All posts tagged: international

compromise at Israeli art school over nude painting

There has been an interesting series of developments around this issue. Take a look at the linked articles on the source as well.  The head of an Israeli art school has rescinded the resignation he submitted last week following an uproar over censorship of a nude painting of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Larry Abramson, the art chief at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, announced his return on Wednesday after a compromise with the college’s president, Yuli Tamir. Abramson had resigned after advising artist Yam Amrani to either remove the painting from an exhibition or cover Shaked’s face. Amrani opted to cover Shaked’s face with a black X and oval. …. “Censoring a painting is clearly a blow to freedom of expression,” he said. “Establishing the council at Shenkar and enshrining its standing in the Shenkar statutes is an action that will prevent arbitrary restrictions of freedom of expression.” read more: Haaretz

“naked loans” target female borrowers in china

China’s ‘naked loans’ force female students to go bare for cash Shady internet lenders in China are reportedly coercing female college students to provide nude pictures of themselves as collateral Under the arrangement reported by state media this week, some college students have agreed to send photos of themselves naked, holding their identification cards, to potential lenders. In exchange, they became eligible for higher loan amounts – two to five times the normal sum, the state-run Beijing Youth Daily reported. Lenders tell the students they will publish the photos online if the loans are not repaid on time, often at usurious interest rates. Read more: The Guardian

wow: heard, active and remembered – the takumbeng of cameroon and the political power of nudity

So often in the discussions across which I come in my physical environment as well as the feeds I frequent online, women’s nudity is discussed in the context of shame: the nude woman is either shamed or she is working to overcome shame. I recently learned, however, of instances in which women use their nudity as a curse against others or an ill omen upon others in the context of political action. Such was the case of the Takumbeng female secret society in Cameroon, particularly during significant political upheaval in the 1990’s, which is today’s focus for this Women on Wednedays piece. 

wow poetics: my body matters, too

For this week’s Women on Wednesday, poetry takes the stage, as is appropriate given that is currently hosting the 4th annual Clothes Free Poetry Contest “The Body as Poetry” as well. I offer a series of poems throughout the day today.   my body matters, too my body matters, too maybe not to you or to the tweeting heads or any online threads but my breasts can shout and wiggle all about when I march my right and for my freedom fight my bones spell naked grace paint joy about my face as I breathe and flow I light my soul aglow perhaps my skin’s a sin and there’s no way to win covered or exposed my journey no one knows my story matters, too my rights and history do even if nobody knew my story matters, too – hontouniheart 5 avril 2016 Inspiration: on the (lack of) coverage of clothes freedom / top freedom experiences of “othered” women around the world        

naturist action group discusses Dechenes open letter in depth

INF resignation Although disagreeing with the direction the Central and Executive Committees are taking the INF-FNI, Deschênes makes no criticism of individual committee members, as some of the issues he is concerned about predate the current management. In the letter he gives 14 recommendations for a reinvigorated international organisation, which can be summarised as: The INF-FNI is naturism’s equivalent to the United Nations and should be about facilitating communication between the national representative bodies. The INF-FNI is instrumental in developing naturism as an ideology or philosophy, and one of its purposes should be communicating that ideology internationally. The INF-FNI needs a small professionally staffed office to enable it to function, with greater involvement by its members, with managed expectations on both sides. Although Deschênes says in the letter its contents is his personal opinion, as co-owner with is wife, Linda, of the Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park, producer and presenter of The Naturist Living Show podcast and a past President of the Federation of Canadian Naturists, in addition to his involvement with the INF-FNI for the …

wow: women standing for rights in the middle east and north africa

In this week’s installation of Women on Wednesday, I highlight a few examples of women from the Middle East and North Africa engaging their nudity as a stand for political, social and religious freedom. “And Still I Rise” This video is of Maryam Namazie, and Iranian activist who connects women’s rights to discussions around Islam, politics, secularism, free expression and more. She also conducts a whole other host of work around the world. You can read her biography here: Excerpt from her post on March 8, 2015 related to the video above for that year’s International Women’s Day: So yes I am a free woman. I am a Kafir. Je Suis Charlie, Neda, Avijit, Salwa, Sadiq, Sameera, Rafiq, Monir, Katia*… the innumerable slaughtered over many decades in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. But still I rise. I am, we are, Islamism’s greatest threat – a women’s liberation movement that will bring them – from ISIS to the Saudi and Iranian regimes – to their knees. Source: Nude Protest for International Women’s Day This video is footage of …

The African Continent Naturism, Nudism and clothes free living -African Americans and the clothes free community

“Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter” – African Proverb This is the first in a four-part series of posts about the presence of African-Americans and people of African descent in the clothes free community for Black History Month. This series will look at a brief history of naturism, nudism, and clothes free living in connection with  African-Americans and their participation in the clothes free community. Hopefully, this series will accomplish two things; deepen the awareness of the African American community about the historical practice naturism among people of African ancestry. Also to encourage dialogue between the African-American community and the clothes free community about the lingering limiting factors that impact their participation. The history In order to understand the current state of African-Americans and naturism, nudism and clothes free living, we have to look back at the history of naturism, nudity and clothes free life among people from the African continent. With few exceptions most examinations of the history of naturism in the clothes free community start with …

“Americans get offended by statues of naked people, too”

Note: As a follow-up to an article from The News Minute regarding Italy’s Prime Minister’s decision to cover nude statues during the visit of Iran’s President, this piece in The Washington Post arose today speaking to various conservative perceptions of nude art around the world, not just in any one particular area, religion or culture.    The prudishness about nude statues isn’t limited to the Islamic world. Here are just a few other examples: In 2012, a five star hotel in Shanghai covered up two statues of a man and a woman after Internet users criticized them as pornographic. In 2005, the mayor of Canadian city Penticton insisted on covering the genitalia of a newly installed nude statue with a metal plate (even after the plate was taken off, persistent attempts to vandalize the statue’s genitalia led to it being moved). In 1995, Hong Kong, then still a British colony, covered up a statue of a life-size nude man after a court declared the artwork obscene, outraging art lovers. “The emphasis is on the face, not the genitals,” a …