26 Jun 2008 • 1,375 views
OUR GENERATION WAS FORMED THROUGH THE ABSURDITY OF WAR.
......said André MalrauxRecently here in Britain there was a TV ad for Heinz Deli Mayo.
In this ad a man is in a kitchen and is portrayed in the role of mother and wife.
Another man, the husband/father character, gives him a little kiss goodbye.Now it's bad enough that the creators of this ad consider it to be "humourous" to see 2 men kissing and behaving as if married with kids,
but apparently some people have actually complained and have said the ad was "offensive" and that it is "inappropriate to see two men kissing". Other complaints believe that the ad was "unsuitable to be seen by children"
And subsequently Heinz have responded to these mind numbingly bizarre opinions by withdrawing the ad.Why is it that some people are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns, than seeing two men holding hands?
Meanwhile, in Scotland: "TAXPAYERS HIT BY £200,000 BILL FOR NAKED RAMBLER CASE"http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/49367/Taxpayers-hit-by-200-000-bill-for-Naked-Rambler-case
Steve Gough, known as the Naked Rambler, the man who walked the entire length of Britain without wearing any clothes, has spent the past two years almost continuously behind bars in Scotland for a number of "breaches of the peace", and he is currently in a segregation unit in Glasgow's Barlinnie Prison. He refuses to wear clothes at any time, either in prison or in court.
The article goes on to inform us that the average prisoner costs around £34,000 a year, but that figure is higher in segregation units.
His lawyer, John Good, is reporterd to have said that, by the time his client is due to be released in October, the stand-off with the authorities will have drained up to £200,000 from the public purse.
He also stressed that Steve Gough is prepared to spend at least 10 years in prison defending his right to be naked.
They kept me and Vincent Bethell in segregation cells when we were continuously unclothed while remanded in 2000.
Naked Protest picture archive 2000-2001http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell-higgs/53700518
my letter from prison jan 2001http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2001/jan/05/guardianletters1
jury unanimously acquits Vincent Bethell 2001http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4115569,00.html
and meanwhile, taking part in this year's World Naked Bike Ride
in London (where the police have a policy of NOT arresting naked participants) was a man named Will Golden, a man born without genitals.
Here's his flickr profile and photos....http://www.flickr.com/people/willynillyuk/http://www.flickr.com/photos/willynillyuk/
Now a man like Will poses an interesting situation in the context of Protesting Naked, because when the police do arrest Naked Protesters their emphasis is ALWAYS an absurd preoccupation with Genital Visibility (as though there were some almighty difference between the visibility of human genitals compared with the visibility of human elbows or noses etc). So how would the prosecution attempt to proceed if Will, a man without genitals, were arrested and put on trial I wonder?
"Baby's bottom censored by store"http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/7474968.stm
A woman who wanted to give a birthday cake to her son featuring a photo of him as a baby was forced to have it censored because it showed his bottom.
Gail Jordan, 41, had gone to Asda in Liscard, Wirral, on 13 June with the photo of her 21-year-old son David taken when he was five months old.
Staff at the supermarket refused to scan the picture onto a cake as it featured nudity.
They eventually printed the image onto the icing with a star over the bottom.
................................I believe that while society continues to have a fundamentally negative relationship with the human body and appearance, we can never be a free or mature society. It's the 21st century. Time to evolve.