The Freedom to be Yourself or freedom to be naked
I found this entry in Wikipedia the other day and I am still confused. The article was about Vincent Bethell who founded The Freedom to be Yourself campaign (TFTBY) in 1999 to fight against the irrational prejudice towards the unclothed human body. He was also imprisoned for “Public Nuisance” and stood trial naked in a UK court in 2001.
I support most of the “to be yourself” rights but I am not sure if I would be thrilled to meet a naked guy on the street in the middle of the night. Of course, prejudice against people should never be taken lightly but there are a few things that we as Society have accepted as a norm. I know, this is a slippery slope and it can open doors to many discussions on many different topics.
Prejudice against human body – um…I don’t know what to think of that as if somebody likes to be naked and other people around them don’t have objections, then it is okay, but I personally would not feel comfortable with a naked person in front of me either that happens on the street or in the office. No offence, but the moment I see a naked guy walking towards me (not on the beach), I feel threatened and definitely really uncomfortable. And..To be honest, it has nothing to do with prejudice towards unclothed human body…it has everything to do with intentions this person might have. Would that be any different if a woman would do her errands naked and happen to pass me? I would definitely feel less threatened but still quiet uncomfortable.
So..here we are…I am confused about my own stand on this issue