Do nude nudist photo blogs really promote the ideals of naturism?
Nudist Photo Blogs Without Context Are Just Blogs of Nude Photos
Nudist Photography and Photo Nude Blogs – With this question, I’m not talking about the photos used to represent topics for discussion, or that represent organizations, or the couple of photos that go along with an article.
I’m mainly talking about nude photo blogs and websites. The ones that are just photo after photo of naked people doing everyday activities.
Here are the general characteristics of the nudist nude blogs and websites I’m referring to:
- Little to no context is given with nude photos
- Just nude photos – no back-story or topic offered for discussion or to provoke thought
- Naked People in the photos are all one gender, one body type, one race, etc.
- The only “interesting” thing about the nude blogs is that the photos have nudity
- The nude photos have no intention or stated purpose other than to “promote naturism”
There are many, many nude “nudist photo blogs” on Tumblr. Granted, some of these are actually voyeur / soft core porn blogs, and those are pretty easy to identify. Their photos are mainly focused on genitals and breasts.
In others, the cast is entirely made up of young nubile women looking unawares on a nude beach. Some may even feature voyeuristic images as if they were taken secretly and without the person’s knowledge or permission. Or the photos resemble mainstream soft core porn straight out of Playboy.
Just because people are naked in the pictures, it doesn’t make it a “naturist” photo!
But enough about the titillation nude “nudist” blogs. There are others that focus on real nudist photos, with different types of bodies. The more “true nudist” blogs will feature naked pictures that aren’t sexual or voyeuristic in nature. But even if these are photos of smiling, happy presumed-to-be naked nudists just having innocent fun… I still say, what is the point?
Certainly there is no interest in them for most real nudists. I personally find them boring. They’re not original nor are they artistic or interesting – at least to me.
I can’t help but wonder what non-nudists think about such images? Do the photos help normalize nudity and reduce shame toward the naked human body? Do they encourage people to try naturism? Are people looking at all the photos and thinking – “Gee this looks great, I want to try naturism now”? My guess is no.
My guess is that the biggest fans of these nude photo blogs and online “nudist” picture galleries are, for the most part, men and college age boys who get sexual gratification from looking at naked photos.
I’ve also seen sites that are dedicated to nonsexual nudist photos, but they only show young, thin / “sexy” women. I’d write it off as a titillation blog, but the weird thing is, some of these photo curators genuinely seem to think they are promoting naturism.
Their site features one body type and almost only women. Still, they believe that they are spreading the word about naturism.
A telling sign with regards to the nude-photo bloggers on Tumblr is their followers. You don’t get 10,000 followers in one or two months because people find naturism really interesting. I think it’s more likely your followers have a greater interest in boobs, vaginas or penises.
There are exceptions. Oddly, though, they are mostly from outside the nudie world. There are nude photo sites with a different and effective purpose. Examples of these would be body-positive photo galleries that address body image issues. There are nude photography projects that explore different ideas or themes. There are talented photographers, artists really, who portray the naked body in a unique way.
With these nudist nude photo blogs, though, I just don’t get it. Why are so many people from within the nudist world so focused on the images and not on the substance of our lifestyle? Why do we have to go to mainstream to find such quality content?
What do you think? Are photo blogs really an effective way to tell people about naturism? And to encourage them to learn about it or try it? Or are these nudist bloggers just kidding themselves in thinking they’re really promoting naturism?
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