SLN 10…out this Wednesday!!!!

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SLN 10 will be published, after a long delay, this Wednesday. Due to RL commitments (I’m cooking for 10!) it’s likely to be late in the evening (GMT) before it’s all online. Thanks for your patience!


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Neck Rings

I’m sure you’ve all seen photos of neck rings worn by the Kayan women of Myanmar, and also the Ndebele women in Africa.

Over at Emotions hair mall they’ve got a lovely jewellry set which, if you’re keen on attempting to live a ‘tribal’ sort of life -which would often contain some element of nudity- or a Gorean lifestyle (ditto), thenthese may appeal.

Our friend Nabila, who does try to live a SL part of the time in a ‘tribal’ kind of setting, has done just that, and has posed for us while wearing the neck rings (plus bracelets and ear rings).

Not remotely naturist, but may appeal to some who wish to live an alternative SL lifetyle, in a tribal kind of setting, to add some autenticity to the look.

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Naked Protest

Following on from my posting on a protest in Rio, and the criminalising of topless women on the beach, I thought it might be useful to add a further post on the history of naked protest.

Naked protest is a tactic that has long been used where it becomes possible to suddenly make a protest much more interesting to the media and, thus, the general public. Many, many protests have achieved wider coverage by the protestors being naked and, suddenly, thrust into the media spotlight.


People protesting against cuts in AIDS aid, which they (rightly) suggest will lead to more AIDS-related deaths.

In the past week we’ve seen Uganda pass anti-mini skirt laws, which reminded me that a similar ban in a Hungarian University a few weeks ago resulted in a nude protest against that ban.

I’m not sure I quite understand how the Ugandan law will work, worded to outlaw ‘showing parts of the body designed to cause sexual excitement’. Badly worded legislation. I imagine the foot fetishists -apparently a reasonably common form of fetishism- out there are still getting excited. 😦


Pookes support’s PETA’s campaign for the ethical treatment of animals

The power of naked protest is the same as it has always been, because the power of the image, either real or reproduced via film or digital means, remains as strong as it ever did; because it’s beyond ‘normal’ dress codes (however we might define them).

Currently, the most visible global ‘naked protest’ movement is arguably the WNBR, the World Naked Bike Ride. I am aware that there is a SL group, the SLNBR or Second Life Naked Bike Ride, in existence, but as far as I’m aware they’ve not organised a proper Naked Bike Ride in Second Life, although we’ve reported on avatars who have undertaken solo rides, in Second Life, in support of the real life versions. Perhaps this is something that could be done in SL in 2014. I hope so. If there’s anyone out there who’d like to organise it, let us know, we would give you our full support and probably participate in it.

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wo avatars photographed by Harry at the time of the European WNBR rides (June 2013)

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Avatar Jim takes to SL’s roads at the time of the WNBR rides, June 2013 (photo Harry Leistone)

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Avatar Steffi arrives to take part in a WNBR-styled photoshoot in June 2013.

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Avatar Jim sets off on a solo WNBR ride in June 2013


A ‘topless’ ban in Rio

I’ve picked this story up from the BBC this morning.

It rather appears that a rarely enforced ban on topless sunbathing has been suddenly activated on the beaches of Rio, Brazil, picked up on after Brazilian actress Cristina Flores was approached during a photo shoot and asked to cover up.

And the media appear to be having a field day after an anticipated 200 strong army of protestors failed to materialise, amounted to a dozen or so, and were outnumbered by….male photographers!

The ‘spin’ on this ‘flop’ protest, and how Rio’s women ‘shunned’ it, is interesting in how it’s reported. For one thing, many women who would sunbathe topless would be intimidated by such a throng of photographers. For another, is it perhaps more likely that their ‘protest’ is more likely to amount to them continuing what they do as usual, without needing to fanfare it to any great extent?



If men are permitted to sunbathe topless, why not women? They’re the same nipples, after all, and -occasionally- the man boobs on display are sometimes arguably larger than female breasts. How can you argue one is obscene and the other isn’t?


While this magazine has been criticial of some of Femen’s antics -mainly because we believe it’s possible to desexualise nipples and female breasts in an adult manner, as opposed to conducting childish protests against the Pope (or Catholicism in general), Putin or whoever else- we would be supportive in their aim to forge equality on this issue. We simply disagree with the tactics.


A picture tells a thousand words. Vladimir Putin looks exceptionally perturbed when faced with a Femen protest.

femenFemen members demonstrate a total lack of respect for others.

How does it help ‘our’ -women’s- cause to achive top free equality with men by donning wimples, going topless, and writing gratuitously obsence messages on their chests, in a provocative and simply offensive display? I speak as a non-Catholic, but I find it simply offensive that Femen continue to believe they will achieve anything by deliberately seeking to offend. Respect is a two-way street, and the sooner Femen grow up to grasp that, and to demonstrate they have some respect for the beliefs of millions around the globe, the better for all of us. When they show Catholics some respect, perhaps their campaign for top-free equality can be matched.

I would be fully supportive of women’s rights to be topless in public (with the caveat that there’s a right place for everything, and the Copacabana beach is an entirely suitable setting for top-free sunbathing), but I, and the rest of the staff on SLN take a less sympathetic view to Femen’s antics.

Viewed from outside, it does look more like a storm in a B-cup with regard to Rio, a ludicrous ban that is maybe in advance of 2014’s World Cup, and a desire to present Brazil in a particular way to the rest of the globe. Judging from recent protests in the country, Brazil has more pressing concerns than to be fretting over exposed nipples on the beach.