My Erection Positivity

Disclaimer: This blog post contains nude photos that show my erect penis and may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

There was a time, being the nudist that I am, where I would freely share in my Snapchat Stories photos and/or videos of my nude-self and of my nudist lifestyle. This, of course, was before Snapchat changed their community guidelines in order to make their platform advertiser-friendly, which essentially restricted nudity. Now, I like to say that advertisers ruin everything, but I also do understand that in order to make money and stay afloat, Snapchat had no choice.

Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude (bottomless) with his penis on display
One of my many ”Playgirl Style” Snaps

Naturally, I do chat with friends on Snapchat, or send to them normal Snaps that do not contain any nudity. To be clear, I’ve never sent to anybody an unsolicited nude pic, or what is commonly known as a ”dick pic”. Although I have received plenty from men who were most likely ignorant of the fact that I am heterosexual, or who may have thought that a picture of their penis alone constitutes some type of photographic masterpiece.

And as a heterosexual male, of course, I would have preferred to receive this type of content from women. But as the lyrics go to the Rolling Stones song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, well, precisely that: ”you can’t always get what you want (…) LOL!

Now, when I would share anything on Snapchat that involved nudity, it would be to my Snapchat Story, for my friends and followers to view if they chose to do so. In other words, if they consented. Because one has to explicitly choose to consume a Snapchat Story, and they have the option to leave it and stop viewing it at any time. Furthermore, I would also add a disclaimer at the beginning of each Story stating that viewer discretion is advised.

Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude (bottomless) with his erect penis showing
A ”Playgirl Style” Snap with my erection on display

For those of you reading this who have never used Snapchat, a Snapchat Story is a collection of ephemeral photos or videos not longer than 10 seconds that are viewable to your followers for a period of 24 hours before they disappear forever.

For me, and pretty much all nudists, there is nothing inherently sexual about simple human nudity. And this is precisely the attitude I conveyed when sharing my nude-self and my nudist lifestyle in my Snapchat Stories. In other words, my penis was always flaccid in any photo or video that I posted. Because as a nudist living a nudist lifestyle, that is usually the state of affairs. As in, nudists simply don’t spend the day wandering around with a full-blown erection, if that were even possible.

Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude (bottomless) with his erect penis showing
A ”Playgirl Style” Snap showing my erect penis

In fact, for any male considering giving nudism a first-time try at a nudist resort or beach, the most asked question usually revolves around the possibility of getting an erection while naked in front of everybody. And the answers to that question, depending on who it’s coming from, is that erections rarely happen when naked in front of others, that erections are normal and healthy, that one can simply cover themselves with a towel, or if on the beach, that one can lie down on their stomach to hide it until it goes away. In my view, these answers are all correct.

From personal experience, the only time that I got an erection while naked in public was on the beach in Spain. I was skinny dipping in the comfortably warm summer water and when I began to exit the water, a young woman on the beach placed herself directly before my line of exit, watching attentively and with interest as the sight of my penis was slowly revealed into full view the further I made my way from deep to shallow water.

Adding to this was the warmth of the summer sun hitting my wet body, and voilà, it was the perfect recipe for my first-time experience of getting an erection while naked in public. In this case, I quickly made my way to my beach towel and laid down on my stomach to hide it until it subsided.

On the other hand, I’ve never had an erection while naked in public at the many events I’ve attended such as the World Naked Bike Ride, Strip Karaoke, the Toronto Pride Parade, and the nude 2012 protest in Montreal against the increase of University tuition fees. [You can read more about that naked protest here].

Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude (bottomless) while holding gun in one hand while his erect penis is displayed
Another creative Snap: Holding a gun in one hand while showing my erect penis

In fact, whenever I’m naked in public I seem to experience some type of psychological phenomenon that causes my penis to shrink a little. And that is precisely why I have a love-hate relationship with my penis. At home when I’m all alone, he likes to ”hang” just fine. But once in public he all of a sudden suffers from a mild case of shyness and decides that he would have preferred to have been born a turtle instead. LOL!

Alright. Now back to Snapchat. Almost every time that I would post nude content to my Story, somebody would ask me if the next time I could show my erect penis, or send to them directly a Snap of it. I would always answer that sharing my erection was a line that I would never cross and that my erect penis was intimately reserved for my girlfriend and I (even if I’ve been single for ages, LOL).

