End of Month: May, 2015

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Bottoms Up!

End of May, 2015

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Multiple Bottoms Up! posts for the end of this month, in honor of the belated arrival of the Spring season. Beaches, pools and plenty of water to commemorate the official beginning of the outdoor skinny-dipping time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Shimmy out of those swim suits and bare your bottom to celebrate the warmer temperatures and all the sunshine!

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Before it’s too late, get naked and welcome the sun and the refreshing water. As we all know too well, these glorious days of summer and nude outdoor antics will end all-too-soon!

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Take advantage of this wonderful summer while you can, whether it’s on the land or on the sea!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Roger

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

USA: Memorial Day

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“Mourning The Fallen”

Today is the Memorial Day holiday in the United States of America. This is the designated Monday national holiday to recall and to remember all those who have sacrificed their lives in service to this country. Unlike many other nations, this date does not coincide with the end of any armed conflict or war. It’s a date set aside to memorialize all those who have paid the supreme sacrifice while serving their fellow citizens.

Today, President Barack Obama will lay a memorial wreath of flowers on the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, located just south of Washington, DC. This is a traditional presidential act performed on behalf of all American persons. Today’s service marks the fifth time this ceremony honors all service members, no matter who they love. In December, 2010, Congress passed and President Obama signed the repeal of the ban on GLBT persons serving openly in the U.S. Armed Forces. Now, we truly pay our gratitude and respects to everyone who died in the service of our nation.

I’ve written previously on A Guy Without Boxers as to how it must have felt being in the military services knowing that at any moment you could be killed for defending a country where many of the people despised you simply because of the gender of the person you loved. I’ve often wondered about the isolation experienced by the men and women forced to hide from their comrades-in-arms the true romantic relationships of their lives. How lonely did they feel at the hour of their death?

I can only hope that their essence, their souls or their spirits find some consolation and vindication now that GLBT people have achieved equality within the armed services. It is indeed a symbolic yet just reward for the price they had pay for us all.

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As is true in most cases, Memorial Day isn’t the only time the war/armed conflict deceased are remembered. Families, individual communities and surviving loved ones, as well as living comrades often recall special days and anniversaries in their own traditions. On these occasions, the dead are honored for both their lives and their individual sacrifice.

In recent years, many GLBT pride celebrations have incorporated appropriate “moments of silence” or other brief public remembrances of the heroism of the many long-forgotten armed service personnel who were members of our same gender loving community. This tribute is to pay respect to the many who were unable to be honest about themselves yet proudly served a country that denied their true identity.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Roger

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

Update: Before You Bare…Cover Up!

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This is a reprint from a post from last year, with some new images, updates and minor additions. It is being published again in the interest of the health and well-being of all readers, regardless of their clothing status. Have a safe summer and have fun, whether you’re naked or not!

In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, the Summer Solstice. However, in the USA, this weekend is a tree-day holiday ending on observed Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. Most people in this country consider this date the unofficial beginning of the legendary season of “fun-in-the-sun.” No matter which day one prefers for the arrival of summer, there’s no denying the fact that warmer temperatures and longer hours of daylight are here.

That also means that most (if not all) of us, naked or otherwise, are outside mor than we were a month ago. While outdoors, we’re all exposing more of our skin to the sun’s rays. This baring of ourselves in all this sunshine is a welcome change and a relief after the forced hibernation of this past winter, the second harshest in recent memory.

In our eagerness to get out and frolic in the fresh air and warm sun, many of us forget one of the basic rules of summer health. We all need to cover-up (protect) our skin before we uncover any part of or all of our body. This cover up entails the use of an appropriate sunscreen applied correctly, adequately (sufficient quantity) and when necessary, reapplied diligently. Using sunscreen allows most of us to make the most of whatever our summer plans may offer. The purpose of sunscreen is to protect ourselves from sunburn (or worse), a condition depicted on the back of the man in the photograph below.

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Sunburn is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation and not heat. It is important to remember that skin can burn even on overcast or cloudy days, cold winter days and while under shade (covering from direct sunlight). Sunburn damages or destroys the skin, which controls the amount of heat our body retains or releases, holds in fluids (hydration) and protects us from infections.

Reactions to sunburn range from mild irritation to serious pain. Sunburn may cause fevers and nausea (depending on the severity of the burn) and makes dead skin layers peel away. Sunburn may lead to serious health complications long after the joys of summer have gone.

The information below is very general and is offered as a guide to use in selecting the types of sunscreen that’s best for personal protection. Keep in mind that every person is an individual is his own unique man. What works for one may not be as effective for another. Regarding sunscreen, when in doubt, please consult a health practitioner. It’s better to ask now that to be sorry later!

