The world has a long history of using the naked body as a form of protest. From Lady Godiva's legendary naked ride through Coventry to more recent examples of groups like FEMEN and the World Naked Bike Ride, even the photographic demonstrations of Spencer Tunick, individuals have long found nudity as a powerful tool for standing up for causes they believe in, baring all to draw attention. This week's #UndressedThread invites you to share your perspectives on this uniquely powerful form of demonstration.
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I haven’t had the opportunity to protest anything in the nude, but there are many causes for which I would be willing to. I WAS lucky to participate in a Spencer Tunick project once, which was exciting because it was during the pandemic and all virtual, and I had the opportunity to be directed by him one on one, but seeing as I was just over zoom in my living room and not surrounded by hundreds of other nude people, it didn’t feel like much of a demonstration.
Nude protest is kind of a bucket list item. I hope to do WNBR one day.
We would love to do a WNBR, a topless protest and anything that would promote public nudity acceptance in responsible places using common good sense.
T & K
I heartily support the environmental message of the World Naked Bike Ride's environmental message. I have participated in numerous rides in San Francisco, as well as two in Brighton, UK.
Can't do a bike protest - but can walk a bit or stay in one place so long as we are a large group. Don't want to be a lone nudist. **GRIN**
I would like to be in a Naturist and or Nudist protest about Naturist Rights or GBLTTIQA+ Rights or Aged Care Rights or Child Care Rights Or Body Diversity Rights.
I’m all for the right to protest. It’s a key part of our country’s legacy and culture, and democracy in general. But I’ve never linked nudity and protest, any more than I’ve linked anything else and protesting. I understand the statement it can make, the attention it can draw, which can then translate into attention to the actual cause being championed. But I tend to think, to many, it actually takes away from the legitimacy of the cause you’re there to represent. Essentially, a distractor. If the cause is in fact naturism, then I get it. But otherwise, just not my thing I guess.
I've participated in a number of WNBRs and highly recommend the experience! In addition to being a lot of fun, I also support their mission of promoting cycling as a way to reduce fossil fuel consumption and to enhance health and fitness. The nudity of course attracts public attention to the event, but in addition to that I think it also serves to visually symbolize the vulnerability of cyclists vis-à-vis motorized vehicles - that is always a good message to convey to drivers as well.
I would sure participated in any nude protest or demonstration in whatever cause I would support!
The thing, though, is that there are never any nude protests or demonstrations here in Sweden...! We don't even have World Naked Bike Rides here! Unfortunately!
My big life quest is to fight all that - to #MakePublicNudityMainstream, as I use to hashtag in social media when I post my nudes! So I would actually not only nude participate in causes I believe in but also in others causes, just to be protesting naked!
I would also do a naked Naturist Nudist protest about disability rights.
I've done the Austin, TX WNBR. I'd like to do some of the larger ones at some point, but it seems kind of hypocritical to take a long plane flight to protest "Big Oil".
I would join a nude protest for just about any cause out there. If I didn't like the cause they were protesting for, I'd join the nude counter protest.
Every year we have the World Naked bike Ride and I'm in it