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The title pretty much says it all. A blog all about positively promoting nudism/naturism, body acceptance and social nudity, and showing how simply being nude is not porn, sexual or anything shameful.

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#YourNudeOnStory: Mike’s Story

Hey friends, we’re back with another special edition of #YourNudeOnStory. Today, we sit down and chat with Mike, a 70-year-old longtime naturist and fellow blogger from southeast England. A friend of our page for some time, let’s learn about Mike’s experience with the clothes-free way of life.

So I understand you’ve been a nudist for quite some time—how did it all start for you, what drew you into nudism/naturism in the first place?
I’m now 70 and consider I’ve been a nudist/naturist since I was about 17. I sort of stumbled into it, when I visited a stretch of beach called Formby nr. Liverpool and happened to see a couple strolling by the shore naked – that did it for me off came my trunks and I spent a blissful day paddling and sunning naked. It was the freedom from covering any of me and from that day I was hooked! I must admit I could see no reason why we should be constrained by clothes and I stated to buy HE magazine marveling at the bodies within, naked in all sorts of places. I continued to be naked outdoors whenever and wherever I could be and indoors – I threw out my P’J’s and slept naked and have done ever since.

What reactions did you get when people found you were a nudist?
I got married at 21 and my wife embraced the lifestyle we went to naturist beaches in this country and abroad and to resorts like Euronat in France and raised our 2 daughters without body shame, though they’ve gone and got families of their own and are too busy to bother about the naturist life! I did get in a spot of bother on 2 occasions when someone complained about my outdoor nudity and I got a visit from the Police but no prosecutions just a warning to be more careful!

Do you have any special place(s) you like to go where you can enjoy yourself and just be nude? What are some of your favorite things to do?
I love to go for nude walks in our lovely countryside and whilst I carry a cover-up I don’t rush to put it on if come across another walker and have only had a couple of negative reactions usually a cheery good day suffices! It is legal in England to be naked in public if there is no intention to alarm or distress. I mostly always am nude at home I find doing housework and cooking and decorating is best done naked. I dress for certain visitors quite a few are comfortable seeing me as I am.

How do you feel sharing your nudist/naturist way of life has made an impact on you and others you may know?
I think with the growth of Social Media it has been possible to see how many naturists there are all over the world and connect with them, and also to share the lifestyle with “textile” people and I think to show myself as I truly am, warts and scars and all should give some confidence to others who are thinking about naturism and maybe too shy to try!
Unfortunately my wife had a severe stroke some years ago and cannot talk walk and has to have soft foods so I now care for her and we cannot go out to beaches, etc., so Social media is my main contact with other naturists. The carers that come in to assist my wife’s personal care are quite ok with me being naked, they’ve seen it all before!

What advice would you give a non-nudist who’d seem willing to try nudism/naturism?
I would say to anyone thinking of trying it, just go naked at home for a full 24 hours, then find a nude beach or look for a naturist group, swim or club there are lots and give it a go! There is nothing better than being naked on a warm day better than sweating and totally natural!

Thanks for joining us, Mike—I truly admire your dedication to naturism. You can also check out Mike’s blog called Naturalian, give it a look. Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

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#YourNudeOnStory: Santana’s Story

Hey friends, we’re back with another edition of #YourNudeOnStory, where we sit down with fellow nudists/naturists, and share their stories as part of our mission of positively promoting naturism and body acceptance. Today, we say hello to Santana in the Netherlands and get to hear her story on getting introduced to the nude life, Santana thanks for joining us.

So Santana, I understand you are still fairly new to the nudist scene—how did it all start for you, what drew you to try naturism from the start? My boyfriend Harmen already was naturist when I met him. He talked with so much enthusiasm about it that he triggered my interest more than I imagined in the first place. So much that it was me that asked him if he could take me to his favourite resort one day.

