An online journal celebrating the joys of living bare with pride! This site usually publishes every Monday and Friday. I may be irreverent but I am no way irrelevant! My preferred personal pronouns are he, him, his.
” We face automobile traffic with our naked bodies as the best way of defending our dignity and exposing the unique dangers faced by cyclists and pedestrians as well as the negative consequences we all face due to dependence on oil and other forms of nonrenewable energy.” ~ World Naked Bike Ride Mission Statement ~
There is no official date for the World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR). Each ride, wherever it occurs, is considered an individual event and is sponsored and happens accordingly. The mission and message are the same for all the rides. The dress code motto for the WNBR is: “bare as you dare.”
The WNBR utilizes nudity as a tool to focus on cycling and the folly of oil dependency. It is believed that nudity represents human vulnerability.
Although nudity is a integral part of the event and its concept, the policy is not necessarily exclusively naked. It is understood that some persons as well as cultures have issues with public nudity. Therefore, participation in WNBR isn’t restricted by any clothing concern. Participants are all welcome, nude or clothed (textile).
Similarly, the event is considered a bike ride but isn’t limited to just bicycles. Skateboarding, online skating, unicycling, are encourages in addition to bicycles. Jogging, running and walking is also allowed. Participants are known to transport themselves using their own wheelchairs, either manually or powered. The WNBR strives to be inclusive for all persons with differing abilities.
The ideals espoused by WNBR are to raise awareness of bicycling safety and rights, as well as those of pedestrians, raise awareness of ending dependence on fossil-fuels, to offer attention to our natural ecosystems. A secondary essence in recent years has been awareness of naturism and nudism.
There is no recommended date or time for WNBR. The global audience allows each organizing group to determine the best season and time of the year for each event. This results in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres the ability to host events when the weather is best for the local participants. The specific details for hosting WNBR events vary from location to location in addition to national boundaries.
One of the major advantages of the WNBR is that because it happens throughout the world, not only does it occur all during the entire year, it also caters to the weather conditions within both of the hemispheres. This enables more participation, awareness and encourages fund-raising activities. Each event is responsible for generating the cost of providing services.
For additional information on the World Naked Bike Ride, visit their website:
The above sign poses two distinct purposes for being posted. First, it serves as a warning to clothed persons of the textile persuasion (clothes-wearing) that they are now entering into a clothing optional area. The secondary reason for the public notice is to allow bare practitioners to relax: they are finally in tolerant territory! A lesser important reason for the sign is of major significance for us bare practitioners. The message alerts us that Spring is here and the weather encourages humanity to forego their garments and to be comfortable, inside and/or outdoors, naked or nude!
The ability for body and clothes freedom is a privilege that appeals to many beyond the naturist/nudist communities. The experience of being among nature and completely natural (without any clothing) attracts persons who throughout the remainder of the year give absolutely no thought to nudity whatsoever. The excitement of being different is greater than the habit of complacency. Many persons find their casual attitude towards a single naked moment as nothing more than a curiosity that they are able to indulge.
Depending on the harshness and severity of the winter season, the spaces to enjoy the warming days of the springtime may become quite congested with masses of bodies trying to gain a sliver of “turf!” In many popular areas, we’re piled literally body-to-body in seeking the sunshine.
No longer confined to cramped conditions under one roof with four enclosing walls, we often find ourselves craving nature and open freedom. All too soon, the amount of available landscaping for our perusal is lessened due to demand and popularity!
In many places, the overcrowded conditions result in many of our bare practitioner kindred souls taking to the water in order to escape into an open space! Could this be the origin of the skinny-dipping trends? No one can blame any of the freedom seekers for taking refuge in the water. The openness is the desired goal and the oceans often appear endless.
It doesn’t make much difference the size of our apartment or home. Several months of inclement winter inside instill a need for fresh air, sunshine and unlimited spatial confinement. The wait for the rewards of springtime seem endless and pronounced during the transition period from cold to moderate. If only we knew how to switch the time from the transitional wait to the actual time for body and clothes freedom everywhere!
