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Naked Girls Reading impressions

By Barcham - 12 December 2013 44

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So last night I went to go see Naked Girls Reading at the Polit Bar.

Now in interest of full disclosure: Naked Girls Reading event is run by Tiffany Blue who happens to be a member of the Sass & Tease Collective which I am also a part of. Also most of the readers were also members of this collective one of whom is my girlfriend. So bias ahoy is basically what I’m saying.

I quite liked it.

It’s in Manuka, which is a drag because… well Manuka, but Polit bar was a nice friendly bar with some nice food and some great cocktails. It sat at the top of a flight of stairs behind a black curtain and seemed exactly like the kind of place one might go to see some burlesque.

Oddly enough the event was very non-burlesque. There was nudity dressed up in sparkly jewelery and lipstick and high heels and all that, but there was none of the show or spectacle of a burlesque show. None of the energy or tease. Here were four girls sitting on a stage.

The “Naked Girls” part of the title obviously lured a lot of people into the venue, but it quickly turned out to be the least important part of the event. (If you were suddenly thought “Ha! Yeah right!” congratulations, you’re incredibly boring and unimaginative.)

Yes the girls were pretty, but the reading was the star. About 10 minutes into the event a quick glance around the room showed people with their eyes closed or staring aimlessly ahead instead of at the stage. People were just tuning out everything but the stories. It was quite amazing.

The power of someone reading you a story should not be underestimated and many people may not have had this pleasure since they were children. There was something profoundly comforting and enjoyable about it.

The night had some teething problems with sound and lighting, and the performers obviously needed to warm up their voices more to fix some of the projection and diction problems, but these were small quibbles. The girls were open and honest about the fact that this wasn’t a conventional style of event and that they were kind of making it up as they went and the audience respected that. I’m interested to see how they improve it.

I suggest checking it out, even if you were into nudity before hipsters tried to make it cool or whatever if was everyone was saying in the last thread.
Wear a blindfold if you must, but go just to be read to. It’s quite a nice feeling.

Sorry about the lack of photos, but y’know, there are rules about this sort of thing.

What’s Your opinion?


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44 Responses to
Naked Girls Reading impressions
Solidarity 4:14 pm 18 Dec 13

Naked girls is sexist?

Well… why should they be forced to be clothed?

A bunch of girls decided to be naked and read books. I don’t see how that is sexist, there is nothing stopping anyone from organising their own book readings, where they can choose to be clothed or not. Apparently, they can also choose if they’re female or not, according to some recent topics on here…

Hmmm.

LadyxBec 3:55 pm 18 Dec 13

poetix said :

Still, why do the readers have to be naked?

I wouldn’t go for exactly that reason, however much I like books and hearing them read. It is a fundamentally sexist idea, and it makes me very sad.

I note you didn’t say which books were read.

+1. I’m not sure how nakedness actually adds anything to the event. It seems like a marketing thing, which is sexist IMO, otherwise there would also be naked boys. Not that I would go for naked men either, but some people might enjoy it…

gungsuperstar 7:24 pm 13 Dec 13

poetix said :

I wouldn’t go for exactly that reason, however much I like books and hearing them read. It is a fundamentally sexist idea, and it makes me very sad.

I could not disagree with this statement more.

On the contrary, we should all be so lucky to have the self confidence to this. It would be one of the most liberating things I could think of.

If we’re to accept Barcham’s review, it’s not sexist at all – it’s the readers who are completely empowered in this situation.

rosscoact 5:22 pm 13 Dec 13

Barcham said :

poetix said :

‘ And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!’

170 years young, that book.

Alrighty, here’s your chance Poetix.

I’ve just booked the Phoenix for next Friday (the 20th) to do a completely clothed reading of A Christmas Tale to raise money for the Red Cross.

Let’s do this clothed reading thing.

Sweet, can I be naked?

poetix 4:20 pm 13 Dec 13

Barcham said :

poetix said :

‘ And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!’

170 years young, that book.

Alrighty, here’s your chance Poetix.

I’ve just booked the Phoenix for next Friday (the 20th) to do a completely clothed reading of A Christmas Tale to raise money for the Red Cross.

Let’s do this clothed reading thing.

Excellent! I will even put off going to the beach.

