So I’ve been experimenting with a naturist facebook page. Admittedly, not my REAL facebook page – the one that’s connected to all my family and friends and professional colleagues. Can’t really do that. Not gonna do that.
I opened a naturist facebook page for two reasons. First, I wanted a place where I could “like” some of our favorite naturist destinations, or various naturist organizations, thereby, the news of the day comes up on my newsfeed, and I’ve made some really interesting discoveries that way.
But secondly, I keep hoping that I will meet a few rational people that share some of our values related to naturism. We are not swingers. And at least by our definition, we are certainly not exhibitionists. No judgement intended upon folks who embrace either of those ideologies, but I have to say, when I click through on a potential ‘friend request’ to find some, shall we say, incredibly provocative (thought facebook didn’t allow that!) photos, I immediately bounce back and shudder… “Maybe this isn’t a very good idea.”
Of course, facebook is designed to create a world of obscured identities. At least in platforms like Second Life (though I’ve never done that) you know that you don’t really know who you’re talking to. But on facebook, it’s all over the map. While many participants are quite altruistic in their naturist ideals (as according to my definition of what I think that should mean – an admittedly biased statement!), they are simply in a situation similar to my own. While I am in no way ashamed of my naturist endeavors – it simply isn’t a good idea to go public with those if I wish to remain gainfully employed in a profession I’m very committed to.
So there it is. Are you a “real naturist?” (Sorry… there I go again!) Well, you can find me on facebook, and we can share a few tips on the best therme in Bavaria or that little beach in Hawaii that nobody really knows about. But I gotta say, if it gets too weird out there, Daniel O’Naturale will vanish in the haze, having meandered off to a social network fraught with fewer mine fields! We’ll see.
The Meandering Naturist – Daniel O’Naturale