I’ve been thinking about this over the last few hours, and I’ve finally decided to say something about my concerns and thoughts.
After i read the article on Wikipedia about the origins of the WBNR. I got to thinking. How many of the bike riders in the WBNR are actually naturists? How many of the bike riders are just a bunch of 20-somethings and eternal college co-eds looking to do something fun or believe they are protesting or supporting something?
As I asked myself these questions more concerns and questions sprang to mind. Many of them having to deal with the ever encroaching politics into our daily lives. Naturism by default is not a political statement. I believe that Naturism in and of itself has tried to keep it that way, mainly because throughout the 50’s and into the late 60’s we were seen as a bunch of hippies and communists.
But now with many politicians and political parties being dragged into every social debate that pops up it seems that those in the sociopolitical movements have begun pulling and pushing every one of their issues as some kind of political statement or a personal statement. And they also try to drag every last person into the debate and issue as well, demanding that you state where you stand, or be labelled as something negative. And now it seems that the nude body, and perhaps Naturism is being slowly dragged into the political debate.
After I looked at some other articles today I noticed something. I noticed a difference between Naturist events and what I call Nude Political Statements.
Naturist events are often held in private. Families and friends gather to exercise, have fun, or just enjoy being nude and feeling the world around them without clothes on. While Naturism does promote a healthy self-image of one’s body. It does not openly push or promote the ideal. There are plenty of Nudists and Naturists who only prefer the company of other naturists/nudists and would not bare it all in a public forum. Naturists events have people of all body types, shapes, and colors.
Yet the Nude Political Statement is almost the exact opposite. The Statement is completely voyeuristic in nature. The Statement is mostly attended by attractive female co-eds. (you notice you never see the fat, ugly, or the aged at these statements) It is a form of Political Voyeurism where the participants are trying to draw attention to themselves in the most shocking and attention drawing way possible. It says a lot about their political stance and the issue they are trying to draw attention to. Their nudity says this, “We believe our issue is really important, but the rest of the world does not. So we are going to shove said issue into your brain by running around naked in the most public place available!” Funny how such a thing doesn’t ever seem to actually help their cause in the least.
And yet these “Statement makers” immediately become offended when the voyeurs and pervs come out with their cameras, the laughter, and ultimately the insults. The statement makers start crying rape, or claim some type of imaginary visual assault has taken place. But didn’t they want to draw attention to themselves in the first place? In the age of the cell phone camera don’t expect privacy if you choose to walk around nude in public. If you decide to participate in the WNBR don’t become insulted or enraged when the pervs come around with their cameras, and don’t try to cover up either. If you have the guts to make such a ‘bold’ political statement, then make sure you are courageous enough to deal with the consequences.
In the end my main concern is that people are using Naturism as a excuse or a prop to help push their political statements. And while I really don’t mind true in-public nudity. It should be done because you believe that being nude is a healthy, normal state not because you want to draw attention to yourself or a cause. I hope we as Naturists can stay out of the field of politics as long as possible. The nature of politics has become so poisonous and miserable as of late that I wonder if i can stand to be the a political aficionado anymore. And i would hate for Naturism to be sickened by the current politics of the day.