The Perils of Nude Protesting

| 8/18/2008 4:35:27 PM

World Naked Bike RideProtesting in the nude certainly gets people’s attention, but do the spectators recognize the protestors’ message? And furthermore, do they care? writer Adam Williams considers these questions after observing the World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis earlier this summer. The event, which takes place in 20 countries, protests society’s crippling oil dependency and “indecent exposure” to air pollution. The problem is that it might be difficult for conservative legislators and voters to take the message seriously. “If conservatives are unlikely to respect and appreciate the collective perspective of clothes-free cyclists, then is anything gained by protesting oil dependency in the buff?”

8/23/2008 6:10:10 AM

A lot of my fellow Vietnam veterans who were angry and disillusioned about the misconduct of the war were reluctant to march in the protests because of the exibitionistic and strident idiots who only wanted to put on a show for the press. Yes, nude protesting does less than nothing for its cause and may even alienate others who care more for the cause than how they look. The only statement made by nudity is "Look at me!" Dan Jacobson - served 1968-1972

Gary Ashcraft
8/22/2008 5:02:12 PM

This has as much to do with making a political statement as streaking did in the 70's. NO ONE takes their clothes OFF to be taken seriously ( other than pornographers ) I'm not saying this as any form of condemnation, only as a pragmatic view to reality. I am in complete agreement with these people and cause's they embrace. I am sure they are truely grateful that I don't join them. I'm a very firm and healthy 60, but 60 none the less. This is a form of protest that should only practiced by the young, attractive, and VAIN. Gary Ashcraft

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