A topless protest rally in Rio de Janeiro proved a little disappointing with few participants.
The protest against police enforcement of beach nudity laws, was organised in response to an incident in November when actress Cristina Flores was stopped
by police during a half-naked photoshoot on the beach.
Thousands of women were expected to gather on Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema beach, taking off their bikinis in defiance of Brazilian law, which describes female toplessness as an obscene act.
Hundreds of photographers filled Ipanema beach, eager to catch a glimpse of the first women to strip in defiance of the law - but only a few women joined in.
The anti-nudity law, which dates back to the 1940s, is punishable by up to a year in
prison, or fines. Locals admit the law does not frequently lead to prosecutions.
Miley Cyrus would like us all to Free the Nipple . The singer took to Twitter to support the Free the Nipple campaign by posting a photo of herself holding a large, fake nipple over her left eye.
The campaign was started by campaigners appalled by [the] American media's glorification of violence and repression of nudity, and it aims to decriminalize the female body and protest the backwards censorship laws in the US, according to its Facebook page. It's something Cyrus has spoken about before, as the singer says she has faced censorship in her own life.
And an upcoming film entitled Free The Nipple tells the story of the two activists LIV (Lola Kirke) and WITH (Lina Esco) fighting against the glorification of violence and the repression of nudity, according to its Facebook page .
Free the Nipple is a 2014 USA comedy by Lina Esco. With Casey LaBow, Zach Grenier and Monique Coleman.
Appalled by America's glorification of violence
and repression of female nudity, disruptive activists LIV and WITH begin a grass roots campaign to "Free the Nipple" and make toplessness legal across the country, and raise awareness of gender inequalities in the US. Their revolution opens a
national conversation about the extraordinary amount of violence being blasted at the youth of America. Their mission concludes with a triumphant topless rally outside the Lincoln Memorial to protest the backwards censorship laws in the United States.
A man known as the naked rambler has lost a high court challenge against a conviction for supposedly violating public order when he walked through a town centre wearing only walking boots, socks and a hat.
Two judges in London rejected an
appeal by Stephen Gough who says it is his human right to be naked in public.
Gough was convicted in March at Calderdale magistrates court in Halifax, West Yorkshire , of a breach of the Public Order Act relating to a 15-minute morning walk
through the town with his genitalia on plain view .
Dismissing the appeal, Brian Leveson, President of the Queen's bench division of the high court, and Mr Justice Openshaw, ruled that the district judge who dealt with the case at the
magistrates court was clearly entitled to conclude that, by walking through a town centre entirely naked, he was violating public order .
At an appeal hearing earlier this month, the two judges heard submissions from a barrister on Gough's
behalf that he posed no threat to the public, and was not abusive or insulting -- he was doing no more than walking in his natural state without interfering with others, not promoting what he does or challenging those who may disagree .
Counsel for the director of public persecutions had argued that his conduct was plainly
disorderly behaviour within the meaning of the Public Order Act.
Leveson claimed there was nothing passive about Gough's conduct that day in that he knew full well that many members of the public would both be alarmed and
distressed by the sight of his naked body whether or not others would take a more benign view and whatever the origins or psychological reasons for that alarm and distress .
A burlesque performer is suing New York police who arrested her for nude sunbathing in the park when in fact it is not against the law. She filed suit Tuesday against the NYPD and the two officers who arrested her in July 2012.
Jessica Krigsman for going topless in a Brooklyn park and forced her to cover up. Krigsman's lawyer, Stuart Jacobs explained:
She was minding her own business, sunbathing, and they approached her aggressively, said .
They asked for ID and told her to put on her shirt.
The female cop picked up Jessica's shirt and forced it onto her, Jacobs said. She didn't resist in any way or fight in any way. They arrested her and cuffed her and took her to
Krigsman said the officers added insult to injury when they shackled her with pink cuffs, then held her for five hours.
She was eventually charged with obstruction of a sitting area, but the rap was dropped
three months later, according to the suit.
Kingsman is a burlesque dancer who performs a fire-eating bondage act under the name Nikki Talis.
News that the largest swingers party in Swedish history will be held next month in a town in eastern Sweden has some residents hopping mad about the supposed impact that the orgy of sex, erotica, and lust will have on their neighbourhood.
Eyes Wide Shut party will held at Norrkoping's Arbis Theatre on October 19th.
The upcoming "Eyes Wide Shut" is set to be the club's first event at the Arbis, an arts and cultural centre that Club Adam and Eva is considering moving
into permanently at the end of the year. It will cost attendees 650 kronor ($103), and follows the masquerade orgy scene in the 1999 Stanley Kubrick film Eyes Wide Shut, which starred Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
The upcoming sex party as well as
the proposed permanent move to the Arbis has 'outraged' a few selfish neighbours of the theatre located in a residential neighbourhood.