What reactions did you get when people found you were a nudist? My family reacted pretty calm. They were expecting it I think, because they knew what Harmen meant to me. My father wasn’t happy with our use of personal photos on the internet though. But he’s okay with it now. My best friend didn’t accept it. She was afraid Harmen forced me in to it and that it wasn’t a choice made by myself. Because of this we went seperate ways, but after Jaxson was born we got back in contact, but not as much as before. And then people we don’t know, like some of our readers, they still keep confusing naturism with sex or with the swingers community and randomly ask for ” more “. Something we obviously don’t do.

What do you enjoy most about taking off your clothes? The feeling of total freedom. No annoying clothes when you try to relax on the couch or wet shirts when you’re doing the dishes. Also the wind outside directly on your skin feels amazing

How do you feel your life journey has excelled since you decided to become a nudist/naturist? A lot. First of all it really gave me a lot of body confidence. It also showed me how to respect other people in a different more natural way. It showed me that everybody is the same and it helped me communicating with people.

So I know you and Harmen have a blog together called Bare Thoughts, and I know you have written about some of your experiences as well as Harmen—how did you decide to share your life as a naturist along with him on this blog? Harmen already started his blog and also used photos with my permission in them. He was so full of joy about spreading the message that I was getting excited aswell and shared my story on my personal facebook in dutch. He asked me if it was okay that he was going to translate it to english for his blog. I agreed and that’s how it all started for me.

What are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff? Swimming.

Do you have any special place(s) you like to go where you can enjoy yourself and just be nude? Flevonatuur obviously. I also like to discover and explore new nude beaches all across the netherlands. And we have a lot of them!

How do you feel sharing your nudist/naturist way of life has made an impact on you and others you may know? For me personal more confidence. And the people that know me are very positive about how I’m living my life now. Some of them even inspired enough to maybe join us in the future.

What advice would you give a non-nudist who’d seem willing to try nudism/naturism? Just try it to get a correct judgement about it. Being nude isn’t always sexual. You’ll see that when you try it. Don’t judge without trying it out first. You’ll never go back.

Finally, is there anything else you would like to add? New comic this week, so stay tuned.

Again Santana, thanks for joining us today. It’s great to hear your story about getting introduced to the nude lifestyle, and really coming to love and embrace it! It’s also great to see how you’ve gone from a non-naturist to inspiring others to try naturism, especially from a female point of view! Again, to see what Santana and our buddy Harmen have been up to, check out their blog–and as Santana mentioned, a new It’s a Naturist Life comic is coming!

Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

#YourNudeOnStory: Björ’s Story

Hey friends, welcome to another edition of #YourNudeOnStory. Today, we talk with our friend Björ, a lifelong naturist from Germany. I’ve been following his #TeamNaturist page since I joined Twitter a couple years ago, so let’s sit down with Björ and learn about his experience with the clothes-free lifestyle.

So I understand you’ve been a nudist for quite some time—how did it all start for you, what drew you into nudism/naturism in the first place?
I don’t think I was ever drawn to it per se. I grew up in an era and in a place where naturism – or rather Freikörperkultur (FKK) – was an acceptable way to spend one’s school holidays and weekends.
If you’d like to know who I think “introduced” me to the lifestyle, I’d have to say that that was my maternal grandparents. They were in their twenties in the years leading up to WWII, which was a period in central and northern Europe that was open to new concepts in society, and naturism was one of them. Although I don’t think they would have ever labelled themselves as “nudists” or “naturists”, they took part in naturist camps and events until it became impossible to do so; that being said, when they rediscovered it for themselves in the 1960s/1970s, they did so with gusto. Couple that renewed feeling of natural freedom with my mother’s unconditional love and understanding and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a childhood spent outside with nothing but air between the kid and the sunshine.

