This is more about exhibitionism than naturism, but I think the woman at the centre of the story says some things that resonate with people as regards to the manner in which the naked body is still deemed to ‘offend’ while poverty, homelessness, guns, bombs and all other manner of things much more offensive are simply accepted by society.
Bild reports that German actress Antje Mönning was caught exposing herself to undercover police officers in Germany. Reporting makes great play of the fact that she has played a nun in a German TV series.
You can also read the story, in English, from the Daily Mail.
Ms Mönning, who has described herself as an ‘exhibitionist’ told the tabloid that nudity should be ‘considered natural’.
‘Do we really want to live in a society where you can not fool around mindlessly, where everyone is secretly recorded on video, in which people sue each other instead of talking to each other and in tolerance and acceptance soon only exist as foreign words in the dictionary?’
While I would take issue with the ‘exhibitionist’ aspect of her claim, she’s obviously right to say that nudity should be considered natural. It is, and too many people have too many hang ups about it.
And yes, she’s right about the intrusive nature of cameras in everyone’s life right now, and to some extent tolerance and acceptance are now fast disappearing from our vocabulary. An entirely naked Antje should not be causing anyone any offence, and even ‘provocative’ clothes such as she’s wearing shouldn’t be of any concern to anyone. Remember: many marches held by women exist precisely to highlight that women have a right to dress how they like without being subjected to sexual harassment or rape.
“I’ve been told I’m not supposed to say this – however, women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be victimized.”
Slutwalks are intended to highlight what should be a basic right for women to dress as they wish, and that includes Antje’s decision to wear a see through blouse. No offence has been committed in that regard!
(Deliberately flashing her bare bottom and genitals, well, that’s a different story, but. going out without underwear is no one else’s business either. And a strong wind exposing her lower half, had it happened, well, that’s still no one else’s business either too. Her right to dress as she pleases).
I don’t see why you’re treating this is a woman’s issue. If a man walked through the streets naked from the waist down, I’m pretty sure the police would be called. And I’m also sure he would be treated a LOT more severely than a woman, especially if any children were around.
Only from the perspective that some of the media reporting commented on her being ‘provocatively dressed’, which I thought was irrelevant, which is why I then tied in the ‘slutwalk’ aspect of it, and it then is a woman’s issue, Brenda 🙂
That element of media reporting always annoys me. I don’t see any set of circumstances on the face of the globe where they would ever report that a man was ‘provocatively dressed’.
I agree that a man would almost certainly are treated more severely in similar circumstances.