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 2023 Spring semester is rapidly drawing to a closing at my university. Today is my last day to lecture on regular schedule and final examinations begin tomorrow! In less than 10 days, I’ll be on my summer routine of bare, naked, nakedness, nude and nudity! The reality being, I wear clothing only when it is absolutely essential!
Of course, my university does mandate that we wear appropriate attire while lecturing or learning. However, the summer is my free time and clothing is most definitely not required! Not even an enlarged fig leaf will cover any area of my body!
When I bare, I am completely bare, naked, nude! No covering whatsoever! I may wear clothing when I lecture; but, this summer, no lectures allowed!
Fun for all! Relaxation and a carefree wish for everyone! Keep life simple: bare is best! Less wasted time on dealing with clothing!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, May 12, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “Bare Everywhere!”
Heart of a Lion Mosy in bed Being a nomad in this no man’s land isn’t always death, despair and sorrow. It also has treasures, and magical life changing encounters. That’s exactly how I’d describe my encounter with Mosy. As it turned out, we were both most battered and wounded. We immediately became each other’s […]
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Sunday, April 30, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “Bottoms-Up! April, 2023!”
Notation: I really was inspired by this posting by my fellow bare practitioner. blogging buddy and friend, Rohan, the Nubian-Ikigai! If not already, follow his site for future postings of insight and delight! Naked hugs!
A simple thought on posing as a bare practitioner in today’s chaotic and hectic world. Today’s man, his stage name is Reign, (above) reminds us all of his bold and proud assurance of his nakedness. He has the label “unashamed” tattooed onto his groin area, just above his pubic hairline. Confess your confidence! Be you!
Clothing conceals us. Nudity empowers us!
Bare practitioners do not view the body as an object of shame. We all learned “body shame” from somewhere – it isn’t a natural instinct. Bare practitioners are simply people who realize that we learned wrong. Our society equates skin with sex, sex with sin and sin with evil. Bare practitioners are better able to separate skin from sex. The irony is that by covering only “private” parts that these anatomical parts become the focus of attention thus creating sexual (evil) thoughts. Uncovering those very same parts they lose their mystery and become just another feature of our anatomy.
In wearing a pair of shorts in the above picture, Reign assures us that his message of “unashamed” isn’t misplaced whatsoever should the situation arise where he must wear clothing. The pair of shorts above only heighten our awareness of his unashamed tattoo!
Too often, and for far too long, the “massive multitude of mankind” (humanity) has assigned, associated and equated bare, naked, nude with evil, sex and sin. This rendering against body and clothes freedom caused the condition of “being natural” – without concealment or covering – as synonymous with depraved and disgusting. The result? The endless circle of condemnation and judgment against all bare practitioners for simply being themselves.
Reign, today’s man, through his personal tattoo consciously within full view of his genitalia, reminds us all that confidence and pride in what and who he is is not an aspect of his personality. Whoever disagrees with his advocacy is of no concern or consequence to him. He has no apology or regret for being himself!
On a personal sentiment, although no tattoo on my own body – nor does my spouse, Aaron – we both do have admiration and respect for the subject of the images shared! It took both a bold initiative and courage to have “unashamed” inked just above his pubic hairline. First reason: The location of the “tat” (tattoo). It is only visible when he’s clothes free. Why else pay the cost/expense in having the tattoo artist create it?
Second reason: you now “own” the confidence, my man! Remind us all that you feel no guilt and no shame in being you! You are an example to us all. Third reason: you decided to place the tattoo at an anatomical location on your body that you assuredly knew we would all notice! Wise decision, sir! Your public service is exceptional!
Today’s model, Reign, in posing for these photographs, understood his subtle message to us all: be you! Do you! His self-acceptance of being a bare practitioner (gentle reminder: bisexual or gay naturist/nudist) and his self-assurance in posing publicly for the distribution of both that ideal, image and message earns not only my admiration but my sincere gratitude and honour. Your effort serves as an inspiration for all of us to strip off our clothes and give an entire world a view of a true bare practitioner! I salute you, my man! You are worthy of the dedication and loyalty of the entire bare practitioner community and culture.
We appreciate you, Reign, our man! We stand in awe of your creativity and foresight!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, April 21, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “Delayed April Fool!”
Wait a minute! The topic for today is: “April Showers!” As in precipitation from the clouds above. Not skinny-dipping in an indoor pool! Please! Stay focused!
Luckily, the title for today’s posting here on ReNude Pride is both inaccurate and misleading. Weather-wise, rain showers aren’t limited or restricted to just this month alone. They happen frequently – all year long. During the winter months, they appear as snow showers if not blizzards! Thankfully, they are highly unlikely now that Spring is here!
