The gesture of then Minister of Justice Alberto Ruiz Gallardón could not be more circumspect in the parliamentary session of October 9, 2013 when, while defending his restrictions on the abortion law, the voices of three FEMEN activists stormed from the public stands. that on their naked breasts they had written the phrase “Abortion is sacred”. It was not the first time that the nude had supported a protest in Spain and, even less, in the world. Many years before, it had already been used as a provocative weapon. What nineteenth-century Parisians would not feel when, in 1871, hundreds of Montmartre women with bare breasts walked through the streets on their way to the Palace of Versailles, where would end up fraternizing with the guards? Then came the jipis and other alternative movements of the 60s and 70s that defended the return to the natural and the rejection of conventions. In 1969, three hundred people in balls on a Danish beach managed to get ahead some social reforms, and also beach nudity. But it was more sounded when, in 1980, women with open breasts manifested in Ziguinchor (Senegal) against the school rigidity to which their children were subjected. And they got their demands answered. Since then, this trend has not stopped growing. In June 2016, the Cambridge academic Victoria Bateman walked as she had come to the world during a meeting in denunciation of the Brexit. In 2017,One hundred Argentine women in leather asked for measures against sexist violence in front of the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires.
The protest nudism has spread to many areas. Vincent Bethel, the activist who in 1999 launched the campaign in London The Freedom To Be Yourself ( ‘The freedom to be yourself’) was the first person who appeared at balls during a public scandal trial in the UK. He was finally acquitted. The Tate Modern Museum in London has also been undressed, which in 2011, on the anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, presented a montage with a naked body on which a thick black liquid was thrown. . And it is that the nudist protest It is a recurring tool in causes related to ecology and animals. An example is the acts of the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), founded in 1980 in Virginia. Their protests have some forced appointments, as they do during the Sanfermines in Pamplona . Also common are the actions of Lettuce Ladies (‘Ladies of the Lettuce’), who pose only dressed with leaves of this vegetable in commercial areas, to promote vegetarian food as the most humane. Although his most discussed issue is the fight against the use of animal tissues, an initiative that had the support of Naomi Campbell and other models who posed without clothes and with a written message: “Better to go naked than to wear skins.”
Some environmental groups argue that the vulnerability of naked bodies expresses very well the precarious balance and fragility of nature. That motivated six hundred members of Greenpeace to be photographed without clothes on a glacier in the Alps in 2007, and to undertake similar actions in other natural settings. Nudism can also be the most radical way of showing that one is committed to the top, without self-censorship or restriction: “When we show our body a tension is created; it is to contradict the patriarchal society, “says Lara Alcázar, director of FEMEN Spain. For Gary, “what makes pedestrians react intensely when they see women with bare chests on the street is their complex of Judeo-Christian guilt.”