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 […]

The reconstruction

The media often presents us with images of destruction in the wake of cataclysmic events, such as war, hurricane or tsunami. Idyllic locations, from Asia to the Balkans to middle America have been laid waste, and there’s a sense of ‘how to begin again?’ Obviously there’s no comparison between real life horrors and what goes […]

The Oblation Run

In the Philippines, the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity of the University of the Philippines hold a naked ‘run’ every year. The fraternity (as the name suggests) is all male. I found some information on this ‘Oblation Run’ (which I’d never heard of before today) on wikipedia. It appears that two women joined the event in […]

Nimbim Mardi Grass

I’ve just been reading about something called the Nimbim Mardi Grass festival (no spelling mistake). The town is, apparently, the ‘marijuana capital of Australia’. I’m always a bit sceptical about such labels being applied. How many cities in Europe are ‘the Venice of the north’, for example? Bruges? Amsterdam? Giethoorn? St. Petersburg? So if you’re […]

WNBR in Canterbury cancelled

It rather looks as though the planned WNBR (World Naked Bike Ride) event planned for the English city of Canterbury will not take place this summer, after organisers failed to get insurance for it. However, reading the article, all is not quite as simple as it might seem. It looks as though there is an […]

Around the world in 80 nudes : Part 3, South America.

South America has a long-standing tradition of nude protest, something we’ve reported on from Mexico (I know, central rather than South America), and Argentina, a couple of times. Now I learn of another ‘topless’ protest in Argentina, for (I think, if my Spanish is good enough) Free the Nipple. I’ve only just discovered this, and […]


Cocks! There, I’ve said it. I hate the word. There’s something a bit…not quite proper about it. I prefer the word ‘penis’, or ‘male genitals’ if we’re going to factor in ‘balls’ (testicles) as well. Within Second Life, though, the word ‘cock’ has primacy, with male avatars heading off to buy a ‘cock’ of various […]


The Christmas period can be one where the world is rather ‘slow’, news-wise. There’s nothing wrong with that; indeed it could be said to be part of the magic of Christmas that we don’t have to endure much in the way of politics. On the other hand, it’s a day when, occasionally, ‘big news’ happens […]