Election Day

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When I think about what America means, I think of the thousands of early American pioneers that the picture above represents, people with hope and a dream, people that, by the grace of their own free spirit set out across this country to build a new life. They depended on no one but each other and themselves. They looked to government for nothing, yet they built the backbone of this country that we all enjoy and exploit today.

Tomorrow is election day. Many Americans will vote their own personal agendas without regard of potential consequences. They won’t be thinking about what makes this country strong, what secures America for future generations, or what may keep America from going the way of the several financially bankrupt countries around the world. They won’t be thinking about the early pioneers that built what we are squandering today.

But we Americans have a problem. Though we all have far more in common than many of us realize, our politics have divided us. We have become politically emotional creatures because social philosophies, like a fever, have infected our politics. Whereas government once dealt with roads, foreign policy, national security, and sensible regulations, our politicians have convinced many of us that we must depend on them to guide us morally and/or for cradle to grave security. As one decade leads to another, we have less and less in common with those early pioneers.

 Today, what bothers me personally is the size of our ever increasing debt, and the size of our increasingly intrusive, ever expanding government. Spending is out of control. Standards of living are going down. Businesses are discouraged, and/or failing because of regulations, government impositions and tax burdens. These are cracks in our foundation. Sincerely hoping I do not offend my liberal friends (because I agree with them on so many issues), I believe America needs some conservative thinking; and I don’t mean on gay marriage or freedom of choice for women.

As gauled as I am about self-righteous Republicans that believe they should impose their own personal moralities on the rest of us, I don’t believe any of them want to push granny off the cliff. So on this election day I’m voting a Republican ticket. I don’t believe those with a morality agenda will get anywhere with it, but I do think, since we already have a Republican Congress, that a Republican Senate will end the gridlock, and that a conservative agenda will address spending and the national debt, improve our economy and give businesses the encouragement and opportunity to increase hiring and wages. Hopefully a unified Congress will be magnanimous enough to work with the President on passing legislation tempered with his ideas. After all, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton successfully worked with the other side to get quite a bit done.

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Lars Stephan … Model/Photographer

Lars Stephan is a German model and a gifted photographer. He is also one of the most beautiful men found on the Internet. But it goes beyond what you see on the surface. There is an underlying sensitivity inside him, an appreciation for life, a soul that speaks to a camera lens with masculine eloquence.

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From an interview with Lars in PREF magazine

“I grew up in a small town in Germany and after finishing college in Hamburg I moved to New York to be with my boyfriend of that time. I was always drawn to the visual image and after working a couple of different jobs (modeling, assistant eye-wear designer, camera intern on a motion picture) I decided to explore photography. I started taking pictures of myself as a means of learning the art of photography. Through trial and error I began to find my way of expressing myself as an artist, as a photographer, and every time I pick up my camera I keep on learning.”

“I took the first self-portraits because I wanted to see if I could capture myself better than the photographers had done during my time as a model. As I grew as a photographer, taking self-portraits became a way for me to get over certain issues that date back to the days when I was a closeted gay teenager growing up in a homophobic environment in Germany. My first self-portraits were about getting over self esteem issues. Now, I am much more interested in the landscape of the human body. I find that the body is a timeless piece of art when it is stripped of its clothing. I am aiming for a timelessness in my images that makes them currant no matter whether we look at them now or in 10 years time.”

“I don’t have a clear definition of beauty. I am drawn to a healthy body, a classic physique as you would find in antiquity. But that’s just one part. A lot of models have beautiful bodies and faces, but they don’t interest me since oftentimes they are unable to show that they are vital and alive. There is nothing less beautiful than a bland unblemished surface. The important part of beauty for me comes from within, it is expressed through how a person carries themselves and through the life in a person’s eyes.”

See a previous article about Lars Stephan.

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Men Getting Naked

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Men have always enjoyed the natural camaraderie of getting naked together, apparently more so in days gone by. Today we have problems, especially in the U.S. Male social nudity is confused with male sexuality. We have have a problem interpreting what it means to be a masculine man. Except for gay or bisexual men, guys fear how being naked with other men might be interpreted. But for those not lugging this kind of macho baggage, keep celebrating being a man.

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This is a collection of thirty plus vintage photos of men getting naked together.

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Getting Naked … The Nudist

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Most nudists have a philosophy about the nudist lifestyle, such as it improves your self-esteem, or the people are so friendly and accepting, or getting naked promotes body acceptance no matter what a persons physical appearance happens to be. All of this is true, along with countless other positive opinions, but there is one thing everyone agrees on … it’s fun!

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 It’s fun to get naked with friends, to meet new ones knowing that being naked gives you an automatic connection. It’s fun to enjoy the basic elements of being human, to feel the fresh air on your body, to share that experience with others that you identify with and enjoy being with. It’s fun to not worry about those extra few pounds, or those stretch marks, or that scar under your belly. Those things are part of who you are, and nudists celebrate them, not dread them.

