Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Daily Newds

  • How Fast Was My Nipple Going, Officer?: Police in Poland are ticketing topfree female beachgoers.
  • Skin Deep: A columnist ponders our obsession with skin.
    Strangely, naked skin does offend people. In Europe, public nudity is common, unremarked on and quite a blot on the landscape, if we're being truthful. Here, women are tormented for taking advantage of the “mothers only” interlude at the pool. They are mocked for breastfeeding in public, despite the fact that nursing mothers somehow manage to hide their nipples, the only bit that interests the baby or anyone else. Is the most offensive of all skin that bit of the central breast?
  • Moons Over Manhattan: A toilet company is adorning Times Square with advertisements featuring smiling, naked posteriors.
  • The Naked Journalist: A writer for the UK Sun stripped down and joined the hundreds of nudists at Cornwall's Eden Project.
    One old lady smiled and said hello as I passed her, as relaxed and pleasant as if I'd seen her in a supermarket. But I didn't know where to look. I tried not to blush but I'm sure I did. Ten minutes into it and I felt a bit more at ease. Well, sort of.
  • Unlucky Seven: Stephen Gough, the "Naked Rambler", is behind bars for the seventh time.
  • Naked Isn't Nude: A writer reviews "The Naked Portrait" exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
    The critic John Berger argues that the nude is a convention, that to be naked is to be oneself, but to be nude is to become an object. This show could almost have been designed to prove his case. In Nude Woman in Black Stockings, the 1900 painting by French colourist Pierre Bonnard, the subject's face is hidden. Her body, although rendered unclear in the impressionistic haze, is the sole focus. Her nakedness, like her individuality, has gone, replaced by a nudity which is entirely constructed by Bonnard's perception.
  • Money Talks: Southern California Naturists are passing $2 bills around Santa Barbara County to prove their purchasing power to the community.
    (Gary) Messell and his organization recognize the stigma that comes along with their way of life. He says that people who receive the $2 bills are not forced to support their lifestyle but they are forced to think about it.

    "The stereotype is that it's a handful of crazy people who never left the '60s when, in reality, there are thousands of us," Messell said. "We are all community people, we all have jobs, and we're not crazy — we just enjoy nudity. We're doctors, lawyers, and plumbers, Democrats and Republicans, and we're not going away."
  • Release the Twins: Bars in Las Vegas are offering free drinks to women who go topless at the pool.
    Waitress Erica Wise said that while she was initially uncomfortable about being gawked at while partying topless at the party, she was quickly put at ease.

    'I thought it would be a bunch of old creepy men staring,' said Ms Wise, 24.

    'But it's a bunch of people our age having fun.'
  • Cover the Twins: A Connecticut writer bemoans the fact that women exercise in bra tops.
    I finally let myself conclude the obvious. Women wear bra tops not just because they provide necessary support. Women do not wear them because it is too hot outside. Women do not wear bra tops for comfort or ease of wear, especially since most bra tops require a gymnast's flexibility to get into. Women wear bra tops to expose their bodies, and women expose their bodies to attract men.
  • Never too Old: 85 year-old Jim Wetherbee is not afraid to admit that he is a nude model.
    “I think prior to my modeling, there wasn’t a wrinkle in the whole load of other models. It’s relatively easy to find young, slim women who will model, but very difficult to find older people, let alone men, who will model, so this is my contribution to the world of art,” he said.

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