Naked protesting: Is it world’s breast practice?
In Europe, a Ukrainian feminist movement protests against prostitution and for women’s rights by getting their tits out, donning long blonde wigs, putting flowers in their hair and getting in lots of trouble.
While it has ended badly for the individuals, the movement itself has worldwide coverage of its uncovered members and its causes.
Whatever you think of the methods, a protest can be judged by the attention it garners, and breasts (and nudity in general) are definite winners. Any marketing textbook should probably devote a chapter to the drawing power of nipples.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) learned that lesson years ago. Nudity = media coverage. According to their website their Naked campaign has been hugely successful:
Not surprisingly, colorful and “controversial” demonstrations and campaigns like activists stripping to “go naked instead of wearing fur” consistently grab headlines.
And they liken themselves to Lady Godiva – who, almost a thousand years ago, rode naked through Coventry on market day to protest against her own husband’s tax regime. It worked. Leofric, the Earl of Mercia, lifted the taxes and had a religious epiphany.
Just because it’s nearly Christmas, let’s visit some of the other naked protests the world has seen:
As The Punch exclusively revealed, the Occupy Everything movement is in a little trouble in Australia at the moment, and could use a PR boost. Maybe they could learn from these and other successful naked protests. Oh, wait, the police already tried to help them with that.
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