Our Latest Roundup of Naked News
– The co-founder of the INF and French Naturist Federation, Christiane LeCoq, just passed away on December 24 at age 103. She was a pioneer of the naturist movement and had a great impact on naturism in France. [Bare Oaks Blog]
– The San Francisco nude protesters have made some headway in their lawsuit against the city [SFist]. Their lawsuit claims that their First Amendment rights were violated because of the nudity ban and that they have been selectively targeted by law enforcement. Now it looks like they will go to trial this year. I like this writer’s conclusion:
In practice, the same handful of individuals who were often seen nude in the Castro prior to the ban, still go au naturel on warmer days simply with tiny sheaths over their junk — per the law — which is hardly any better than being nude. So, yeah. The law is pointless.
– Here’s another compilation of body image stories from 2014, this time with a few positive notes. [takepart]
– The Militant Baker did a photo series called “Love the Mirror.” She took photos of people wearing what they felt most confident in, and she asked each of them why it’s important to love themselves as they are. Their responses were heartfelt and inspiring. [The Militant Baker]
– Chelsea Handler tested Instagram censorship again with another topfree photo. This time she was wearing a backpack standing on a snowy mountain during a ski trip. Pretty bad-ass I think. Most news articles censor the photos, so they’re basically saying “We agree with you, Instagram. Female boobies are not safe.”
Her Instagram account is now gone. Handler previously protested against Instagram with a topless photo imitating Vladmir Putin. Her rant from then:
“Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body than Putin. If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it’s ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825? If instagram takes this down again, you’re saying Vladimir Putin Has more 1st amendment rights than me. Talk to your bosses.”
I remember someone on Twitter pointing out that having your boobs visibly falling out your corset was en vogue in 1825 America, so women arguably had more topfreedom at that time. So more like 1890 (?) but whatever, we know what she means.
– Yahoo named “Censorship Mom” the best meme of 2014. Do any of you have moms that would cover your eyes when boobs came on the TV screen? One mom did just that with her 22-year-old gay son. And so, a funny meme was born: Censorship Mom, here to protect our delicate eyes. See more plays on the meme at the link.
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Photo by: MightySDS
The body positive 2014 round-ups reminded me of this inspiring video by The Goddess Project. A group of 10 women came together to create body art and talk about beauty and body image. “No matter what we’ve been conditioned to believe, it’s time to step up and recognize how beautiful we really are.”
Oldie But Goodie
Pointless Shame: The English-Speaking World’s Issue With Women’s Breasts – following the heartbreaking story of Amanda Todd in 2012, writer Connor Friedersdorf came out with a great piece on how society stigmatizes the human body and why that’s detrimental, most especially for women.
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