Sometimes the best way to celebrate your body is to show it off in front of a bunch of strangers.
Such is the thinking behind the latest "Bare As You Dare" forum in St. Louis -- a "body-positive event" that encourages folks to strip down and talk body image, slut shaming and more. Daily RFT was on the scene to document the clothing-optional fun, in which some participants got as naked as they possibly could...within legal limits.
The event at Shameless Grounds (1901 Withnell Avenue; 314-773-9900) on Friday was a precursor to the World Naked Bike Ride, a pro-nudity event also aimed at body acceptance.
Technically, no bare female nipples and no exposed genitals were allowed (and shoes were required, given that it's a dining establishment!). But in two weeks, St. Louisans can really bare as they dare with a bike ride that counts as a "protest" in which free speech, e.g.,. full nudity, is protected.
David Wraith, one of the organizers, told us before the event that getting nude can help people confront their own insecurities. "It's very cathartic for people who have issues with their body."
Share in the catharsis with these photos from the event, y'all!
(The more NSFW ones are on the next page, if, yaknow, butts are not safe for your work.)
Continue for more photos (NSFW).
Continue for some bonus NSFW World Naked Bike Ride 2012 photos.
Continue for more photos.
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.