Naked Activists and The State Of The Naturist Movement

(Guest Blog Post By Gymnos)
Nudist Movement And Nude Activists:
A state of the state of our nudist movement, the beginnings of a map for raising consciousness and support for the rights of nudists everywhere.
liberty, fraternity, nudity !!!
This really is the slogan of a potential movement calling out from a period when click of men in brotherhood was understood as the foundation for “la communauty.” Yet, in this instant, it’s presented with a angle on the revolution that it calls to mind. This time let it be a naturist revolution lead by nude activists.
Supporters of the ‘Freedom to be yourself’ movement, protest for the right to appear nude in public.
A couple of years back this was one of the faux slogans marched down 5th Avenue in NYC by the guys of Men Au Natural (MAN) for the yearly 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 the usual call to action? Actually the line separating the functionality in the motto may only be semantic, yet the guys of GUY are hardly a politically energized lot.
Women march topless down the streets of Venice Beach, CA in protest for topfree equality
Since the girls of NYS won their right to be topless in those areas guys easily 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 acknowledge 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 beaches along lines of textile choices (how far back do we have to go?) Since the rise of modern society, public nudism continues to be the centre of its own civil rights tug-of-war.
In America, exercising our right to be free of covering is a drama-ridden morality play of the first order. In Europe, it’s more a question of societal custom & propriety. In areas of Asia, it is a practice deemed entirely prohibited & severely punished.
Yet, with the arrival of 2012, we see the rise of the [virtual] nudist community and a drive to win the conflicts for more body freedom. These are cause for a palpable urgency.
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 responded in some instances as if endangered for his or her very existence. Similarly, the rise of the online community, fueled by the speed of the hottest social connectivity presents new fault lines for the encroaching of fetish life on a more naturist aesthetic. Yet to underscore these new developments, the online communities are not remaining virtual. Naturists involved are attending organized house parties and occasions with a new vitality.
Yet the road ahead is anything but guaranteed as progress towards more freedom.
Thousands of nude volunteers pose for US photographer Spencer Tunick at Mexico City’s Zocalo square
The infighting among naturist groups is but one symptom of about the dwindling of our adherents. Recent updates to nudity laws in my personal home city of New York nearly contained language that would have outlawed social naturism of any sort. While 2011 saw serious soul-searching in Vermont and San Francisco as anti-nudity laws were debated and practically enacted.
The disparate local responses to the rising amount of World Naked Bike Rides vary from open approval (in cities like Philly and check it ) to the overwhelming police presence in other localities (NYC stands out). Despite the landmark case in NYC where Spencer Tunick established a state constitutional right to assemble unclothed people in public places based on our freedom of expression, artists making nude artwork is public must expect harassment and arrest.
With economics as they are, community based naturist clubs are under extreme pressures to keep their membership numbers steady, while the succession of these family owned companies is barely ensured.

The fact of the matter remains that exercising our rights as naturists is not quite as easy as the innocence of teen skinny dipping. The political implications – whether it is a issue of our neighbors understanding that we are entertaining tonight, or the intricacies of local law & it is possible enforcement – make being a naturist no little personal statement.
To move forward, we want much stronger legal advocates at both local and national levels. We also want data and tons of it. Currently wedon’t truly know what over arching approaches 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. The protesters blocked 8th Ave in midtown Manhattan outside Madison Square Garden, site of the Republican National Convention.