The enthusiasm to be bare (naked, nude, clothes free) does lead some of our energetic and excited fellow nudists to take extreme measures in order to increase clothes freedom followers. However, remember that such efforts are in contrast to our philosophy of voluntary bare practitioners! Hostage taking is not of a volunteer basis!
Of course there is one question involved. What does one accomplish with a naked hostage? Hold him captive until he puts on clothes? What benefit is derived from that situation?
Being bare practitioners, we appreciate the times of the year when we can experience our body and clothes freedom, without the worry about the extreme weather conditions outside. We suffer through the trying times of the year in order to enjoy ourselves fully when nature is convenient for all of us!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry planned for here is for Monday, May 15, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “World Naked Bike Ride!”
The month of April, annually, is the first full month once Spring arrives. In keeping with the promise of the rebirth and renewal of our natural habitat, there are two events in April that afford us all the chance to join with others in renewing our local world.
Arbor Day is observed nationally on April 28, 2023. Arbor Day is most often celebrated by a public tree planting according to municipal custom and needs. As growth patterns vary from state to state, individual communities frequently host the local events without national fanfare. Arbor Day enables preservation of one of our most vital national resources: trees!
Earth Day: April 22, 2023!
Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970. The event seeks to raise the level of environmental awareness globally and it is thus far, successful. It focuses on the various adaptations and innovations that not only improve our quality of life but also impact our physical surroundings – earth and nature – in a positive and productive manner.
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, April 10, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “April Appeal!”
Hopefully, a few laughs to welcome the first official weekend of the Spring, 2023, season! Best wishes to everyone for a very enjoyable, safe and pleasant weekend! Perhaps you can make undressing (removing) clothing into a game, too!
Acquaintances sometimes ask my spouse, Aaron, and I what do you guys do when you’re at home and naked? Well, we do have certain games that we play together.
One is a useful routine where we alternately become comfortable by stripping off our clothing and tossing the discarded garment to one another.
It really is totally in fun and does make baring ourselves enjoyable and relaxing!
A word of caution: removing the belt before tossing your pants is highly recommended!
Of course, on occasions we have engaged in a race as to which one of us can “out-strip” the other!
I’m certain that everyone can imagine a few other enlightened activities to attempt while striving to become completely free of the clothing dilemma!
Get creative and enjoy your own bare competitions! Perhaps we can introduce a new category into the next summer Olympiad!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “Hellenic Revival!”
Axilla (armpit or underarm) is the area of the human body directly under the joint where the arm connects to the shoulder. It also contains numerous sweat glands.
In humans, the formation of body odor happens primarily in the armpit. These odorant substances serve as pheromones, which play an important role relating to desire and to mating.
Hirsute axilla = hairy armpits, underarm fur.
Maschalagnia: A person who is physically and sexually attracted to armpit hair. Also known as hairy armpit obsession. Activities enjoyed with this fetish include licking and/or sniffing the underarms, kissing and/or sucking the fur and ejaculating on the partner’s armpits and/or chest area.
To read my previous posting related to men’s hairy underarms, please click the link below:
The above photograph depicts one of many, all-time favourite gay porn actors, Kory Mitchell. He earned my admiration early on when he publicly acknowledged – long before it became accepted – his personal attraction to men’s hairy armpits! Even while in my early adolescence, I felt instant affiliation and identification with him and no longer felt so alien! His honesty, discovered while secretly reading one of my oldest brother’s gay pornographic magazines, bestowed this early distinction upon Mr. Mitchell!
In his interview, Kory didn’t mention the descriptive term maschalagnia. He just referred to his attraction to another man’s hairy armpits!
The above reasoning is how Kory Mitchell, a fellow maschalagnia, has the distinct honour of being featured here twice!
