Monday, April 15, 2013
According to Rouillon, a sports science expert, the lesson to be learned from the preliminary results of his marathon experiment is that “bras are a false necessity”. Medically, physiologically, anatomically – breasts gain no benefit from being denied gravity. On the contrary, they get saggier with a bra,” Professor Rouillon told France Info radio on Wednesday. Using a slide rule and caliper, Rouillon spent years carefully measuring changes in the orientation of breasts belonging to hundreds of women, at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (University Hospital) in Besançon. All the women involved in the study were aged between 18 and 35, although the professor was keen to stress that the group were not a representative of the global population of females. After regularly measuring women who were not wearing bras the scientists concluded that "on average their nipples lifted on average seven millimetres in one year in relation to the shoulders."
Capucine, a 28-year-old woman who participated in the professor's in-depth study, hasn’t worn a bra for two years, and swears by the results.
“There are multiple benefits: I breathe more easily, I carry myself better, and I have less back pain,” Capucine told France Info.
Despite the groundbreaking results of his study Rouillon advised certain women not to immediately throw away all their bras in the bin.
"It would be of no benefit to a 45-year-old mother to stop wearing a bra," he warned.
Speaking to The Local, Rouillon sought to emphasise the provisional nature of his data.
“These are preliminary results,” Dr. Rouillon said. “The small sample of 320 young women is not representative of the entire population – that would require something like 300,000 subjects.”
However, Dr. Rouillon did confirm that the initial data indicated that when young women stopped wearing a bra, there was no disimprovement in the orientation of their breasts, and in fact, there was widespread improvement.
“Of course, this is not the only factor to consider when deciding whether or not wear a bra – for example, many women simply find them very comfortable, especially in winter,” Rouillon acknowledged.
Ultimately, however, he feels his work is not complete, since the findings are not definitive.
“We will simply have to recruit a larger sample of the female population, and conduct further research,” Rouillon added.
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Thursday, February 21, 2013
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Friday, February 15, 2013
ALA CODE § 13A-12-200.1 : Alabama Code - Section 13A-12-200.1: DEFINITIONSAs used in this division, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them by this section:
(1) ADULT BOOKSTORES and ADULT VIDEO STORES. A commercial establishment in which is offered for sale or rent any book, video, film, or other medium which in the aggregate constitute substantially all of its stock or inventory which depicts sexual conduct as defined herein.
(2) ADULT MOVIE HOUSE. A place where obscene "adult films" depicting sexual conduct are shown.
(3) ADULT-ONLY ENTERTAINMENT. Any commercial establishment or private club where entertainers, employees, dancers, or waiters appear nude or semi-nude.
(4) BREAST NUDITY. The showing of the post-pubertal human female breasts below a point immediately above the top of the areola.
(5) DISPLAY FOR SALE. To expose, place, exhibit, show, or in any fashion display any material for the purpose of the sale of such material to any person in a manner that a minor can physically examine or see the material.
(6) DISSEMINATE PUBLICLY. To expose, place, perform, exhibit, show or in any fashion display, in any location, public or private, any material in a manner that the material can either be readily seen and its content or character distinguished by normal unaided vision or be physically examined, by viewing or examining the material from any public place or any place to which members of the general public are invited.
(7) DISTRIBUTE. To import, export, sell, rent, lend, transfer possession of or title to, display, exhibit, show, present, provide, broadcast, transmit, retransmit, communicate by telephone, play, orally communicate or perform.
(8) EXPORT. To send or cause to be sent outside of the State of Alabama from inside the state.
(9) FOR ANY THING OF PECUNIARY VALUE. In exchange for, in return for, or for any consideration consisting of, whether wholly or partly:
a. Any money, negotiable instrument, debt, credit, chose in action, interest in wealth, or any other property whether real or personal, tangible or intangible; or
b. Any offer or agreement to pay, furnish or provide any money, negotiable instrument, debt, credit, chose in action, interest in wealth, or any other property whether real or personal, tangible or intangible.
(10) GENITAL NUDITY. The showing of the human male or female genitals or pubic area.
