All I know about this picture is the caption where I found it: “Zoe West being arrested in Times Square for a nude art performance.” I’d argue that naked performance art in a public place where it’s not allowed is *always* an act of protest…
Here’s a technique of non-violent resistance that I think could combine quite handily with the tactics of naked protesters:
Photo credit: AFP.
Supposedly, this photo dates from 1922 Chicago and presents the arrest of women at the beach whose demonstrative crime was to wear one-piece bathing suits that bared and exposed their legs. It’s Naked Protesters material because the scene is clearly a media circus; it seems at least possible that the ladies in question were flouting the contemporary sartorial regulations with intent to protest them and make a scene.
However, the explanation opens with “supposedly” because this picture is all over the internet under similar captions, none of which offer an authoritative source of the captioning information. The most commonly cited modern appearance of this photo is a Reddit thread from October 2011 with the caption “Women in Chicago being arrested for wearing one piece bathing suits, without the required leg coverings. 1922.” Most other web appearances cite the Reddit thread or lightly rephrase the Reddit caption, but the photo can also be found on a other websites with similar captions dated to the few months prior to the Reddit thread. Not found were any older appearances on the web, nor any authoritative sources for the photo that might be used to confirm the many similar captions.
This is from a student protest in Hungary after narrow-minded administrators tried to make the students dress more conservatively:
Students at a university in Hungary have turned up to class in only their underwear, in protest at conservative new clothing rules banning miniskirts, flip-flops and low cut dresses.
Around 10 students and a professor at Kaposvar University in southwest Hungary attended classes on Thursday clad only in pants, or, in some cases, nothing more than strategically placed textbooks, in protest at the draconian new rules.
The naked protest is in response to a letter written by the university’s rector to students imposing a conservative dress code, meaning dark suits and shoes for men, and jackets, blouses and trousers or long skirts for women.
“From October 1, there is also no place in the university for mini-skirts, flip-flops, heavy make-up, inappropriate fashion accessories, or unkempt fingernails and hair,” the letter read.
At an anti-prostitution rally, FEMEN activists pretend to be setting themselves up for a topless self-immolation. Considering that they subsequently light up some cans of hair spray without themselves vanishing in an agonized ball of fire, I think we can safely assume the gasoline can does not actually contain gasoline:
It’s been hard not to make Naked Protesters an all-FEMEN, all-the-time show since FEMEN appeared topless on the world stage…
Street artist ADW attempted to install this piece at a Kings of Concrete event in Dublin, but it so offended the local cops they made him paint it over before it was done. It’s about “the increasing militarisation of these forces employed to uphold the law” and was inspired by “the worldwide Occupy movements and the savage handling of the protesters”:
Via Spanking Blog.
Here at Naked Protesters we are really troubled by the power implications of this story — I did not realize that we still live in a world that lets bishops demand (and get) criminal charges for mocking the pope:
Carnegie Mellon University’s review of two students’ public nudity at an on-campus parade last month came to this conclusion Friday by the university president: Students have the right to express controversial views, but not to break the law.
In a letter sent to the university community, President Jared L. Cohon wrote that campus police had filed misdemeanor charges for indecent exposure against two students, identified in court records as Katherine B. O’Connor, 19, and Robb S. Godshaw, 22.
The parade, a College of Fine Arts tradition known as the “Annual Anti-Gravity Downhill Derby,” took place April 18 on the area of CMU’s campus known as the “cut” as part of the university’s spring carnival. That afternoon, campus police were notified that a naked woman was on campus, according to the criminal complaint.
The woman, later identified as Ms. O’Connor, was wearing a pope costume, but had no clothing below her waist, and on her pubic area was the shape of a cross.
The nudity incidents, noted by campus police on the day of the event, became more high profile after Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik expressed concern about Ms. O’Connor’s display, saying it was offensive. CMU officials investigated following Bishop Zubik’s complaint, and on May 1, Mr. Cohon wrote a letter to the community apologizing to those who were offended.
The decision today, to file charges, was greeted positively by Catholic officials.
Bishop Zubik, in a statement Friday, acknowledged that CMU “has taken the time to treat this unfortunate incident in a serious manner.
“Once again, and as I have said over these last few weeks, this is an opportunity for all of us to be reminded that freedom of speech and freedom of expression do not constitute a freedom to dismiss or disrespect the beauty of anyone’s race, the sacredness of anyone’s religious belief or the uniqueness of anyone’s nationality.”
First of all, Bishop Zubik is an idiot and an asshole. Freedom of speech does indeed mean precisely the freedom to disrespect the sacredness of religious belief! And he’s an educated man, so he knows that — which makes him a lying idiot and asshole, to boot.
Just to be clear, let’s recaps the sequence of events, shall we?
In 21st-century America, can you believe it?