It’s Unsexy Naked Time. Here’s What We’re Reading This Week.
Here is the 2nd installment of Naked News Roundup – a weekly compilation of articles we like from around the web.
– Here’s an inside look at Fraternity Snoqualmie Family Nudist Park in Washington from a photo journalist. A photo slideshow features the park, as well as snapshots from their annual Bare Buns Fun Run.
– There are lots of stories coming out about the upcoming premiere of The Naked Village. This is a documentary about Britain’s only naked village, called Spielplatz. Or “secret village,” as that article calls it. I think being a “secret” is one of the club’s problems. We won’t know how positive it is for naturism until it airs, but so far, I’m not that impressed with the promo material. [Mirror]
It airs on Thursday, December 11 on More4. Hopefully it will be published online for everyone to see it.
– “Everyone is altered.” It’s become common knowledge that models in advertisements and magazines receive a heavy dose of Photoshop. But what about mainstream movies? Turns out artists spend an incredible amount of time retouching actors’ faces and bodies in movie scenes. This goes way beyond makeup and lighting. These artists are going frame-by-frame and erasing wrinkles, belly fat, blemishes, etc. They’ll even take an actor’s head and put it on a more muscular body! It’s known as “beauty work.” Apparently this has been very hush-hush, but Mashable finally got some artists and movie execs to open up about it.
– I had to share this astute article about the latest fear-mongering over childhood obesity. The NHS is known to distort and exaggerate statistics that have to do with fatness and obesity. The author points out that “obese” and “overweight” categories are often combined to inflate statistics and promote their “fear-fuelled agenda.” Then there’s the fact that the system used to diagnose obesity (BMI) is totally flawed, and NHS admits this.
My favorite line from the article: “…then officials wonder why so many kids have body image issues – it’s because you keep telling them they’re fat, you morons.” [Telegraph]
– Here’s a mom with a positive attitude about her and her kids being naked around each other. She writes, “Nudity is healthy and very natural and growing up unashamed of being seen naked with all your bodily imperfections raises uninhibited children who have a realistic body image.” Yes! [One Woman’s View]
– Good news for those interested in nude modeling or practicing their life drawing skills – “Get Drawn, Get Nude” is a global project that invites the public to pose nude for pop-up life drawing classes. This article is written from the perspective of one of the female models and she talks about the body-positive aspect of the experience. [BBC]
– The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) just came out with a list of 24 prominent works of art that faced censorship this past year. They acknowledge that nudes are still on censorship’s most-wanted list, but they weren’t focused on nudity. Instead it’s meant to be a compilation of art that inspired “critical thought, impassioned emotion, and waves of offense.” [NCAC blog]
– One of the artists in NCAC’s list, Megumi Igarashi, has recently made the news because she got arrested again. Igarashi been making 3D printed art modeled after her own vulva, such as this kayak pictured above. She was recently arrested for disseminating three dimensional “obscene data” for some sort of boat project. She says, “I don’t believe my vagina is anything obscene.” – It’s not, Megumi! [The Guardian]
– We’re loving this: 23 female cartoonists talk about their artwork and drawing naked women / bodies. Just as in other mainstream media, women’s bodies have been very poorly represented in the graphic novel industry. They’re often hypersexualized and displayed as decoration. These artists are pushing their way through a male-dominated industry and drawing the bodies they want to see in the comic book medium. [Buzzfeed]
With all the celebs joyfully posing naked lately, will America eventually have to let go of its puritanism around nudity? [Yahoo]
– A new music video from College Humor: “Unsexy Naked Time.” An antithesis to the typical sexy-naked music video. A boyfriend / girlfriend duo sing a song about how they like to hang out naked at home and do “unsexy” things, like eat takeout, watch TV, clean, and pop each other’s zits (ew). The video is silly and fun and shows that naked time doesn’t have to be sexy time. ;)
The opening lyrics:
We’ve been going out for awhile
We been going out in style
But I can’t wait to get you home and take off all your clothes
And just not do shit
I wanna get naked for the hell of it
Let’s lose my shirt, your skirt, and air our genitals out
I wanna get you naked and order kung pao
What did we miss? Share what you’re reading in the comments!
Naked News Roundup: It’s Unsexy Naked Time was published by –Young Naturists and Young Nudists America YNA