Streaking was born in the spring of 1974 somewhere in the southern United States. Some say that in Memphis (Mississipi) and others are inclined towards some sunny city in Florida. In Memphis, a conservative university with 20,000 students, two young University guards were said to have appeared naked near a female dormitory on a Sunday night. Other uniformed guards were quick to stop them, but the streaking had begun.
The American press has reported that Rocky Janda and Dwinght Lee were the first to practice streak, according to the canons. Suddenly they opened a door and appeared “elegantly” naked on a tennis court, while playing a tournament. They were wearing only tennis shoes and wool socks. They ran across the track, amid the public’s amazement.
Rocky Janda would say after the exhibition: “I really felt something superb. For the first time in my life, I got what I set out to do. And I have not hurt anyone. “
“I really felt something superb. For the first time in my life, I got what I set out to do. And I have not hurt anyone.”Rocky Janda
It is also said that Streak’s father was a university student in the United States who one night, a sudden intestinal disorder, forced him to jump out of bed, seeking services. There is no lack who assures that the streak could be born on a beach. That someone said, perhaps stripping off his minimal clothing: “Nixon should undress.” And the allusion to the infamous “Watergate” began to guide a new form of protest.
The streak has its origin in nudism. Nudism, as a system and collective practice, differs from primitive or casual nudity. It is part of the rebellion against today’s civilization. Nudists consider that excessive insistence on clothing produces an insane state of mind as far as the human body is concerned, apart from preventing the sun’s rays from reaching the entire organism. Nudity is related to a general movement of “return to nature”; Naturists estimate that primitive societies and their standards of living were superior to those of today. The movement is complemented by the search for more natural food-based diets.
In the United States and Europe, there are special fields where nudism is practiced, even by entire families. In the United States alone, between 1930 and 1940, there were more than 100 camps, as well as multiple magazines that defended the movement. This started in Germany after World War I as part of the post-war rebellion against old traditions or conventions and quickly spread to other countries.
Original publication 17 May, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 6th June 2020
Historic Addendum by NatCorn
Streaking is the act of running nude through a public area for publicity, as a prank, as a dare, or as a form of protest. Streaking is often associated with sporting events, but can occur in more secluded areas. Streakers are often pursued by sporting officials or by the police.
Historical forerunners of modern-day streakers include the neo-Adamites who travelled naked through towns and villages in medieval Europe.
The 17th-century Quaker Solomon Eccles who went nude through the City of London with a burning brazier on his head.
At 7:00 PM on 5 July 1799, a man was arrested at the Mansion House, London, and sent to the Poultry Compter. He confirmed that he had accepted a wager of 10 guineas (equal to £1,039 today) to run naked from Cornhill to Cheapside [The Times, 8 July, 1799].
The first recorded incident of streaking by a college student in the United States occurred in 1804 at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) when senior George William Crump was arrested for running naked through Lexington, Virginia, where the university is located. Robert E. Lee later sanctioned streaking as a rite of passage for young Washington and Lee gentlemen. Crump was suspended for the academic session, but later went on to become a U.S. Congressman.
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