Is skinny dipping indecent?

October 17th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The BOP Times reports:

An attempt at breaking a world-record for planned for Mount Maunganui is being labelled unacceptable and indecent.

The idea was raised by The Edge radio station after listeners voted the nudie run at the Bay of Plenty beach would be the best way to herald the start of summer.

Marketing manager Emily Hancox said the skinny dip world record attempt would, hopefully, be held on December 1 “as a bit of fun”.

“It’s not for people to be shy or embarrassed. If people can see the fun in it and try to get New Zealand on the map for that [world record], it will be great,” she said.

What a great idea.

However, national director of NZ Bob McCoskrie said holding the event in such a public place would be “completely unacceptable”.

Very smart idea of The Edge to get Bob to condemn it, as that should help them get more publicity for it :-)

The world record for a collective skinny dip was set by 413 people in the United Kingdom last year.

Hell, easy to beat.

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26 Responses to “Is skinny dipping indecent?”

  1. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    Heaven forbid – someone might see what a naked human body looks like!

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  2. kowtow (8,746 comments) says:

    Is skinny dipping indecent?

    If it’s OK at the beach then why not down town? Or at the municipal baths.

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  3. Carlos (683 comments) says:

    @ kowtow

    Exactly. We’ve become prudes.

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  4. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    See also my [complex argument about how in general we need fewer rules, less government interference in our lives, but this particular thing that I don’t like should not be allowed.]

    [Possibly with appeals to tradition, or religion.]

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  5. kowtow (8,746 comments) says:

    Carlos

    The fig leaf has been around a long time :)

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  6. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    This is a good idea ond Bob comment is funny but…

    It is disappointing that Bob has turned into such a loon with such things as this and his antivaccination campaign. Another hit for the already fragmented right.

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  7. Urban Redneck (234 comments) says:

    There will be an abundance of narcissists and exhibitionists lining up to participate.

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  8. emmess (1,432 comments) says:

    Umm, aren’t there plenty of nudist beaches around?
    Also, what’s the bet the organizers won’t be getting naked?

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  9. KevinH (1,236 comments) says:

    Is the event R18?, will children be participating? These questions need to be asked for safety reasons.

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  10. Longknives (4,865 comments) says:

    Is Skinny Dipping Indecent?
    Depends who’s skinny dipping.

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  11. Griff (8,165 comments) says:

    Luc may be there
    1st reason for not attending

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  12. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    I wonder if Tauranga’s favourite son Redbaiter will be participating?

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  13. Carlos (683 comments) says:

    Gerry Brownlee is rumoured to be attending. ;)

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  14. Griff (8,165 comments) says:

    Thank you RRM the sick image of a five foot five wrinkly old man naked except for a pair of bright red 8inch stilettos a confederate cap and his tattoo of Joe McCarthy is going to haunt me for days

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  15. ChardonnayGuy (1,211 comments) says:

    Indecent exposure is an offence under the Summary Offences Act 1981, but it’s very much in the eyes of the beholder. If the beholder is a voyeur and doesn’t complain, they might very well have a decent perve, depending on the aesthetic attributes of the body of the object of their gaze.

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  16. Pete George (23,681 comments) says:

    This is nowhere near as bad as the nude rugby they have in Dunedin. I have no problem with people swimming in the nude, but scrumming, mauling, rucking and tackling in the nude is revolting.

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  17. SGA (1,129 comments) says:

    @Pete George 1:57pm

    Chill out, Pete. No one makes you keep going to watch :-).

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  18. MT_Tinman (3,255 comments) says:

    I’ll have to take your word for that Pete, I’ve never participated myself.

    Massed nudes is neither indecent nor particularly interesting.

    Thank you RRM the sick image of a five foot five wrinkly old man naked except for a pair of bright red 8inch stilettos a confederate cap and his tattoo of Joe McCarthy is going to haunt me for days

    Bastard, now you got me at it. No doubt he’ll be hoping for a warm day.

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  19. ChardonnayGuy (1,211 comments) says:

    Hey, at least the Nude Blacks are in shape. Unlike the habituees of nudist clubs, who are invariably not and lead one to disavow sun worship on aesthetic grounds.

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  20. Pete George (23,681 comments) says:

    SGA – I also avoid it on TV. And CG, they are not all ‘in shape’, and they’re almost all male. Cringe.

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  21. ChardonnayGuy (1,211 comments) says:

    Well, most of them are. And if you want nekkid female people, Pete, try Underbelly, there are usually abundant mammary glands for the straight men amongst us. Curiously though, the Nude Blacks have a high proportion of straight female and gay male fans. I wonder why? Anyway, makes a pleasant change from the elderly and somewhat flabby specimens of True Believer Nudism on news broadcasts…

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  22. Paulus (2,659 comments) says:

    Depends on who you are skinny dipping with, when, and where.
    But not a group affair. Yuk.

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  23. ChardonnayGuy (1,211 comments) says:

    Ah, finally found it. Under the Summary Offences Act 1981…

    27 Indecent exposure
    (1) Every person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding $2,000 who, in or within view of any public place, intentionally and obscenely exposes any part of his or her genitals.

    (2) It is a defence in a prosecution under this section if the defendant proves that he or she had reasonable grounds for believing that he or she would not be observed.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————–

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  24. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    There’s indecent, and there’s indecent.

    I propose a grading system. So, say – Twiggy in (the sixties) would constitute .5 of a person, and Katy Perry perhaps, 1.25. The girl who briefly worked in the deli near Crystal Palace back in the late nineties would make them a nice wholesome three.point zero. I like round numbers.

    Jerry Brownlee woud be a 5.75. and if we got number of larger characters rounded up, we could introduce ‘Kiwi-weighting’ and technically break the above record, using a relatively small number of actual people. I recommend releasing Tama Iti for the event. Those of you out there who feel you have something to contribute, try this simple test. If in the bathroom naked, you can see your winkle/front-bottom when you look down, don’t even bother applying.

    Of course we have to take tsunami risk into account at said event, but if everyone were encouraged to slide gently into the water, like a hippo, this might reduce the risk of overly dangerous wave-patterns, and ensure that sponsorship wouldn’t be frightened off should a repetition of the event … be floated..

    I really gotta get out more.

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  25. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Chardonnay

    very hard to prosecute a female uder that definition, female genitals are internal

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  26. ChardonnayGuy (1,211 comments) says:

    There are some blokes who really shouldn’t be naked, and others who should definitely be. I imagine that the same principle would arise with women in this context. Gerry B would be a large EekNo in this context, although most of the Nude Blacks would qualify by my standards. Paul…I suspect that most of the people prosecuted under the SOA are blokes, given that women don’t seem to tempt fate as often.

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