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Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:49 am

Burning In The Buff, 2014

(It’s Sunday, so time for my sermon. :wink: )

This is a SINCERE thread about nudity at Burning Man. For wisecracks and immaturity, please go to the companion thread Wisecracks In The Buff: viewtopic.php?f=56&t=68284


To read this thread’s predecessor, go here: viewtopic.php?f=279&t=58093&start=120. You will see why that thread was discontinued by Trilo, and why I split my effort on the concept into two threads.

For anything relating to sexual activity, go to relevant threads – this ain’t it.


As I see it, our “vessels” were created by Mother Nature, and I can imagine no reason why we should be ashamed of her work -- we had nothing to do with it. What we can influence is how we utilize this body we’ve been issued, and that’s quite important indeed.

Me, I’m sick and tired of feeling guilty on behalf of my gender. I’ve never raped anybody, so I don’t know why I should be ashamed of my “bits”.

It’s all a matter of hygiene, so far as I can understand.

Some basics: If you visit other camps or vehicles while nude, and you may want to sit down, carry a clean towel to sit on. Simple courtesy and hygienic common sense. Standard procedure at nudist resorts.

By the way, “nudist” is also called “naturist” (not to be confused with “naturalist”). I suppose the nekkid folks are tired of old “nudist” jokes.

Regarding inadvertent erections: It happens. Men were born with two heads, and the upper one sometimes struggles to stay in control of the other. My personal rule of thumb is that all parties completely ignore it, as if our beloved grandmother just farted. It didn’t happen. End of problem. Of course, the man does all he can to think of that grandmother, and the problem goes away eventually. No worries.

Sexual activity is illegal in public view, and this is being enforced in BRC.

Simple nudity is apparently not illegal, at least not effectively. There are two key elements in most definitions of “illegal nudity”, namely the concepts of “community standards” and “enforcement policy”. With Burning Man’s obvious community standard of accepting nudity, enforcement of any anti-nudity law that might exist seems to be effectively suspended.
(Those who wish to study this concept may want to look up the “Cahill Policy Letter”, which pertains to California State Parks. It is a good example of sensible enforcement policy.)

We tend to see more nekkid men than ladies on the streets of BRC, which I don’t understand. Ladies are much prettier! But let me mentions this: When the photo artist Spencer Tunick recruited 360 people to pose in the buff in 2013, three out of four volunteers were ladies (by my estimate).
(Here is the thread about that photo-shoot: viewtopic.php?f=321&t=65686 )


(Disclaimer: Any references I have made to legal matters are merely my own understandings. I offer no legal counsel in this post.)

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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by unjonharley » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:52 am

My third son and grandfather are having chunks of skin removed..Skin Cancer..

I will be covered up this year on the playa.. Sides in the buff I look like a sack of doorknobs..

that was not to much a joke for this thread was it? Elliot.

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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:03 am

unjonharley wrote:My third son and grandfather are having chunks of skin removed..Skin Cancer..

I will be covered up this year on the playa.. Sides in the buff I look like a sack of doorknobs..

that was not to much a joke for this thread was it? Elliot.
Skin cancer is a serious issue indeed. Use plenty of sun screen! Also, I don't show up on Playa without a base tan all over.

Aesthetics is a tricky subject, but it was covered quite thoroughly in an earlier thread. The consensus was that we (most of us) are sensible enough not to judge anybody by their wrinkles.
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by trilobyte » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:50 am

What a great thread! While I don't see myself as being a naked burner (my own choice), I like that Black Rock City is a place where people have that option and can feel comfortable doing so. I've got a number of friends and campmates who enjoy being partially or fully nude, I'll pass along what seem like great tips.

+1000 to Elliot's comment about sunblock and having a base tan. That's actually great advice whether you're in the buff or not. If your skin feels warm or hot, or if you think you might be burning... you are.

Extra sunblock. Have some at camp, and some you take with you. Travel sizes are perfect to tuck into the pocket of your hydro pack, and work great as a backup sunscreen. But if you're out and about and don't have any but feel like you need it... ask. Most people would be happy to share what they have, and help prevent someone from getting a burn.

Hats, parasols, and other portable shade are always great things to have.

A towel can be great to keep in your pack or bike basket, not only in the unlikely event you feel overcome with modesty, but also as a seatcover. Not only do you not want to dirty up somebody's seats with your sweaty/sunscreeny self, you do not want to put your bare skin on something that may have been sitting in the hot sun.

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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Mojojita » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:38 pm

There is a Greeter's shift that is the themed Naked shift - a year or so ago it, by chance, coincided with a visit by members of the Nevada Legislature. (Ya gotta love playadipity)

My camp now has an honorary "sweaty balls" chair that has been used by naked burners not aware of the "bring a towel" convention. Beware of ancient ass matter deposits.
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:53 pm

It might be unnecessary to mention, but for the record... I wash with great frequency when I go nude. Might be approximately hourly when I'm repairing bicycles.
But I can also mention that perspiration is not much of a problem when the dry breeze has unrestricted access. And that is a big reason it feels so nice to go nude in BRC.
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by ranger magnum » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:52 pm

When I was part of a bicycle repair camp, my main duty was welding. Don't want to really be naked for that....

Plus I'm not much of a naked guy. I work most of the day anyway, and at night its pretty cold.
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:26 pm

ranger magnum wrote:When I was part of a bicycle repair camp, my main duty was welding. Don't want to really be naked for that....

