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Is Nudity a Persuasive Method of Activism?

A naked person might make you either look twice or cover your eyes; but activists in Spain hope it will persuade you to join their cause against bull fighting. Over the weekend, anti-bull fighting demonstrators in Madrid dressed themselves up in not much more than fake blood. They were trying to raise awareness about the animal cruelty involved with bullfighting.

Going naked or using sexy women to bring attention to neglected causes isn't new. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) routinely uses human flesh to get out its animal rights message; they even orchestrated a Running of the Nudes to protest the infamous running of the bulls in Spain.

Do you think nudity gets people to pay attention to important causes, or does it come off as a distracting gimmick?


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soapbox soapbox 7 years
I don't mind the nudity, I think it stregthens the statement they are trying to make. But then again, I'm an artist, and used to drawing nude models. And nudity wouldn't corrupt young children. If you talk to a kid today, you'll find that they know more about sex and drugs than most of us did at that age, kind of scary IMO, but thats a different issue. However, I am bothered by the use of sexy women in ads which is totally different than the above protest, as Tres explained. I would also like to point out that they are not totally nude in the protest above, people dress like that on the beach all the time (Minus the fake blood)
soapbox soapbox 7 years
I don't mind the nudity, I think it stregthens the statement they are trying to make. But then again, I'm an artist, and used to drawing nude models. And nudity wouldn't corrupt young children. If you talk to a kid today, you'll find that they know more about sex and drugs than most of us did at that age, kind of scary IMO, but thats a different issue.However, I am bothered by the use of sexy women in ads which is totally different than the above protest, as Tres explained.I would also like to point out that they are not totally nude in the protest above, people dress like that on the beach all the time (Minus the fake blood)
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
To me, nude protests and stunts just say, "We don't have anything logical or rational to argue, so look at us naked and empathize with our cause!"
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
Meh. I think it is kind of a turn-off, just because it is such a blatant attention getting atcivity. But I don't really agree with public protests. I think there are much more constructive ways to disseminate information.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
Hey xxstardust! A couple differences stood out to me. First, these protests involved both women and men. And second, this is a demonstration, rather than a sexually provocative advertisement. I don't know the intentions of the woman in the organ donation advertisement, but for some reason it seems harder to objectify a group of hundreds of people who decide to strip down for their cause than it is to objectify a naked women waiting for someone to "get inside of her." Still it's a tough issue, and I'm still thinking about when nudity crosses a blurry line.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I think it does get people's attention, but they quickly tune it out as extreme.
turtlefreak turtlefreak 7 years
I am sorry but I will not listen to anyone that is naked trying to tell me about a cause...I can't look at my husband naked and take him serious...lol! That is just not the way to make a point unless you want to make a fool of yourself
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
Tres, I'm curious why you seem so neutral on the issue of 'nudity for a cause' yet seemed so strongly opposed to the sexualized female form for advertising. Why is that disgusting and sexist and this is, at worst, 'a distracting gimmick'? As with the girls in advertising - this doesn't bother me. I don't think it's necessarily my favorite form of advertising, but it is clearly effective since it's generating discussion and people are talking about it and looking at it. Like it or not, the ad works.
xxstardust xxstardust 7 years
Tres, I'm curious why you seem so neutral on the issue of 'nudity for a cause' yet seemed so strongly opposed to the sexualized female form for advertising. Why is that disgusting and sexist and this is, at worst, 'a distracting gimmick'? As with the girls in advertising - this doesn't bother me. I don't think it's necessarily my favorite form of advertising, but it is clearly effective since it's generating discussion and people are talking about it and looking at it. Like it or not, the ad works.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
I think it takes away from the cause you are trying to support. There are definitely better and more productive ways to get the attention you want.
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