Is there a difference between being naked or nude, in private or in public? John Berger makes the case: “To be naked is to be oneself. To be nude is to be seen naked by others… nudity is placed on display.” This highlights the perspective that the protesters are naked for their own cause, using … Read more
The photographic images presented here tell the tale of the ride itself, as well as a few of its related stories, and each “picture is worth a thousand words”. Indeed, many images from the WNBR are truly excellent and belong in the photo-documentary slot of any comprehensive photographic library purporting to be representative of modern … Read more
Shall we say goodbye to all the Big Brother and American Idol style TV shows, because ‘they encourage exhibitionism or voyeurism’. Never mind whether these shows are morally uplifting, or not, according to the dictates of the repressed and deviant mindset of the puritan hypocrite, clearly these ideas are supported with enthusiasm by the general … Read more
A new set of issues are of course raised by being naked in a public space and having people take photos of you. First of all, it’s not always possible to know the precise reasons behind every camera, the intentions of the photographer; secondly, you have to ignore the possibility of someone finding the images exciting, … Read more
One of the clearest messages one gets from looking at images of people participating in the ride is that they are all enjoying themselves immensely, as are the public too, of course, and this is clear to see from the photographs presented in this book. Certainly some of the more amusing images are where the … Read more
In our enlightened modern world which celebrates multicultural diversity it is not too much to ask to have complete freedom of dress for reasons of religion, culture and personal belief. …but Why Nude? ￼The World Naked Bike Rides have shown that this celebration of diversity has indeed extended, at least in part, to embrace social nudity … Read more
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It’s not the appearance of someone which dictates their character, or their motivations, it’s what they actually do that is the issue. The relevance of this discussion for the WNBR is that it’s not the clothing, or the differently clothed or coloured state of another that is the problem: it’s the demonstrative but entirely peaceful … Read more
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