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What is sunscreen?

Sunscreen is a chemical that, to a certain degree, prevents UV radiation from being absorbed by the skin. While there is no product that totally eliminates UV radiation damage, many variations, when used properly, can and do protect the skin adequately.

What should I look for in a sunscreen?

Regardless of where the sun activity is taking place, backyard, athletic field, park or beach, the product should contain two elements for effective protection. Always look for a “broad spectrum” sunscreen that contains chemicals that block both UV-A and UV-B radiation from penetrating the skin surface.

While no product is completely waterproof, select a “water-resistant” type that is designed for long-lasting wear, especially if swimming or sweating. Choose a variation that is both easy to apply and feels good on the skin. There are numerous commercial brands available: creams, gels, lotions, moisturizers, sprays and solid stick types.

What is SPF?

The initials SPF refer to the sun protection factor. It is measure of the effectiveness of the sunscreen in absorbing UV-B radiation. If someone sunburns after about 10 minutes of sun exposure, using a product of SPF15 extends the amount of time before sunburn occurs to 150 minutes or two-and-one-half hours. After this time, it should be reapplied to continue protection.

In terms of percentages, a product of SPF15 blocks 93% of the UV-B rays. One of SPF30 blocks 97% of radiation and one of SPF50 blocks 99%. The difference in protection may not justify the added expense of higher SPF sunscreens.

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What’s the best sunscreen for me?

This depends on many factors, including age, skin type, activity, time of day, location (proximity to the equator), and the meteorological UV index. For most skin types, a sunscreen with a minimum SPF15 is recommended. Men with fair or lighter skin tones (of all races) and low sun tolerance (burn easily) should use a SPF30. For minimal sun exposure, 90 minutes or less, a moisturizer cream may suffice (with correct SPF level). For extended periods of sun exposure and increased activity involvement, use a longer-lasting product such as a cream, gel or lotion. Spray (aerosol or pump) are beneficial for hairy parts of the body, including the arms and armpits, chest, legs and the pubic region. If a person is acne prone, choose sunscreens that are oil-free or non-carnodegenic.

For men with sensitive skin, the chemicals in some sunscreens may cause skin irritation. Use a product that contains only physical blockers (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide). A physical blocker does not penetrate the skin layers as do chemicals. Physical blockers stay on the skin surface to provide protection.

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What’s the best way to use sunscreen?

If you’ve used sunscreen before and burned, it was either applied incorrectly or the wrong SPF level. Fo sunscreen to be effective, it must be in sufficient quantity, applied correctly and thoroughly, applied prior to sun exposure and reapplied often. Remember he lips: use a lip balm with a minimum SPF15.

Don’t be too shy about asking a friend to help with applying sunscreen in those hard-to-reach body areas. Better safe than sorry!

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How much should I use?

One ounce (a full shot glass) of sunscreen per adult body per application, minimally. Apply liberally all over, including behind the ears, on the edges of the ear and on the ear lobes. If you’re lying in the sun, don’t forget the soles of the feet!

When to apply?

At least 30 minutes before going out into the sun. This allows time for the sunscreen to be absorbed into the skin. Reapply approximately 15 minutes later. The extra application helps to cover body areas that may have been missed the first time. Once in the sunlight, reapply every couple of hours, especially if swimming, perspiring, playing sports or towel drying.

It’s always best to apply too much as opposed to not enough.

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Who should use sunscreen?

Everyone needs skin protection from ultraviolet radiation. All races are susceptible to sunburn and worse. Men with darker shin complexions may have a higher tolerance for sun exposure than others but at some point, will begin to experience sunburn. Bear (and bare) in mind that skin damage and serious complications later are a result of the failure to provide adequate protection to the skin.

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For the naturist/nudist:

Apply sunscreen to the entire body, all areas. This includes the anal, armpits, penis, testicles (both front and back). Follow the recommended reapplication guidelines every couple of hours.  Body areas that may not receive direct sunlight absorb UV-A and UV-B radiation indirectly.

Manscaping (body hair removal), no matter the method used, creates sensitive areas on the skin surface. First apply a gentle body lotion, wait 15 minutes and then cover with sunscreen.

Once again, don’t be too bashful to ask the help of a companion so that you have the hard-to-reach body areas covered with sunscreen.

