No, it’s not the Madison version of the World Naked Bike Ride, though both of those are about parading. Indeed, they are about parading for freedom. No, I’m talking about the reaction to the Madison Naked Bike Ride in the comments section of the Wisconsin State Journal photo spread. These conservatives evidently forgot that they’ve been rallying for rights in the past few days, and are still rallying. Hey, at least the right to be naked doesn’t have the potential to harm others. . . I’m thinking that “concealed carry” is a bit of a moot issue for a nudist.
Sure, the ignorance in those comments, where whack jobs rail against supposed “liberals and “leftists” is bad enough, but these people don’t even know anything about the place of Wisconsin in the history of nudism and naturism. They don’t know, for instance, the longstanding historic status of Mazo Beach as a place where people can go naked and commune with nature legally. And they certainly don’t know that the biggest organization of naturists on the planet is headquartered in. . . Oshkosh.
There’s the big problem with conservatives, and we’re seeing it here on this blog constantly. Ignorance. It is exceedingly rare around here for a conservative to comment with any sense of the history or background of the subject at debate, at least if one actually expects citations of sources, as I do. But further, the hyposcrisy on the subject of rights is intense among all conservative, and not just among those who fight for a concealed carry right but seem appalled at the notion of a nonsexual naked man or woman riding a bike. Hey, the Catholic Church in New York is simultaneously battling gay marriage (it’ll make you Asian, I hear) and lawsuits about pedophile priests without a hint that they understand the irony of those actions. So, no, I am not surprised by the irony.
I just wonder if any of these yahoos whining about the naked bike ride ever tried taking a walk with only a breeze for protection. . . would that change their minds? (In the interest of TMI, I will not detail my last nudist outing, nor how some complete stranger came up and commented on the size of my two year old son’s privates. . . that’s a story for friends.) Perhaps if these ignorant conservatives just took advantage of the basic right to be unclothed they’d be a little less bellicose and obtuse, or perhaps I’m just a bit too optimistic.