This story from the Sydney Morning Herald
Ready for the naked high five?
Ancient Greek Olympic sportsmen competed in the buff. Yes. Fully nude. It was a tribute to the gods, and it was for the masses to admire the male physique.
But nudies are no longer invading our playing fields; they are taking them over and competing nude. So is society finally ready for the naked high five?
For years, we’ve been bridging the gap, with women’s beach volleyball just one string pull away.
Tens of thousands attend packed arenas around America’s South cheer on shaved and tanned men as they rumble and fake wrestle one another. And then there is the World Bikini Football League.
But all of those competitions are G-rated compared to the folks around the globe taking it further:
And one man named Keith Whelan has just left WA attempting to become the first Irish man to row solo across the Indian Ocean … and says he’s doing it naked.
But not everyone embracing nature has received a warm welcome from onlookers.
A few weeks ago, a man in Ohio, USA tried to run a marathon naked … and was tasered by police. (He says his shorts were too loose, so he took them off to finish the race.)
Based on his experience, I figure it is probably safer to participate in organised nude activities rather than try your luck on the day. So in the spirit of journalistic research, I googled the local Sydney offerings of nude sports, but alas could only find one outlet: Naked Men’s Yoga. Even with a BYO mat policy, I could not partake. There is no way I would expose my downward dog to just anybody.
What about activities with less ‘exposure’? I guess I’ll never know because in Australia, there is no nude soccer, no volleyball, and no mixed-touch footy, damn it.
But if push came to shove, would I really be prepared to participate in a game of mixed, naked soccer? Perhaps in the warmer months, but when that afternoon southerly came through, I would be making sure my shrinkage was covered with something warm.Pin It