Nudity as a lifestyle as most of us practice it isn’t the only way the naked body is ‘used’.
The World Naked Bike Ride is a prime example of this. You probably know about it; a world wide event where, at a certain day per location, as many people as possible come together to ride bikes through a city naked, to protest car and promote the safety of cyclists. London is a famous location, as is Bristol and Brussels. Many more towns have a similar event, which is good.Continued…Read full original article…
The first time Savannah Spirit remembers Facebook censoring her work takes her back to 2011.
She was curating a show of erotic art in New York and posted a promotional image to Facebook. The social network promptly took it down, and she was prevented from posting anything else for 10 days.
In the coming years, Spirit, like many other artists, would move to Instagram, where her edgier art — usually with some form of nudity — would often run afoul of the company’s policies and be removed. Complaints and protests from artists and arts organizations in real life and on social media, including at least one that went viral, made little progress.
“I started to decide that it just comes with the territory,” Spirit said of Facebook’s bans.
But arts organizations kept at it. In early June, 125 people protested in the nude outside the New York City headquarters of Facebook and Instagram, covering themselves with stickers of photographed male nipples in protest of the long-argued double standard that only female nipples are against the company’s policies.
Facebook has agreed to meet with activists calling for a change to the social media platform’s standards, which ban professional nude photography, following a protest staged outside the company’s New York City headquarters.
In collaboration with the National Coalition Against Censorship for their #WeTheNipple campaign, and women’s rights group Grab Them By The Ballot, artist SpencerTunick took photos of dozens of nude models during a Sunday morning demonstration outside the Astor Place subway station in Manhattan.
Several photos show the naked men and women holding nipple signs in the air while lying on the ground.
The women were shielding their own nipples with images of male nipples that Tunick called ‘donated nipples’.
Facebook told CNN it had been in talks with NCAC before the demonstration, but it had now ‘agreed to meet with the National Coalition Against Censorship and other stakeholders.’
‘Our conversations with the National Coalition Against Censorship preceded last weekend’s demonstration, and will continue on long after,’ a spokesperson said. ‘It’s important for us to hear directly from different communities who use Facebook and Instagram.’
At sunrise on Sunday, June 2, 2019, 125 people posed nude in front of Facebook and Instagram’s New York City headquarters at Astor Place to challenge social media censorship. In collaboration with the National Coalition Against Censorship, artist Spencer Tunick created a photographic artwork as part of their #WeTheNipple campaign.
The campaign calls for a change in the polices of both social media platforms to allow photographic artistic nudity. NCAC has written an open letter to Facebook, which owns Instagram, asking them to commit to supporting artists, rather than silencing them. NCAC has asked Facebook to convene a group of stakeholders in the arts to develop new guidelines for artistic content.
Participants in Sunday’s art action covered their nipples with stickers of photographed male nipples, to highlight the rigid—and anachronistic—gender inequality in existing nudity policies. The nipple photographs used to make the stickers were generously donated by Bravo’s Andy Cohen, artist Andres Serrano, actor-photographer Adam Goldberg, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Whitney Biennial featured artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Tunick himself.
Get Naked Australia amassed a huge following of 230,000 followers on Instagram.
The account, which was started by Brendan Jones, shares photos of Aussies promoting body positivity.
Brendan, from Sydney, began the account after getting a positive response to some cheeky skinny dipping snaps online.
Since then, the 29-year-old is inundated everyday with fresh nude photos from across the country.
He said: “Myself and a group of friends started hiking to really remote locations.
“We’d often find swimming holes and there was never anyone around so we naturally just stripped off and jumped in.
“I got a few snaps of our bums in nature and shared it to my personal Instagram and the response was generally along the lines of ‘good on you’ and ‘looks like fun.’
“So I decided to create an Instagram page and call it Get Naked Australia.”
The panelist of "Incorrectas", Camila Salazar, and the radio producer Juan Ignacio "Mela" Meliton armed the suitcases and set out to tour several countries together.