I know it's not illegal, but I don't think it's appropriate for a residential area, whined resident
This kind of thing doesn't belong here; them having sex and changing partners. I think it's too close to small children and families, Louise Carlen told Sveriges Television (SVT).
An online reader poll conducted by
local paper NT prompted 402 responses, with just over half indicating they would like to participate in the swingers party.
The owner of the building set to house the sex party, Robin Karlsson, has a hard time seeing what all the fuss is about.
Speaking with NT, Karlsson said he had little patience for locals' complaints: It is 2013 after all. How can people be scared of people shagging?
A Swedish court has ruled that a man acted unlawfully when he strangled two women during sex until they fainted, even though the act was consensual.
The man was initially charged with aggravated assault after engaging in sex acts with two women that
included repeated strangulation until the women fainted.
Prosecutors claimed the acts were life threatening and thus should be treated as aggravated assault. However, the Skelleftea District Court disagreed, ruling that his partners'
complicity in the dangerous sex acts absolved the man of sole responsibility for their near-strangulation. He was thus convicted of assault, rather than aggravated assault, and sentenced to three months in prison.
Prosecutors appealed the ruling,
but the Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court that the act was not aggravated assault as the women, one of whom was strangled to the point of fainting 15 times during separate meetings, were indeed consenting.
The man was sentenced to
probation and 100 hours of community service, and the charge was lessened from aggravated assault to assault.
Times Square was full of bare-chested women today, as equality campaigners descended on the New York landmark to celebrate Go Topless Day.
The annual event, which takes place in a range of cities around the U.S., was established in 2007 by
Go Topless, an organization founded by a spiritual group called the Raelian Movement.
The day sees women walk together to challenge laws that allow only men to walk around shirtless.
In New York it is legal for women to go shirtless in
public, as it is in Ohio, Texas and Colorado to name a few. But others including Kansas, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia it is outlawed for women to go topless in public
The naked rambler has been jailed for public nudity. He was not allowed to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court for his trial after refusing to wear clothes and so didn't offer a defence. He was given an 11 month sentence.
He was charged with
flouting an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from being naked in public. Jurors returned a guilty verdict in less than 10 minutes.
Gough has previously been convicted of nine public order counts of going naked in public in Hampshire.
Judge Sarah Munro said Gough, who has been remanded in custody while awaiting trial, will be eligible for release from prison on 14 August.
Gough has now been sentenced to more than six years in prison for being naked in public..
Stephen Gough, known as the naked rambler, has been fined after being found guilty of nine public order 'offences' for walking nude in public places.
Gough pleaded not guilty to the charges of behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or
But district Judge Anthony Calloway said members of the public had been distressed at seeing Gough nude.
Payment of the £ 1,800 fine was waived in lieu of time served in prison.
Charles Nightingale, persecuting, said in several of the offences Gough was seen by parents with young children who were 'shocked' and 'alarmed' at seeing him naked.
Tom Stevens, defending, said his client believed his nudity was allowed under
Article 10 of the Human Rights Act which protects freedom of expression.
Gough remains in prison as he awaits trial for a further charge of an alleged breach of an anti-social behaviour order banning him from being naked in public. He is due to
appear at Southampton Crown Court on 19 June.
James Franco is the producer of pornographic documentary Kink, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The title Kink refers to a BDSM porn website, where extreme violence against women and torture are the norm. Common acts include
non-simulated actual footage of rope, metal and wood bondage, underwater suffocation torture, electric shocks, sex with machinery, gang rape, slave training and public humiliation.
Promotional material for the website:
In our videos you will watch as some of the best riggers in the business bind, torture and fuck gorgeous women.
paddled, caned and flogged until their bodies are marked and red.
Pushing the very limits of their endurance and pain tolerance.
Porn star Aurora Snow
shared her traumatic experience making a Kink film.
"They are a company that looks for the moment when a girl has been mentally and at times physically pushed too far; the borderline of tears and pain. Sometimes talent leaves with giant bruises that take weeks to disappear."
"The scenes will push a girl over the edge. It's standard practice on set to take breaks in between filming and during these breaks the talent is fawned, told how amazing they are, catered to, etc. It makes for a very
confusing experience when trying to evaluate one's own feelings about what's really happening."
A bill that could send women to prison for going topless in public appears headed for approval by the North Carolina legislature.
The Republican-backed bill would amend the state's indecent exposure law to expand the legal definition of private
parts to explicitly include the nipple, or any portion of the areola, of the female breast.
Depending on whether such exposure is judged to be for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire, the woman could be charged
with a felony, punishable by up to six months in prison for first-time offenders. Non sexual exposure would be a misdemeanor meriting up to 30 days in jail.
Representative Rayne Brown, told members of the House Judiciary Committee that her bill
was triggered by topless rallies promoting women's equity that were held during the last two years in Asheville.