CLOTHING OPTIONAL LIVING
Don't arrest me, I was born this way
Warning: Clothing has been shown to cause extreme psychological dependence. Wear it at your own risk.
(...said Ben Thornton)
Prostitutes Madagascar 2002
Buckingham Palace London 2000
photo by David Solomons
THE UNCLOTHED HUMAN APPEARANCE IN PUBLIC SPACE
AT THE START OF THE 21st CENTURY
London July 2000 - July 2001
VIDEO: Downing Street London 17 December 2000
17 December 2000: Russell Higgs, Downing Street
"It's the 21st century. Time to evolve"
Russell Higgs, a Letter from Prison,
the Guardian newspaper, January 2001
London January 2001
BOW STREET MAGISTRATE'S COURT JANUARY 2001
Russell Higgs being bailed naked and without the magistrate imposing any conditions to put clothing on. After a month of being remanded in a prison segregation cell, continuously unclothed since 17th December 2000. The (non-imprisonable) charges (section 5 of the public order act) were later quietly dropped.
The mini placards covering our genitals came about as a practical antidote to the media's coyness and simultaneously to counteract the media's compulsive obsession with adding carry-on style captions to any photo they published. Otherwise the mainstream media tended to opt for rear shots and a "law is an ass" variation of accompanying text, without printing a single serious quote from any of us.
Therefore the mini-placards guaranteed us a degree of control over how we were being contextualised in mainstream reports.
Naked activists Vincent Bethell and Russell Shaw Higgs,
London July 2001,
clips from "BEING HUMAN" (2002)
film by Lisa Seidenberg
London July 1 2001
"To be offended by the visual appearance of another person is prejudice, akin to racism. The right to exist, uncovered, should hold precedence over the right not to view this, for the objection is irrational." - Terri Webb
February 23, 2003: Those who have been following the case of nude activist Terri Sue Webb will be interested to know that the Court of Appeals of the State of Oregon has REVERSED Webb's involuntary civil commitment to a state psychiatric institution. It was that commitment order that allowed a judge in May, 2002 to order Webb to be confined to a facility in Pendleton, Oregon.
Early in 2009, Stephen Gough was moved from Her Majesty's Prison Barlinnie to Her Majesty's Prison Perth.
Steve appreciates all the letters he receives and replies to all of them. They should now be addressed:
Human Rights Political Prisoner No. 81590
3 Edinburgh Road
Steve Gough's 2nd naked walk
the entire length of Britain
from Land's End to John O'Groats 2005
2003: Stephen Gough, 44, from Hampshire, finished his walk after seven months, much of which was spent in jail. jan 2004
Russell Higgs demonstrating inside Selfridges department store, London, in support of Stephen Gough, Sept 2003.
THERE IS NOTHING INHERENTLY BAD OR CRIMINAL IN THE APPEARANCE OF THE UNCLOTHED HUMAN BODY.
i'm not some fucking hippy who wants to tell the world how 'beautiful' we all are, or how 'natural' and free it is to be naked.
NAKED PROTEST IS AN EXTREMELY SIMPLE AND DIRECT POLITICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL ACTION, HIGHLIGHTING THE ABSURDITY AND EXTENT OF OUR CORRUPTED SOCIAL PROGRAMMING AND THE UNIFORMED STATE THAT ENFORCES IT.
public nudity is a simple human statement that simultaneously invokes numerous important complexities.
clothes do not maketh the man or woman
World Naked Bike Ride London 2009
World Naked Bike Ride London 2009
"Simply being naked on the street is not a crime in San Francisco," said Debbie Mesloh, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, september 2004. City prosecutors said it was not illegal to perform naked yoga in the city -- even at the crowded tourist destination of Fisherman's Wharf. prosecutors decided they had a weak public nuisance case against George Monty Davis (the "naked yoga guy"), because local laws do not bar public nudity.
"It is quite common to see signs (in public buildings) that require shoes by order of the Health Department, but in reality, there is no such order or regulation in New York State."
(...STATE OF NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 2002,
via Society for Barefoot Living)
hundreds of farmers from Veracruz state
marched naked to Mexico City
June 18, 2003: Wearing masks of former President Carlos Salinas, naked farmers from Veracruz protested outside of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), in Mexico City. The farmers were demanding agricultural reforms and asking the party to return their land that the PRI government seized between 1992-1998 in the state of Veracruz.
(read a typically coy account in the guardian)
Brazil 2003: Police Attack Nude Anti-Police Brutality Protesters at the World Social Forum. "Police did what police do best when they violently attacked protesters and bystanders on the last day of the World Social Forum. It started when a Mapuche woman who was attending the WSF and staying at the international youth camp was arrested with charges of "obscene acts" for bathing nude in a river. Activists saw this and organized over 400 people to protest by nonviolently taking their clothes off in solidarity. When the nude protest left the youth camp to march downtown the police attacked. After injuring and arresting some of the the nude protesters the police lashed out at journalists and bystanders. An unknown number of people were hospitalized or arrested as a result of the police assault."
NAKED PROTEST ANTI-WAR 2003
(via baring witness and bare witness)
"Naked anti-war demos sweep world"
March 2 2003
Marin County, california, us,
January 4 2003
A Corua, Spain
Durango, Colorado, us
February 16 2003
Antarctica, McMurdo Station, Ross Island
January 9 2003
Ashdown Forest, east Sussex, uk
january 12 2003
THE HUMAN BODY HAS A LONG And ANCIENT HISTORY AS A SITE FOR OPPRESSION AND CONTROL