I think the name of my oldest brother’s hidden gay magazine was Inches. The article on Kory Mitchell contained endless photos of his penis, which was both enlarged and pierced. I don’t recollect any pictures – in that article – of his underarm fur.
All that I clearly remember about that presentation are the couple of sentences when Kory admitted to being sexually enthralled with men’s hairy armpits – surrounded by pictures of his own pierced erection! This was the first time I ever saw pictures of a pierced penis and learned of a famous porn-star in love with hirsute axilla!
Gio Dell, Venezuelan-born and gay, is a model, escort and actor. His head is balding and his body hair is profuse! He proudly flashes his underarm fur whenever possible!
By the time my identical twin brother, Alex, and I reached 14 years old, we both knew for certain of our same gender love. My fascination with male body hair in general and underarm hair in particular was not shared by Alex. He accepted armpit and pubic hair, he was and still is very fond of a very clean and smooth appearances elsewhere.
Notation: In answer to that question lingering in the back of your mind: Yes! Alex and his partner are both bare practitioners! our oldest brother is gay and does, upon occasion, accompany us to a social nudity function. He also readily admits to noticing a man’s hairy underarms, whenever available.
Gay model, escort and sometimes porn actor, Gio Dell, pictured above, is public about his sexuality and his comfort with his preference for his nakedness. He owns no confirmation of maschalagnia even though he acknowledges being the attraction of many bisexual and gay men because of their obsession with his very hairy body, especially his armpits!
I can’t remember giving any special attention to armpits when I was younger. Once puberty began, and my own underarms started to produce a furry growth, that became the catalyst that “opened the door” to my personal addiction, appreciation and attraction to hirsute axilla – the pet name among same gender loving men (bisexual or gay). This also created my interest in basketball that continues today. I currently play on a gay men’s team in an adult league (recreational).
I enjoy actually playing the sport of basketball even though I was never skilled or talented enough to be qualified as an athlete for the official school team. My problem? I was always too distracted by all the player’s underarm fur! I couldn’t concentrate on the game itself! Maschalagnia madness!
Twin – that’s how we address and refer to one another – recalls that my maschalagnia “affliction” seems to have happened overnight: “One night you went to bed, naked and normal. The next morning, you woke up dancing around the room, excited because you were growing pubic and underarm hair! You only calmed yourself when you noticed that the same was happening to me!”
I am able to still remember the first time I was in a position to fondle and kiss the hairy underarms of a peer. A day that I thought would never arrive! I was solely focused on his armpit fur whereas my peer partner concentrated only on my pubic hair and what else is available down there! That was the first Valentine’s Day I ever spent bare and in bed with another male who was not family!
It’s funny and ironic how Valentine’s Day can ignite a memory from more than two decades ago! A pleasant thought but a weird circumstance!
A brief return to the subject of pheromones covered briefly in the Background section above. I’ve often wondered, I know that humans masturbate in order to relieve sexual tension and to provide self-stimulation. The question then follows: when we inhale the aroma of our own body’s pheromones, does that enable a similar self-gratification experience and urge? Is this “scent of desire” that our underarms create affect only our potential partners? Are we immune to our own scent?
Pheromones enhance the joys of sexual intimacy and are acknowledged to increase the level of passion experienced during foreplay and the actual physical encounter.
Sean Xavier (pictured immediately above) was the second openly gay porn-star – following Kory Mitchell, to my knowledge, to publicly admit to his attraction to and his preference to maschalagnia (in his interview, he actually used the term and explained what it meant to the reporter). It was his interview that introduced me to the term itself. Prior to Sean’s educating me, I’d always simply shared that I had a “fetish” for men’s underarm fur!
Sean confesses to shaving his body hair when he was younger and first entered the business. At the time, he didn’t know any better and did whatever anyone told him to do. Now, he states, that he’s experienced, mature, wiser and proud of himself and all of my body hair!
