Two effective nude protests

against oil dependency

Getting naked for a worthy cause is all the rage these days. Or is it the other way around — a worthy cause is a convenient excuse to get naked?

Frankly, I think it’s a bit of both. To participate in the World Naked Bike Ride, you’ve got to yield to your inner exhibitionist. If you don’t have an inner exhibitionist, you won’t be among the participants.

nude protestOn the weekend of June 11-12, 2005, according to treehugger.com, naked cyclists took to the streets in more than 50 cities worldwide. The purpose was to register a protest against Western dependence on oil.

(image originally uploaded by justinphilpott).

Note that no one in the UK was arrested or registered as a sex offender: “Although indecent exposure is a criminal offence in the UK, the Metropolitan Police viewed the ride as a political protest, and no arrests were made.” Good for the Bobbies, I say!

I think this protest works better than the “Breasts Not Bombs” events (see my previous post).

It’s the bicycles that make the difference. Getting naked in public has nothing to do with decreasing Western dependence on oil. But riding a bike does!

These protesters didn’t stand around holding banners and chanting, “Stop indecent exposure to automobile emissions!” They hopped onto their bicycles, thus encouraging people to consider alternative means of transportation.

In my opinion, that’s the missing element in the “Breasts Not Bombs” events. They need to devise a “bicycle” — a symbol they can use to divert attention away from the nudity toward the cause they espouse.

The World Naked Bike Ride advocates using an alternative means of transportation. What exactly does “Breasts Not Bombs” ask people to do? Does it have something to do with breasts?


I must admit that I enjoyed researching this subject. Some time when you’re bored, I encourage you to google “topless protests” and see what turns up.

pro cunnilingusYou have to know that PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — is going to come up repeatedly.

PETA is known for the memorable slogan, “I’d rather go naked than wear fur.” This is the same issue, once again — trying to segue from the medium (nudity) to the message (end cruelty to animals).

PETA is also known for their outrageous stunts. No surprise, then, that they came up with the funniest of the protests in my google search.

The cause:  “the persistent and invidious male failure to lick pussy.” “Animals get eaten more than we do,” is their complaint. (Click on the photo for the story.)

I think this is a successful protest:

  • Nudity makes sense in this context;
  • So does tiger makeup: tiger = pussy, see?
  • And the cage? … well, that’s a little harder to explain.

How about this?: going too long between orgasms can make you feel like a caged animal.

Awwww, the poor dear!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary P.
    Nov 16, 2005 @ 18:00:00

    Er, Q, my love? Those caged, deprived women are not members of PETA, they’re members of PETA. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – not; People for Eating Tasty Animals – check).

    Me, I liked the first protest more than the second, and NOT because it contained pictures were of naked men, but because it was a genuine protest with a laudable goal.

    The other one? If your man won’t, that’s a private issue, and will almost certainly NOT be resolved by taking it to the streets. Not only does the medium distract from the message, it sabotages it.

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  2. Q
    Nov 16, 2005 @ 20:03:00

    Mary P. is right. More than right!

    Not only did I not read the text closely enough to catch, “People for Eating Tasty Animals”, I didn’t scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.

    It turns out to be a parody, which is OK. But the purpose of the parody is to advertise a porn site — which certainly wasn’t my intention!

    I’ll just take out the link, now, shall I? If you were hoping to view the gallery, you’ll have to google it.

    Otherwise, I’m leaving the post as it is. I still think it’s funny, I just don’t want to advertise porn here at Simply Put!
    Q

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  3. Carolyn
    Nov 21, 2005 @ 14:01:00

    I had commented on the Breasts Not Bombs story. I’m not sure why it didn’t show up.

    My thoughts on it were that when I’m trying to be taken seriously, I don’t purposely draw attention to my “lady parts” (that sounded so prudish…fun). I want to be seen as intelligent as men. The female anatomy distracts too much to allow that to happen.

    There wasn’t enough effort made to make a deeper statement other then showing their boobs. Nobdy will remember it, much less take the message to heart.

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