Hundreds of women are expected to take to the streets topless in several Argentinian cities Tuesday, claiming their right to enjoy a day at the beach bare-chested “just like men do.”
The so-called “Tetazos” protest follows a week of escalating tensions over an incident in which three women sunbathing topless on a public beach were ordered by cops to put their bikini tops back on.
And although a judge ruled that topless sunbathing on a public beach is allowed, the controversy is far from over.
More power to you girls, we say. Fight on, and maybe one day, just like us, you’ll lose those bikini bottoms too !
MORE than half of British holidaymakers would consider going on a nudist holiday, stripping off to sunbathe or visiting a naturist beach, according to a new report.
The survey from the lastminute.com website revealed that more than a third of British men (35 per cent) said they would consider naked sunbathing this year and 14 per cent would go on a naturist holiday.
However, for women the corresponding figures were 17 per cent and six per cent.
Around eight per cent of those surveyed had been on a naturist holiday, but a third (33 per cent) of self-confessed nudists admitted to keeping it secret from friends, family and colleagues.
The most popular reason to bare all on the beach was to achieve an all-over tan (42 per cent), while 21 per cent did it to “reconnect with nature” and a fifth (20 per cent) wanted to “step out of their comfort zone”.
Andrew Welch, from British Naturism, the UK’s umbrella organisation for the pastime, said: “For those visiting a nudist beach for the first time, the best advice is to relax.
“Enjoy the sensation of the sun, breeze and sea on your whole body and realise that no-one is worried about how you look.”
Here’s another nudist curiosity – an educational nudist movie that at the time was widely touted as an ideal introduction to naturism.
Production values aren’t all that great and the acting is, shall we say, acceptable, but it has a certain charm about it.
The storyline is basic. A timid college student, Julie, is assigned to write a research paper on “Nudity in the 1980’s”. She and her boyfriend, Steve, visit several nudist clubs in England, the south of France and in Florida to learn about why people like nudism. And that’s it really.
Believe it or not, this was quite an influential movie at the time, so just in case you missed it first time round, here it is again, courtesy of Youtube. Enjoy.
Nudists were told they would be ‘exterminated’ after a gang of Muslims stormed into a German swimming pool yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’.
Bathers at a nudist beach in northwest Germany say they were insulted and threatened by a group of “Mediterranean-looking men,” one of whom reportedly shouted “Allahu Akhbar” at them.
Staff at the Freibad Xantener Südsee said they were forced to call the police after the men refused to stop abusing naked bathers at the resort, which is near the town of Wesel.
Eyewitnesses told the German newspaper Rheinische Post that the group “looked Mediterranean,” had beards, and wore their hair long.
They are alleged to have shouted “Islamic remarks” including “Allahu Akhbar,” according to another German newspaper, Junge Freiheit.
This is a worrying development as it’s the first time that nudists, already treated with suspicion and sometimes scorn by some sections of the population, have been directly targetted by extremists, if that was indeed who they were..
Now is not the time to panic. We must stay alert and look out for one another of course, but otherwise, to use an old British wartime slogan, we must “Keep calm and carry on”. More on this here And here
Since the 1960s, naturists have gathered on a section of Broome’s famous Cable Beach known as “north of the rocks”, to sunbake, fish and swim in the nude.
But veterans of the scene say about a decade ago, things began to change. The local tourism industry boomed, and suddenly, the nudists were coming under close scrutiny. Read this great article on the decline of nudism in the area. And if you can, get along there, strip off, and give the local nudists some support!
Nudist users of Barcelona’s popular Mar Bella Beach say they are being crammed into an ever smaller space and have called on local authorities to act.
While Playa de la Mar Bella is not technically a nudist beach, naked bathing is common place and accepted.
But now naturists claim they are being squeezed out.
Speaking to local television station BTV, nudist groups complained that flags marking out the beach’s nudist area had been moved 20 metres. They also expressed their displeasure at the large numbers of non-nudist bathers in the area and at the parties held at a nearby beach bar which operates in summer, arguing the presence of hundreds of drinkers made nude bathers uncomfortable.
London’s first nude “pop-up” restaurant opened its doors to the public on Saturday (June 11th)
Nude Dining (Stock Photo)
The Bunyadi, as it’s called, was first announced back in April, since when 46,000 people have applied for tickets, which cost £69 each. But The Bunyadi, open in a secret location for three months, only fits 42 people at a time.
The idea is that everything is naked – from the diners to the decor to the food, which is made with raw ingredients and cooked naturally. There’s no electricity and no phones.
“The idea is to experience true liberation,” Seb Lyall, the founder of pop-up company Lollipop which is behind the event, said in a press release. “People should get the chance to enjoy and experience a night out without any impurities.”
Whilst nude dining and naked restaurants and bars are by no means a new idea, The Bunyadi seems to have captured the public imagination in a unique way. Although I’m not a fan of posh dining au naturel myself, in the prevailing climate of new prudery it’s great to see a new nude venue opening up. I wish them every success. Chloe Pantazi was there on the opening night. Read her report here
Nudists have lost a seven-year legal battle for access to a popular tourist resort beach on Spain’s southwestern tip.
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Spanish Federation of Naturism against local government legislation prohibiting nudists to use beaches within the historic port city of Cadiz. The federation had argued that nudism could be considered a fundamental right to freedom of ideology as defended by Spain’s constitution.
The court disagreed, saying in a ruling Friday that local authorities of Cadiz had the power to “manage properly the use of its services, equipment, infrastructure, facilities and public spaces.” It said the federation had failed to make a convincing case that nudism was “at this moment, an accepted practice by the majority of beachgoers.”
UK naturists have lost their bid to extend the clothes-free area of a favourite beach after the existing section was rendered “too uncomfortable” to sit on.
There had been calls to increase the length of Devon’s Budleigh Salterton’s nudist beach by 200 yards (183m), after the tide washed away pebbles and left hard “bedrock” behind.
But Budleigh Salterton town council argued it was possible to put a “towel or lilo down” within the existing section.
It voted against the move.