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Do naked bodies belong on Facebook? Tech giant struggles with changing ‘vague and unevenly enforced’ rules over nudity and body art without suppressing freedom of speech

  • Users have said Facebook’s nudity policy are too vague and unevenly enforced 
  •  Activists and artists believe they are being treated unfairly with the policies
  • AI finds images with nudity, but the firm doesn’t know what is nudity or body art 

On top of wrestling with how to address hate speech, extremism, abuse and misinformation, Facebook is now struggling with polices on nudity. 

But some of its users – including activists, sex therapists, abuse survivors, artists and sex educators – say policies at Facebook and its Instagram service are still too vague and unevenly enforced. 

They say their work is being unfairly censored, condemning them to ‘Facebook jail’ with no warning and little, if any recourse. 

On top of wrestling with how to address hate speech, extremism, abuse and misinformation, Facebook is now struggling with polices on nudity. But some of its users - including activists, sex therapists, abuse survivors, artists and sex educators - say policies at Facebook and its Instagram service are still too vague and unevenly enforced
On top of wrestling with how to address hate speech, extremism, abuse and misinformation, Facebook is now struggling with polices on nudity. But some of its users – including activists, sex therapists, abuse survivors, artists and sex educators – say policies at Facebook and its Instagram service are still too vague and unevenly enforced

The social media giant is tweaking its original heavy-handed policies to account for modern nuances around gender identity, political speech and self-expression, employing thousands of people and quickly evolving artificial intelligence for the task.   

Facebook’s monitoring systems do a better job with nudity than with hate speech, extremism and misinformation. 

After all, a butt is a butt and a nipple is a nipple. 

But deciding when a nipple is art, porn or protest gets murky even when humans are doing the deciding. 

Teaching AI software about human sexual desire is a whole other ballgame.

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Source: Daily Mail

Original publication 15 January, 2020

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Naturists: Cork could be Ireland’s ‘nude capital’

NATURISTS are calling on politicians to make Cork Ireland’s “nude capital” in a move they say will greatly boost our tourist economy.

Stephen Bolton, a spokesperson for the Irish Naturist Association, said they had previously lobbied politicians in Dublin in the hope of introducing signs for historically renowned naturist beaches. However, their requests were shut down amid objections from local businesses.

Stephen now hopes that Cork will live up to its name as a “rebel county” by putting naturism on the map.

Naturist Stephen Bolton during a recent trip to a West Cork beach. He says that with naturism there needs to be a certain level of privacy
David Hegarty Naturist Stephen Bolton during a recent trip to a West Cork beach. He says that with naturism there needs to be a certain level of privacy

New Irish laws, similar to those in the UK, recently loosened restrictions on public nudity. This means that the act of exposing oneself is not illegal unless it causes distress to another person.

While there are currently no officially designated nude beaches in Cork, Stephen says there are a number of beaches in West Cork that have been known to attract nude bathers. They include the eastern and western sides of Clonakilty Bay, Dunowen, Dunny Cove, Sandscove, and Prison Cove in Glandore.

Stephen pointed out that signage in these type of areas would not only serve as a warning to those offended by nudity but attract more tourists as well.

“Dublin failed in that regard but Cork has an open attitude,” he said. “A lot of the time politicians tend to do what they’re told by business owners. These spots in Cork are local knowledge but signs would highlight them for tourists. These beaches have been here for decades, maybe even centuries. This will just highlight what makes them unique.”

A number of Cork leisure centres have facilitated bookings for the group’s private naked swims. However, Stephen said that many business owners are still coming around to the idea.

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Source: EchoLive

Original publication 16 January, 2020

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These 8 People Posed Nude To Show That Body Positivity Is For Everyone

Warning: nudity ahead in this very wholesome and affirming ode to loving the skin we’re in.

Every year, Toronto’s Now magazine proves that all bodies are good bodies with its Love Your Body issue.

In it, a diverse group of people pose nude and talk about their relationships with their bodies, all in the spirit of body positivity.

For the 2020 issue, eight people bared all — emotionally and physically — in the name of self-love.

The cover model is Leisse Wilcox, a podcaster and life coach who is in remission from breast cancer and decided not to have breast reconstruction surgery.

