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Thrown off the Bus for Breastfeeding

Written by Sarah Valero. Posted in Blog

BreastfeedingI recently have read an article online about a woman getting kicked off the bus for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding mom kicked off Michigan-bus When I read this I was really interested in the story because, I have had something similar happen to me. While women who breast feed in public are normally protected against laws normally prohibiting a nudist from nudism, many people are still so against the naked body. That such a normal body function such as breast feeding is attacked. It surprised me the way people view the body, after all of the W.I.C. and government campaigns encouraging mothers to breast feed no matter what. I was kicked off a government funded city transit.

When I was on the bus, I tried my best not to feed my infant. We had already been on the bus for an hour, and it was in the city of San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio, Texas is the eighth largest city in the United States. The northern half of the city was the more wealthy area of the city, and as assumed all of the doctor’s offices were on the northern half of the city as well. So in order to see my daughter’s pediatrician, I would have to endure a one hour and thirty minute bus ride across the entire city.

She began to get tired and cry, and people were looking angrily at me on the bus. This made me nervous because it makes a woman feel like a bad mother when her child is crying and people look at her with so much anger. It is a mother’s job to care for her child and keep the child happy and healthy. So I at first tried to hide it. Not only that, but when a child cries your body reacts. Your breasts fill with milk, and your body wants to feed the child. When your breasts become full they get hard, and then heat up. You can develop a fever and become ill if your breasts stay gorged for too long. It is very painful. So I tried to cover myself and feed my daughter. Mind you I was raised not to be ashamed of my nudity, and my mother is a nudist. So I don’t hide when I am at home or when I am around family.

I just sit at the dinner table and cross my legs up in my chair indian style, then cradle my child in my knees while she nurses. This was my average everyday occurrence. Small infants who don’t eat solid foods breast feed every two hours. If they don’t they get very upset, and do cry very loudly. I felt awkward and ashamed; I moved to the back corner of the bus with my child then covered her and my breasts with a baby blanket. This was so horrible and awkward, no one should feel ashamed of their body to the point where they have to hide it not even a nudist. My daughter was not used to this either. She thought I was playing a game, so she began to giggle and threw the blanket off. Almost as if I was playing a game of peek-a-boo with her. I tried to keep her covered, but it was fruitless. After all how many people want a blanket over their head while they are eating? I know I don’t. So I left the blanket off of her, I thought about nudity and being a nudist when I did.

I pulled the blanket off her folded it and set it next to me. If anyone stared at me and my breasts while feeding a child then they were a pervert in my mind. This made me think about a photo I saw of a woman completely covered with a burka head to toe, you couldn’t see anything of her except her breast while she fed her infant. If a society that doesn’t allow a woman to even show her face allows her to breast feed in public exposing her breasts. Then why can I not do it as well? Well it turned out that our society is really backwards, because I was thrown off the bus after one of the men who were staring at me awkwardly complained to the bust driver. What if I was a nudist? What if I was on that bus totally stark naked, did I not have a right to be in my whole and entirety? When I say whole and entirety, what I mean is naked is our original state of being, why is it so sexual and perverted to everyone?

NOTICE! This is a guest article – content in this article do not necessarily reflect my views. I can not ensure the validity of the content of the article either.

AANR- What is it?

Written by Sarah Valero. Posted in Quick info

AANRAANR stands for American Association for Nude recreation. They are an organization that advocates nudism. The organization spans over all of North, and South America. They have around 213 nudist, resorts and affiliates. The AANR has been in operation for over 80 years and provides wholesome nudist family recreation. The Association in general supports nudity and holds it as wholesome despite many years of attacks. The organization has held strong through eight decades despite political climate, and views from the media.

I found that the AANR provides children activities and youth activities. They have a standard that all youth are to be closely supervised. I liked this. All places should require close supervision of children no matter the organization offering activities. Too many originations allow parents to drop off their children and the children to remain un-supervised. When this happens it opens up a world of trouble for the children, which includes bullying, molestation, or simply getting into mischief. They also provide a curfew for children. I feel like they are more responsible than other organizations. My family are members at the YMCA and the Girls and Boys club of America. These organizations are family oriented, but they lack proper supervision over the children. It opens a situation where the children are capable of getting into a lot of trouble. They have a after school program where the children are dropped off and, the staff really don’t watch over the kids closely. The only remedy for this is the children’s parents being present.

