ready for Spring to physically manifest itself. Snow is predicted for most of the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states this week. I need a laugh to muster the strength to face this oncoming storm and figured that others may need one, too.


I discovered this on the site of one of my blogging sisters. Click the title to visit her at Cervixsays. She’s graciously consented for me to share this here. Much love and naked hugs (after I type this, I have to overnight to her a flamethrower)!

To my naked blogging brother and friend, Rob, author of Keepin’ It…REAL! , (click to view) who I know is suffering from winter fatigue, I hope this brings a grin to your chin. C2C naked hugs, buddy! To read his commentary on the seasonal transition, check out his article entitled: Mother Nature, Father Time and Spring. Right click on the title to view.

Honestly,  I think this is a terrific idea for snow removal. I can identify with this gentleman’s frustration. It seems far easier to melt this shit away than to shovel it! The added benefit to this novel clean-up method is that the heat from the fire enables this task to be performed outdoors, completely naked!


Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Author’s Note: The post I originally scheduled for today will appear at a later date.

A Guy Without Boxers


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