The nude protest/cause

In Sydney yesterday over 650 people got their clothes off to swim in a race to raise money for the National Parks of New South Wales. Wonderful! You can read about it on yesterdays blog. It got me thinking as I was reading about the number of people who do not claim to be nudists, who for a good cause, would take their clothes off in public for the first time, why would they not continue this clothes free opportunity into their everyday lives.

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Take the above example of a group of people protesting without clothes to raise awareness of climate change on grape quality in France. What is so special about public displays of nudity for the purposes of public cause awareness? Why would women in Egypt publically display their non public parts to call awareness to the struggles of women in that culture. Aliaa ElMahdy gained support throughout Europe for her protest with more women joining her.

The World Naked Bike Ride WNBR exists in many countries around the world to raise awareness to the dependancy on oil and our current car culture. This is one protest Id happily support if the ride in Brisbane was allowed, perhaps I’ll join the ride in Byron Bay next year.

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Then there are a range of public events that have anude component to them. Burning man festival (USA), Confest (Australia), Sanfrancisico Bay to Breakers and Roskilt (Denmark), to name a few.

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So people, especially 20-30s dont mind taking their clothes off for a special cause. I ask the question then, why dont they make it a fulltime lifestyle choice? I have no answers, but it encourages me that people are making themselves known that nudity isnt based on sex. In all these causes the offshoot is the cause of the naturist, that people, bodies and the enviroment are to be respected and that a nude human isnt a signal for sexual excitement.

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I encourage you to join this cause, become free of your insecurities, fears, apprehension, whatever stops you. Find a nudist club, beach, social group. Ask questions, make a choice and join in the freedom and lifestyle that will forever change your opinion of your own body and self esteem.

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Naked Me revolution

Nudity and art have had a long association, but two south-east Queenslanders are taking the idea of stripping down to their birthday suit to another level.

Fiona Skelton and Sam Hatfield have danced nude on the Schwebebahn in sleepy German town Wuppertal, and rode across the Sydney Harbour Bridge with nothing but a helmet, boots and gloves on all in the name of art.
The pair is behind an online art movement called Naked Me which challenges attitudes towards nudity through photography, video and visual art.
Speaking to 612 ABC’s Spencer Howson from Texas, USA, Fiona says the point of their shameless naked romp is to make being comfortable with one’s own nudity cool.
“It is a little crazy, [but] we’re artists using our creativity to address the social issue of nudity and people not being cool with it,” she says.
She says by stripping down in a very public way it challenges others to “think about their own attitudes to nudity.”
The films feature the pair with next to nothing on in well known places, but Sam says they’re yet to run into any trouble.
“We were a little worried because there are 150 security cameras on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and we weren’t sure what was going to go down if we were confronted by authorities.
“But it all went off without a hitch!” he says.
Fiona says they’ve been pleasantly surprised by how receptive people are to the public displays of nudity.
“We recently shot for a new we’re working on in London. We were at Abbey Road and [everyone] cheered and clapped and laughed when we’d [finished].”
Sam says it’s very freeing once he’s fully exposed and in full flight, so to speak.
“The adrenaline takes over and it is quite exciting to do, so I don’t give it much thought.”
Aside from revealing themselves in public places in the name of the project, the duo has just launched a new project called Skinestry.
“We’re going to create a digital tapestry that evolves over time, made up entirely of photos of skin,” Sam says, “and we’d love the people of Brisbane to get on board.”
People are encouraged to upload a photo of any part of their naked skin at the Naked Me website.
Sam says the only rule is that the photo must be zoomed or cropped so that skin fills the entire image.

audio interview here
Naked Me website