“I was really hungry for beautiful images of women who had also had mastectomies. Nikki McKean did a campaign with Knix, and I was like, oh my god, here’s this beautiful woman — I’m gonna look like that! It was such a redefinition of beauty, and I wanted to pay that forward. Now any chance I have to share that awareness of what bodies look like and what people of value look like — which, spoiler alert, is everyone — I jump at the chance.”

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Mackenzie Kundakcioglu is a nonbinary, transmasculine barber who loves to fuck with gender but struggles with body image.

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Samuel Engelking Mackenzie Kundakcioglu

“Coming out as trans involved a shedding of the expected femininity. When I stopped shaving my legs, there were two days of anxiety, and on the third, I realized nobody cares. That was very freeing. I also had an idea of how I would look post-transition that did not pan out. I’m still heavy-set. The interaction between beer and testosterone meant the beer gut came 30 years earlier than it does for most cis men. I went through a rise, a very deep valley and then plateaued. I’m still getting used to the balance.”

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Source: Buzzfeed News

Original publication 13 January, 2020

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I spent the afternoon naked in public and there was nothing weird about it

“Hi, I have an interview at 3.”
“All right.”
“I suppose I should get naked?”
“That would be appreciated.”

The young woman I was talking to was named Nikki, the manager of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park.

I stripped down and came out of the washroom naked apart from my backpack, which I used to carry my notebooks and recording equipment. Of course, this was mildly awkward at first—her giving me a full frontal behind the counter, middle-aged men waddling passed me with their guts over their crotch, young people walking around dripping wet, and me, just standing there, dick swinging in the breeze.

I spent the afternoon naked in public

The funny thing was, after about 10 seconds, the shame of being naked completely disappeared. It didn’t take long before I was outside with a widened stance, fists on hips, soaking in the shear child-like joy of public nudity.

The park was tucked away in the back roads of East Gwillimbury, not 20 minutes from where I lived, though I had neglected to check it out until now.

Stephane, the man I came here to meet, walked up the driveway towards me. It dawned on me that I had forgotten to apply sunscreen to a few sensitive areas. I wondered if it would show poor manners to do so then. Stephane is the owner of Bare Oaks—a well-spoken Quebecois with an impressive mustache that curls off the sides of his face.

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Source: Plaid Zebra

Original publication 12 August, 2014

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Strip down in Surrey for heart charity naked walk

People across Surrey and the South East are being urged to bare it all by signing up for a naked night walk to help raise money for our life saving research.   

Dare to bare all

The BHF Naked Heart Walk will grace Painshill Park in Cobham on Saturday 20th June 2020, and will raise vital cash towards research into heart and circulatory diseases.   

Hannah Miller, our Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re urging people to be fearless in baring it all to help beat heartbreak forever. Whether it’s in memory of a loved one or in support of someone facing heart disease – the money you raise will save and improve lives.

Painshill Park in Cobham

“In Surrey alone, there are 117,000 people living with heart and circulatory diseases, with over 2,500 people losing their lives to these conditions each year.

“Every step you take will help bring us closer to the day when families aren’t torn apart by conditions like stroke, vascular dementia and coronary heart disease.” 

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Source: British Heart Foundation

Original publication 16 December, 2019

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A Leeds naturist group is holding naked yoga sessions

Naked yoga is coming to Leeds.

The trend which has taken America by storm has arrived in the UK and has now been made a regular event by a naturist group in Leeds.

The Leeds Naturist Group (LNG) has already been running since 1985 and holds regular get-togethers at Bramley Baths.

The group are now hosting their own Bikram Yoga sessions at The Hot Room at The Core in Leeds city centre, aimed at promoting body confidence and self-acceptance.

A naturist group in Leeds is holding naked yoga sessions
A naturist group in Leeds is holding naked yoga sessions

Bikram Yoga is a form of yoga held in 40 degree temperatures, with the heat supposedly warming and loosening the muscles to increase flexibility.

A member of LNG said: “For some this was their first time being nude in a social setting.

“LNG prides itself on being a friendly bunch, but to the folk from The Hot Room completely unused to such a naked situation, this was a revelation.

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Source: Yorkshire Evening Post

Original publication 15 December, 2019

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Does the US have a problem with topless women?