(11) HARMFUL TO MINORS. The term means:
a. The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the material, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest of minors; and
b. The material depicts or describes sexual conduct, breast nudity or genital nudity, in a way which is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is suitable for minors; and
c. A reasonable person would find that the material, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors.
(12) IMPORT. To bring or cause to be brought into the State of Alabama from outside of the state.
(13) KNOWINGLY. The term means knowingly, as defined by Section 13A-2-2(2), doing an act involving a material when the person knows the nature of the material.
(14) KNOWS THE NATURE OF THE MATERIAL.
A person knows the nature of the material when any one of the following exists:
a. The person knows the nature of the material;
b. The person has reason to know the nature of the material;
c. The person has a belief or reasonable ground for belief as to the nature of the material which warrants further inspection or inquiry of the character and content of the material.
(15) MATERIAL. Any book, magazine, newspaper, printed or written matter, writing, description, picture, drawing, animation, photograph, motion picture, film, video tape, pictorial representation, depiction, image, electrical or electronic reproduction, broadcast, transmission, telephone communication, sound recording, article, device, equipment, matter, oral communication, live performance, or dance.
(16) MINOR. Any unmarried person under the age of 18 years.
(17) OBSCENE. The term means that:
a. The average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the material, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest; and
b. The material depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct, actual or simulated, normal or perverted; and
c. A reasonable person would find that the material, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.
(18) PERSON. Any individual and, except where inappropriate, any partnership, firm, association, corporation or other legal entity.
(19) PRODUCE. Create, make, write, film, produce, reproduce, direct, or stage.
(20) RECKLESSLY. The term means recklessly, as defined by Section 13A-2-2(3), doing an act involving a material when the person knows the nature of the material.
(21) SADO-MASOCHISTIC ABUSE. The term means:
a. Flagellation or torture, in an act of sexual stimulation, by or upon a person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in a revealing or bizarre costume; or
b. The binding or physical restraining of a person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in a revealing or bizarre costume in an act of sexual stimulation.
(22) SEXUAL CONDUCT. The term means:
a. Any act of sexual intercourse, masturbation, urination, defecation, lewd exhibition of the genitals, sado-masochistic abuse, bestiality, or the fondling of the sex organs of animals; or
b. Any other physical contact with a person's unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or the breast or breasts of a female, whether alone or between members of the same or opposite sex or between a human and an animal, in an act of sexual stimulation, gratification or perversion.
(23) SEXUAL INTERCOURSE. Intercourse, whether genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal, and whether between persons of the same or opposite sex or between a human and an animal.
(24) WHOLESALER. A person who distributes material for the purpose of resale or commercial distribution at retail.
(Acts 1989, No. 89-402, p. 791, §3; Act 98-467, p. 893, §6.)
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A Blount County Nudist Retreat
Owner Cindi Beasley said, "Today's society is fast paced anyway. We all need our own method of relaxation and this chooses to be ours and our friends."
The Beasley's are building a nudist retreat on their Blount County property in Horton.
"It's considered clothes optional but most people, but most people prefer, basically to be the way, God created us when we were born," Cindi Beasley said.
Fact: Nude recreation and nude travel has grown into a $400,000,000 global industry. There are 270 clothes-free and clothing-optional resorts, clubs and RV campgrounds throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.
Three are in here in Alabama. One is family friendly, the other two are adults only gay campgrounds.
The Beasleys said they've talked to their neighbors and according to them, the neighbors are OK with what they’re doing. In addition to that, the Beasleys said, all visitors will be pre-screened.
"We will say that there won't be no drugs there won't be no sex offenders. You will have to come in and give us some kind of ID for us to check before you can come in," Owner Lee Beasley explained.
The Beasley's are spending about $60,000 to redevelop their property into what will be called, "The Retreat."
Fact: "The Retreat" will have 10 "hook-ups" or spaces for RVs, a pool and a bath house.
Linda asks, "By putting up the fence will it block nudity from neighbors?" Lee answers: Yes."
When this fence is finished it'll be about eight feet high. The Beasleys believe it will keep any nudity from being overexposed to neighbors. They also say they will have rules in place to keep the unseemly out of their retreat.
