I consider myself a generally tolerant chap but I sometimes get a little irritated by naturists (usually they are Orientals) who are so obviously ashamed of nudity. They will talk about how natural nudity is and how we must tell the textile world that there is nothing wrong with nudity and we mustn't wrongly associate it with sex but when it comes to posting their photos in a naturist forum, they come up with all kinds of excuses. They may blot out their entire faces the way suspected criminals' faces are pixellated in newspapers or they may post only photos that are ambiguous as to whether they are really naked. And in the same post, they talk about how natural nudity is.
I usually don't say a word when I see such posts in the naturist forums I'm on. I understand the culture among Orientals generally. After all, those of us who are ethnically Chinese are extremely conservative and we've been so since Confucius gave examples of how only animals had no shame and could appear naked in the open. How often do you see a Chinese man or woman naked at the WNBR?
But what really gets my goat is when people who claim to be naturists criticise other naturists who post photos of themselves that show the genitals. I have seen on various occasions naturists who are of the view that we should all conceal our genitals in photos that we post online because it's more "tasteful". If these people can have their way, they will soon demand that we all put on clothes because it's more tasteful.
All my friends whom I grew up with, attend the same schools and uni with, go to the same church with, are without exception non-naturists. Every one of them. But I openly declare to all of them that I'm a naturist but they all seem to think I'm a naturist because I'm eccentric. To them, there must be a reason why anyone would want to be a naturist. To them only a morally debauched person would go to a nudist gathering and since I'm happily married and very much a family man, I must be eccentric.
Recently, a group of my friends with whom I would normally communicate by means of a group email that goes to everyone in the group, discovered online some of the many photos of me in a naturist setting. They were concerned and they told me that I was exposing myself to possible blackmail by unscrupulous people. One of them remarked that it was a "very explicit" photo because it showed me in frontal nudity and my face could be seen very clearly and why didn't I cover my face???
But you see, my friends are non-naturists and I don't blame them for thinking that way. But I do know of quite a few naturists I've met in Asian naturist forums and even on international forums who think in precisely the same way. They are ashamed of posting any photo that shows their faces and their nudity. Of course I have since met other genuine Asian naturists but unlike the West where naturism seems to have taken off rather successfully, there are really very few of us in Asia who are not ashamed of our nudity.
It will probably take many more generations before this decidedly textile mindset is changed in my society.
Anyway, to my friends on the group email exchange, I sent this photo. I told them that the blackmailers could have a whale of a time blackmailing not just me but my two other triplets as well. I haven't yet got their response. LOL.