Women fed up with being forced to cover up their breasts and nipples are challenging American laws about nudity and sparking a debate about the country’s attitude to the naked female form.

In September, Effie Krokos was awarded a $50,000 (£38,178) civil settlement after she took her shirt off in public in Loveland, Colorado, and was issued a summons for doing so.

The 20-year-old was charged with indecent exposure after she played Frisbee topless in her fiance’s front yard.

She had thought that the law in Colorado had changed and she was safe to take her shirt off when she got hot and sweaty during the game – after all her fiance had removed his top too. They were equal, right?

Topless women in 2017 protest
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“I thought it was fine because there had been a ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals which covers Colorado. I’d read an article about it saying that it was OK for women to go topless.

“It was a warm September day and the weather was roasting. I took my shirt off without thinking too much about it.”

But a few hours later, a police officer turned up to tell her that there had been complaints and she was facing charges.

Krokos told the BBC: “I kept asking the police officer what I was being charged with, but I was just told I was disgusting the neighbours and that there were children around, and what made it OK for me to think I could be topless?

“I was taken aback because for everyone to be here today who was breastfed, you would have had a topless woman feed you. What is so disgusting about that?”

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Source: BBC News

Original publication 8 January, 2019

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Eight simple rules for being a woman and wearing clothes in public

In the same week that a woman was told her bikini was “inappropriate” to wear at an Auckland pool, Alex Casey provides some much-needed reminders for women wearing clothes everywhere. 

Women, you probably already know this but… you’re wrong. Your clothes are wrong, your togs are wrong, whatever you are wearing on your head is wrong, your shoes are wrong, your face is wrong, your hair is wrong, your skin is wrong, your body – it goes without saying – is wrong. And if you think that you can waltz on in to any old place wearing any old thing in 2019, well then I’ve got some bad news: your bloody brain is wrong too.

Eight simple rules for being a woman and wearing clothes in public

It seems that many of us have forgotten the cardinal rules of being a woman and wearing clothes in public. Just this weekend, a swimmer at the Albany Olympic Pools was told by staff that her bikini, bought from noted strumpet supermarket Glassons, was inappropriate and making patrons uncomfortable. I hate to be Captain Obvious but the clue is in the name. Glassons. GlASSons. There’s a bare ass staring us straight in the face. Completely unacceptable.

If you need a reminder of how to dress appropriately in public please allow me, a chaste woman who only shops at Shanton because I SHANT show any skin, to remind you of the key rules.

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Source: The Spinoff

Original publication 3 January, 2020

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Argentina. The beginnings of nudism

There is no doubt that nudism has ceased to be a curiosity.

However, it does not cease to amaze that, in Castelar, in 1934, they already practiced it. Francisco Verding, Agustín Puyo and Roberto Ferrer, who did it individually and who had the idea of ​​forming a nudist community in the area.

The task was not easy for them, first there were only twenty, but when they reached one hundred they decided that they should have a space to develop the activity.

Argentina. The beginnings of nudism

Once they managed to finance the project, the owners of the nearby fields did not want nudism practiced on their properties. When they wanted to create the nudist association, they felt persecuted and misunderstood, until they could contact a nudist who offered them their field and property to do so.

In this way, the PANDA group was born, acronyms that meant (First National Association of Naked Nude Argentina), in 1934. The group met on the banks of the Reconquista River, 4 km from the Márquez Bridge. The news soon arrived among those who saw the proposal with strange eyes.

Curious people appeared everywhere, cars, motorcycles or bicycles came to the place to see what was happening in that strange colony. Some even used their planes to have a different view.

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Source: Histonudism

Original publication 23 December, 2019

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Normalizing Naturism

While scrolling through Twitter today I come across the hashtag #normalisingnaturism, and this tag struck both my curiosity and excitement. I thought “someone is on to something here”, and as of this writing on Friday there were literally hundreds of tweets about this. I managed to find some hidden gems among all those hashtags. Very exciting.

