Public Nudity Today
Public Nudity had a long history in human civilization. At various times, nudity has been considered normal, shameful, erotic, taboo. Every culture has a slightly different attitude.
In Ancient Greek culture, public nudity in religious and athletic contexts and depictions of erotic nudity were considered normal. The great philosopher Plato noted that "Generally in countries which are subject to the barbarians, the custom is held to be dishonourable because it is inimical to tyranny." Thus, according to Plato, prohibition of nakedness was a form of repression. Certainly in modern times, countries with the strictest attitudes are generally the most repressive.
"The civilization of ancient Greece had an athletic and cultic aesthetic of nudity which typically included adult and teenage males, but at times also boys, women and girls. The love for beauty had included also the human body, beyond the love for nature, philosophy, the arts etc. The Greek word gymnasium means 'a place to train naked'." [Excerpted from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_nudity]
Kinda wish we had a place like that today!
Public Nudity and Protest
In modern times, public nudity has often been used in protest to attract media attention to a cause. Probably the most famous utilizer of this tactic has been People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Another famous nude protester is Terri Sue Webb of the now defunct Freedom to Be Yourself Campaign. Terri was an avid protester for the right to be naked in public. (It is only the human body after all!) As a result of this, she was imprisoned many times. This photo documents Terri's arrest in Bend, Oregon in 2002:
Recently, the Ukranian Feminist Group FEMEN has garnered headlines with their naked protests. Their goals are "To develop leadership, intellectual and moral qualities of the young women in Ukraine" and "To build up the image of Ukraine, the country with great opportunities for women".
Public Nudity in Art
Nudity has at all times been an aspect of art. Contemporary art has extended the use of nudity to non-conventional forms.
Spencer Tunick is best-known for photographing installations that feature large numbers of nude people (up to 18,000) posed in artistic formations. In these formal images, the nude form becomes abstract due to the sheer number of people so closely placed together. For Tunick, the individual naked body is not important; it is the big group which becomes a "living sculpture" in the landscape.
San Francisco Bay area photographer Jack Gescheidt is staging his events as part of an ongoing series, called "The Tree Spirit Project".
The photography of Paul Harvey whose book The Spirit of Lady Godiva depicts nude models in urban environments.
Photographer Henning von Berg directs whimsical art happenings with small groups of completely naked people in public urban locations around the globe. While placing a few nude women and men at crowded landmarks in downtown metropolises, he is searching to capture the inter-action between the naked amateur models and the thousands of very surprised passers-by.
[Excerpted from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_nudity]
Public Nudity in Eroticism
Nakedness in public has a long and distinguished history, but for my money, today's most exciting source has got to be Teasers. [Warning: This is an ADULT SITE, so if you're not an adult, this site is not for you.]
They have a blog and two excellent sites:
www.TeasersVOD.net (Free Photo Galleries)
www.TeasersVOD.com (Video paysite with a lot of free video content.)
So if you like this kind of sexy stuff (and you're over 18) you should
definitely check them out!