Bare As You Dare North American Tour 2014

 

Back in 2012, Stephanie Co, the co-founder and then coordinator of the World Naked Bike Ride St. Louis, asked me to put together a workshop on body image to help promote the ride. In retrospect, it’s a little embarrassing that the idea hadn’t occurred to me before that, but I jumped at the chance.

I did the first Bare As You Dare: Radical Body Acceptance workshop at the old Shameless Grounds in the Koken Art Factory. It was clothing optional within the limits of applicable laws, so a lot of brave people sat together in their underwear, among friends and strangers alike, and talked about their body image issues. It was pretty incredible.

I did the second Bare As You Dare at the new Shameless Grounds in Benton Park, not long after they opened their doors in 2013, and then decided to take the show on the road.

This year, I’ve held BAYD workshops in Providence, Rhode Island for the New England Leather Alliance, in Vancouver, Canada for Westcoast Bound, and I’m very happy, proud (and more than a bit surprised) to say that this Friday, I’ll be naked on the campus of Dartmouth University, conducting a BAYD workshop for IvyQ, an association of LGBT ivy league students. One bonus of holding this event in non-food and drink establishments is that participants can, and sometimes do, go completely nude.

When I was in school, there was no booth on career day for Clothing Optional Workshop Leader, and yet somehow, in the back of my mind, I was pretty sure I’d end up doing something like this. 

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From the Web: The BMI is a Big Fat Scam

 

The Ethics of Polyamory by David Wraith

Photo by Insomniac Studios

The speech I gave to The Ethical Society of St. Louis on The Ethics of Polyamory is available as a podcast. Huge thanks to The Ethical Society for the opportunity and for making the recording available online. One important note: further research has shown me that the numbers I gave on infidelity are probably closer to 25% than 50%, so adjust your expectations accordingly.

From the Ethical Societiy’s website: This talk will discuss polyamory (consensual non-monogamy) as a type of relationship structure. Topics include the myriad of non-monogamous relationship structures, the ethics of polyamory, negotiation and consent, time management, how polyamorous structures can exist in an ostensibly monogamous world, and a personal perspective on a polyamorous life.

From The Web: The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society

One of my favorite things currently in existence is The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society. It’s a group of ladies in New York City who take advantage of the their state’s laws allowing women to be topless anywhere that men are by (among other things) gathering in public parks to read books, topless. After all, is a right that no one exercises really a right? 

As someone who’s always looking for new and different clothing optional events to attend and produce, this entry about a meeting they hosted at Azya Wine & Chocolate Bar was near and dear to my heart. Rock on, ladies. 

From The Web: Can We Pray the Polyamory Away?

From Showtime’s Polyamory: Married & Dating

I’ve been saying for years that religious conservatives (whether they will publicly admit it or not) see the writing on the was about marriage equality for same sex couples and are already sharpening their knives for polyamory. Case in point: 

Can We Pray the Polyamory Away? by Jennifer LeClaire from charismanews.com June, 19th 2014.