Public Eroticism and the Collapse of Judeo-Christian Morality

Unsuspecting individuals and parents along with their children around the world are being unwittingly and shockingly exposed to the growing number of highly-publicized events such as World Naked Bike Rides (WNBR), in which participants flout their nudity as a form of “political protest” to promote a “more body-positive world.” Casting all modesty aside, to draw attention to themselves the riders use bullhorns, boomboxes, musical instruments and other forms of public address systems to ensure that their exhibitionism does not go unnoticed. The party often continues at local parks and other public venues, where the highly-visible nudists dance to bands and engage in body painting contests.
The nudist bicycle parades have expanded from events in 28 cities in 10 countries on four continents in 2004, to events in 74 cities in 17 countries in 2010. This year’s 11th annual WNBR in St. Louis featured a striptease dance, with hundreds of participants wearing nothing or next to nothing as they engaged in a costume contest, a drag show, and provocative dancing.
Those of a more traditional mindset were surprised at the near universal positive portrayal of the blatant nude romps in the media. The Wikipedia article – which unabashedly featured full-frontal nudity – described the “colorful and creative nakedness in repressed societies” as all about “establishing and projecting a positive self-image; and rejecting shame.” WNBR was “a ride for self-empowerment.”
Not all those who were exposed – often unwillingly – to the lewd spectacle found it an enlightening experience. While enjoying the sights of the city while on vacation in St. Louis on July 21, John Ellis was enjoying dinner downtown with his family. As they left they found their way blocked by the disrobed promenade. Appalled, he writes that the “World Naked Bike Riders in St. Louis Exposed Penises and Vaginas, Sexually Molesting My Kids.” Some of the bike riders, he writes, “flagrantly stood up on the pedals and flaunted their nudity to the waiting cars. In legal terms, I’m pretty sure that is referred to as ‘indecent exposure.’”
If Ellis imagined that he could expect law enforcement to deal with the nudists, he was sadly mistaken. In Missouri it is illegal “to expose your genitalia to others in public, thereby alarming them. This crime is referred to as “sexual misconduct.” In Missouri, along with other states, purposefully exposing your genitals to children is a serious crime.
Astonishingly, Ellis reports that “the St. Louis Police Department was unable (or unwilling) to do anything about the fact that my kids were molested and violated by the St. Louis Naked Bike Ride.” The officer he reported the offense to “dismissively said, ‘We can only enforce laws that we see or have evidence of [being broken].’”
In other words, unless Ellis could somehow provide the names of the individuals who had exposed themselves to his children, the officer “couldn’t do anything about it.” Even though technically the bike riders were required to cover their genitals, according to Ellis at least 50 percent of the bike riders violated that rule, “but the St. Louis Police Department shrugged it off. In fact, during the parade, St. Louis Police officers were escorting those guilty of indecent exposure.”
The exponential growth of WNBR and similar events in which full male and female nudity is paraded, in the virtual complete absence of public outcry, would never have been countenanced until recent years, and signals a disturbing attack upon basic human modesty —and the celebration of the lasciviousness that is the antithesis of Judeo-Christian society.