Nude Activists and The State Of The Naturist Movement

(Guest Blog Post By Gymnos)
Nudist Movement And Naked Activists:
A state of the state of our naturist movement, the beginnings of a map for raising consciousness and support for the rights of naturists everywhere.
liberty, fraternity, nudity !!!
This can be the slogan of a potential movement calling out from a time when the bond of men in brotherhood was understood as the foundation for “la communauty.” Yet, in this minute, it is presented with a angle on the revolution it calls to mind. This time let it be a nudist revolution lead by nude activists.
Supporters of the ‘Freedom to be yourself’ movement, protest for the right to appear naked in public.
A couple of years back this was among the faux slogans marched down 5th Avenue in NYC by the guys of Males Au Natural (MAN) for the annual Pride festivities back in 2007. Yet those guys are not naked: their crotches and ends were strategically covered by smaller signs with shorter mottos like “BARE RIGHTS NOW” & “this crack do not kill.”
But why use faux slogans? Why are they considered a performance costume any more than a call to action? In fact the line separating the performance in the slogan may simply be semantic, yet the men of MAN are scarcely a politically energized lot.
Women march topless down the roads of Venice Beach, CA in demonstration for topfree equality
Since the girls of NYS won their right to be topless in those spots guys readily took for granted (1992), & since the TNT!MEN (Totally Naked Toronto Men Enjoying Nudity) won the right to march in their Pride parties with only shoes & hats the courts merely couldn’t disclose that any injury would be done or it was simply enough to deem them ‘not naked’ depending on whom you ask (2000), since the first segregation of shores along lines of textile choices (how far back do we have to go?) Since the rise of modern society, public naturism continues to be the center of its own civil rights tug of war.
In Europe, it is more a matter of societal convention & propriety. In areas of Asia, it is a practice deemed wholly prohibited & badly punished.
Yet, with the arrival of 2012, we see the rise of the [virtual] naturist community and a determination to win the fights for more body liberty.
Participant in the World Naked Bike Ride
The urgency itself may be a matter of straightforward perception – seeing new social organizations and internet communities propagate, old groups have reacted in some cases as if threatened due to their very existence. Yet to underscore these new developments, the online communities are not staying virtual. Naturists involved are attending organized house parties and events with a new energy.
Yet the road ahead is anything but assured as progress towards more independence.
Thousands of nude volunteers pose for US photographer Spencer Tunick at Mexico City’s Zocalo square
Recent upgrades to nudity laws in my personal home city of New York nearly contained language that would have outlawed societal naturism of any sort. While 2011 saw serious soul-searching in Vermont and San Francisco as anti-nudity laws were debated and nearly enacted.
Despite the landmark case in NYC where Spencer Tunick created a state constitutional right to assemble bare people in public places based on our freedom of expression, artists making unclothed artwork is public must anticipate harassment and arrest.
With economics as they’re, community based naturist clubs are under extreme pressures to keep their membership numbers stable, while the sequence of these family owned companies is barely guaranteed.
The fact of the matter remains that exercising our rights as naturists is not quite as simple as the innocence of teen skinny dipping. The political implications – whether it’s a matter of our neighbors understanding that we are entertaining tonight, or the intricacies of local law & it is potential enforcement – make being a naturist no small personal statement.
To move forward, want considerably stronger legal advocates at both the local and national levels. In addition , we need data and lots of it. Now wedon’t truly understand what overarching attitudes exist either within the nudist communities or beyond them.
A bunch of AIDS activists hold a nude protest outside of New York’s Madison Square Garden August 26, 2004.