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    Andrew Welch

    Tell the Neighbours? Why? BN puts the record straight

    Despite the news we announced a few weeks ago confirming that Naturism is perfectly lawful, a number of high-profile publications have come out during the heatwave with nonsense about nude sunbathing. It's misleading, irresponsible and - worst of all - based on a social media post from a year ago. Obviously a slow news week.

    BN have since been courted by other media outlets (a nice one for example in The Guardian) and have taken the opportunity on behalf of all Naturists and wannabe Naturists (of whom there are many more in this hot weather seeing the complete sense of taking it all off so as to cool down) to put the record straight.

    Being naked in a public place can only be a crime if the naked person undressed with the intention of causing alarm and distress. 

    Are we clear on that? There is no need to 'warn' your neighbours that you are sunbathing naked (or even topless, as one article had it - we're in the 21st Century, did you know that?) in the same way that you wouldn't consider warning them about the wafting smells from your soon-to-be-lit BBQ, embarking on playing noisily with your kids or anticipating cheering loudly for all the street to hear when Harry Kane scores his seventh in Russia. 

    Let's grow up. We're all naked underneath, in all our various shapes and sizes. It's only social convention that suggests certain body parts must always be covered up. It's right to challenge that, to reclaim our humanity and to realise that the world doesn't end if someone sees a nipple or backside when they didn't expect to. It's a wonderful feeling to be naked in the sunshine and fresh air. Try it, and you never know, the neighbours might decide to join you.


    Photo by Blake Wheeler on Unsplash

    Edited by Andrew Welch

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    I would like to say that we are all naked at some point during a day whether it be in the garden, home or anywhere else .we are all humans. We all were born naked. So for people to frown upon nudity shows how hypocritical many can be. If you want to celebrate being naked in the garden. Why not. GO for it.!

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    Seeing Blake Wheeler's arial photo of houses and gardens reminds me that I've often thought how great it would be if neibourhoods could lose their obsession with seclusion, privacy and secrecy. Which compells everybody to hide from each other behind hedges and fences over 6 feet high. Just think how sunny and open the outlook from our pateos would be, and how much effort and expense would be saved maintaining boundaries. Of course this also depends on our neighbours having nice gardens that we would want to see.

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    Event Horizon

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    "Being naked in a public place can only be a crime if the naked person undressed with the intention of causing alarm and distress" 
    is the negative edge of the views of the establishment and hardly helpful if you're simply living your ordinary lives.

    The Legal Team uses the positive edge. "NATURISM IS LAWFUL", simply because, in itself, it is and always has been.

    There has never been a law in England, Wales or Scotland that criminalises nudity in private nor in public.
    Custom & Practice is not to be naked in the High Street and in urbanised areas. This is true all over Europe.
    The above phrase is a woeful way of describing 'Flashing' which all societies rule against. It has a sexual element, clear intent, and continues into an action directed towards someone.
    At best, some people don't like the sight of nakedness, but that's only a matter of distaste, however society is steeped in TV, press and other media images of nakedness every day and, as the article is clear in saying, you can never get away from the fact that everyone has a naked body and obviously they see it every day. There is no shock, horror factor here, no harm to adults nor to children.

    What is it to do with neighbours?

    We all have a Right to a Private and Family Life, so those complaining have breached that very Human Right that we all have.

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    Sunday morning live discussed this and the view of the presenters and guest were not exactly enlightened.  There was the typical "think of the children" and you'll shock the neighbours.  Some way to go to change the popular view.

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    I have told my neighbours I am naturist more to see if they are also no adverse response. Also most of my  colleagues know because I have told them about the naked bike  ride all have been very positive saying things like " good for you" some even saying they went on naturist beaches when they or their kids were young. Most people don't care or are positive about naturism, so go out and do it. Have more problem with my own kids ( aged 24 and 26)



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