Maschalagnia apparently is gaining in popularity based on a trend reported in the gay adult film industry. This may partially be caused by the increase in the number of Caucasian gay men who are shaving or otherwise removing their own armpit and pubic hairs. I’m an educator, not a marketing analyst. I have no knowledge or understanding as to how these two factors determine the conclusion.
The late gay adult film actor, Colin Black, (pictured above) was a very prominent advocate for “hairy armpits rights” inside the gay adult film industry. Prior to his suicide on April 22, 2016, Colin publicly triumphed the cause of all adult film actors, same gender loving and opposite gender loving men, the grow and/or to groom their underarm fur according to their own personal preferences. His arguments were based on individual choice for freedom and happiness as opposed to contract clauses, mandated by industry executives that required contractors to remove/shave all armpit and chest hair and groom pubic hair. He advocated the same argument in support of nudity in private. In 2012, he received the Hookie Award (gay pornography honour) for Best Boyfriend Fantasy. Colin Black: an early bare practitioner hero!
“Nudity quickly becomes unremarkable when generally practiced.” ~ Colin Black ~
Before I read a death notice for Colin Black, I had never known that a “hairy armpits rights activist” ever existed. Colin, of mixed racial heritage (African-American, Native-American and Korean) was known for his concern for the civil rights of all. He publicly defended the “natural rights” causes of armpit and pubic hairs and of the rights to nakedness!
When once questioned why he strongly worked in favour of pubic and armpit body hair, he said, “because those are the only two places on my body where it grows. I’m smooth everywhere else!”
Obviously, bare practitioner actor Daymin Voss (pictured immediately above) doesn’t have the problem of the lack of his armpit and body hair! His profusion is well appreciated and known to appeal to many!
As long as men continue to grow their armpit hairs; I’m personally content, happy and a proud maschalagnia devotee and enthusiast!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, February 20, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “Nightmare!”
Practically everyone who reads here regularly is aware of my professional status as an educator. My university operates on a two-semester per year schedule (Spring and Autumn) with a compacted Summer semester tossed in just to confuse everyone, especially the university administration.
I opt for the Spring/Autumn system which allows me (usually) my summers to canter about as clothes free as legally possible. Who is that idiot that claims there is no paradise here on earth? Work on this equation: summer + nudity = paradise! A bare practitioner’s “dream-come-true!”
One rainy day this past Summer, 2022, I went into the attic of our condominium to organize what little we pack away up there. I discovered a plastic storage box filled with DVD collections of television series, films, etc.! I had forgotten all about them!
My spouse, Aaron, and I are not vegetables who lounge in front of a TV screen whenever possible. Frankly, at this precise moment, I have absolutely no idea where the television remote control is even kept – an I live here!
Translation: I should probably reconsider this post entry before I publish!
Some of the treasures contained within this portable archive were Noah’s Arc (both complete seasons plus two movie productions), Law & Order (entire original series), Oz (all episodes), ER (the entire series), Six Feet Under (entire series, two DVD packages which had never been opened), and an assortment of cinema films – some opened, mostly sealed – plus some gay pornography DVDs that were initially either Aaron’s or my own.
After conducting my spontaneous inventory of the contents, I relocated the box to the very back of our coat closet downstairs, where I rediscovered it again during the winter holiday.
Six Feet Under and The Wire were two of my favourite series although there are unopened discs from both collections. Both featured a mixed-race gay couple in their casts that always captured my attention. Now, if I could just find that damn portable remote control!
It’s a three-day holiday weekend here. Both Aaron and I could relax, lay back and review some of the “classics” from the past!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, January 16, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “Martin Luther King, Jr.!”
This is an announcement honouring the celebration of “good news” from our government legislators!
The U. S. House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Congress, just passed the Marriage Equality Act. The U. S. Senate (the legislative upper chamber) approved the same measure several weeks earlier. It now is awaiting the signature of President Joseph Biden and then it officially becomes law. This legislation enacts the federal mandate that assures the complete recognition of all interracial marriages and all individual marriage equality unions throughout this country.