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 Not only do nudists come in all shapes and sizes, they come in all ages. Older nudists add zest to life by getting out of their clothes with friends. Getting naked socially gives older nudists a carefree feeling and it keeps them young. Everyone is aware of the effects of aging, that age effects everyone differently. Nudists take it in stride.

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Teenage nudists have an advantage over their clothed counterparts: they have come to terms with their natural curiosity about the opposite sex. Boys don’t spend half their time wondering what certain girls look like naked. They know. In a nudist environment they’ve seen them time and again. Instead of being overwhelmed with curiosity about her body, he is curious about who she is and spends his time getting to know her instead of visualizing her naked.

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 Children that grow up in a nudist environment have a healthier more positive perspective about their own bodies and the human form in general. They have a better understanding of the opposite sex. When they see naked adults they are neither shocked or appalled by mature bodies; they simply accept the human form for what it is. Being naked is natural for them. They thoroughly enjoy the clothesfree freedom when they are playing with their friends.

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 From a nudist in central NY: “There are lots of nudists in CNY. I have always been nude around the house and on occasion when camping. About 10 years ago we bought a camp in the hills south east of Syracuse. It’s wonderful!! Very secluded, nice pond for swimming and 45 acres where you can wander, lay out, or just chill. I’ve had many people stop by and more often than not, they end up nude as well. It’s nice to have a place where there is safety and no pressure.”

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From a lifelong nudist: “I was raised as a nudist by my parents along with my three siblings. We would often go to a nudist beach when on vacation and locally too. I am a nudist mom with my husband and our kids today. We have many nudist friends go join us for parties.”

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 From another lifelong nudist: “I was raised, as a nudist, by my parents and grandparents. I come from a very large family. I have a large family as well. My kids all go nude when at home and at other places too. We love being nude together.”

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 From a nudist of 35 years: “I have been a real nudist for almost 35 years now and I just love it and recommend it to others to try and enjoy together with others present. You will not be sorry regardless of your body size and weight. In my nudist group, I have a few overweight couples. They love their bodies still and enjoying being nude with others. I salute them with the battle of the bulge and they are an inspiration to others as an example of how to enjoy life as a nudist.”

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“People that are comfortable enough to be around others nude is a beautiful thing. I have been a nudist since I was 17 and for awhile I was somewhat insecure and self conscious but overtime I discovered I had no reason to feel that way. I’m extremely happy with the way I live my life.”

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“I am a nudist and have been for about 21 years. I love being nude with my family, relatives, and friends. I belong to a group of local nudists locally here. We meet on weekends and sometimes during the summer months. I am going to a nudist party in an hour with my sons and my boyfriend. We have childless couples and families with kids in attendance.”

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“I come from a huge huge family of nudists. My grand parents, parents, all of my siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins are all nudists as well. I have been a nudist for 30 years. I go naked with my family of 8 at home and at the beach. We love being nude for skinny dipping nude sunbathing, playing games, sports, and hanging out with other family members and many of our friends too.”

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“I am a real nudist and single mom of four children; two boys and two girls. I was raised in the nudism lifestyle and when I got married I keep this family tradition in my own family. We have great times together nude at home with others. We attend nude parties with others and I host them as well. We all have been to nude resorts and they are fun too.”

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“I started out being a nudist at age 13 with my parents and siblings. I have been a nudist for 24 years now and love being naked with family and friends. I have found this lifestyle wholesome, natural, beautiful, relaxing, pleasurable, comfortable, healthy, exciting, and so much fun for all. I recommend other families try it and enjoy the fun times you will have nude with others.”

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“I grew up in a nudist family with my parents, siblings, other family members, and friends. Today, I have continued that same tradition of going nude with family and others. I am a single mom with 3 girls and 2 boys.”

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“I have walked down the road naked. Also walked through the woods naked and even laid down in the snow naked! Love being naked, and especially outdoors!”

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“We were raised to admire the human body and all that it does. We never thought twice to see mom or dad nude and them is growing up. Even as a teen we were very open about nudity, sex and the natural parts of life. I also raised my daughters very open to nudity, sex, Pleasure and the naturalness of it all. It’s beautiful and fun to be open to frank sexual conversations and sharing experienced rather than them only getting that from friends and books!”

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 The quoted remarks are from the Experience Project.

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Dangling Anatomy

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At the apex of his legs male anatomy collects in a most asymmetrical way. The smooth rounds of his shoulders and buttocks, the poetic swaying lines of his back and legs are interrupted by a compelling collection of shadows and creases, patterns of hair and darker colors, dangling attachments and earthy male smells, all of which becomes an irresistible focal point when he is naked.

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