States of Undress

“The act of undressing can be a tool for protest as well as for pleasure, and a body exposed through undressing can become a sign of defiance, distraction, deception, revelation, pride, vulnerability, normalcy or otherness.”

— Barbara Brownie, Acts of Undressing: Politics, Eroticism, and Discarded Clothing

“OUR MISSION IS PROTEST!

OUR WEAPON ARE BREASTS!”

— FEMEN MISSION STATEMENT

“Peel off one piece at a time: Slooowly and seductively unbutton his shirt, then undo his belt, for starters. Continue shedding his duds, but save the best move (his fly) for last…. Up his arousal ante by keeping one article on him, such as his Skivvies. Teasingly touch him through the fabric. It’s a hot way of saying, “We’ve got a ways to go.” Excerpt from “The Art of Undressing Your Guy” by Jennifer Benjamin, Cosmopolitan

“Clothing functions as a metaphor for all social and cultural institutions and practices – not only gender roles, but also moral systems, laws, economics or political systems. The naked body must implicitly be understood differently – as either the neutral, raw material out of which identities are fashioned according to social circumstances, or the authentic self that social circumstances allow to shine forth in particular ways.”

— Ruth Barcan, Nudity: A Cultural Anatomy

“You’re taking off your clothes in a room full of people who are either going to love or hate you. Even if the audience isn’t liking what you are doing, you can turn it around, you can maybe make them laugh, freak them out a bit, turn them on, then scare them. It’s a vulnerable power.”

— Mr. Gorgeous, Boylesque Performer

YOU STRIPPED AWAY THE MASQUERADE

THE ILLUSION HAS BEEN SHED

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOURSELF?

ARE YOU HAPPY WITH YOURSELF?

— Beyonce Knowles, Pretty Hurts

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