Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Tonight St. Louis Nudists Celebrate "Fleshtivus"
By Chad Garrison
on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 7:45 AM
"It's a clothing optional party," explains organizer Kendra Holliday
. "It's whatever you feel like. Some people may just be topless. Some might wear an open robe. Of course, I'll be naked the whole time -- you've got to lead by example."
Members of the website Sex Positive St. Louis
have been hosting naked parties every other month for the past year, with tonight's first-ever Fleshtivus a spin-off of the Seinfeldian holiday, Festivus
"Instead of airing your grievances (like Festivus), we'll share with each other our biggest regret of the past year," says Holliday. "There's something about sharing your personal disappointments while naked that opens you up to a new level of vulnerability. It can be very cathartic."
Fleshtivus isn't for everyone. Those attending tonight's gathering -- taking place at an undisclosed south city home -- have all been personally vetted by party organizers.
Okay, okay. So not all the 40 people expected to attend tonight's "Fleshtivus" party are nudist, per se. Some are exhibitionists. Others label themselves as "sex-positive" -- believing that their sexuality (and exposed genitalia) is nothing to be ashamed of. A handful may not get naked at all. They'll just take in the scenery.