The Latest Naked News Stories Brought To You By YNA
Happy belated Valentine’s Day, if you’re into the heteronormative consumer holiday. Here at YNA, it’s always about the love. ;) This week’s naked news features the special Montana lawmaker who wanted to outlaw yoga pants and then said “just kidding” after everyone made fun of him. Also, we’ve got new survey stats on topless / nude sunbathing, a video about Japanese bathing culture and other fun stuff.
– A new apartment building in Miami released its floor plans, and lo and behold, one side will have a perfect view of Haulover Beach (nude beach). Will this be a selling point or a source of controversy when people start buying apartments? [Miami Curbed]
– For Valentine’s Day, Expedia commissioned a study of 1,000 Americans on their “sexy / romantic” behavior. One part asked respondents if they’d ever sunbathed topless or nude. 5% of respondents said they’ve sunbathed while topless, 3% said they’d done so fully nude and 21% said “not yet,” indicating a future interest! I liked the writer’s response to these stats:
Only 5 percent of respondents have gone topless at the beach on vacation?!?! How can’t more people care about tan lines? One answer could be in the demographics of respondents. When we broke out the data a little more, we spotted that 9 percent of participants ages 25-34 have engaged in topless sunbathing, while only 3 percent of respondents over 65 said they did the same. These numbers make a bit more sense.
The survey also gauged people’s comfort level with topless beaches: 11% said they felt “somewhat or very comfortable” at a topless beach, 22% said they felt “neutral,” and 23% said they were “somewhat or very uncomfortable” at such places. 42% had never been to a topless beach.
– After a “Bare As You Dare” naked cycling event in Montana last year, House representative David Moore concluded the state’s nudity laws weren’t good enough. Current indecent exposure law in Montana addresses those who seek sexual gratification by exposing their genitals and causing alarm (basically a law against exhibitionism in its strictest definition).
Moore proposed a bill to outlaw not just actual simple nudity, but also anything that would give one the appearance of being naked. Like maybe beige yoga pants. Moore is quoted as saying, “Yoga pants should be illegal anyway,” to an AP reporter.
He was widely made fun of in the media for this remark. Then a few days later, he was telling reporters it was just a “joke” and an offhand remark. But the AP stands by their version of the story – Moore was asked twice about this statement and was totally sincere about it. [The Guardian]
Here’s the part that could address tight, revealing pants. (A person committing indecent exposure would be one who…)
(b) exposes any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region or exposes any device worn as a cover over the nipple or areola of the female breast that simulates and gives the realistic appearance of a nipple or areola while in a public place or visible from a public place without taking reasonable precautions to prevent exposure, and disregards whether a reasonable person would be offended or alarmed by the act.
NY Mag filed this story under “Stupid Ideas” and said Moore must be a “Never Nude.” Luckily, the bill was unanimously shot down. So if you’re in Montana, you can hold on to your weird Adam and Eve bodysuit costume. And yoga pants.
– A feminist artist wrote an a personal essay about her struggle to draw herself naked and shared what other female artists had to say about it. [Jezebel]
– In a random sex survey of over 1,000 Irish people, 48% of respondents said they’ve sent naked photos on their phone. Yes, people with camera phones take naked pictures. This shouldn’t be news. [entertainment.ie]
– Erin Treloar, founder of Raw Beauty Talks and survivor of anorexia, has recently launched a petition / campaign to reduce the amount of digital alteration / Photoshop done in magazines. Why? “Research shows that the beauty ideal represented in the images in your magazines is detrimental to our health. It perpetuates low self- confidence, depression, anxiety, over-spending and eating disorders.” There has indeed been research that shows how mainstream magazines have a negative effect on body image. [Raw Beauty Talks]
– Many schools today put kids through BMI screenings to try to measure how healthy they are. But this can easily turn into fat shaming and immediately lead to disordered eating. (Not to mention the fact that BMI isn’t even a fair indicator of good health.) Kids as young as 6 are being sent home with fat-shaming warning letters. Time to reevaluate all these procedures. [Women eNews & Mic]
– Here’s a cute video about Japanese bathing culture at a “sento” (public baths) and an “onsen” (hot springs). In the video, the host asks his 94-year-old Japanese neighbor about the tradition of being naked and why otherwise shy Japanese people are so comfortable with this social nudity. He brings up a Japanese phrase – “Hadaka no tsukiai (è£¸ã®ä»˜ãåˆã„).
It basically means we’re all the same when we’re naked. It’s a part of any open relationship with friends or in business, going to the bath is a place where you literally can’t hide anything!” (- from the video description).
– A trailer came out for an upcoming documentary called Travelling Light. It’s about a group of naturists who hike naked in the Alps. It looks like it’ll be a fun, positive film!
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