Nude Activists and The State Of The Naturist Movement

(Guest Site 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 naturists everywhere.
liberty, fraternity, nudity !!!
This can be the motto of a potential movement calling out from a period when the bond of men in brotherhood was understood as the foundation for “la communauty.” Yet, in this instant, it is presented with a twist on the revolution that it calls to mind. This time let it be a naturist revolution lead by naked activists.
Supporters of the ‘Freedom to be yourself’ movement, protest for the right to appear nude in public.
Several years back this was one of the faux slogans marched down 5th Avenue in NYC by the guys of Men Au Natural (GUY) for the yearly Pride festivities back in 2007. Yet those men were not naked: their crotches and ends were strategically covered by smaller signs with shorter slogans like “NAKED RIGHTS NOW” & “this crack don’t kill.”
But why use faux mottos? Why are they considered a performance costume any more than a call to action? Actually the line separating the functionality from the motto may only be semantic, yet the guys of GUY are barely a politically energized lot.
Girls march topless down the streets of Venice Beach, CA in protest for topfree equality
Since the women of NYS won their right to be topless in all 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 declare that any harm would be done or it was merely enough to deem them ‘not nude’ depending on whom you ask (2000), since the first segregation of beaches along lines of textile options (how far back do we have to go?) Since the rise of modern society, public naturism 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 is more a question of social convention & propriety. In parts of Asia, it’s a practice deemed wholly illegal & seriously penalized.
Yet, with the entrance of 2012, we see the rise of the [virtual] nudist community and a drive to win the conflicts for more body independence. These are cause for .

Participant in the World Naked Bike Ride
The urgency itself may be a question of simple perception – seeing new social organizations and internet communities propagate, senior groups have reacted in some instances as if threatened due to their very existence. Likewise, the rise of the online community, fueled by the speed of the newest societal 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 staying virtual. Naturists involved are attending organized house parties and events with a fresh vitality.
Yet the road ahead is anything but assured as progress towards more liberty.
Thousands of naked volunteers model for US photographer Spencer Tunick at Mexico City’s Zocalo square
The infighting among naturist groups is but one symptom of a larger anxiety about the dwindling of our adherents. Recent upgrades to nudity laws in my home city of New York nearly contained language that would have outlawed societal naturism of any sort. While 2011 found serious soul-searching in Vermont and San Francisco as anti-nudity laws were debated and almost enacted.
The disparate local answers to the climbing quantity of World Naked Bike Rides vary from open acceptance (in cities like Philly and Chicago) to the overwhelming police presence in other localities (NYC stands out). Despite the landmark case in NYC where Spencer Tunick created a state constitutional right to gather nude people in public places predicated on our freedom of expression, artists making unclothed artwork is public must anticipate harassment and arrest.
And with economics as they’re, community established nudist clubs are under extreme pressures to keep their membership numbers secure, while the sequence of these family owned companies is hardly ensured.
The fact of the matter remains that exercising our rights as naturists is not as easy as the innocence of adolescent skinny dipping. The political implications – whether it’s a issue of 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, we want considerably more powerful legal advocates at both local and national levels. We also need data and tons of it. Now wedon’t truly understand 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 Avenue in midtown Manhattan outside Madison Square Garden, site of the Republican National Convention.