Why won’t the police arrest people at World Naked Bike Rides?

10 Jun

Now that we’re into the warmer weather again (more or less) here in the northern hemisphere, it’s that season again. The season for the World Naked Bike Rides (NSFW), in major Western cities across the globe.

I loathe them, for one simple reason that should be obvious – it’s indecent and immoral for people to be naked in public. And moreover, apart from a smattering of silly but attractive young things, it’s mostly ugly middle-aged hippies, freaks, dykes, and pot-bellied men making up the majority of participants – and I sure as hell don’t want to see them naked, quite apart from any moral considerations!

Why is it that almost everywhere, as Wikipedia notes, “arrests during WNBR events are rare”?

Why won’t they enforce the laws in this, while aggressively enforcing them in so many other matters?

Anarcho-tyranny, I know.

And the Sheeple, the masses, tolerate it.

Very few politicians or government officials speak out against it.

Heaven help us.

Okay, rant over.


18 responses to “Why won’t the police arrest people at World Naked Bike Rides?

  1. Sis

    June 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Ouch!! What are they thinking? These have not hit my state yet, I think they would get arrested.

  2. Will S.

    June 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    What are the riders thinking? They’re just enjoying smashing social norms while showing their stuff.

    What are the police thinking, not arresting them, is what I want to know. Rhetorically speaking; I already do get it – they’re outnumbered when it’s large crowds, plus don’t want to interfere with what is marketed as a political protest march / parade of sorts, same as they don’t enforce drug laws at 4:20 protests, for the same reasons (not that I care about that, but it’s the same thing; the rule of law is breaking down, if the numbers of people breaking a law are big enough, or if there isn’t the political will to enforce the laws, regardless of the cost).

  3. Will S.

    June 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    They haven’t hit your state? Count your blessings, then, for either still more traditional attitudes amongst police and/or not a big enough city for them to target, whichever the case may be.

  4. Matthew

    June 10, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Or why not maybe even just a wee little bit of clown rape. Whorefinder would approve.

  5. Will S.

    June 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Sorry, Matthew, I’m not quite following your somewhat cryptic comment. Could you elaborate?

  6. dejour

    June 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Because it’s mostly white people.

  7. Will S.

    June 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Maybe, I dunno.

  8. Will S.

    June 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Meanwhile, topless FEMEN activists storm ‘Germany’s Next Top Model’, no doubt to protest objectification of women, of course – despite the fact that Heidi Klum and the models are, in comparison, paragons of virtue and modesty and classiness (which says something):

    Those FEMEN types are tone-deaf to irony, I swear…

  9. Lena S.

    June 11, 2013 at 8:09 am

    It’s probably because of numbers. If it was only a handful, you can bet your bare ass they’d be arrested.

    That said, I don’t really give a shit about it, find it amusing, and think it might even be fun. It’s nice to feel the breeze on your skin. Unless you live downtown, it’s easy enough to avoid, just like the Sodomite Parade. There are worse things than naked middle aged people on bikes.

    FEMEN on the other hand is obnoxious, aggressive, and deranged. Quite different.

  10. Will S.

    June 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I agree that FEMEN is quite different; the type of people who do the WNBR would be of more cheerful, pleasant, sunny disposition, generally, than the screeching harpies who make up FEMEN.

    I just wish people would save nudity for with their loved ones, or at the least, with others like them – the good thing about nudist colonies, is presumably everyone at them is there of their own accord, being naked and seeing others naked. Then those of us of more traditional bent don’t have to see them, while they get to feel the sun on all of their skin, dangly and foldy bits included. Win-win, really. I don’t know or care if such a view may make some consider me a prude; I do think it’s a bit more relativist a view than those who usually get such labels slapped on them, but really, doesn’t matter to me. I think there may be a time and a place for everything, and where others don’t want to see or don’t want their kids to see, is not such a place, at any time.

  11. Lena S.

    June 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

    In a way, it is a counter balance to the over-sexualisation of the body that our culture promotes. It’s non-sexual nudity and average bodies. I’m fairly sure you will disagree, but that’s my take, and it is completely avoidable if you don’t want to see it, unlike billboards with half naked photoshopped bodies (with the barely covered parts emphasised due to the covering) and leering faces all over them.

    I’ll bust out the Fr Loya to illustrate my point, with the caveat that I highly doubt the naked cyclists are cognizant of all this!

  12. Will S.

    June 12, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I recognize that nudists who are in nudist colonies, rather than cycling down streets, are highly avoidable, but the cyclists who do the WNBR thing are less avoidable; people who have to be on the same streets as them, whether commercial or residential, may not wish to see what’s on display, but it is forced upon them.

    I can see what you’re saying about non-sexualized nudity and average bodies being quite different from porn, and spiritually ugly in-your-face FEMEN types; I just don’t see that the antidote to the worst kind of public nudity is a better kind, rather than saving it for one’s loved ones, or at least a colony of like-minded individuals, out of the public gaze. My preference would be for a return to previous social norms, wherein people were covered up in public, period.

  13. Will S.

    June 12, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Now, I don’t think that such is incompatible with nudity in art, and the like. But again, that needn’t be in public; it can be on private property, such as at art schools – or if outdoors in a public wilderness park (e.g. national parks, provincial / state parks, or other Crown / government lands which are in a wild state), somewhere discreet…

  14. Matthew

    June 14, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Will, I was name-dropping a regular Heartiste commenter and his signature recommendation to cure the ills of feral females.

  15. Will S.

    June 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

    Ah, okay; I haven’t visited Heartiste nor waded through his endless comment streams lately.

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