My friend, Montgomery, strips off his pants!

Commando is a colloquial term in USA English used to describe a situation where textile (clothes wearing) men are attired without the benefit of underwear – bikini, boxer, brief, jock-strap or thong. In other words, they are clothed (either casually, semi-formal or formally) but no covering for their buttocks or penis. For those of us who are loyal bare practitioners, this is of little or no concern. Our philosophy is simply: Why bother with any type of covering whatsoever?

Montgomery removes his shirt and is now proudly bare!

For the clothes enthusiasts, this presents a major dilemma! The majority are appalled and shocked by this blatant breach of decency and practice. Not only are they appearing in public half-dressed, they also have no concern regarding their hygiene. This is thought of as their first step in becoming nudists!

Caution! Reading further may induce fainting or heart palpitations!

The commando style is also referred to occasionally as freeballing. Basically this implies that a man is comfortable in allowing his genitalia to hang freely unperturbed or contained/restricted by underwear. The two terminologies are essentially identical and both are popular for similar reasons. The labelling choice is simply a matter of personal preference.

Obviously freeballing while having tea!

I am uncertain to the origin of the term commando. I honestly don’t know if any of the military or naval forces permit their persons freedom of being in active service without wearing undergarments!

Removing his boxers for clothes freedom!

The textilists (those who wear clothing – if such a term even exists) possibly may have one valid idea. Wearing pants or shorts without under garments may be the initial stage in the process of conversion to bare practitioner. This claim isn’t supported by any proven research or studies. Additional investigation is highly recommended!

The clothing proponents should be careful in their accusations against the sanitary practices of naturists/nudists as well as the equally clad commando enthusiasts. None of these two populations are guilty of wearing dirty underclothes. Neither of them are fans of “undies,” anyway. Remember the adage: People who live in glass houses (folks who wear garments) should think twice before they throw stones (criticize others)?

The clothes crew should be grateful they aren’t being profusely inundated by countless pairs of soiled underwear! Either that or they could be forced to hand-wash every item of filthy undergarment available. Those two options, alone or combined, would reinforce the valuable lessons of patience, tolerance and understanding.

Bare practitioner!
Stepping into his jeans!
Jeans on, commando style!

There is nothing distasteful or wrong about dressing in the commando style. Essentially, it is a lifestyle choice that everyone is free to determine for themselves. For some it is comfortable and for others, it isn’t. That’s the reason bare practitioners don’t wear clothing and the textile people do.

For a countless number of active bare practitioners, the ability and freedom to dress commando or freeballing may have enabled and encouraged them in their quest of clothes freedom. Successful “first steps” often empower our life journeys to completion.

Undoubtedly, many persons curious and exploring the aspects and benefits of nudity may find commando living both enlightening and inspirational. The comfort and familiarity of discarding underwear is considered by some an essential and vital element towards nakedness. For those who are textile, under garments are the first layer of clothing adorned and the last layer of clothing removed. Being commando makes perfect sense!

My spouse, Aaron, and I are committed bare practitioner loyalists! Yet, living in today’s world, there are times when the wearing of clothing is no longer an option and is totally necessary. When that is reality, usually when wearing a pair of jeans, we often choose to “go commando” (no underwear)! One less hassle we have to endure!

Go commando or freeballing if unable to be bare!

Naked hugs!

Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride

Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, November 19, 2021, and the proposed topic is: “Haulover Beach!”

Relaxed Protocols

As the quarantines and other guidelines and recommendations surrounding the coronovirus epidemic are being relaxed in various countries, everyone is cautioned not to expect an automatic “return to normalcy” in our daily lives. The viral infection hasn’t disappeared or even been completely eradicated. Transmission remains a very real possibility and there exists no known vaccine or cure.

For all of us bare practitioners (bisexual and gay naturists and nudists), maintaining a respectful distance and other safe practices are highly encouraged! The reality of a secondary wave of infection remains a valid concern.

Naked hugs!

Roger/ReNude Pride


Posing: Bare Expression!

Bare practitioners, whether they think of themselves as a naturist or a nudist, have no sense of guilt or shame over the human body. It is simply our natural selves that we prefer not to conceal or hide with clothing. We are completely comfortable and relaxed being just who we really are. We reject the concept that nudity is obscene or offensive. We are all the same underneath our garments. Who authorized anyone to determine differently?

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GLBTQ Bare Basics Briefs!

One of the most unexplored topics of our community history is the growth and development of bare (naked, nude) culture within the modern GLBTQ movement. For far too long, we bare practitioners (naturists or nudists) have been ignored and overlooked by the overwhelming majority of our society. The purpose of this posting here is to offer a brief and minimal accounting of our heritage.

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Don’t Forget Protection!

Back in May, I published here on ReNude Pride information on the use of sunscreen protection. Actually, every May, I intend and do publish an article here promoting the advantages and the necessity of using sunscreen protection. I also understand that human nature is a very fickle commodity and many times a gentle and subtle reminder is needed in order to encourage both safety and good health.

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USA: National HIV Testing Day!

Today, here in the USA, is National HIV Testing Day. On this date, the public is encouraged to take advantage of the numerous opportunities, nationwide, to take a few moments and to be tested for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Many health departments, local pharmacies and other health-care institutions are offering free HIV tests to any and all. Many people are volunteering (myself included) to work so that our organizations can offer testing to as many as possible with a minimum wait for results!

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The Northern Hemisphere: Longest Day of Sunlight

Today is a remarkable day on this planet known as Earth. In the Northern Hemisphere (north of the Equator) it is not only the very first day of the season of Summer, 2019, it is also the longest day of sunlight in the annual calendar.  If that isn’t enough notoriety, today is also World Naked Hiking Day! Thus, in the Northern Hemisphere, it is possible to skinny-dip (swim naked) and to hike bare (clothes free) both on the same day!

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A Presidential Skinny-Dip!

For the past several years, I’ve always posted here on USA President’s Day holiday of the weekend activities that Aaron, my spouse, and I attended with other same gender loving bare couples in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. This year, we decided not to go. I just wasn’t feeling very “presidential” even though it has now been three months since my father died. Our host understood and asked that we reserve now for next year and we agreed.

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Workout Mobs!


The month of January, every year, never ceases to amaze me. That’s the one time of the year that my local gym is packed with bodies beyond capacity. People are everywhere they shouldn’t be and the overwhelming majority of them doing things they shouldn’t. I understand that with the start of the new calendar year, my gym membership numbers soar as people try to adhere to their resolutions of weight loss and becoming physically fit. I appreciate their commitment to improve their health but not at my expense!

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Bare Yoga

Nude (bare) yoga is something that I’ve always wanted to try but have never done before. I’ve often observed men on the beach or in a park engaged in the activity. They impressed me with their grace, poise and controlled movements – the very attributes that embody the art. It’s an amazing exercise to watch but one which I’ve not been able to enjoy. There are a number of clothes-free or clothing-optional classes offered in my area but unfortunately, none of them are convenient for my work schedule.

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