I would also add in my reply to them, that as a nudist, being naked was in no way sexual and that sharing a Snap of my erect penis would indeed sexualize my otherwise simple nudity.

Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude (bottomless) while holding his fully erect penis
Sharing my very first ”Playgirl Style” Snap without a face filter

Then one day, most likely out of sheer boredom, I decided to see what would happen if I tried to apply a Snapchat face filter to my erect penis using the Snapchat camera. Funnily, Snapchat detected my penis head as being a face and applied the Dog Filter to both it and to my actual real face.

I thought this was quite funny and decided that maybe it was worth sharing after all. After some hesitation, I finally took the risk and did it. I posted it to my Snapchat Story, and finally crossed that line I had always said I would never cross. I have to admit though, it was extremely liberating. I think that this is due in part to the fact that I am not entirely satisfied with the look, shape or size of my erect penis, as is the case for many men. We all want better, although, in the end, our penises are perfectly normal and pretty much similar to others. Again, the fact that I was able to share this part of me, despite my perceived shortcomings, was extremely liberating.

Here is the original Snap with the Dog Face Filter applied to both my face and to my penis:

A photo taken with the Snapchat Camera of the Snapchat Dog Filter Lens applied to Jade Sambrook's erect penis
The very first Snap I ever posted of my erect penis. And Snapchat decided that my penis is a Dalmatian! LOL!

Not only was it extremely liberating because I finally had the confidence and courage to share myself this way, without any fear or body shame, but it was also extremely liberating because of the many positive comments from my Snapchat followers that would ensue.

Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude (bottomless) while standing with his erect penis on display Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude (bottomless) with his erection on display Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude (bottomless) with his erect penis visible Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude with his buttocks (bum) on display

This led me to produce and share more of this style of content, albeit not using the Dog Filter, but instead applying more often than not the Playgirl logo to these photos.

Producing and sharing this content led me to believe that if I had had the same confidence to share myself this way when I was younger and in my prime, that just maybe I could have been a model for Playgirl magazine. It’s too late for that now. But, it’s never too late to live the dream by posting my old ”Playgirl Style” Snaps on this blog, right?

As one of my Snapchat followers said at the time, sharing this type of content is ”great for #erectionpositivity”. And I think that he summed it up pretty well with that hashtag, as indeed, having and sharing your erection, despite how taboo it may be, is indeed a positive feat. At least for me, it is.

Simply put, an erect penis is nothing to be ashamed of if displayed in an appropriate context. And those who answer the oft-asked question by those wanting to give nudism a try for the very first time—that an erection is part of the natural, normal, functioning of the male human body—are in my view 100% entirely correct.

Playgirl style photo of Jade Sambrook posing nude (bottomless) while pointing at his erect penis
Pointing at my erection in another ”Playgirl Style” Snap

That is why I decided to share some of my old ”Playgirl” style Snaps in this blog post, and to talk about my experience sharing such a personal and intimate part of me. An experience that has once again, in the end, been very liberating.

Now, thinking back to my erection experience while naked on that beautiful beach in Spain, I can’t help but think that maybe I should have accepted the natural state of affairs and not ran to lie stomach first on my beach towel in an attempt to hide what is otherwise a natural part of the human body. Or maybe I did the right thing by staying polite and reserved? What do you think? Would you have done the same as me?

My Naked Blog Catch-up

Wow! It’s been an eternity since I’ve posted anything on this blog.

I guess I’ll start by simply saying hello. And I hope that you’ve been doing very well.

Personally, I’m very happy that winter has finally endedbecause it was a bad one this yearand that finally, spring is upon us. This means increased opportunities for some nudist activities. Yes, yes and yes! I couldn’t be happier!

Photo of Jade Sambrook naked outdoors in nature with a beautiful streak of light shining down from above
That streak of light is surely a sign that the Universe approves of my nudist lifestyle

Although I haven’t been blogging about it, this doesn’t mean that I haven’t participated in any nudist activities over the last couple of years. I will admit that there has unfortunately been a slight decrease, for reasons beyond my control, but worry not, as the nudist in me has not been lost.

