Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Naturism in France

France is often regarded by naturists as the Mecca of naturism.  While the naturist movement is generally considered to have started in Germany, the largest resorts are now found in France. The French government has a division of the tourism ministry whose purpose is only to promote naturist tourism. The naturist district in Cap d'Agde was created by the French government in the 1970's and now attracts over 40,000 people every summer. Millions of French citizens vacation every year in naturist resorts, clubs and beaches.

But as advanced as naturism is in France, it is also an example of how things can go wrong when commerce drives a movement's growth. For example, Cap d'Agde has been widely criticised over the decades for its lack of standards.

This video was originally broadcast on French TV in August of 2011. It is an excellent overview of the current state of naturism in France – both good and bad. It also provides a warning for the naturist movement in our own country. If we do not defend naturist values, those who exploit naturism will destroy the philosophy on which our movement was created.

The original show was in French only.  This version has been enhanced with English subtitles.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Act Naturally on DVD

The producers of the movie Act Naturally have announced the pre-release sale of the DVD version.

So if you were there at the Fox Theatre on June 26th or saw the screening during the 2011 Naturist Festival, you can now have your own copy! (plus bonus material)

If you missed both screenings, then this is your chance to finally see it!

Please support independent naturist film by purchasing your own copy of this movie instead of duplicating it or downloading it.

Friday, 9 December 2011

15 Years of Equality in Topfree Rights for Women!

Fifteen years ago today, on December 9th, 1996, the Ontario Appeal Court reversed the 1991 conviction of Gwen Jacob for indecency making it legal for all women in Ontario to be topfree. Jacob, at the time a university student, had walked bare-breasted through the streets of Guelph in July 1991 in order to protest the inequality of current law.

On July 19, 1991, Gwen Jacob took off her shirt and walked home from the University of Guelph. She was charged with committing an indecent act. (Section 173 of the Criminal Code of Canada)

It was actually the second time that she had walked top-free in the City of Guelph during 33C weather. The first stroll only generated puzzled reactions. But on the second day, she ran into more opposition when she stopped to talk on Ontario Street. A Ms. Pettifer called the police after after Gwen Jacob refused her request to cover up. Another resident of that street, Ms. Snarr, expressed concern about the impact that bare breasts would have on her young children. The police asked Gwen Jacob to put on her shirt. They arrested her when she refused and charged her with committing an indecent act.

At the first trial in 1991, Ms. Pettifer testified that bare breasts were "disgusting" while Ms. Snarr said that it is "dirty" for women to expose their breasts. Gwen Jacob was found guilty and fined $75. In 1992, the Ontario Court's General Division upheld the ruling. But on December 9, 1996, the Court of Appeal for Ontario reversed her 1991 conviction and gave all the women of Ontario the right to be topfree.

You can hear Gwen Jacob tell her story on episode 28 of The Naturist Living Show.