My spouse, Aaron, and I are an interracial couple. He’s African-Canadian and I’m Greek. We also are a same gender loving male couple. We were legally married in the Commonwealth of Virginia on August 15, 2015. Our marriage is now totally legal everywhere within this country!
Because of the U. S. Supreme Court’s reversal of its previous legalization of abortions this past June, this action by the Congress prevents an automatic reversal of the marriages of all same gender loving couples and of the marriages of all racially mixed marriages. Multiple Christian extremists organizations have threatened to implement judicial review of marriages, hoping for a “return” for supremacy of the conservative religious concept.
Aaron and I are dancing bare all day today!
Aaron and Roger Peterson-Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, December 12, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Resolutions Solution!”
The guy above wearing a swimsuit is the only textile man at this pool party. All of his buddies are eager to skinny dip (swim naked). Was this situation planned in advance? Did someone forget to inform our “minority” that this was a skinny-dipping event?
If that were the case, then all the suited guy needs to do is simply remove his swimsuit and join in the fun! Unless, of course, he is extremely modest or totally discomforted by his nakedness – or the nudity of others.
Was this entire gathering designed to intimidate?
As bare practitioners, we all need to make certain that we are not engaged in bullying and/or intimidating others. Many of us have experienced this ourselves because of our same gender loving ability or our preference for nudity when possible.
We understand the feeling it can create.
Two wrongs do not make anything right, fair or proper.
Be honest. Be equal. Do the correct thing! No bullying allowed!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, November 21, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Bare Embrace!”
The headline photograph is the current Progress version of the GLBTQ+ pride flag that represents our community and our culture. Despite our novelty among the numerous movements in the civil rights world, we do have a history of different banners and what they symbolize waving above us. This “first Friday” of the 2022 GLBTQ+ History Month will examine and share images of these and briefly offer a story of the respective flag.
The Pink Triangle Flag:
The downward-pointing pink triangle was used by Nazi Germany as a badge of shame. It was sewn onto the shirts of homosexual (gay) men in concentration camps to identify and dehumanize them.
Homosexuality was made illegal in Germany in 1871, but it was rarely enforced. When the Nazi Party assumed control in 1933, it was made a priority in order to culturally and racially “purify” Germany. The Nazis arrested tens of thousands of GLBTQ+ individuals, the majority whom were homosexual men, whom they viewed as degenerate.
The early 1970s was when the gay rights movement began to emerge worldwide (after the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots) and various organizations reclaimed the pink triangle as an empowering symbol. It also serves as a reminder to remember the past – and to recognize the persecution GLBTQ+ people continue to suffer around the world.
The Lambda Flag:
The Greek letter, lambda, was first chosen as a gay symbol when, in 1970, for the first anniversary of the Stonewall Inn Riots (SIR), it was adopted by New York City’s local chapter of Gay Activist Alliance as the emblem of their growing movement of gay liberation. Some identified the Greek letter with the representation of the word “liberation.”
In 1974, lambda was subsequently adopted by the International Gay Rights Congress meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, as their official symbol designating gay, bisexual and lesbian civil rights. Following this selection, lambda became internationally popular and recognized as representing the growing movement for civil rights for all people, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.
Lambda was first designated in December, 1969, as representative of the new gay liberation movement by the graphic artist and one of the Gay Activist Alliance’s founding members, Tom Doerr. Doerr chose the letter because in chemistry it was a sign for catalyst. Others argue that lambda denoted the synergy of the growing gay movement: the idea of the whole being greater than the sum of all its parts.
Some view the lambda as being synonymous with males exclusively.
