Au Naturel?It?s Not Just for Members Anymore


| April 16, 2003


BREAKING NEWS: the Seattle Post Intellegencer recently released a report stating that the citizens of Issaquah are under the impending threat of WMD?s?the Witnessing of Mass Derrieres. This activity, writes Kathy George, is the work of a Washington activist cell called Body Freedom Cooperative. Armed with only their bare skins and a spate of wacky ?guerrilla pranksterism? tactics, they are considered by King County officials to be unorthodox and highly radical?REPEAT?HIGHLY RADICAL!!

Recently, co-founder Mark Storey and two unidentified members of this revolutionary group?whose goal is ?to bring clothing-free opportunities on public lands closer to the people of the cities?? went skinny-dipping at the King County park system?s H.Q. Since then, the organization has plotted other scenarios in which they will literally be ?caught with their pants down? in order to promote greater public access to nudity. Possible future events include: ?a ?mass nude photo shoot? at Washington Arboretum,? naked citizens ?cleaning up graffiti? on the street, and a ?trilogy of [Fringe Festival] plays? highlighting not only the nudist experience, but also ?nude ushers and ticket takers, too.?

More conservative nudists are concerned that the group?s unconventional tactics could backfire. Northwest Nudist Association president Nancy Trautenberg stated, ?We like to have our nudist freedom, but we don?t like to push it on anybody.? Sharon Anderson?resident of Forestia, a gated nudist community concealed from public view?agreed. ?I don?t like having any sort of views foisted on unknowing people, and nudism is just one.? Although Forestia sponsors such private events as ?Nudestock? and ?Bare Buns Fun Run,? Body Freedom Cooperative?s co-founder Daniel Johnson contends that ?social nudity in Washington is limited to ?those who have money to join,? and intends to make nudity more accessible to the public.
?Erin Ferdinand

Go there>>Exposed and stark naked - on purpose

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