Menstuff® has compiled the following information on men and
women around the world Baring Witness for peace. The above are nude
men gathered at Drake's Beach, CA on December 29, 2002. (Click on
photo for enlargement - pun intended.)
Women Strip In Central Park To Protest War
Wendy T. is at it Again in NYC
No Bush - Taking It One Step Further
Women Strip In Central Park To Protest
After spelling out "No Bush" the women ran back to an overpass, got dressed and had hot coffee and tea.
Then 12 of them sprinted out naked again, this time spelling out the word "war."
The Central Park peace demonstration was organized by Wendy Tremayne, an unemployed Manhattan artist. On her Web site, Tremayne urges people to send their stinky socks to the White House.
The women had feared being arrested since it is illegal to bare
all in the park, but there were no cops to be seen. A lone bird
watcher spotted the naked group through her binoculars from 60 feet
Source: www.msnbc.com/local/wnbc/a1486295.asp (No longer active.)
Wendy T. is at it Again
As we lay in the snow we screamed sentiments like "read my lips Bush!" Onlookers scurried for cameras and several watched in wonder as we ran to and from our spots in front of Bethesda Fountain and arranged frantically in subfreezing temperatures to form the words. We congregated at 6:30 AM at a nearby diner where we met each other for the first time, discussed our plan and then headed off to the park together in high spirits.
Over 70 women joined the project, though 30 of us braved the snow to make the shoot this morning. Everyone who posed found out about the project through e-mails that I sent out to friends and associates.
Other photos of volunteer nudes have been shot using women's bodies to spell words such as PEACE and NO WAR, beginning with a group of women in West Marin, California, who staged the spelling of PEACE as a pro-peace demonstration last November. Their PEACE photo spread virally on the web and inspired other women to organize photos of their own. There is now an organically growing collective that includes groups that shot photos in Antarctica, the UK , Cape Town South Africa, and Texas.
Our New York City photo is the first of its kind, as it is the
only photo shot in a public location in a major city where there is
virtually no private space. The other photos taken were shot on
private land or in desolate locations. We didn't have the option,
we're NYC! Increased security from 9-11 had us worried too.
See also www.nydailynews.com/front/breaking_news/story/57974p-54308c.html
No Bush - Taking It One Step
"There is a positive history of this protest! In the 1950s, Fellowship of Reconciliation began a similar protest, which is credited with influencing President Eisenhower against attacking China. Read on:
"In the mid-1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation, learning of famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a 'Feed Thine Enemy' campaign. Members and friends mailed thousands of little bags of rice to the White House with a tag quoting the Bible, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him." As far as anyone knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an abject failure. The President did not acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly; certainly, no rice was ever sent to China.
"What nonviolent activists only learned a decade later was that the campaign played a significant, perhaps even determining role in preventing nuclear war. Twice while the campaign was on, President Eisenhower met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to consider U.S. options in the conflict with China over two islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals twice recommended the use of nuclear weapons. President Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and asked how many little bags of rice had come in. When told they numbered in the tens of thousands, Eisenhower told the generals that as long as so many Americans were expressing active interest in having the U.S. feed the Chinese, he certainly wasn't going to consider using nuclear weapons against them."
However, that was a different time and a much different president. This president has made it clear that he won't listen - he doesn't care how many people rally for peace. This president is probably getting more defiant with an "I'll show you who's boss" atittude every time someone suggests anything but bombing the hell out of Iraq, everyone else be damned. And, an interesting side note is that the peace marches in Europe are marching against the U.S. and England and not against Iraq. They are tired of the bully riding roughshod over anyone who gets in His way. This suggests that all of the rice that was sent to him ended up in the trash - feeding no one. So, since he isn't interested in what anyone except the corporations have to say, we're thinking of other approaches. And, while this may be thought crass by some, it might garner much additional press for the cause of peace.
If you read the previous piece above, women (and men) all over the world have been baring their souls, and a lot more, to let the world know that George W. doesn't speak for us. .What a concept. What if women extended the No Bush campaign another level by taking that enveope, shave, and replace the rice with the shavings. Then, don't send it to the White House. Send it to the City Editor at your local newspaper or News Anchor at your local television station. Use your imagination. Who do you think might pick up the new "No Bush" story?
Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age. - Adlai Stevenson