21/08/2007

Nudity as a symbol of dissatisfaction

Economist discusses the waning influence of nudity as a means for expressing discontent. It also traces the origin of nudity as a form of protest:

 

"The shedding of clothes as a means of direct action has some history. Lady Godiva's famous bare horse ride through the streets of 11th century Coventry was the culmination of a successful high-profile campaign against her husband's repressive tax regime. Around the beginning of the 20th century, a radical faction of the Doukhobors, a Russian Christian sect that had escaped persecution by fleeing to Canada, used mass nudity as a means of protesting against materialism. But as that century wore on a great unclothing gathered pace."