Summer is a naturist dream for a variety of nudecentric outdoor activities: aquatics, athletics, barbecues and cookouts, events, festivals and other social gatherings. It’s also the time for quiet solitude such as gardening, hiking, reading a book outside or a casual stroll along a nature trail. No matter how we chose to spend our leisure time, proper prevention against sunburn ensures all of us freedom from concerns over sun exposure. One less worry as we go about our business of having fun-in-the-sun. In following the above protocols and our own common sense, we’ll all be able to look back in the autumn and know: a good time was had by all!

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Author’s Note: Sunglasses

In my original post, I failed to mention sunglasses as the topic was “sunscreen.” Alex, author of the blog, Happy Bare, commented on this reminding of the importance of protecting the eyes from UV radiation. Select a pair of sunglasses with UV radiation filtering lenses. Thanks, Alex!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Roger

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

Bare In The Wild! From A Reader

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Much love, many naked hugs and much appreciation to reader Byron Angel for sending this photo. It isn’t a self-picture but one he’s seen around. Truly this image epitomizes the idea of  Nude Pride!

Byron labeled this picture “Noboxers3.” I re-named it “Bare In The Wild.” No matter, I’m grateful for his sending it to me to share here. It’s a great way to start another work-week regardless of what name one prefers.

If any other reader has a photo to submit, please feel free to email me: aguywithoutboxers@gmail.com. In the subject area, type: reader submission.

Be confident and unashamed of your body!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Roger

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

Pardon My Inattention!

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To all the authors that I regularly follow, please accept my humble and sincere apologies for being very inattentive these past several weeks. It was not my intention to be away for so long. My workload skyrocketed over the past month and I have barely had time to breathe much less sneak a peak at what’s been posted onto other blogs.

I realize that’s just an excuse. No, actually, it isn’t. It’s a reason for my absence and nothing more.

I am truly sorry for being inattentive. I’ve missed all of you.

Much love and many naked hugs!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Roger

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

Clothes Encounters

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For some naturists/nudists, it is their worst ever nightmare. For others, like myself, it is a surprise opportunity. What I call “clothes encounters” some may refer to as “close encounters.” I guess it all depends what your comfort level with social nudity actually is and on one’s perspective. What I’m talking about is the encounters with clothes-wearing people when we’re out and about clothes-free.

The photo (above) illustrates (or depicts) exactly the type of situation that I’m referring to. While strolling nude along a secluded (or so I thought) trail, one stumbles upon an unsuspecting clothed individual enjoying the scenery.  This is especially frequent during the early to late Springtime when nature-lovers haven’t fully adjusted to the habits of those using the particular locale. No one is at fault, aside from the nude hiker who, more likely than not, is naked in an area not designated as such.

It’s difficult to say which person is the more embarrassed by this discovery, the nudist or the clothed man. I know that a number of bare enthusiasts become self-conscious of their nakedness when this happens and I often think to myself: why? True, we are nude in an area that isn’t exclusively clothing-optional. However, the area isn’t heavily used and most times being bare isn’t a problem. I just don’t really understand why the burden of guilt should fall solely upon us.

In all fairness, I should add here that I do know of several textile (clothed) people that this has happened to who have shared that they are uncomfortable when a nude person approaches them. This accidental meeting is through no fault of their own. They are within the legal boundaries and are actually wearing their clothing along the trail.

As is often the case when any two alien cultures (natural or nude and textile or clothed) collide or intersect, is there any way to ease the discomfort or build a bridge to link the two? From my experience when this type of predicament has happened, I want to share my interaction or reaction as a nude man when this occurred in the hopes of eliminating some of the unpleasantness and hopefully to create some “common ground” or similarity between the differing lifestyles so that an amicable understanding and harmony follow as we both share a mutual respect and enjoyment of a limited natural environment. After all, we are most effective when we all work together towards a single goal than working in opposition.

The occasions where I have inadvertently strolled upon clothed persons on a hiking/walking trail aren’t that frequent and have happened when I wasn’t paying attention to what was ahead of me. Once I have made eye contact with the other person/party, I always smile and offer a friendly wave. Being Deaf, I want to offer reassurance that I am friendly and not a threat. I don’t want anyone intimidated by my presence even though they may be surprised by the fact that I am naked. Hopefully, my friendliness will help them to relax and put them at ease with my nakedness.

If my amicable gestures are reciprocated, I’ll slow down my gait in case they want to engage in a conversation. I always carry a notepad and pens with me in the event this happens. I strongly believe that willingness to take part in a dialog is one of the best tools to removing the awkward barriers between the clothes-free and the textile worlds. By putting a human “face” on nudity, I have the opportunity to help erase the “divide” between our two cultures and to answer any questions or fears about the naturist/nudist lifestyle.

