Naked News Roundup: What We’re Reading This Week
– At 419 pounds, Stavros Luca is not your typical beauty pageant contestant. But that didn’t prevent this body-confident guy from entering the Mr. Gay UK contest. With overwhelming support from the audience, Stavros won 1st place! The story is awesome and inspiring, but it doesn’t quite have a happy ending. The local news coverage erased him in the story, and event organizers decide to disqualify on him two days later on a bullshit technicality. Read the full story here, and the short Guardian documentary (embedded at the end) is worth watching. [Mic]
– BuzzFeed started a Body Image Survey on Friday. So far nearly 60% of respondents said they have a negative body image and 33% said they think negative thoughts about their body “more than a few times a day.” The second question asks if you think you look better naked or clothed — only 16% said “naked.” They also polled about how much you love or hate certain body parts. Only 13% said they love their vagina. But for the penis question, 91% said they don’t have a penis, so perhaps men weren’t interested in this survey at all? In any case, one thing is clear: there’s still much work to be done on the body image front!
– Famous “plus-size” model and body acceptance advocate Tess Munster went on HuffPost Live to talk about posing naked and her past and present struggles with her body image.
– The nipple was finally freed this weekend with the Free The Nipple movie release! The reviews are kind of abysmal. So far I’d describe the consensus as “well-intentioned, but shallow and amateurish.” The New York Times described it as “first and foremost the cinematic equivalent of a billboard.” I went to the premiere last week and will be posting my own review. For now, here’s one of the positive reviews that I enjoyed in Time, which focuses on why topfree equality matters.
– Another writer tried a NYC naked yoga class at Bold & Naked Yoga, and gave a cute, positive account of her experience. Though note that coed naked yoga has been going on in NY for years, and she is incorrect stating that Bold & Naked is the first. [Well + Good]
– As mentioned in the previous Naked News Roundup, a UK documentary called “The Naked Village” aired last week. It centers a nudist club in Britain called Spielplatz. Based on this sympathetic review, it sounds a little gloomy. The whole 45-minute documentary can be streamed on YouTube. [The Guardian]
– To promote their new movie, Seth Rogen and James Franco did a spoof episode of Naked and Afraid. There were some good jokes, and they managed to do it without body-shaming. My favorite line: Seth asking for a giant blur on his crotch region. You can watch it online here.
Oldie but Goodie
– Originally printed in Bitchmagazine in 2012, this in-depth report on naturism is excellent. It’s positive overall, but the writer brings up some valid criticisms and questions about the future of the naturist movement. Anyone concerned with the future of naturism should read it. [Bitch Magazine / Alternet]