Women in San Francisco are getting naked in the city streets to protest slut shaming and the sexualization of their bodies.
The body freedom activists, a Bay Area nudist group, are hosting a nude women's parade in March to protest the judgment, shame, and objectification society forces on women, according to MyNakedTruthTV.
The purpose of this event, besides the joy of walking down the street naked, is to support women and to help create an environment where women can feel safe nude in public.The group's last nude parade, on Valentine's Day, drew 50 naked people and 150 clothed onlookers. The Women's Nude Parade is schedule for Sunday March 20 at 11 a.m. starting in Jane Warner Plaza and continuing past city hall before returning to the Castro District. March is Women's History Month, and the body freedom activists are promoting their nude parade as an effort to change society's sexist double standard women are forced to endure, according to MyNakedTruthTV.
Women are often treated as sex objects and at the same time shamed for wanting sexual freedom.The nudists call themselves body freedom activists because they feel everyone should have the right to do with their bodies as they please, including selling it for sex, having an abortion, or going naked in public, according to MyNakedTruthTV.
Body freedom for women involves overcoming the obstacles of social prejudice, fear of judgment, fear of perceived violence and personal self hate. It's about liberating ourselves from the constricting beliefs that were forced on us from infancy and throughout our lives.This is the second naked parade in San Francisco that has been sanctioned by the city government since the nudity ban was passed in 2012. The law went into effect in the beginning of 2013, and a core group of body freedom activists, led by nudist Gypsy Taub, have been fighting it ever since.The group has organized smaller, unsanctioned naked protests and parades that often ended with the activists being arrested.
San Francisco steadfastly refused to grant the nudists permission to march through the city, forcing the group to file a lawsuit in federal court claiming their civil rights had been violated.
Under the nudity ban, residents are prohibited from appearing naked in the city without a permit, with the threat of a $192 fine for the first violation and second violation and a $500 fine and a year in jail for a third offense.
While the nudists' case is still pending in federal court, the judge ordered the city of San Francisco to grant the group's request to hold scheduled naked parades and protests. The first approved nude parade was hosted on Valentine's Day and drew a crowd of 50 naked people and about 150 clothed participants.Now, the nudist group is planning to walk naked through the city in honor of Women's History Month to protest slut shaming and the sexualization of the female body, according to MyNakedTruthTV.
In our backward society a naked man is usually perceived as a threat, while a naked woman is perceived as a sex object asking to be raped and disrespected.Taub and her nudist group of body freedom activists have been making media headlines, especially in the Bay Area, with their naked fight against the city.
What do you think? Should the body freedom activists have the right to get naked?
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