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Bare As You Dare: Take Off Your Clothes Tonight And Talk About Body Image

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Steve Truesdell for RFT
World Naked Bike Ride 2012.
Can't wait until July 27 to take off your clothes in front of strangers? Fear not! The good people of the World Naked Bike Ride in St. Louis -- and other local groups that like to celebrate the unclothed human body -- have got you covered (or, you know, not).

Tonight, head to Shameless Grounds (1901 Withnell Avenue) for an event called Bare as You Dare where you can, you guessed it, bare as you dare. Unfortunately, within legal limits. You must wear shoes! It is a dining establishment.

"It's very cathartic for people who have issues with their body," David Wraith, co-founder of Sex Positive St. Louis and an organizer of the event, tells Daily RFT. "It's really about empowering...people to live without shame...and to love their body and love themselves."

See also:
- 2013 World Naked Bike Ride In St. Louis Set For July 27 (PHOTOS)
- How Bare Can You Dare?: Missouri Laws on Public Nudity (NSFW)

If you're a woman who was hoping for some catharsis by displaying your nipples, you are, however, unfortunately out of luck. By law, women in St. Louis are not allowed to expose bare nipples ("sorry ladies, we're working on this," the organizers say in a recent e-mail blast).

Exposed genitals is also not "street legal," and, yeah, do wear shoes.

(If you're curious, the naked bike ride is considered a protest, which means nudity is protected free speech; the ride in St. Louis has not had problems in the past with full-on nudity).

Wraith, who is coordinating the event alongside SlutWalk St. Louis and the World Naked Bike Ride, will be facilitating a discussion on a range of nude-related topics -- clothing-optional meet-ups, clothing-optional yoga, National Go Topless Day and more.

"Participants can talk about their own body image issues," Wraith says.

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Courtesy of David Wraith

The forum may touch upon nudism, fat shaming, slut shaming, top-free equality, body image in the media, etc.

"There are people who are afraid or ashamed...who feel their body isn't good enough," Wraith says.

When the groups did this event for the first time last year, he says he got a lot of positive feedback from participants.

"It really helped them get over some of the things they are insecure about," he says, explaining that it can be productive to talk out loud about these insecurities -- or directly display them in front of a crowd.

Wraith's SEX+STL coordinates meet-ups and does sex-positive education and also co-sponsors the naked bike ride.

The event is tonight at 7 p.m. The patio will be open and the organizers advise that you bring a towel or seat cushion or something if you're planning on sporting a thong or jock strap!

To get you pumped for the event and for the bike ride later this month, we've included our best photos from last year's nude ride -- with the very NSFW ones on the next pages.

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Continue for more photos (warning NSFW!).

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Shameless Grounds

1901 Withnell Ave., St. Louis, MO

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18 comments
kmaladie
kmaladie

I didnt realize how small male genetalia can be, guess i've just gotten lucky in my conquests, however i really appreciate these kind of events as we've become so disconnected within our communities and as long as the kids are off at summer camp why the hell not let loose and enjoy ourselves. xoxo

Lamdba
Lamdba

We need more efforts like this. What people don't realize is that attitudes like the ones in these comments actually make things worse. One of the reasons so many people are obese is that people see the unattainable standards set by society, figure they'll never look like that, and simply give up. People will get healthier when they start looking at health as a lifestyle, instead of some unatainable goal.

(Sorry, I get a little worked up sometimes.)

Dawn Murr Miller
Dawn Murr Miller

and they have a fit here in Asheville, NC about topless saturdays??? lmao

Penny J Davis
Penny J Davis

I have seen they ride on S. Grand. Do they ride by 2306 S. Grand..in that area?

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Where's all the hot chick's, some fat bastards riding around naked just doesn't sound like a good time to me..

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

How do people live in this disgusting,perverted town?]

Derek Polston
Derek Polston

and people were bitching about the woman at the public pool in a bikini....

BitchiestTits
BitchiestTits

Comments like the ones below are exactly WHY we need events like these. If the real naked human body (not the airbrushed crap that the media spoon feeds you) offends you then perhaps it's time to long hard look at yourself.

Kymmber Leigh
Kymmber Leigh

that is disgusting and disturbing im sorry but some people shouldn't be naked n this is one of those examples

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

That had the same effect on my penis as making me sit in a bucket of ice water.  Anti-schwing!!!!

gonzomurphy
gonzomurphy

Why is it always the people who should keep their clothes on that want to take them off......

It's a looks like a series of "before" photos.

:-( 

*Le sigh*


Brian Seim
Brian Seim

This society makes it almost impossible to FIRST bypass the outer person and see the good person inside. For decades all of us are told in word and video what REAL beauty is and anything else is abnormal (hence so many do not like themselves or body image). This event will be frowned upon by all of those still under that ridiculous MEDIA trance.

st_louis63104
st_louis63104

RFT:  why buzzkill me on a Friday with these photos? 

jonthebaldguy
jonthebaldguy

@Blake Harris Yeah, dude...didn't see a whole lot of anorexics, either. If these chicks want to set a good example they SHOULD definitely shove a couple of fingers down their throats and puke up what they can.

F***'s sake...seriously?

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