What reactions did you get when people found you were a nudist?
Like I said before, it wasn’t too uncommon for people to spend their holidays on the Baltic Sea or the North Sea clothesfree, so I don’t have too many “coming out stories” of my own to tell.
One of my first real memories of encountering “textiles” in their own habitat as it were was when I was in the second year of school. If I recall correctly, I was invited to spend the night at a classmate’s house because The Wizard of Oz was being broadcast that night and we wanted to watch it together. This was particularly important for me because his family had a big colour set and we didn’t. [Yes, I know. I’ve just dated myself.] After the film (and some reassurances from his parents that the evil witch was truly dead) his mother took us upstairs to my classmate’s bedroom and she told us to get ready for bed: I took off all my clothes and he took off his jeans, shirt, and socks, but left his underwear on. We looked at each other semi-perplexed for about fifteen seconds and then he asked if I usually sleep that way. I answered in the affirmative and that was the end of the discussion. When his mother came back to tuck us in for the night, she noticed I was nude but hardly reacted at all; I believe she just raised her eyebrows a bit and then she kissed us both on the forehead before switching off the light and leaving the room.
It was by no means a negative experience, but it did teach me that not everyone does things the same way we do at home.

If, on the other hand, you mean “how do people react when they find out now that I’m a nudist”, then I have to say it depends on who I’m talking to. My students and colleagues occasionally let me know that they’ve come across my twitter feed or I see them at the lake and nothing has ever come of it. Once in a blue moon I’ll run into people who will say things like “I never would have guessed!” or “Really? But you look so normal.”/“You’re not the way I pictured a nudist!”
I should add, though, that I own and operate my place of business, which, in turn, means I don’t have to worry about the boss finding out. 🙂

What do you enjoy most about taking off your clothes? I can’t say I find much enjoyment in it because it’s a pretty natural thing for me to do. In fact, it’s usually the first thing I do when I get home after work.

How do you feel your life journey has excelled since you decided to become a nudist/naturist? That is a difficult question to answer. On the fly, I don’t really know if my life would be any different if I weren’t a naturist with the exception of one aspect of naturist life: self-acceptance. Judging merely by the naturists I have come into contact with over all these years, I’d have to say that the one thing nearly all of us have in common – apart from our lack of attire! – is that we have all come to accept who and what we are. We all eventually get to a point where we say “yes, I have flaps and folds… yes, my hair is thinning rapidly… yes, I have scars up and down my body, but all of these things are part of who I am and these things have led – and continue to lead – to my becoming the person I am today.”

So many of us naturists know your #TeamNaturist memes, what really intrigued you share your naturist lifestyle and start Team Naturist on social media?
#TeamNaturist was born of a number of things, not the least of which was my dislike of what I’d been seeing portrayed as naturism on the internet – twitter in particular.
I joined Twitter at the behest of a Welsh acquaintance of mine years ago and over time I started noticing that a lot of people who had “nudist” or “naturist” or “FKK” in their profiles or in their tweets were not necessarily dyed-in-the-wool naturists as I tend to define them; on the contrary, the spectrum seemed to range from swingers and porn mongers at one end to really superbly talented artists displaying their nudes at the other. I felt I needed to “commune” in a manner of speaking with people who think and act as I do.
As time went on and I made the acquaintance of other naturists both here and “in real life”, #TeamNaturist evolved. If I were put on the spot, I’d have to say the intention behind it now is twofold: we should portray naturism and its many facets – whether it be home nudism or free range naturism – as realistically as possible *and* we should lead by example, i.e. actions speak louder than words: if people actually see the way we work and live, we can dispel some of the misconceptions about our lifestyle.

What are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff? I live my life as clothes-free as possible, so nothing really jumps to mind. I can tell you there are a few things I really hate doing in the buff: ironing, hoovering, and washing windows come to mind immediately – but I think I’d dislike doing those things just as much if I were a textile.

Do you have any special place(s) you like to go where you can enjoy yourself and just be nude? There are three FKK lakes not very far from where I work and live, but the one I seem to go to the most is outside the German village of Heuchelheim. I’ve been going there for years now because there’s a really nice mix of ages, ethnicities, and so on. If I don’t have that much time, I usually go to a lake just outside Marburg.