Hygiene-wise, my spouse, Aaron, and I shower daily – all year long. Cleanliness is important to the both of us, personally as well as professionally. As we are both dedicated bare practitioners, our preference is without clothing (whenever possible). Therefore, our natural (unclothed) appearance is a priority!
So, a follow-up question is this: How did the phrase “April showers” originate? I’m sorry to admit that I have absolutely no theory to offer. However, I do have some images I’ve collected over the years that clearly show that bare practitioners do indeed make plans to protect themselves from rain-showers, no matter in what month they occur.
Which lead us into another group of questions: If we’re bare practitioners, don’t we skinny-dip? Why then do we need protection from a shower? Another valid question that I really don’t have a plausible answer. Perhaps it does have a relationship as to the availability of cotton towels for everyone?
I readily confess that neither Aaron nor I own raingear designed “nothing to hide.” However, we each have rainbow flag inspired umbrellas. After all, patriotism is important! Bare practitioners are a very loyal and proud community!
Perhaps there is some creditability in the childhood rhyme: April showers bring May flowers!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, April 3, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “ReNude Pride: Personified!”
In the above image, today’s man is posing relaxed and worry free in his commando style – without any type of underwear under his athletic shorts. This style is popular among bisexual and gay men – in particular – because it is one less item to remove should the situation arise. Also, many men prefer it as it allows them to “show off” (promote) their male anatomy without the confines of thongs, jock-straps or briefs or any other variety of underwear.
For us bare practitioners, commando is an option when clothes are essential but with the absence of underwear. One less layer of textile that we are able to discard without appearing “indecent” to those around us. Another way of “blending” without appearing different!
The arrival of the month of March – especially in the Northern Hemisphere – encourages many towards the freedom of the commando fashion statement. The transition from the winter weather into the spring weather – although gradual – attracts us into wearing less as we eagerly anticipate the increased comfort of warmer temperatures outside. We all know that simpler is better!
Some men elect not to wear any type of underpants regardless of the season of the year. This practice is often referred to as “going commando.” Certain styles of clothing, such as cycling shorts and kilts are designed to be worn or are traditionally worn without any underpants/underwear. Sometimes, “going commando” is often referenced as “free-balling” (allowing the testicles to hang freely).
The origin of the phrase “going commando” are unclear. Within the gay community, it is often thought to be “out in the open” (not hidden by underwear) or “ready for action” (sexually available). In the USA, the term is attributed to the Vietnam War where soldiers went without underwear to “increase ventilation and reduce moisture.”
One obvious benefit from “goingcommando” are the smaller amounts of laundry that require washing. The elimination of the item of clothing on a daily basis reduces the quantity and size of a typical load of laundry requires less time and energy. The result is time that can be devoted to more pleasant activities!
No underpants mean that once the pants/shorts are taken off, that’s it! There’s no extra layer that needs to be discarded!
Many people fail to realize that “going commando” – without underwear – also includes no undershirts as well. In a comfortable time of the year, Montgomery reminds us that “off with the shorts, off with the shirt” grants us instant “bare” status, all in just two simple steps!
If the wearing of clothing is an absolute necessity, “going commando” is an option that we all have. Comfort, convenience and the ability to appear to comply legally to the widespread practice of blending into the expectations of society. As bare practitioners, it is time for us to make general society satisfy our wishes! “Going commando” is our routine of complying with society’s restrictions in our own “special” way!
It also empowers us to bare ourselves with one less layer of clothing to manage!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Monday, March 20, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “First Day of Spring!”
The examination and exploration of the topic of “race” extends beyond the limited concepts of Black people and White people. It includes all of us, no matter our skin tone. Race, unfortunately, is also aligned with culture, religion and value systems. For this reason, among others, ReNude Pride does not restrict the issue exclusively to the period within Black History Month.
“Race Cooper” is the stage name (professional name) of Joseph Ross Anderson, who was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on December 5, 1973. Amazing, he didn’t initiate his “mid-life” crisis into gay pornography until 2009 when he was 36 years old – an age when most same gender loving men retire from acting and posing. In the same year that he began his film career, he also began publishing his own blog on blogspot.com and soon acquired notoriety in both worlds as a “man-who-tells-it-all!”
“Racism takes many forms and our thoughts on racism and sex need to change.” ~ Race Cooper ~ June 10, 2020
Race started his blog in late 2009, and when I discovered the site in 2010, he had already become famous not only as a gay actor but also as the man who often opened the public’s eyes to what happens to men behind the camera! He frequently published copies of letters he received from studio executives complaining of his public disclosure of actions “behind the scenes!”
