Thursday, 28 October 2010

Bare Boutique Online Store

Photo by Bryan Thatcher
 Shop naked!  OK, that's not really a novelty since you can shop naked at Bare Oaks anytime. But it has become a cliché to say that any activity you do on the internet can be done naked. So we're joining the fun with the online version of the Bare Boutique. Shopping naked in the real store is much more pleasant but for those who live far away, this is a good alternative.

The fact is that there hasn't been a Canadian retail option for naturist/nudist merchandise since the demise of The Nudist Store. So for those who live too far away from Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park to come and purchase items in person, we created this online store with a limited selection of items from the Bare Boutique. Obviously, many of the items at the Bare Boutique are convenience items (e.g. drinks, ice cream, charcoal, etc...) that have no place in this e-commerce shop. The products in the online catalogue were selected because they might be of interest to naturists and nudists everywhere.

The Bare Boutique is intended to be a resource for reference material about naturism. All of the books, magazines, and videos have been carefully selected to be consistent with the naturist philosophy. There are some popular items for sale on the internet that we intentionally do not carry despite the fact that they claim to be naturist or nudist. While those items might generate significant revenue, they are more likely to appeal to those with a prurient interest in exploiting naturism and are rarely purchased by naturists. You will not find those types of items in the Bare Boutique. But the absence of an item does not mean it should not be in the store. If you know of a product that you think is consistent with the naturist creed, please contact us and let us know about it.

The Bare Boutique also carries some branded Bare Oaks merchandise and items that are particularly well suited to the needs of naturists. (such as a towel with a pocket for your keys and money) You will find these products in this online shop too.

New products will be added regularly so keep checking!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Water shutdown

Unfortunately, the cold weather is coming fast which means that we need to shut down the seasonal water supply. That's everyone in Beckett Circle and a few connections in Helios Circle.

The shutdown is scheduled for Monday October 25th.

But this year, we will keep the water on in the washrooms and indoor showers in Beckett Circle. We'll keep them open as long as we can; hopefully well into November.

If you have a trailer at Bare Oaks, we strongly recommend that you get it winterized. Failure to do so could result in damages that would be expensive to repair. If you would like a recommendation on who can provide you with this service, please contact the office.

Of course, Bare Oaks and the clubhouse is open all year and you are most welcome to continue using the property and your trailer throughout the winter.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Warning: penis

Over many years of studying our society's view of nudity, I've come to understand that there is a clear hierarchy in what people consider nudity. A recent article (discussed below) has definitely confirmed the rather odd and irrational categorization of nudity offense. Generally speaking, in North America, it goes something like this:

Buttocks (mild nudity)
Grudgingly acceptable in most cases. It is widely seen in media and advertising with little public backlash. G-strings and thongs which show most, if not all, of the buttocks are legal on beaches almost everywhere in North America. One exception: In 2008, the ABC network was fined $1.4 million by the FCC for airing a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue" that showed actor Charlotte Ross' nude buttocks. But that fine has been appealed to the courts.

Breasts (moderate nudity)
A bit worse but genrally acceptable in a public setting when in art or when displayed for a paying customer. Also legally acceptable in some jurisdictions (but generally not socially acceptable) under equality concepts. Of course, we're talking about women's breasts because men's breasts are not generally considered nudity despite the fact that they are mostly constructed the same way. And then we're specifically talking about nipples and areolas because the rest of the breast can be freely exposed in all types of fashion without any repercussions. I guess it is difficult to define where the breast starts and stops so society has agreed that we should only be offended when we see a woman's nipple or areola. For a more in depth discussion of breasts, see the November 2008 blog post titled Nipples on TV.

A woman's groin (strong nudity)
It seems to be generally agreed in our society that this is a very upsetting area of the female body even though, in most positions, there is almost nothing to see other than hair. And even in those other positions, a fair bit of effort is required to show more than just flaps of skin.

A man's penis (extreme nudity)
The male genitals are definitely considered to be the most offensive body part in all of humanity. It is rarely seen in either art or media presumably for fear of causing mass hysteria. I assume (although I have yet to be presented with any evidence) that people are generally concerned about the immense irreparable harm that is caused by merely seeing a penis. That well-known, but rarely explained or rationalized, concern has resulted in the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) creating a special warning of "male nudity" when rating movies. As reported in Spangle Magazine, three films in 2010,  Jackass 3D, Eat Pray Love, and Grown Ups, have earned this new designation.

MPAA spokesman Craig Hoffman told Spangle that “Parents requested specifically after the movie Brüno that we provide such information.” So apparently some parents might be agreeable with their children seeing buttocks, breasts and women's groins but not penises – thus requiring the special warning. I wonder what those parents tell their boys to do when they take showers. Or maybe they are only concerned about girls seeing penises. Perhaps it goes back to Freud's theory that when girls see penises they might feel they are missing something and develop penis envy. But then those same parents should worry about their boys seeing women's groins since, according to Freud, that might lead to castration anxiety.

How much more ridiculous can we get about our own bodies? How did it come to be that we are so embarrassed, ashamed and offended by our own image? I've said it many times before and I keep getting more and more confirmation: our society suffers from a phobia (Oxford: an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something) about our own bodies.

Recommended reading: Brian Patrick Thornton's clever analysis of this new rating category in Spangle Magazine.

Photo by Aurelien Model

Friday, 1 October 2010

Members' meeting

When: Saturday October 16, 2010, 11 am – 1 pm
Location: New Forest Room (downstairs in the clubhouse)

It's time again for the annual members' meeting. All members are invited to come and get an update on what's happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and ask questions.

As our membership grows, this meeting is getting very popular and, unfortunately, we ran out of space last year. So please come early if you want to make sure you get a place to sit. We would like to have a bigger space. But unless we hold it outside (brrrr...) or rent an off-site auditorium, this is the best we can do for now. We apologize in advance to anyone who can't make it into the meeting due to lack of space.

After the meeting, why not attend the Newmarket Nature Bares swim: 6:30 pm at the Aquacenter Pool in Newmarket. See:

Photo by liam de burca