The goal is just like it sounds, let’s make naturism, Nudism, and naked body acceptance, well, normal!! It’s very shameful (honestly sinful) for we as humans to judge someone for choosing to live their life as a naturists. Nudity itself is neither sinful nor wrong, but what is sinful is how we pervert, sexualize, shame , judge, stare, or show lust towards those who do. I hear this a lot: “I don’t want anyone to see me naked, and I don’t want to see anyone else naked…”. Ok, sure, but why is that? We’re taught shame from the moment we actually become aware of our bodies and it’s socially acceptable to enforce these beliefs on those around us. My question to those who scoff at the idea is what about showering in the locker room, military service, or even everyone seeing you naked at the doctor or other professional service? Oh, that’s ok because it’s socially acceptable because it’s non-sexual, right? Insert eye roll. Those examples are socially acceptable, so why can’t general social nudism? Could it be the imagination and the curiosity that we have as humans and our ability to not control our thoughts?

How many of you have been people watching or just strolling through the mall/shopping center and just wondered…Would he/she feel comfortable being naked in a safe environment? I’m curious to know what he/she looks like naked? What insecurities do they feel that would prevent them from being a nudist? I know women who say they don’t like even their husbands to see them naked, and they usually have sex in the dark so their bodies can’t be seen. When I hear statements like this I can’t help but feel a bit of sadness for both the husband and wife. Why does she feel that way? How does her husband feel about it? I see them both as missing out on the joys of being naked, especially as life partners who you are supposed to fully surrender your body to (in a healthy and safe way). She misses out on the freedom and he misses out on the excitement of seeing his wife naked, particularly during sex. It has to be disappointing to some degree.

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Source: Sensual Nudist

Original publication 4 January, 2020

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Yorkshire England Naturist Club (in Spanish)

Hidden behind the north of Bransholme in England It is a world that few of us are aware of. A place where people are naked.

The Yorkshire Sun Society is one of the oldest naturist clubs in the country and was built in 1932. It is not the easiest place to reach and I had to go through a door and a track before coming through a green iron gate imposing

I was greeted by Chris Thomas, fully dressed, opened the doors and welcomed me. The company effectively operates a holiday camp on 26 acres of idyllic forest, even during the rainy season.

Yorkshire Sun Club

He welcomed me into the club for a naked Sue Binns and, I admit, was disarmed slightly. However, to Sue and the other members, it is so natural that in a short time I was used to being in a room with tea and cookies with a group of naked people.

“People come from all over the place for a vacation here,” said Sue. “There are very few from West Yorkshire, although there are some local people. We actually changed Kingston upon Hull to be closer to here. ”

“We had children of members who grow up coming here and now bring their children. Earth has to be maintained throughout the year, but that mostly spent summers and weekends here. ”

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Source: Naturist Information Space

Original publication 2 June, 2018

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Why is this artist photographing random naked people in random spots on the streets of Vienna?

Czech artist, Martin Gabriel Pavel, is photographing people stark naked on the streets of Vienna as part of his current photography project, Daily Portraits. Read the interview below to find out why:

Vienna Würstelstand (VWS): Please introduce yourself:

Martin Gabriel Pavel (MGP): I’m a 31 year old multimedia artist born in Czech republic. I’ve been doing the Daily Portrait photo series since 2011.

VWS: How many people do you think you’ve seen naked throughout the course of this art project?

MGP: I’ve photographed over 1500 people.

Martin Gabriel Pavel

VWS: Can you explain the concept of the photo series in a few sentences?

MGP: Each series has a different concept. In the last series in Berlin, 381 people were photographed naked, and those who were photographed, also took photos of other strangers. For example, I photographed Elle in her apartment, then I gave her my camera and she went and photographed another stranger in his apartment, and so on.

Heterosexual people got naked in front of homosexual people, a refugee photographed a naked older German lady. This concept was important, because of the wave of xenophobia happening in Germany caused by the recent migrant crisis in Germany in 2015.

In the current series, which has started in February 2018, I’ve been photographing people in Brno, Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna. 100 people in each city. I’ve taken 334 photos so far. Brno, Bratislava and Budapest are already complete. A book of all 400 photos will be published in the summer of 2020, and an exhibition will take a place in Vienna.

The aim of this series is to capture a feeling, the atmosphere of the city through pictures of the naked body.

VWS: Was it hard to find people to get naked and participate in the photo shoots? How did you find them and how did you convince them to get involved?

MGP: I’ve found models through articles in the media and by posting in Facebook groups. It’s a snowball effect. People who already participated are telling their friends and spreading the word about the project.

