Although the intent for the World Naked Bike Ride is for the right reasons by promoting a greener future by reducing the use of gas and oil dependencies. As well as promoting body acceptance and of others by getting noticed by drivers that we as a cyclists are very vulnerable to cars and trucks; by getting people to use their bikes more and cars less.
I co-organized the Montreal WNBR for 3 years and in that three years it was a complete success. However, I could not help notice the same pattern each year within myself when it came to the general public who were not taking part in the events. The media are one thing — but the amount of others with all the camera *click* *click* *click*… people focusing on bits alone with cameras not taking photos of us for the event, but rather for the body parts. I felt like I was no longer co-organizing a World Naked Bike Ride, but rather a voyeurism event where it was like, “Ohh hey, come gather around and snap photos of the genitals!” Which was not the idea behind the WNBR at all.
In my first year of doing the WNBR we had nearly 200 people for the event. I first for Montreal to have so many participants involved. Then as the years went by the number had dropped significantly. By the 3rd year we were floating around 20-25 people. The reason that I believe is because of all these other people just snapping away and making the women and men feel uncomfortable to participate in the events by making them feel like objects. I no longer felt like I wanted to be a co-organizer for the WNBR with the feeling of being a responsible for in my mind, supporting all this voyeurism-like behaviour with the non-participants. As a Naturist, I’ve never supported this kind of behaviour. So for that reason I’ve stopped co-organizing The Word Naked Bike Ride.
It’s one thing being part of the event and snapping photos to remember the day one took part in the WNBR. That’s fine. Just as long as you’re not being an ass by taking photos for the wrong reasons. It’s another when you’re not in the event. I will still participate in the World Naked Bike Ride, that’s for sure! I just don’t feel like as a Naturist that I should co-organize one with that been said.
Although the video takes place in Britain. It’s easy enough to say this would happen anywhere around the globe. The thing is, everyone has their own views on body image. Some have their extremes and others are carefree in the sense that they are perfectly happy with how they look like. skinny, fat, tall, short — they are happy just the way they look like. Clothed or not, I feel that if you care too much on body image it sort of becomes a mental health problem. Naturists are a lot more laid back on the body image. It’s far more healthy as a Naturist on views with body image. They don’t mind what others look like and that is just fine; even if they have scars, surgery marks, being fat, skinny — we’re all beautifully unique. Naturists don’t judge & a handful of non-naturists do as well. So embrace yourself and love your body! Learn a better self respect for yourself and of others! =)
In the video below, You’ll see all the various extremes when it comes to body image, clothing (or none at all), diet types (food), cosmetics and as well as cosmetic surgery, etc
Well, another summer is over and we can’t complain too much. It was warm up to today. As fall temperatures will settle in tomorrow, to stay. We find ourselves itching to seek out to the FQN/FCN events for winter. This way we may enjoy naturism outside my home. Check out your local Federation/Club/Campgrounds for winter events. You’d be surprised what they may have to offer with indoor events and activities. Us living in Montreal, we have indoor events such as swimming, aqua-fit, tennis, badminton, jogging, sauna, jacuzzi, Christmas dinner, the sugar shack, and other various activities within the community. So, turn them frowns upside down and think positive this winter! Make the best of it, you also could make more naturist friends in this manner =)
It’s time to make sure your memberships are all up to date starting now!
I hate to be a bearer of bad news. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, Southern Quebec is expected to be a cold and very snowy winter. Today we hit 31°c in October the 18th — enjoy it now! Temperatures will fall to 1°c by Sunday. They are predicting our first snowstorm by around November 20th-24th.
Moreover, the forecast for 2017 so far is as such via The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
Winter will be milder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in mid- to late December and early to mid-January, from late January into early February, and in mid- and late February. The snowiest periods will be in mid- to late November, early December, late January, and early to mid- and late February.
April and May will be dryer than normal, with near-normal temperatures.
Summer will be rainier than normal, with near- to below-normal temperatures. The hottest periods will be in early and mid-July and in mid- to late August.
September and October will be slightly cooler than normal, with near-normal precipitation.
First off, I’d like to apologize for being so absent over the course of the summer. You can blame it on the Pokemon GO game. I’ve been addicted to the game since it came out and i have been out almost every day playing it. Meanwhile, in between that, I have had a chance to bike to Bare River a few times and have gone to La Pommerie once this summer. I found that this summer wasn’t as hot as last year and that made me a little sad. I was hoping for a much better summer, temperature wise, that is. No matter, I will be renewing our membership with the FQN soon and be taking part in the winter activities they have to offer. (Swimming, Spa, gym, Christmas dinner, etc)
Speaking of the FQN. I’d like to thank PoissonDansLeau for emailing me on information that there are plans — or being talked about… that the FQN maybe working on an English version of the FQN forums for the english speaking members and non-members. I feel this is a great idea. It could help get more members involved in the FQN and help grow the community by making it easier for the English-speaking members to get involved in the community.
I do have an idea for this, and I’m not sure how this would work, but if it did, it would make the forums much easier this way — By implementing a system/code to automatically translate any text from french to english for the english users and doing the same for the french speaking users, english to french (not the whole page. by having the code see each individual post and translate accordingly. This way, no matter who types what in between english or french, either side will see it fully in english for the Anglophones, and fully in french for the Francophones. It’s just an idea I had while i’m typing this blog. It only came to me after i had the email conversation.