I feel that often, any invisible wall (real or imagined) that separates our two lifestyles (bare and clothed) exists primarily out of distrust, fear and ignorance. I truly believe that once we take sincere steps to eradicate the distrust, fear and ignorance, then any misunderstanding between us and any false myth is dispelled and we can all begin to relate to one another respectfully as human beings and as fellow appreciators of our natural environment.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Roger

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High Five, Bare Bear! Essentials

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Salute to the Bears of Spring, 2015!

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Thanks, guys, for keeping it natural and real!

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Springtime Delights!

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A different format this month for the High Five, Bare Bear series to celebrate the final arrival of the 2015 Spring Season! Take care and remember to go bare!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Roger

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

Cinco de Mayo!

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Tomorrow, May 5, is a date observed in Mexico as Cinco de Mayo, Spanish for the Fifth of May. This date is significant in Mexican history because in 1862, a small Mexican army force defeated a larger contingent of French troops at the Battle of Puebla. The Mexicans were under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin. The Puebla victory came to symbolize national unity and pride for the Mexican people. This triumph helped to establish a much-needed sense of patriotism.

In the United States, many non-Hispanic citizens confuse this date with Mexican Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16, annually.

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The importance of this holiday among the Mexican expatriate community is not only due to the victory for the Mexican army but also for the sense of national pride and national unity it instilled within the population. At the time of the French invasion of Mexico, its’ army was considered one of the best in all the world. The defeat of this superior force by a much smaller Mexican army provided the people confidence in their new nation and pride in their government and leadership.

This pride also includes the Mexican culture and the diversity that it represents. That’s one of the many reasons this date holds a place of honor for Mexican-Americans and their descendants. It encourages parents to teach pride of their culture to their children.

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A Guy Without Boxers congratulates all of those celebrating Cinco de Mayo and joins with them in observing this holiday bare and with pride!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Roger

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No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

World Naked Gardening Day, 2015

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World Naked Gardening Day is officially observed on the first Saturday of May, annually. But because this movement or initiative has no official sponsor or governing organization, it is actually celebrated whenever a host wants to sponsor an event. In the past, Aaron and I have invited guests (clothes-free, of course) over to transplant their foliage (from older pots into newer ones) on our condo balcony and then served a light lunch (or brunch). We host this gathering on World Naked Gardening Day in order to stay in sync with the rest of the naked community and because our gardening friends have come to expect it. We plan to continue this tradition tomorrow, May 2. The weather predictions, thus far, appear promising!

Some have argued that what we do is merely transplanting and not really gardening. My response is that urban-dwellers have to do whatever they can to enjoy gardening. If this is “as good as it gets,” then, it is what it is. We do what we are able in order to enjoy the best of both worlds: nudity and nature.

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The history of World Naked Gardening Day is recent and to my immediate knowledge, there are no regulations as to what is or isn’t acceptable. How can you determine what constitutes gardening and what doesn’t?

World Naked Gardening Day and the ensuing celebration was first conceived by Mark Storey, a contributing editor for the Nude & Natural magazine and Jacob Gabriel of Body Freedom Collaborative. The idea was first introduced to the readers of Nude & Natural in 2005 and the movement has grown phenomenally since that article first appeared. It does not have any clothes-free organization as an official sponsor. It is primarily a grass-roots inspired movement spearheaded by nude and gardening enthusiasts.

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As I am no more than a nudist gardening fan, I imagine that the movement also includes landscapers as well as gardeners. I imagine the entire horticulturist community is eligible to participate. That’s an example of how loosely the movement is structured.

The movement has a website that is hosted by Clothes Free International, Inc. To visit the site, click onto wngd.org.

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

 

End of April, 2015

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The Spring Has Sprung! The end of April, 2015!

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This long-awaited return to warm weather is finally upon us and it is now time to bare our bottoms as we plan to play in the sunshine and frolic clothes-free in the warming temperatures! The season won’t last forever so strip and bask in the sun-rays of the spring and summer before its too late!

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The pleasures of the Spring are enhanced by soaking in the pool as the days grow longer and the sun hours increase day-by-day. The lazy days of sunshine and fun were created for our enjoyment after the endless days of barren winter suffering. Make the most of our warm rewards!

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Most of us are social by nature, so hurry up, strip off those clothes and bare those bottoms for all to see and enjoy! Our nudity is best if shared with others “grab the gang” and hit the beach!

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Bottoms Up, one and all!

It’s fun to be bottoms up with friends!

Peace! Get naked. Enjoy!

Roger

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

No Boxers, Briefs, Thongs, Bikinis, or Jocks! Be Nude!

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