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Source: Vienna Würstelstand

Original publication 24 December, 2019

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Emblance Stone Circles

There are over nine hundred stone circles across the British Isles. Roughly twenty or so of those can be found in Cornwall. However, it is almost impossible for us to know exactly how many such monuments were actually built by our ancestors. An unknown number of circles have been lost or destroyed in the thousands of years since their construction. Emblance Circles, a pair of Bronze Age stone circles, on the wilds of Bodmin Moor is one such site which has almost been forgotten by us today. A site little understood, little visited and in the past at risk of disappearing beneath the turf.

Emblance Stone Circles

Most of the stones at the Emblance circles have either fallen or been broken. The damp location means many of the stones are partially underwater or disappear into the boggy ground during the winter.

This may not be the most impressive of Cornwall’s ancient monuments, indeed the author Philip Marsden rather unflatteringly (and fairly!) describes the stones as ‘cattle-shunted stumps’ in his book – Rising Groundbut there is no doubt that each circle is precious. Each has something to teach us.

Unfortunately however it seems it is usually the most famous and showy of our ancient sites that gets the funding for excavation and restoration.

When considering Emblance, and so many other damaged circles, there are plenty of questions we should raise. Not only what did they once look like but how did they come to be in their present state? And ultimately what can be done to preserve them?

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Source: The Cornish Bird

Original publication 1 January, 2020

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Naturist couple can now garden while naked after selling up and moving from Kent to Lincolnshire

NATURIST Donna Price does some lady gardening after moving home to do it nude.

Donna, 55, and hubby John, 69 relocated to rural Lincs, from Kent, for more privacy.

The pair also enjoy baking, cleaning, ironing, DIY and barbecues in the buff.

Donna, of Spilsby, said: “We’ll be cooking something nice for New Year.

John, 69, and Donna, 55, discovered naturism on holiday and have grown a 4,000-strong Twitter following
PA REAL LIFE John, 69, and Donna, 55, discovered naturism on holiday and have grown a 4,000-strong Twitter following

“For dessert, John and I love a flambéed banana.

“Apart from that, you’ll likely catch us both making a joint effort in the kitchen with a glass of wine and, of course, we’ll be naked.

“We’ll do our best to see it through to midnight and could be tempted to join the village party, although that would mean putting clothes on.”

Ex-railway signals tester John, 69, and former clerk Donna, 55, moved from Ramsgate, Kent, to sleepy Spilsby, Lincolnshire, in January 2018.

They kept their dedicated naturism quiet while they got to know the locals.

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Source: The Sun

Original publication 30 December, 2019

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The Naturist Talks: Mark And Tracey From The UK

Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle that we try to enjoy as much as possible. In as many places as possible. Most of the time we share our own views on the different aspects of nudism but once in a while, we like to pass the mic to hear about how someone else’s experiences. Via this Naturist Talks interview series, we listen to naturists from all over the world. They share their experiences, tips and stories about naturism and thanks to them we keep learning about the different aspects of life in the nude.

Today we’re listening to Mark and Tracey, a naturist couple from the UK.

Tracey

Hello Mark and Tracey, please tell us something about yourself

Hi, we are Mark & Tracey and we have been married now for 31 years. We have two sons and a daughter and Bob the dog. I (Mark) am also a petrol head and race myself. Our eldest son and Daughter are both now married which just leaves our youngest son still living at home. Tracey is now beginning to feel comfortable while nude and is a Hammers fan. She is also now an amputee of the left lower leg for 5 years.

How and at what age did you become a naturist?

For me (Mark), even when I was growing up I always liked the idea of going naked. I just never did until later in life – or call it a mid-life crisis – when I hit the mid-forties and started being more and more nude around the home. I’m also an avid barefooter and can be seen most times in whatever weather with bare feet.

I got Tracey to try a naked day at home which she did and liked (I’m so glad she did). As they say, the rest is history too, it took a couple of years as beginning home nudies before she felt comfortable enough going to a naturist club. Once there she was the first one stripped off, sat down in the chair with a drink in her hand and said: “It’s good here”.

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Source: Naked Wanderings

Original publication 30 December, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 5 weeks ago

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