Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Daily Newds 5/20/09

  • Porn stars are getting more parts in mainstream films.
  • A Colorado Springs attorney is asking a judge to declare the city's ban on nudity in licensed liquor establishments unconstitutional.
  • The saggy pants proposal in Tennessee is likely dead.
  • Red Moser, PA, PhD, chronicles his life in nudity.
    One of my strangest experiences in 1975 was a nude graduate school interview! I applied for a master's program at UC Davis. In order to save me the travel time, three of the faculty members offered to interview me at their home in Sonoma County. I arrived promptly, clad in my interview suit and tie. There was no answer at the door, but I heard them call me from the back yard. As I entered through the gate, I couldn't help but notice that I was a bit over-dressed for the occasion. I don't really know, but I think I am the only person ever to be interviewed for graduate school by three nude faculty members.
  • "The Sex Education Show" in Britain tackles the issue of pornography and how it is affecting young people today. Episodes can be viewed online here.
  • The lawsuit over the death of Luis Andrew Martinez, aka Berkeley's Naked Guy, has been settled.
  • The media is finally waking up to the fact that people are being virtually strip-searched at airports, due to the fact that privacy advocates are calling for a suspension in the use of the imaging machines.
  • John Zammit, candidate for the European Parliament, is running on a platform which includes the creation of nudist beaches.
  • A costly legal battle looms in the UK over the protection of a nudist beach from an apartment complex which threatens to look out directly onto the sunbathers.
  • A columnist takes on the naked vs. nude debate.
    In the context of his argument, it seems better to be naked than nude; the former implies a choice, whereas the latter implies that a female is being unwittingly, unfairly dominated by a male gaze. Other critics would argue almost the opposite, however. Kenneth Clark, a critic who is often credited as the source of the debate, believed that nude forms are the admirable equivalent of Titian’s Venus; they are ideal forms of art, while naked bodies are just their embarrassing, real-life counterparts.
  • The owner of a BBQ restaurant in Reading, Ohio, has been ordered to "cover up a bit" a female mannequin standing outside the establishment. The mannequin has been wearing a bikini top and shorts, and some people complained that it was "too sexy". The owner plans to appeal.

1 comment:

rickromig said...

I find it troublesome that porn is more mainstream and acceptable than simple, non-sexual nudity. It's more acceptable for an actor to say, "I've done porn" than to say "I enjoy nude recreation."

I've never understood the connection between nudity and alcohol. Is there a real connection?

It's only a mannequin! Would a live model in the same attire be as objectionable? Most people don't seem to have a problem with bikini-clad young women promoting a carwash. (I have to wonder about people who find a mannequin sexy.)