Topfree Equality hits Hawaii. It wasn’t a big event. Just one woman escorted by her fully clothed friend and two guys, myself as a blogger who chases nudity related news in an effort to promote the cause and also as a way to market my book, “American Nudist: The Lost Journal.”
The premise of my book was this. Back in the 1990s, Hawaii was a repressive time for me and running the Hawaii Skinnydippers was absolutely miserable. I never had a peer group and every nudist was ten to thirty years older than me.
I felt like naturism skipped a generation.
Flash forward to the 21st Century and thanks to social media, there exists now a reliable handful of nude friendly groups of all ages, though all are over 18.
The morning started off slow. There was a Duke’s Beach Day event with a plethora of tourists in attendance. Vendors selling their artwork and sunscreen products lined up along the beach with a deejay hosting the festivities.
The Hawaii News was there so it was a cinch for our Topfree coordinator to wrangle him to cover our cause. Tess Meier, our Hawaii spokesmodel did an interview, and the reporter asked passersby their opinion, including mine, thinking I was Japanese.
I told him of the Western influence in Japan, particularly in the cities. Nude communal bathing of mixed sexes still occurs in the rural areas, but no longer exists. in the cities. Still, the Japanese, unlike us, can distinguish between nudity and sex.
I’d visited a furoh once in Osaka and learned all of this from that one trip.
Later two other female supporters joined us and we marched to International Marketplace, because after all, if men go in there shirtless, then why can’t women?
Security didn’t agree, and claimed it was private property, but with some kind words exchanged, we vacated.
Three topless women walking about Waikiki will not change society, but it gets the idea out there. We are not alone; it’s happening all over the country. It’s good for the nudist businesses to advocate body acceptance and a common sense approach to the human body.
That being said, I still feel it was a poor showing for Hawaii. In Venice Beach, California, the Topfree Coalition organized a parade that went across the boardwalk. Topless women, including their Asian members, (who would normally be very conservative), and African American women who were covering the event for their magazines, joined in. Women were required to wear red tape across their nipples and men could wear a red bikini top to see how it felt like.
It was very uncomfortable.
Would we be able to have a topfree parade like that in Honolulu, esp. in Waikiki? I doubt it.
Have we accomplished anything? In Waikiki alone, probably not, but we got our message out there on the interwebs. That’s good enough for me, for now.
“American Nudist: The Lost Journal” contains one image from the Venice Beach protest and an article about women in nudist clubs. It’s available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble online.