Plus I'm not much of a naked guy. I work most of the day anyway, and at night its pretty cold.
Oh, you bet. Arc welding light will burn skin in a jiffy. I've felt it on my hands when I have welded without gloves. And forearms in short sleeves. And then there are the sparks. Time, place, clothing and safety gear as appropriate for everything!

Luckily there is seldom a need for welding in my little bike repair camp.

I'm often on Perimeter shift in the morning until Noon, and then I can fix bikes while I enjoy the breeze in the warmth of the afternoon.
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by unjonharley » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:33 am

no frying bacon in the buff

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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by VultureChow » Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:45 am

It's like a skinned knee. Just have someone blow on it. It will feel better immediately.
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:24 am

VultureChow wrote:It's like a skinned knee. Just have someone blow on it. It will feel better immediately.
All right, you.... Off to the Wisecracking in the Buff thread with you! :lol:
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Post by MyDearFriend » Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:38 pm

Elliot wrote:
VultureChow wrote:It's like a skinned knee. Just have someone blow on it. It will feel better immediately.
All right, you.... Off to the Wisecracking in the Buff thread with you! :lol:

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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by VultureChow » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:14 am

Elliot wrote:
VultureChow wrote:It's like a skinned knee. Just have someone blow on it. It will feel better immediately.
All right, you.... Off to the Wisecracking in the Buff thread with you! :lol:
Sorry, it's just soooo hard to resist. :twisted:
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:50 am

VultureChow wrote:
Elliot wrote:
VultureChow wrote:It's like a skinned knee. Just have someone blow on it. It will feel better immediately.
All right, you.... Off to the Wisecracking in the Buff thread with you! :lol:
Sorry, it's just soooo hard to resist. :twisted:
I grant you retroactive carte blanche for those two quips. Well, carte tan.
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:17 am

:D
So.... Elsewhere, Sunbeam56 gave me definitions of various forms of unclothedness, and I added my own touch:

Naked involves a wardrobe malfunction,
Nude involves 12 veils,
Nekkid involves a swimming hole.

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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Sunbeam56 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:28 am

Look Ma! No dung!
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:37 am

I think baking-fuels started on a different thread, but we can certainly discuss buns here, yes. :lol:
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by FIGJAM » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:13 am

And baguette's?
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Post by Corvus » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:03 am

No, no, no. Naked means you ain't got no clothes on. Nekkid means you ain't got no clothes on, and you're up to sumthin'.
Elliot wrote::D
So.... Elsewhere, Sunbeam56 gave me definitions of various forms of unclothedness, and I added my own touch:

Naked involves a wardrobe malfunction,
Nude involves 12 veils,
Nekkid involves a swimming hole.

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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:10 am

Corvus wrote:No, no, no. Naked means you ain't got no clothes on. Nekkid means you ain't got no clothes on, and you're up to sumthin'.
That'll work too! :lol:
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:11 am

An other nude thread was bumped, so I figure I ought to bump this one also -- maybe to counteract the onslaught of "I-need-a-theme-camp" and "I-need-a-ticket" threads, if nothing else. :D
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by FIGJAM » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:13 am

I need a ticket to a nude theme camp!!! :lol:
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I need a naked ticket!

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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by Elliot » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:50 pm

Hmmmm.... Maybe I should print up Permission Slips -- permission to go naked. :lol:
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by unjonharley » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:25 pm

Elliot wrote:Hmmmm.... Maybe I should print up Permission Slips -- permission to go naked. :lol:
I would need one mailed to my doctor.. I am ordered to cover up..
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Post by Patsh » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:51 pm

Elliot wrote:Hmmmm.... Maybe I should print up Permission Slips -- permission to go naked. :lol:
Elliot, do you have anything that helps overcome shyness? :oops:
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Post by TT120 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:23 pm

Patsh wrote:
Elliot wrote:Hmmmm.... Maybe I should print up Permission Slips -- permission to go naked. :lol:
Elliot, do you have anything that helps overcome shyness? :oops:
I think that's called whiskey.......
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

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*editing BMan shopping list*
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Post by Savannah » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:55 pm

Patsh wrote:
Elliot wrote:Hmmmm.... Maybe I should print up Permission Slips -- permission to go naked. :lol:
Elliot, do you have anything that helps overcome shyness? :oops:
Walk in Deep Playa naked first (or only). :D

That way you can enjoy it without thinking.
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Re: Burning In The Buff 2014

Post by gaminwench » Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:03 pm

Hi Elliot
*waving*

I'd like to add some female perspective, if I may.

I go topless on the playa, because I CAN.
This is not an invitation, an attention getting ploy, or a statement of availability.
I am not young, busty or beautiful.

I have been fondled, leered at, photographed without consent, yelled at when I've denied consent, stalked and generally creeped out.
I don't go to center camp, or to the rave camps; this cuts down a small bit on the nasty, which escalates as the weekenders arrive.

I would love to go nekkid in the desert, I'm not modest, but the assumptions and behaviors elicited by my lil naked boobies lead me to believe that my safety would be even more compromised by exposing my ladybits to the populace.
( I have wind worshiped, deep playa, with crew, nude with silks, and it was lovely)

I'm guessing this is why you don't see more naked female types on the playa.
(mebbe I'll just come get nekkid in your camp, and you can run creep patrol :mrgreen: )
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