Guest site by: Judith S.
The first thing people ask me when they find out I’m a naturist is, When did you become a nudist?
The easiest way I can describe it is that being a member of the International Raelian Movement helped me get more comfortable with my body and hence nudity in general. Raelians believe the body is natural and nothing to be ashamed of. We are all distinct, unique and amazing and should feel comfortable in our own skin.
Many are unfamiliar with or have misconceptions about the Raelian Movement in general, so I’ll just briefly describe what it is all about. The Raelian Movement is considered an atheist doctrine. We don’t believe in a “God” that’s up in the clouds, and it’s a faith in the sense that we’ve an organized collection of beliefs, i.e.:
There is absolutely no God and that all life on this particular planet is made by advanced scientists from another planet called the Elohim (mentioned in the bible and were mistaken for ‘gods’).
We were created to love, be happy and take care of each other.
We must assemble http://videonudism.com/young to welcome back the Elohim so that they can share their innovative technology with mankind and help us mend this planet.
“Rael” (Claude Vorilhon) Founder of the Raelian Movement
The movement was founded by Claude Vorilhon, a French journalist and race car driver in 1973 after he had a string of UFO encounters which he wrote about in a novel called Intelligent Design: Message from the Designers. He has other novels as well which can all be downloaded at no cost at http://www.rael.org. He was instructed to change his name to Rael, which means “last prophet;” consequently, “Raelianism.”
There is a familiar misconception that we’re a “UFO cult.” This may be because a lot of photographs of Rael show him with a replica of the UFO he encountered, and lots of members don’t cut their hair and have been called “hippies. The term ‘cult’ has negative connotations, and we do not fit the definition of one because any Raelian is free to leave the movement at any time without pressure. We also do not worship the leader, nor do we worship UFO’s, Rael or even the Elohim. Rael even warns us to not get too attached to him and stresses that what is important is the message, not the messenger.
My first meeting with social nudity was really at a Raelian self improvement seminar in Mexico, or Happiness Academy as they are dubbed. Some people were topless or completely bare during certain workshops and even though I was too timid to join in, I secretly envied their carefree attitude towards nudity. I got as far as going around in my bra for one workshop and that was exciting for me.
But I truly started including it when I was requested to function as the representative for the International Go Topless rally in Pittsburgh, PA, which is a yearly demonstration Raelians coordinate all around the globe to bring knowledge of women’s topless rights (www.gotopless.org) . These protests are done on or around August 26th which is Women’s Equality Day. The simple premise is that if men can be topless in public without getting arrested, women should enjoy the exact same constitutional right.
2012 GoTopless Rally in D.C. Jpg: http://www.gotopless.org
I ‘d already planned on being present at the rally in NYC, where it is really legal for women to be fully topless, but hadn’t decided whether I Had take off my top. So I needed to get comfortable being topless ASAP! I started slowly by walking topless around my house, with the shades drawn of course. The only one judging me was my dog and I don’t believe he cared.
I then moved on to cleaning in the buff and walking around bare in the house. I found it so enjoyable and realized I didn’t have to set the air conditioner on all the time. I also started to sleep bare. That required some getting used to, but was entirely worth every penny. I’m confident you understand the benefits of being unclothed in general but sleeping in the buff tops the list of among the healthiest things you can do for the body.
By the time the Pittsburgh GoTopless rally came along, I thought I was prepared for public semi-nudity (as I’d just be topless, not totally nude). While most of the reactions were positive (from guys), nothing could prepare me for the impolite reactions and gestures of many people. One woman spat on us and another covered her little girl’s eyes as they walked by. In Pittsburgh it is illegal for girls to show their nipples so I wasn’t 100% exposed. But I recognized several hours into the rally that even though it was 95 degrees outside, I was cool as a cucumber! This really is amazing, I thought! Why don’t more women cover being topless? Why don’t they take off those confining bras and let the boobs breathe? That rally was a success and I am confident we put the seed in some women’s heads about embracing topfreedom.
From that point on, I understood that I loved being nude and didn’t care what folks thought. I can not help the way I look and didn’t request to be born this way so I can’t let it prevent me from experiencing the freedom and health benefits that nudity brings. I’m looking forward to checking out the bare beaches within my new home state which means no tan lines and best of all: skinny dipping!
More about Raelianism: Raelians campaign for human rights through a few different social justice projects, and Go Topless is only one of them. Others are Clitoraid, which can be a charity that offers free operation for victims of female genital mutilation, Aramis which covers all types of sexual orientations, Paradism which can be a society without money, greed, and authorities thru the promotion of science & technology, 1 Minute for Peace that is meditating one minute as often as possible for world peace as human thoughts have the ability to change world events. And eventually, the Back to Kama project seeks to bring Kama, which is the first name for Africa before it was colonized, to its proper glory by supporting investments and projects there .
Judith S. is a representative of the International Raelian Movement http://www.rael.org.
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