Why hello, lovely Naked Fort Collins readers. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it. Summer is here, life runs amok, and writing about the unmentionables of Fort Collins waits for a sliver of time that will develop soon enough. There are posts on Sex Toy Parties, the swinger lifestyle, porn production in our sleepy little city, and other unknown Fort Collins topics waiting in the wings. Most of our writers have moved on, so if you’d like to join what’s left of our writing team, we’d love to have you.
In the meantime, we most certainly are still accepting guest post submissions. And that’s what we have today. Our readers have a the topless ordinance still at the forefront of their minds, and we’re happy to share those thoughts will all of you. Thank you to our reader, D. for the submission!
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Thanks for your website, it does promote discussion of “unmentionable” topics that no other local media handles and is a refreshing change!
I am struck by the absurdity of the attitudes by those in the city council meeting. It seems to me that nudity and sex are erroneously linked for many in our society. I have long believed that nudity is a personal choice that should be made in the appropriate setting without gender bias. An appropriate setting could be a nude beach or cove at Horsetooth, an action that could offer equal rights to all. Nude beaches are common in Europe where body shame is largely a thing of the past and all ages. genders and races are welcome.
I am a 68 year old male resident of Fort Collins (for 37 years) and am often saddened by the puritanical attitudes of many here, Fort Collins is not enlightened and censorship is only a local government vote away. I have personally practiced nudism nearly 60 years because it is quite freeing and the sun and fresh air feels great on my body. I am often nude in my home and in my garden which is very private. In the summer, I do wear a swimsuit in other parts of my back yard where there is a potential to be seen by neighbors. I have modeled for art classes of all types over the years and for a swimsuit manufacturer. I continue to model for artists to this day. I visit Boulder County periodically where nudism is accepted in certain areas and have mingled with other nudists on many occasions without sexual contact. It has never made me “want to cheat on my wife”. In fact, I have never experienced an erection in a public nudity setting or in an art class. I am in great physical condition and have occasionally worn bikini swimsuits over the years and have been labelled a “dirty old man”, “gay” or the “banana sling man” by others that subscribe to the same point of view as those in the city council meeting. I have nothing against any group but wearing a bikini does not necessarily bring about enlightenment.
Nude modeling requires body awareness and comfort with one’s self. Acceptance of our own bodies promotes the acceptance of others. Most in the art community are interested in line, color, angle, light and shape; we could all learn so much from them about beauty and all that art offers to an audience. Advertising has only reinforced the puritanical attitudes towards women in particular and men to a lesser degree. For example, only woman with the perfect body can wear a bikini or be a supermodel. And men must wear only the long drab trunks at the beach or risk being labelled.
I don’t believe that any part of the human body is ugly in and of itself, it is only our response that can be ugly.
Prejudice starts at home, folks. Let there be no mistake about that. And Kristin said it well. What are we teaching our children?