How do you feel sharing your nudist/naturist way of life has made an impact on you and others you may know? I don’t know that it really has apart from the points I mentioned above. I think that answer would most probably be different had I grown up under different circumstances or if I were living in a different, less accepting country.

What advice would you give a non-nudist who’d seem willing to try nudism/naturism?
• Be cautious, not fearful.
• Discover your own pace and operate according to that pace.
• Don’t be too easily dissuaded by well-meaning friends and relatives who have never tried it themselves.
• Don’t stare at anyone! People’s eyes tend to be up on their faces.
• If you feel most comfortable starting off as a “home nudist” alone or with a small circle of friends, that might be the way to go. Some people need to learn how to accept themselves in their own four walls before they’re ready to venture outdoors.
• Lead by example. If you don’t want people to think of the clothes-free as “pervs”, don’t give them any cause to.
• You will meet many naturists in your travels – and you’ll encounter probably just as many different definitions of what naturism or nudism “really is”.

Alright, thanks for joining us, Björ, I really admire your points on naturism. Like I’ve told a few before, you have been a major inspiration for me in my journey as a naturist for the last 2 ½ years. Keep it up man, and keep up the great memes—it’s great to see how much you’re devoted to the clothes-free way of life and promoting body acceptance.

Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

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#YourNudeOnStory: Larry’s Story

Hey friends, we’re back with another edition of #YourNudeOnStory. In this installment, we chat with Larry, a former public safety officer, military veteran and lifelong nudist/naturist residing in Florida. Larry has been a friend of our page for a couple years now, and today we’ll sit down and learn about his experiences and points of view on nudism.

So Larry, I understand you’ve been a nudist for many years—how did it all start for you, what drew you into nudism/naturism in the first place? I have been a nudist my whole life. I just never liked wearing clothes. Even though I did hide it for several years.

What reactions did you get when people found you were a nudist? When I told people I was a nudist most people accepted it, some didn’t but that their problem, and some were shocked about it and asked several questions.

What do you enjoy most about taking off your clothes? I enjoy the freedom and peacefulness that being nude gives me. I also enjoy the feeling of the sun and wind on me and having no restrictive clothing on me.

How do you feel your life journey has excelled since you decided to become a nudist/naturist? I have PTSD from my military time and from when I was a law enforcement officer and fire fighter and nudism/naturism helps me cope with that. The journey has been tough at times, divorce, friend and a job loss due to it but mostly it has been great and would not change a thing except hiding it go a long time.

Also, I’m curious, what really intrigued you to share your lifestyle as a naturist and your opinions on naturism on social media in the first place? I feel like anyone that wants to live the nudist/naturist lifestyle should be able to. I know it is not for everyone but for us that do should be able to no matter where we are at without being afraid of being arrested, as long as no laws are being broken. I truly believe that if people were more educated about our lifestyle it would be more accepted. Nudism/Naturism is not about sex and somehow the porn industry uses the title nudism/naturism for their purposes and this needs to change. I hope by talking about our lifestyle on social media will help educate people on the lifestyle and maybe help someone to maybe try it.

What are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff? Some of my favorite things to do nude? Well just about everything! But if I had to break it down to the top 5 it would be this: Tanning, Woodworking, Fishing, Working out and Swimming.

Do you have any special place(s) you like to go where you can enjoy yourself and just be nude? I don’t really, have an island I like to go on when I’m fishing to just to lay out and relax on. And I sometimes go to Paradise lakes in Land O’ Lakes, FL.

How do you feel sharing your nudist/naturist way of life has made an impact on you and others you may know? I really do not know if I have really made much of an impact but I have gotten a few of my friends into the lifestyle and I try to help others by answering their questions about it.

