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.
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.
Netbook 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!