Barcham 3:43 pm 13 Dec 13

astrojax said :

Barcham said :

poetix said :

Let’s do this clothed reading thing.

ooh, racy.

good luck with the charity raising; well done to raise money at this festive season but perhaps you should be reading the original christmas scrooge… or do you mean ‘a christmas carol’?

Oops yes, Carol. Brain fart.

astrojax 3:26 pm 13 Dec 13

Barcham said :

poetix said :

Let’s do this clothed reading thing.

ooh, racy.

good luck with the charity raising; well done to raise money at this festive season but perhaps you should be reading the original christmas scrooge… or do you mean ‘a christmas carol’?

Barcham 2:45 pm 13 Dec 13

poetix said :

‘ And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!’

170 years young, that book.

Alrighty, here’s your chance Poetix.

I’ve just booked the Phoenix for next Friday (the 20th) to do a completely clothed reading of A Christmas Tale to raise money for the Red Cross.

Let’s do this clothed reading thing.

Watson 2:20 pm 13 Dec 13

^Worst grammar.

*skimpily clad for starters

Watson 2:18 pm 13 Dec 13

Barcham said :

poetix said :

Still, why do the readers have to be naked?

I wouldn’t go for exactly that reason, however much I like books and hearing them read. It is a fundamentally sexist idea, and it makes me very sad.

I note you didn’t say which books were read.

Why do they have to be naked? They don’t, they just want to I guess. I don’t think the nudity really added to the event, but others may disagree with me. I would urge you to check the event out first before dismissing it just because the girls running it like being naked, but if can’t enjoy then you can’t enjoy it so I guess that’s your call.

Saying nude performance is fundamentally sexist is a bit of a bold statement though.

The stories read were a collection of short Christmas stories, followed by a wonderful reading of A Christmas Carol. They intend to theme each event. I didn’t include the stories largely because I was intending to discuss the event rather than the content, but in hindsight that kind of seems like a silly distinction to make.

So they are nudists. Never really got nudism. Nudity doesn’t bother me, but to insist on doing every activity you can think of without clothes just for the sake of it just strikes me as odd. Skinny dipping, that makes sense. But if playing tennis with or without clothes makes such a big difference to you that you will spend considerable energy and time on making it possible without getting arrested, then you are possibly a bit too much in tune with your body. Or an exhibitionist. Nothing wrong with that perse either, but just a bit too self obsessed for me to be able to relate to.

If the nudity was the least important part of the event, it seems more likely that they added that element in order to widen their audience. And if it was purely used as a marketing strategy, that seems reminiscent of the 70s car ads with skimpy clad girls draped across bonnets. Good times…

poetix 1:56 pm 13 Dec 13

‘ And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!’

170 years young, that book.

Barcham 1:35 pm 13 Dec 13

poetix said :

Still, why do the readers have to be naked?

I wouldn’t go for exactly that reason, however much I like books and hearing them read. It is a fundamentally sexist idea, and it makes me very sad.

I note you didn’t say which books were read.

Why do they have to be naked? They don’t, they just want to I guess. I don’t think the nudity really added to the event, but others may disagree with me. I would urge you to check the event out first before dismissing it just because the girls running it like being naked, but if can’t enjoy then you can’t enjoy it so I guess that’s your call.

Saying nude performance is fundamentally sexist is a bit of a bold statement though.

The stories read were a collection of short Christmas stories, followed by a wonderful reading of A Christmas Carol. They intend to theme each event. I didn’t include the stories largely because I was intending to discuss the event rather than the content, but in hindsight that kind of seems like a silly distinction to make.

Ben_Dover 1:14 pm 13 Dec 13

a quick glance around the room showed people with their eyes closed or staring aimlessly ahead instead of at the stage.

Mingers were they?

jellyware 12:47 pm 13 Dec 13

poetix said :

Still, why do the readers have to be naked?

I wouldn’t go for exactly that reason, however much I like books and hearing them read. It is a fundamentally sexist idea, and it makes me very sad.

I note you didn’t say which books were read.

correct me if I’m wrong here. did you just say it is fundamentally sexist for a woman to choose to display her body however she wants? oh the irony

poetix 11:10 pm 12 Dec 13

Still, why do the readers have to be naked?

I wouldn’t go for exactly that reason, however much I like books and hearing them read. It is a fundamentally sexist idea, and it makes me very sad.

I note you didn’t say which books were read.

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