The idea of the couple, who will marry in September of this year, is "to generate a beautiful network of travelers around the world where the learning of cultures is reciprocal". "We want to inspire them to understand that traveling is possible and you do not have to be a millionaire (much less) to achieve it, you just need to be practical, organized, responsible and have a nice energy to cross with incredible people to help you in your goals," he said. Camila.
Claudia jugó con los límites de Instagram… y perdió. O perdió a medias, porque encontró un nuevo enfoque para su arte. Eso, y una comunidad entera de creadores que han convertido las redes sociales en su campo de batalla en la lucha contra la censura del cuerpo. Del femenino, sobre todo. Porque en Internet, el paraíso de la pornografía gratuita y accesible para cualquiera con una conexión, el desnudo de la mujer sigue siendo tabú, y el castigo consiste en eliminarlo.
Hay anacronismos que surgen de otros anacronismos. Si lo de quemar sujetadores nos suena muy sesentero, que esa imagen naciera de una de esas fake news tan siglo XXI no es menos chocante. 7 de septiembre, año 1968, un grupo de mujeres se manifiesta a las puertas del centro de convenciones de Atlantic City. Dentro se celebra el certamen de Miss América. En plena explosión de la llamada Segunda Ola Feminista, la traca final de la protesta prometía ser una gran pira en la que se quemaran los “instrumentos de tortura contra la mujer”, con el sujetador como eje central. Se amontonaron cientos de sostenes, se tiraron a los cubos de basura situados en el centro de la protesta… pero el fuego nunca se produjo.
La (no) imagen fue tan potente que se convirtió en símbolo. Una joven reportera del New York Post, Lindsy Van Gelder, mencionó la hoguera de sujetadores en una columna, más como un deseo que como una realidad, pero el suceso caló y los medios replicaron la noticia falsa en grandes titulares. Había nacido un mito, y medio siglo más tarde el pecho de la mujer sigue siendo el arma predilecta de la lucha feminista, y su peor enemigo, la censura.
Un sábado de marzo, la artista valenciana Claudia Sahuquillo amaneció sin cuenta de Instagram. Ningún aviso, sólo un mensaje en la pantalla: “Se ha desactivado tu cuenta porque infringe nuestras condiciones”. Casi 80.000 seguidores a la basura de un momento a otro. Su proyecto #SkinIsTheNewCanvas convertía efectivamente el cuerpo desnudo de la mujer en su lienzo. Y sí, las fotos mostraban pezones. Pintados, pero pezones. Recuperó su perfil el lunes después de justificar, a través de un formulario, que en lo suyo no había pornografía, sino todo lo contrario. Igual que se fue, volvió. Pero a ella el susto sólo le confirmó que lo que hacía tenía sentido. Continued…Read full original article…
Instagram recently added a new feature to it’s platform which allows people to ask questions to their audience and gain responses. Initial thoughts were that this was a pretty cool new feature! The first day it was out, I posted a “sticker” which allowed people to “Ask me a Question”. I was excited to see what was going to be asked and I was eager to answer. However, the responses were appalling. It was disheartening to see the types of questions people decided to ask. Some examples include, ” I have an erection right now, what will you do with it”, “I want to see naked girls”, “Why can’t you post frontal nudes, I want to see”. Ridiculous right? For a brief moment I thought about wiping the account because I just couldn’t deal with the shit anymore. Was it really worth it?
There are new accounts popping up every day claiming to be ‘body positive’ and a portrayal of ‘true naturism’ yet feature only young, slim, attractive females bent over in sexually submissive poses. What has happened to the huge positive movement online using the naked in nature theme to promote body positivity and naturism that gained so much media attention last year? It has been hijacked. Hijacked by the perverts, the sexually entitled, the swingers and the scum of the earth. The Get Naked Australia page has been as strong as ever, but these people are using what we’ve started for their own perversion and pleasure. We’ve seen this in how many dropkicks message the females who have contributed to our page or request to follow them. They send dick pics, they ask for nudes, they even request sex as if they are somehow entitled to it because they posted a nude photo online. What started out as a really positive thing still remains but our following is being over run by perverts. Sorry if this offends you, but surprise surprise its consistently the middle aged males who are the culprits. Continued…Read full original article…