For example, I spent most of the summer of 2017 travelling Vietnam and Japan, and therefore, I was unable for that year to take part, here at home, in the Montreal World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR). I also spent most of the summer of 2018 travelling Morocco and Spain, and was unable to participate naked that year in either the Toronto Pride Parade or the Montreal World Naked Bike Ride.

And suffice it to say that most of my travel destinations, except for Spain, were not the most nudist friendly or open to the culture of nudism. This means that I pretty much had to keep my clothes on. Ugh! Chalk it up to the sacrifices to be made in order to travel to certain countries, right?

Of course, some things don’t change though. I still spend the majority of my time at home comfortably wearing nothing but my birthday suit. I participated in both the 2016 and 2017 Toronto Pride Parade wearing nothing but my shoes. [You can read my past blog post about Toronto Pride here]. I also participated in the 2016 World Naked Bike Ride here in Montreal. [You can read my past blog post about the Montreal WNBR here]. And I still attend an evening of strip karaoke every once and a while, as well as visit the unofficial clothing-free beach in Oka, Quebec, whenever the opportunity arises. [You can read my past blog post about OKA Nude Beach here].

Photo of Jade Sambrook naked and surrounded by multiple women at the 2017 Pride event in Toronto
Total body acceptance while naked and surrounded by multiple women at the 2017 Pride event

Now, rest assured, I’m going to blog about these experiences and share pics (if available) in the very near future. In other words, I definitely have lots of catching up to do on this blog.

Finally, I should mention that one issue that has decreased my outdoor nudist time is urban development. Obviously, when one lives in a big city like me, there are few areas where you can simply wander around nude. Unless of course, you live somewhere like Munich in Germany which has certain public parks that allow for nudism.

Photo of Jade Sambrook comfortably naked in nature while holding the Canadian flag
Comfortably naked in nature while holding the Canadian flag

Now, it goes without saying that I am definitely fortunate to live in Canada, which is, generally speaking, a very open-minded and free society. Unfortunately, though, nudism is still taboo for many Canadians, who may perceive it as something that is sexual (it’s not), or who may have unnatural feelings of shame in regards to their own naked human body and therefore do not understand those who enjoy a nudist lifestyle. Whatever their reasons, not everybody is open to nudism here in Canada. Again, I’m fortunate to be born in Canada (naked to boot), but, there is a far way to go before we see urban nudist parks in Canada like there is in Munich or elsewhere in Germany.

And again, urban development isn’t helping any. For example, there was here in Montreal, close to my home, a large abandoned parcel of land in an industrial zone that was ripe with trees, trails and isolated areas where I could go to enjoy a walk in the nude. This place allowed my nudist-self to feel the comfortable and warm summer breeze on my entire body and to somewhat connect with nature without having to travel far out of the city in search of a similar place.

Photo of Jade Sambrook nude on an abandoned parcel of land during the fall season
Nude on an abandoned parcel of industrial land during the fall season

This location would even allow me to enjoy a dose of winter nudism whenever I would feel a need to stroll naked in the snowwith a tuque on my head and with good winter boots on my feetso that I could get some much-needed sun on my skin during that time of the year when most of us don’t get nearly enough. More importantly, though, I could bring my camera equipment and do some nude photoshoots if I so desired. It was an ideal spot that I liked to call my own nudist playground.

Photo of Jade Sambrook removing his underwear and exposing buttocks for a nude wintertime photoshoot
And off with the underwear for a nude wintertime photoshoot
Photo of Jade Sambrook nude in the cold winter snow except for boots, an open jacket and a tuque
Requirements for a nude wintertime photoshoot: a tuque, winter boots and maybe a jacket

Unfortunately, all things that are up must come down, and all good things must often come to an end. And that is exactly what happened when ”urban development” stole this area from me. The trees came down, and no longer can I enjoy an outdoor stroll in the nude so close to my home.

So, while I spend time getting this blog up to date, I’ll also be keeping my eyes open for any areas not yet touched by urban development. And if I find one, I’ll be once again quick to lose my clothes and enjoy some comfortable strolls and photoshoots wearing nothing but my birthday suit. And if not, I could always move to Germany, right?