What advice would you give a non-nudist who’d seem willing to try nudism/naturism? If a non-nudist comes to me for advice I usually tell them to try it a home first, then go to a place like a nude beach or resort. I also tell them if possible it’s better to go with someone who is a nudist and to read up on the lifestyle and I will always try to answer their questions about it.

Finally, is there anything else you would like to add? I only hope that one day we as nudists/naturists, will be able to go anywhere and do anything we want to nude and our society excepts it. It is a great lifestyle for as I’m concern and people should at least give it a try. Who knows, you may like it and adapt as your lifestyle.

Thanks for joining us Larry, you have actually been a big inspiration for me as part of my naturist journey. Learning your story has really helped me realize how much I have truly been a lifelong nudist at heart myself. It’s great to see how much you truly care about freedom and equality for nudists, keep it up man.

Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

#YourNudeOnStory: Zach’s Story

For this installment of my nudist/naturist profile series #YourNudeOnStory, I had the pleasure of talking recently with Zach, a 31-year-old naturist from Central Florida. I’ve been familiar with him on Twitter for some time, and he’s also got a great Survivor naturist podcast, In The Buff, if you haven’t checked it out yet. Let’s learn about Zach, and his experience with the clothes-free way of life.

Zach, first of all, how long have you been a naturist? I’ve been involved with naturism about 4 years now.

What drew you into naturism in the first place? As a kid (and I don’t recall what sparked the conversation) my dad told me about nudists, groups of people and entire families who just go naked together all the time, although he was speaking from the view of a conservative Christian parent, and presenting it as something that was both weird and wrong. But it stuck with me, mostly because I’ve always been interested and curious about nude bodies. Skip ahead a few years, and I decided to actually do some research on the topic, and I found an event at Haulover Beach, decided to go, and the rest is history.

What reactions did you get when people found out you were a nudist/naturist? Many mixed reactions. I’ve had longtime friends remove me on Facebook, but most have been more accepting, and and ask some questions about it, even if they never try it themselves. Though I’m still trying to figure out how to tell most of my family; it’s a lot similar to “coming out of the closet” I feel, based on the reactions.

What do you enjoy most about losing your clothes? The best part of undressing is the freedom, calm, and comfort, knowing that I can truly be myself in that time, and that it’s OK, and nobody is judging me.

How do you feel your journey has excelled since you’ve made the decision to become part of our great lifestyle? Social nudity has helped me to build my self-esteem and self-confidence, and reshape my perspective. I see beauty in places and people that many don’t, and it’s helped me to treat people like people.

Now I know you’re a big Survivor fan and started your own podcast about the show called In The Buff, what made you decide to start this nude podcast? In The Buff is a project designed to promote normality, to show that naturists have normal interests, so we don’t spend a lot of time actually advocating naturism. We want people to see nudists are real people, bodies are normal things, and we’re part of fandoms just like everyone else.

So what are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff? Camping, swimming, I’ve done nude bowling; just simple things like movie nights are fun too though. Anything with friends.

Do you have any special places you like to go to enjoy yourself in the nude? I know from what I’ve seen how active you’ve been in the naturist community, why don’t you tell me a little about that? Living in central Florida, the obvious answer is Cypress Cove. It’s one of the really nice resorts in the area. But I’m also a member of FYN (Florida Young Naturists), and we have three annual weekend events each year, two at Sunny Sands in Pierson, FL, and one at Lake Como in Lutz, FL. All three resorts are excellent venues and great places for practicing social nudity.

How do you feel sharing your naturist way of life has impacted you and others you know? Outside of the closed-minded, (or “clothes-minded”) people that I don’t have any contact with anymore, I think at the very least it opens up people’s perspectives to where they’re re-considering any pre-conceived notions they had.

And finally, what advice would you give a non-nudist who is curious to try nudism/naturism? Go at your own pace. Spend time naked by yourself first to get used it. Start in small increments and move up to entire days. Sleep nude. Once you’re comfortable with that, look for a local resort, and try to go with a friend.

