Paris Naked Restaurant Closes For Lack Of Customers (via The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News)

The first nudist restaurant “O’Naturel”in the French capital is being forced to close because it cannot afford to keep customers despite its rave reviews

The first nudist restaurant in the French capital is being forced to close because it cannot put enough bums on seats.

“O’Naturel” will draw the curtain on nude fine dining in Paris in February after a little over a year despite rave reviews from diners who shed their clothes to slurp oysters and feast on snails, foie gras and asparagus.

But to avoid financial embarrassment, twins Mike and Stephane Saada said they were having to close.

“It is now or never,” they urged the curious “wanting to experience a last nude dinner in Paris” before they bring down the shutters on February 16.

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Facebook Censors Art Historian for Posting Nude Art, Then Boots Him from Platform (via Hyperallergic)

Ruben Cordova used his social media profile as an archive of his research, but his photos of the Met Breuer’s Like Life exhibition triggered Facebook’s censors, who then permanently disabled his profile.

Curator and art historian Ruben Cordova thought that Facebook was the perfect platform to archive the photographic materials equivalent to almost a decade’s worth of his research. He created a network of albums, links, commentaries, and comparanda online, sometimes using those resources for his lectures at universities and galleries. This abundance of scholarship even included materials necessary for Cordova’s forthcoming publication.

But disaster struck in the early morning of November 16. That day, Cordova received an upsetting message from Facebook: the social media company had permanently disabled his account due to an alleged violation of community standards banning sexually explicit content. And with that, Cordova lost access to 9 years’ worth of aggregated resources and materials.

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Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th (via The Verge)

The ban includes explicit sexual content and nudity with some exceptions.

Tumblr will permanently ban adult content from its platform on December 17th in a move that will eradicate porn-related communities on the platform and fundamentally alter how the service is used. The ban includes explicit sexual content and nudity with a few exceptions, the company tells The Verge. The new policy’s announcement comes just days after Tumblr was removed from Apple’s iOS App Store over a child pornography incident, but it extends far beyond that matter alone. “Adult content will no longer be allowed here,” the company flatly stated in a blog post published on Monday.

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‘Totally gutted’: Locals angry as nude beach in Australia set to stay (via Stuff)

Tyagarah Beach in Bryon Bay was made clothing optional 20 years ago and, despite protests, looks set to stay.

A councillor in Australia wants the local New South Wales government to intervene after the council voted to keep a remote Byron Bay beach optional of clothing.

Councillor Paul Spooner said the decision to keep the clothing optional declaration at Tyagarah Beach showed the council was “not listening” to locals.

“They are elected as representatives for the residents and it’s clear to me that the residents of that community do not want a nude beach anymore,” he said.

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Nudist ranch zoning appeal wins early victory at planning tribunal (via The Kingston Whig-Standard)

The Township of Stone Mills failed in its bid to stop a planning appeal from a couple wanting to expand a clothing-optional campground.

In a decision released last week, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal denied the township’s application to have the couple’s appeal thrown out.

The validity decision doesn’t settle the matter, it only lets the case go on to a hearing, if necessary.

Last year, Yvonne Gibson and her husband, Hector Gravelle, started the process to have their 40-hectare property on Carroll Road rezoned to allow them to expand the campground at  Freedom Fields Naturist Ranch, which they have operated without the proper zoning since 2012.

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Tory MP Michael Fabricant strips off to launch naked bike ride bid (via Mail Online)

Tory backbencher Michael Fabricant got his kit off to bare all on a Boris bike to cycle around a park for the wacky promotional clip.

The Tory MP stripped off and took to a Boris bike to launch his charity project. He cycled around a park in just a pink tie and gold aviator sunglasses for the clip. The MP is launching the project to raise money for Lichfield’s St Giles hospice

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Australia’s best nudie swim spots revealed (via

Remote gems and naturalist favourites in our own backyard

It’s not until Australians travel outside their own country that they realise ours is the best country for swimming. Or at least according to writer and photographer duo Caroline Clements and Dillon Seitchik-Reardon, who took a year off work to test out places to swim all over Australia — not a bad gig, right?

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World Naked Bike Ride announces 2019 date in Portland (via

Portland’s hugely popular event will be back this summer, once again expected to draw thousands of nude cyclists.

Break out your seat covers and get ready to strip, because the World Naked Bike Ride is coming back to town.

Portland’s famous cycling event will take place this summer, on Saturday, June 29. This will be the 15th iteration of the popular event, which once again is expected to draw throngs of nude and nearly-nude cyclists.

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Review: In ‘The Renaissance Nude,’ bare skin speaks with startling eloquence – Los Angeles Times (via

How naked bodies became a major artistic subject is explored in “The Renaissance Nude” at the Getty Museum.

Six centuries ago, in a side chapel of an important church in Florence, Italy, a wealthy local silk merchant commissioned the artist Masaccio (1401-1427) to paint a fresco of Adam and Eve being expelled from Paradise by God.

The painting rocked the city.

The young artist, then barely into his 20s, chose to break a medieval mold. Showing both figures stark naked, he painted Adam with hunched shoulders and covering his face in profound shame, while Eve tosses back her head, a cry emanating from her crumpled face.

Adam’s fully exposed body, its musculature and genitals described in anatomical detail, stands in sharp but revealing contrast to his wholly hidden countenance. In a reversal, wailing Eve thrusts one hand over her breasts and the other across her groin in a determined (if futile) attempt to conceal her nakedness. The fact of their nudity speaks with startling eloquence.

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curator’s note Where did we go wrong?