The AANR supports all people despite body type, and encourages family oriented nudism. The atmosphere is not sexual, and if anyone acts in a way that is. It is deemed inappropriate. This creates a comfortable environment for everyone to be able to relax and be a nudist. They have a free pass right now for women; the pass is available off their website.
The AANR has a long list of many nude beaches, resorts, and clubs for people to attend. They offer two types of clubs and they call them landed or non-landed clubs. Landed clubs are places that are a facility, and non-landed clubs maybe someone’s home or a health club. I looked my local branch of AANR, and I found information about some of the clubs, and activities in my area. One of the activities they listed was a nude race. There is also a resort in Oklahoma, and a bed and breakfast in Texas. The bed and breakfast is named Chapparral Resort / bed and breakfast.

The regulations differ at each resort or club. Some allow alcohol some don’t, some let you bring pets or kids, and some don’t. One thing is certain though amongst all the places, cameras aren’t allowed. I am sure this is to prevent issues with the public. It bothers me that family photos aren’t allowed. It disturbs me a bit as well, that nudism is such a general issue. Even amongst a place that is made separately for people to be a nudist at. I looked over their website, and you can tell that they are careful about their public image, and are careful with how someone might see the nudist/nudism element through their photography. Again this whole ordeal rotates into my thought of the naked body being something to be ashamed of. No one should be ashamed of their body. I also noticed that they focused really hard in the photographs to make sure that the children weren’t shown nude. They focus also on advertising towards adults as individuals more so than family units.

I will never truly understand why nudism is more frowned upon amongst children than adults. Often the community will label you as a bad parent, if you let your children run around naked. It really shouldn’t be as such a big deal as people make of it.

NOTICE! This is a guest article – content in this article do not necessarily reflect my views. I can not ensure the validity of the content of the article either.

Bathing my kid in the front yard

Written by Sarah Valero. Posted in Blog

Boy bathingRecently my neighbors called the cops on me for letting my children bathe naked in a wash tub in the back yard. After and before bathing I let them run naked through the sprinklers. Mind you it gets over 100 F where I live. Growing up it was a common practice for my parents, and other neighbors to let children run naked through the sprinklers during the summer. I did though grow up in a German community where nudism and nudist are viewed very differently. They didn’t view being nude as a perversion but instead viewed it as this is how we are. This is our natural state. The heat in South, Texas can be overbearing, and I think it should be ok to run in the front yard or back yard naked. It is my property what should it matter? Especially for young children? Why is nudity such a bad thing? My perverted neighbors called the cops, and the police came onto my property. They told me that I was causing a disturbance by letting my children run naked through the yard.

I told the police officer, that this is my land. I live 20 miles away from the city limits, and if my neighbors didn’t want to see my naked kids they needed to close their blinds. How rude of them to call the cops on my kids and I. I was so insulted by the neighbors, why did it matter that I and my children were nudist. I get so tired of my prude neighbors, acting so proper and covering every inch of their bodies. I was really insulted and disgusted that they viewed my children’s naked bodies in such a perverted way. It disturbed me that a grown adult would view, a child’s naked body as sexual. A child running around naked should be natural, and never even thought of as sexual.

The Texas state laws on nudity are that it is ok to be naked as long as it is not intended to cause sexual gratification or arousal. So why in the world would my neighbors complain about indecent exposure of my children unless it was according to the laws definition? Texas State Statute, Penal Code, Title 5 offenses against the person, Chapter 21 sexual offenses, Sec. 21.08 indecent exposure. There is a constant argument over the topic of nudism in Texas, but the main intent of the act as mentioned in the statute is forgotten which is the intent to sexually gratify or cause arousal with recklessness of who is around.
So many people are very ill informed about nudist, and their intent. The intent of a nudist is not to arouse people around them. But is to be in their natural form, I remember when I was a child. My mother let me run around naked everywhere, I would ride my bike down the street naked or in my panties. It wasn’t a big deal, but as I grew older my mother made me wear a shirt. But at home it still wasn’t a big deal to be naked. It made me sad, because I had to cover myself and it was more comfortable to remain uncovered. It also made me think about my body evolving into woman hood. That people would view me different, and it made me feel as if I needed to be ashamed of my body. Another thought other than shame, that came to my mind was that other people would view me in a sexual way. This was absurd to me, because my body to me was not sexual. It was my natural form.

I still hold this view, that our bodies are not a sexual tool to arouse others. Our bodies simply are, and it is absurd that a child bathing and playing. Should bring sexual thoughts to an adult’s mind, where they would call the cops. The thought that people should be categorized into nudist alone offends me, and people should accept our bodies as our natural form.

NOTICE! This is a guest article – content in this article do not necessarily reflect my views. I can not ensure the validity of the content of the article either.

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