Hello everyone. I recently moved to Bormla and just joined this site. Just wanted to say hello, if anyone wants to message me or say anything please do. It would be good to get some dialogue on the site. Best Richard
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Let's all be positive, we live in such a paradise with numerous secluded spots around all our 3 main islands where bathing in a more natural way is tolerated.
I have read your comments and tend to agree, however there is another aspect which is often overlooked as being a precursor to the current local situation.
During our years at school we have all had the obligatory physical education classes after which (if you are around my age or older) we would change back into our school uniform and return to classes (or home if P.E. was our last class for the day). After my years of schooling, changing at school was eliminated as students were expected to turn up in the morning already in their P.E. kits so as to reduce "wasting" time changing out of their school uniforms and into their P.E. kits. If you compare this to what is considered to be the norm abroad, you find that students are expected to shower after P.E. classes, at times in communal showers, and are therefore "trained" to be naked in front of each other. We have obviously missed out on this "training".
Hi... I agree with Rich that to move our cause forward we do need to work together; strength in numbers! I did write a fairly lengthy intro on my profile page but I guess the forum is a better place to start the ball rolling. So if you want to find out more about me, go to my page. I have written at length in magazines and on various sites about the difficulties in forwarding the cause of Naturism. I experienced this in the UK over many years of trying to 'legitimise' social nudity. We've come a long way there... naked rambling or hiking groups are gaining followers and the WNBR has advanced public nudity in a way that, 10 years ago, seemed impossible. Nevertheless, my efforts to make our Naturist Site near Bristol viable over the last 6 years can only be described as an uphill battle! Here on Gozo we face considerable challenges... we will struggle to achieve much if we go it alone. We've now lived here for over 2 years although my connection with Qala goes back nearly half a century. In those 2 years I've tried to make contact with and encourage friends to actively encourage naturism here. It is hard to engage in any other way than just random encounters at Cable Bay or Birani. I'm aware that Covid-19 regulations have made any regular meet-ups very difficult but it would be good arrange some informal get togethers before next spring to try and form a core group of activists! I look forward to hearing any ideas or suggestions... Rich J
The weather has turned! Hard to believe I was swimming in the sea last weekend under warm sun. Have a good day everyone.
Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, naturism globally is falling. In the UK beaches and clubs are slowly declining. Even in Germany I recently read it is in decline. The body unclothed is beoming forbidden and considered sordid. Thus for Malta to move in the other direction will be hard, so we must all make an effort and embrace the naturalness of nudity
If you had to ask why naturism in Malta never took off, you will get so many different responses. Some will blame the law and the police authorities. Others might blame the Church and religion. Some will point at the lack of the political will. Some will put the blame on the Maltese conservative mentality.
But from my experience, the greatest problem is the indifference and apathy for naturists to come together and form a community. Unless such a step is taken there will be no demand for naturism. Maltese naturists, just don't get this , I'm sorry to say.
That is why I appreciate Richard your first comment on the forum.