"The list of rules does include that there is no lewd language, there's no pornography," Cindi Beasley said. "No on under the age of 21 is allowed on this property because I do have children and grandchildren. I don't want them exposed to it if their parents don't, and most parents don't."
"We have checked with Blount County," Lee Beasley said. "What we're doing is completely legal."
District 4 Blount County Commissioner, Waymon Pitts said, "The county attorney was aware of it, and the district attorney was also aware of it."
According to Pitts, the Beasleys are within their rights to do what they're doing because there is no need for a building permit in Blount County. But there are some other issues the Beasleys may face.
"As far as the county commission is concerned, if they build something like this, when they build something like this, it's going to change the property value from a 10 percent to a 20 percent property value, so the property value will be upgraded," Pitts said.
His county, known as the second best county to raise a child in the state, frowns upon any criminal activity.
"And of course naturally, you cannot see anybody from a public roadway because it'll be indecent exposure, and that'll be a criminal offense and if that happens then the sheriff's department will react," Pitts explained.
As for neighbors, while the Beasleys said they were OK with their new venture, one neighbor who didn't want to be identified told me:
"What do you say, what do you do? They already have their mind set."
That neighbor feared taking action would cause problems and continued to say...
"It is what it is. I just wish it wasn't happening."
"There's really not any recourse because Blount County doesn't have any zoning regulations," Pitts said. "Basically private property, they can do what they want to on that property as long as they comply with our rules and regulations"
Those rules and regulations also include obeying health department rules and coming under subdivision regulations due to the multiple hook-ups for RVs.
"And I'm a mother, a grandmother. I do understand their concerns," Cindi Beasley said. "But as I said, no one goes outside that fence without clothing and no one comes in that fence or near it without an invitation."
"We are very jealous person of each other, so there's no orgies, no kind of sex going on up here except for but what occurs between two married people, right," Lee Beasley said.
"What we do behind our closed doors is our business," Cindi Beasley added.
Still, the Beasleys' new venture is a concern for some neighbors who aren't sure they want to be a neighbor to a nudist retreat.
The Beasleys said they hope to open the retreat in a couple of months for their friends who enjoy the nudist lifestyle like they do. They won't charge them to park their RVs but will rather rely on donations to meet expenses.
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North Carolina Republican state Rep. Tim Moore says that women can protect themselves from a new law that makes baring female breasts illegal by simply applying duct tape to their nipples. On Wednesday, the state House Judiciary Committee C approved House Bill 34, which makes it a Class H felony to…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Snapchat was initially considered to be something of a solution to the issue of “sexting,” where young people take nude photos of themselves to send to someone, only to have the photos inadvertently forwarded to others. Since the messages on Snapchat can’t be saved or forwarded, the logic goes, discretion is preserved.
Unfortunately, Snapchat really offers no such solution. The Achilles Heel of the service is that nothing prevents the recipient from photographing their communication device’s screen with another camera in another device before the message self-deletes.
My intention here, however, is not to write a review of Snapchat. But the way that some young people are using their camera-enabled phones and other devices in conjunction with services like Snapchat illustrates a particularly difficult challenge for the naturist movement – how to educate teenagers about naturism.
When discussing nudism and naturism, we don’t talk about (or to) teenagers very much. We talk a lot about how many naturists are of an older generation, and there is an urgent need to get younger people involved. We talk about very young children, and are generally in agreement that naturism is not harmful to them in any way. But we don’t talk about teenagers – specifically those who are 13 to 17 years of age.
A documentary like My Daughter the Teenage Nudist is about as close as we’ve gotten. While the film is good and generally portrays naturism in a positive light for young people, it is important to note that the people in the film – not the least of which is the teenage daughter mentioned in the title – are 18 years or older, which makes them legally adults almost everywhere in the world.
“Legally” is the key word here, because I believe it’s the key to understanding why we don’t specifically address naturism for teenagers. Since nudity is so widely equated with sex, we know we start getting into a problem area once begin to mix the two below the age of 18. We are suddenly forced to deal with the legal precept of “age of consent,” even though what we are proposing has nothing to do with sex. But we must assume that if we are seen nude anywhere near a person below a certain age who is not our child, then we are guilty of engaging in sexual acts with a minor until proven innocent.