Like my spouse, Aaron, Race grew up in Canada and is baffled at the differences in racism between Canada and the USA. Many people are unaware that slavery existed in both places during the colonial times. Slavery never achieved the institutional status that it enjoyed in the USA south. Canada, being further north, could not grow the cotton, sugar and other products that accompanied slavery. Also, the violent revolutionary war brought an end to British rule in the USA but Canada evolved to the confederation of a dominion under the British crown. Parliament banned slavery within the British Empire in 1833. The civil war ended slavery in the USA in 1865.
In his perspective, Race Cooper based on his own experience in the gay porn industry, views racism as “a daily constant in the USA.” He began working as a casting director for the same gender loving studio = Raging Stallion – before he moved to performing in front of the camera in 2009. He acknowledges that he was paid considerably less than his White peers and regularly and repeatedly had his work ethic and intelligence questioned. He honestly believes that he was only hired initially in order for the studio to appear “less racist.”
Race was interviewed by The Pink News, a same gender loving – GLBTQ+ – news service in London, England, United Kingdom. He was a presenter at a Commonwealth Conference on GLBTQ+ Persons happening there. The Pink News Service wanted his views on racial inequality in the bisexual and gay pornography profession in light of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement. He also wants the porn studios to openly admit that many White men (straight) have been cast into roles catering to same gender loving audiences instead of actual Black gay men.
As a path forward, he’d like to see studios, pornography or otherwise, hire “diversity mentors” to help with casting and hopefully these mentors could help advance the careers of actors of colour. He also advocates the ending of “gay-for-pay” performers and an end to the shunning of HIV+ actors.
Racism in the USA is the reasoning for discrimination and prejudice. It is a direct part of the legacy of the legal institution of slavery. In Canada, race is quite simply a difference. For example, you shave your pubic hair, I let mine grow naturally. We’re both gay men, we’re just different in some ways.
Canada had slavery in the early years; it just wasn’t a permanent status like in the USA. You were bought, you worked a couple of years and earned your freedom and then you were neighbors and moved on. No one was ever subservient for their entire lives.
“As a Black gay man, I know and have witnessed bias, hatred and prejudice because of race and sexual orientation. It is unfair and unjust. It is wrong. As a performer in the porn industry, I’ve never been criticized for being publicly nude. But I do know of fellow nudists who are judged because of their being naked. Our nakedness is part of who we are. Like race and sexuality, we don’t have a choice.”~ Race Cooper ~ June 10, 2020
In the conclusion of his interview, Race Cooper offered – in my own humble opinion – his most daring and profound argument against bigotry, discrimination and judgment based not only on race, sexual orientation but on nakedness as well. This statement was made own his own initiative and observation when asked if he had any additional thoughts to add.
Addendum: The interviewer added this notation to their article with The Pink News. Race Cooper had given this in addition to the regular questioning. When appearing at a bisexual and gay men’s event at the Raging Stallion’s studio, he excused himself and removed all of his clothing. He then returned to the gathering. Silence took over before the few other Black performers started stripping off their clothing, too. The White men present, both bisexual, gay or straight, simply sat there, staring, their mouths hanging open.
Race, upon being asked why he was naked, replied: We’re all paid to perform nude. Why not socialize nude, too?
Proof positive that Joseph Ross Anderson (Race Cooper) is – heart and soul – a brother bare practitioner and all of us welcome him and embrace his inclusiveness in our community and in our culture. True equality is a basic human right for everyone of us!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, March 10, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “DST Is Back!”
In the Northern Hemisphere, the arrival of the month of March offers the restoration of hope. For many of us, the impending demise of yet another barren, dreary, dull winter season brings a twinkle to our eyes and a bounce into our footsteps! At last, – finally – the return of springtime is almost here!
Those of us who live in the geographic areas north of the Equator know that March delivers a deliberate rise in the amount of daylight enjoyed. Naturally, the sun lasts longer and here in the USA, the time change from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Daylight Savings Time (DST) takes place at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. Until then, we continue to “live” in darkness!
Similarly, there is no overnight rise in the outdoors temperatures due to the start of the Spring, 2023, season on March 20! The weather, for the most part, remains in keeping with the daily pattern. Sporadic fluctuations in the thermometer may occur but the variances are based on conditions and not the seasonal transition. Weather is just being…the weather!
For many among us – including yours truly – the first day of March, annually, brings with it the eager anticipation of renewed (renude) cheerfulness – clothes freedom outside – and colour – flowers/foliage – back into our lives! Hopefully, the results appear sooner rather than later!
Rest in peace, winter, 2023! I have been anxious and ready for a massive heat wave since…the last day of summer, 2022!
Roger Poladopoulos/ReNude Pride
Author’s Note: The next post entry here is planned for Friday, March 3, 2023, and the proposed topic is: “Sorry! I Forgot!”