But World Naked Bike Rides could be the main victims
The problem with laws like this is that once passed they are almost impossible to repeal.
The law doesn't mention "naturism" but that doesn't matter. Naturism/nudism has no legal meaning. The religious right doesn't differentiate that "this" is naturism and "that" isn't. Free hiking, skinnydipping, nudity in theater, or WNBR, it is all the same to them. Either law would be will be a Sword of Damocles over all social nudity, doubly so over families. It is the local sheriff who will decide how to enforce it and that will depend on politics..
A real conservative believes in keeping government decisions as local as possible. The city of Madison should be responsible for allowing or not allowing the WNBR. They aren't conservatives, they are part of the Trump crowd looking for ways to throw red meat to true believers. There is a difference between conservative and reactionary.
As far as the place where I live in doesn't make any difference. We are used to the total legal ban & it is there from many a decades & across generations. We don't have any option than to practice naturism within our home walls. However it's ridiculous to turn the clock back in the countries where in outdoor naturism is being practiced from so many decades..
Great article. These bills seem to me to be a deliberate assault on freedom of expression that begins with naked bike rides and ends with what... your ability to wear the clothes you feel comfortable in or even to kiss or hold hands in public? I live in England and am now fearing the USA more than China or Russia. What starts across the Atlantic will inevitably resurface in Westminster...
"Assaulted by nudity?" Pfffft! These same Republican legislators certainly voted against any reasonable gun control and thus contributed to REAL assaults on children.
“What about my children’s innocence that I work very hard to protect?,” he told the committee.
I wonder how hard that one and only concerned citizen of Madison has worked to protect his child from whatever she needs protection from. When did she see nudity in public? Why was she there? Was she really there? What did she experienced?
I think the climate in the US makes the potential implications much graver than may be understood. Laws like this are very broadly applied and often copied from one jurisdiction to another if successfully passed. Further we are heading into a political election cycle where some politicians look for easy hits to make. So this could be really bad despite what U.S. nudist leadership are saying.
While I live ( Alaska) where such events would DEFINITELY not happen due to attitudes, I certainly do applaud those who are lucky enough to actually partake in, or watch, events like the Naked Bike Ride. I do notice that it seems that society is definitely on an 'anti-nude' push. This is saddening!!!