naked goddess swim in portland, oregon

Naked Goddess Swim returning to downtown Portland

Last year the Naked Goddess Swim came to downtown Portland, encouraging “mere mortal women” to “shed their suits and inhibitions to swim as Goddesses in the full moonlight.”

The nude, women-only swim will return to town on Saturday, August 20 on the east bank of the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge, expected to attract about 120 participants.

Like the World Naked Bike Ride, one question lingers among those unfamiliar with the swim: Why do these women do it?

“This isn’t about showing everybody else our body, this is about accepting and affirming our own body.”

When the Naked Goddess Swim first started, it was a fundraiser for Friends of Clackamette Cove, a group that encouraged swimming in the Oregon City cove. Now that it’s moved to Portland, and the cove is being developed, the objective is evolving.

“Now it’s switched its goal more in alignment with Human Access Project, which is to get people to get into the river and enjoy the river,” Malloy said. I’m pleased what it accomplished [at Clackamette Cove], and now the event has almost taken on a life of its own.”

Swimmers also have a tendency to choose their own cause. Most common among them is body positivity, a thread common with the Naked Bike Ride.

Read full article: Oregon Live

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