Thank you Zach, for joining us to share #YourNudeOnStory about being #HappyInUrOwnSkin. Zach has been keeping up throughout the last season of Survivor, and usually puts up a new In The Buff podcast each week during the show–I’m definitely looking forward to hearing his takes on the new season–if you want to check it out, it’s on Twitter @InTheBuff16.

Friends, if you’re interested in sharing #YourNudeOnStory with us, be sure to DM @teamcloptzone on Twitter or Team Clothing Optional on Tumblr, I would love to talk with you about your experience as a naturist to share on our blog, as part of our mission of spreading the positive word about clean, wholesome nudism/naturism and body acceptance. The better we band together as fellow naturists, the stronger we can be about showing the world how natural and truly normal nudism/naturism really is, and in turn I feel it can become more accepted and more people will be willing to join the clothes-free way of life. So #NudeOn friends, together WE ARE #TeamClothingOptional.

#YourNudeOnStory: Marc’s Story

For the first post in my re-vamping of my #YourNudeOnStory series, we meet Marc, a 30-year-old naturist from England. I’ve been familiar with Marc and his Twitter page for quite some time, and he is the real deal. Living everyday home life in the nude as part of Marc’s mission of showing how being nude is a perfectly normal thing–and how we naturists are just everyday people who feel more comfortable the less we wear. I had the chance to ask Marc some questions about himself and his feelings toward naturism, let’s meet Marc and see what he had to say.

So what made you decide to become a naturist in the first place?
Was easy really, basically I’ve always felt more comfortable naked, ever since I can remember really.

What reactions did you get when people found out you are a naturist?
Most my mates just go accept it, my mate who comes over most weekends just says that it’s nothing to even think about about. He often don’t see me as being as naked sometimes.

How do you feel your journey as a naturist excelled since you made the decision to become part of this great lifestyle?
Well, I think it’s the one thing that chills me right out, I get stressed at work and coming home and stripping off really relaxes me. I’ve become more excepting of others and allow them to do their own thing.

I see you’ve posted numerous pictures over the years of your naturist life at home, I’m curious to know what intrigued you to start sharing these?
It’s the fact I want people to see that nudity is nothing but nudity. I’m also a larger guy so it’s to show others who are larger not to worry about body weight/image…also, I’m not the biggest and to show that you don’t have to have a penis down to your knees to feel accepted.

What do you enjoy most about being naked? Being me, when I’m naked I’m just me. That’s the thing I love about it…I’m free and stress-free when naked.

What are some of your favorite activities to do in the buff?
Hanging at home, but that’s not a thing to do that’s just living, but like going the beach and just laying in the sun…not much into running around, just laying around and soaking up the sun.

Do you have any special places you like to go where you can enjoy yourself and be nude?
We have a local-ish beach down the road but if not, just the garden, I try and get out in the garden as much as I can.

How do you feel sharing your naturist way life has made an impact on you and others you may know? It has made me a much better person and very much more body confident, when I was gaining the weight I did hide away, didn’t take off my top in front of any one, but since public nudity I have now become more able to.

What advice would you give a non-nudist who would be willing to try naturism?
Just to try it once, try and get to your nearest nude beach, try and go with a friend but if not just enjoy yourself naked. Don’t listen to all the old naturists and be told that have to be naked all the time, just live your life naked and enjoy and feel free.

Great job, Marc–I applaud his mission of showing how normal nudists/naturists’ lives truly are, that we are not filthy perverts, but just normal people. I also like the new hashtag he’s started using on his pics, #HappyInUrOwnSkin, I think we could start a trend with this, #TeamClothingOptional! Because we should all deserve the right to truly be happy in our own skin. I appreciate your sharing your story with us Marc, and #BeBareBeProud. Be sure to check out Marc, if you haven’t already, on Twitter @marknudy, Tumblr, and on Instagram. And pass on the hashtag!

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