The Rainbow Flag:
First publicly raised on June 25, 1978, in San Francisco, California, USA, the flag flew over the United Nations Plaza in honour of then-gay pride at the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. The original flag consisted of eight coloured stripes and was designed by Gilbert Baker and hand-stitched and dyed with the help of friends and volunteers Lynn Segerblom, James McNamara, Glenne McElhinney, Joe Duran, and Paul Langlotz.
The eight-stripe original rainbow flag was soon revised to six stripes with pink (symbolizing “sex”) and turquoise (symbolizing “art and magic”) eliminated as the colours and dyes were unavailable in flag fabric. Baker conceived the flag would empower his “tribe” and a “rainbow of humanity” motif would represent the movement’s diversity.
The six stripes and what the colours represent:
The six stripes on the revised rainbow flag symbolize values held dear and not the various people comprising the community and culture.
The Progress Pride Flag:
The Progress Pride flag was developed by non-binary artist and designer Daniel Quasar in 2018. Based on Gilbert Baker’s 1978 Rainbow flag, Quasar’s redesign celebrates the diversity of the GLBTQ+ community and culture worldwide and encourages a more inclusive general society. The redesigned banner has increased the representation of discriminated minority identities covered by the GLBTQ+ umbrella.
Quasar’s creation placed black and brown stripes (emblems representing peoples of colour) and light blue, pink and white stripes (representing transgender, non-binary and intersex persons) in the shape of an arrow on the left of the Progress Pride flag. In Daniel Quasar’s words “…the arrow points to the right to show forward movement and illustrates that progress towards inclusivity still needs to be made.”
The black stripe has a double meaning as it is also intended for “those living with HIV/AIDS and the stigma and prejudice surrounding them and those who have died from the disease.”
The Progress Pride flag has been immediately an international success. On the evening of June 6, 2018, Quasar posted the design on social media and woke up the next morning to find that it had gone viral. It has been enthusiastically received by the GLBTQ+ community and culture all around the globe!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, October 10, 2022, and the proposed topic is: “Coming Out Day!”
The term “Friday Footnote” confuses some people. Please don’t be misled. I am not endorsing a “foot fetish” obsession – nor am I condemning one! A “footnote” is a brief notice or explanation for clarification. To enhance comprehension and understanding of the subject material. Our man above is ReNude Pride’s visual indication of a footnote.
In my posting earlier this month, September: New Beginnings, (click title to view) I presumed that everyone understood the correlation between January 1, and September 1. A “new beginning” isn’t really happening just because it is the start of another month and another calendar season. However, as early as we are into the current month, “new” has already enveloped us. The most obvious being the ascension of Charles III as the Head of Commonwealth on the death of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Another event happened to me, personally, just this past week! A most welcome occurrence!
Returning to my classroom after the Labor Day holiday (Monday, September 5), I was totally surprised and thrilled to receive a response from one of my oldest (acquaintance wise) blogging buddies with the accurate and current address of his blog! This lifted my spirits after the day off and made me excited about this long overdue reunion!
His new site is: Gaytekeeper’s Blog. Click on the title and visit the blog. He is very impressive and will keep you entertained, informed and current!
I appreciate everyone who corrected my connectivity link above. It was a typographical error on my part. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience!
In the Northern Hemisphere, this approaching weekend is the final official one of the Summer of 2022. The season of fun, surf and sun will – within a few short days – disappear as autumn brings a chill into our lives.
Aaron and I are on the roadways away beginning today (early in the morning). This is our bidding farewell to the season and to the comfortable temperatures outside. We have no definitive destination for our weekend jaunt although an ocean and waves are always appealing!
This is our tribute to the summer of 2022 – our method of saying “thank you” and good-bye” as the season draws to a close. It was both fun and remarkable, a combination that unfortunately doesn’t happen to often recently.
I wish to everyone reading and/or visiting here the best for the weekend! Be careful and safe!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry for here is planned for Monday, September 19, 2022, and the proposed topic is a brief tribute on the funeral and burial of the late Queen Elizabeth II.