So does this mean that we shouldn’t talk about teenagers and naturism? Or that we shouldn’t talk TO them about it? I hope not. We know what the alternative is. The misunderstanding and outright persecution of nudity among teenagers has led to bullying and suicide, such as in the case of Amanda Todd. We need to figure out a way to address this age group regarding the healthy (and legal) expression of naturism.
To begin this discussion, I think it is important to understand two things (which most naturists are likely to agree with). The first is that young people are capable of understanding that nudity can be non-sexual. The second is that we should take issue with the term “sexting” – at least in part. Taking a nude photo of oneself and sending it to someone else does not have to be sexual in nature.
I recall very clearly that I understood the difference between sexual and nonsexual nudity by the time I was in my early teens, and that was before the internet. Many other naturists have said the same. I also know that if I’d had access to a modern-day smartphone or digital camera, I probably would have taken photos of myself nude. Would I have sent them to anyone? The 30-something me says no, but remembering the 14-year-old me…well, who knows?
And now we have this great digital research and communication tool called the internet, which spans the world and seems to contain quite literally everything anyone would want to know about any possible subject. If only the internet had existed when I was 13 – my mind reels at the possibility of having been able to figure out what naturism is and connect with other naturists much earlier than I did.
The problem today, however, is that the phrase “nude teenager” is internet-speak for “child pornography.” Typing the phrases “nudism questions for teenagers” or “naturism for teenagers” – or any other phrase containing variants of the words “nude” and “teenager” – into Google will return plenty of search results, but nothing close to what we would consider good information about naturism.
Access to electronic communication devices with built-in cameras and photo services such as Snapchat, therefore, provide teenagers with what for many of them is likely their only outlet to engage in nude behavior.
Assuming they did not grow up in a nudist family (which applies to most teenagers), any given teenager probably lacks the ability to go where most naturists congregate – private resorts and legal nude beaches.
For one thing, most private naturist resorts will not admit unaccompanied minors for liability reasons. Also, most teenagers under the age of 16 can’t drive. And those teenagers who can drive may not have a great deal of time to get to and spend time at a nude beach – that is, if there is even one located nearby.
If they can somehow get to a publicly-accessible nude area, they may not (and probably should not) go alone. This brings up the idea of trying to talk about naturism with friends in order to find a partner to go with. Most teens probably find this idea frightening as well.
Unlike Canada, which has a national age of consent of 16, the United States has no fewer than three different ages of consent (16, 17, & 18), depending on what state the teenager lives in. And there are also many conditions in each state that can affect the consenting age depending on what kind of situation the teen finds him- or herself in. Many teenagers in their mid- to late-teens may have friends or relatives of friends who are in their early 20s, and who may be willing and able to take them to a nude beach, for example. But can a 20-year-old in New York legally take a 16-year-old to a nude beach?
Combine this with myriad state-by-state laws regarding public nudity, and it’s no surprise that teenagers stick to something simple like photographing themselves with their phones.
So what are we naturists to do? It’s a shame that we are not addressing this age group. They are going through a critical period in their physical and emotional development, in which they are forming a lot of opinions about their bodies – many of which will last for decades to come. We know that some of these teenagers will eventually become practicing nudists and naturists. They are the future of the movement, but right now they are being told that nudity is bad. And the spreading of nude photos via “sexting” is not helping the issue.
It seems to me that there is a huge information vacuum that needs to be filled. If there are good naturism resources specifically for teenagers out there somewhere, I haven’t been able to find them. One action item I would propose is assembling a free downloadable guide to naturism specifically for teens, giving some outlines as to what they can and can’t do (or shouldn’t do). It could also provide links to good blogs and web sites that positively portray naturism, which would help teens avoid the dense internet forest consisting of porn sites that masquerade as naturism / nudism sites.
I don’t really have any answers beyond that. The main purpose of this blog posting is to get the discussion started.
What do you think? What, if anything, can we do to educate teenagers about naturism?
<Source : Young Naturists & Nudists America >
< http://nudistnaturistamerica.org/teenage-naturist-education >
< Author Felicity Jones >
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