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Sex club seeks Nashville blessing by vowing to be a church
By TRAVIS LOLLER
April 24, 2015

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This April 23, 2015 photo shows a facility purchased by The Social Club, a Nashville, Tenn. swingers club, in a small office park in Nashville. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville swingers club has undergone a conversion — it says it's now a church — in order to win city approval so it can open next to a Christian school.

The story began last fall, when a fixture in downtown Nashville called The Social Club sold its building and purchased a new one in a run-down office park several miles to the east. The new building is geographically isolated at the end of a dead-end street, but it is near the back of Goodpasture Christian School, a large private school serving pre-school through high school children.

It might have been years before school officials and parents learned what was going on inside The Social Club — its website says it is "a private club for the enjoyment of both men and women ... to engage in any sexual activity" — if someone had not sent anonymous letters to the school president and the local councilwoman. Both say the person who tipped them off claimed to be a concerned club member, although they don't know that for sure.

Parents and religious leaders were called on to pack the Metro Nashville Council chambers to support a zoning change to prevent the club from opening. That's when the club, which had spent $750,000 on the building and begun renovations, suddenly transformed into a church.

The United Fellowship Center's plans are nearly identical to those of The Social Club but with some different labels. The dance floor has become the sanctuary. Two rooms labeled "dungeon" are now "choir" and "handbells." Forty-nine small, private rooms remain, but most of them have become prayer rooms.

Larry Roberts is the attorney for the club-turned-church. He previously vowed to take the city to court. Now, he says, it's the city that will have to sue. "The ball is in Metro's court ... We've now gotten a permit to meet as a church, and a church is something that cannot be defined under the U.S. Constitution," he said. Roberts said church members will "meet and have fellowship" in the new building, but no sex will take place there. "If people have something else in mind, they will go somewhere else."

Several of those who opposed The Social Club say they are skeptical of the change. "I find it hard to believe that they've invested that kind of money and they're just going to change the activity," Goodpasture President Ricky Perry said. "I really hope that it's true."

Metro Zoning Administrator Bill Herbert said the department takes applicants at their word, so inspectors are treating the building as a church. As long as the United Fellowship Center is in compliance with codes, it will receive permission to operate. "If it is not operating as a church, that's an enforcement issue," he said. "We can tell them to cease and desist, and if they refuse we can enforce it through the courts." If it turns out to continue operating as a swingers club, it could also face trouble with the state after lawmakers passed a bill last month disallowing private sex clubs within 1,000 feet of schools, parks, day cares and houses of worship.

Metro Councilwoman Karen Bennett is a Goodpasture graduate who sponsored the legislation to change the zoning for private clubs. She said she will be watching to make sure the United Fellowship Center truly does operate as a church. "I've heard many, many people say they're planning to attend when it opens," she said.

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Couple found guilty of having sex on Florida beach
By KATE IRBY
May 4, 2015

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Elissa Alvarez, 20, right, and Jose Caballero, 40, listen to witness testimony during their trial for lewd and lascivious exhibition Friday, at the Manatee County Judicial Center in Bradenton.
PAUL VIDELA Bradenton Herald

A jury Monday found a couple guilty of having sex on Bradenton Beach after only 15 minutes of deliberation.

The convictions carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.

Jose Caballero, 40, and Elissa Alvarez, 20, were charged with two counts each of lewd and lascivious behavior for having sex on a public beach on July 20, 2014. Video played in the courtroom during the 1- 1/2-day-long trial showed Alvarez moving on top of Caballero in a sexual manner in broad daylight. Witnesses testified that a 3-year-old girl saw them. Both Caballero and Alvarez will now have to register as sex offenders.

A sentencing date was not announced, but Assistant State Attorney Anthony Dafonseca said they will pursue a harsher sentence for Caballero than Alvarez, since Alvarez has no prior record and Caballero has been to prison for almost eight years for a cocaine trafficking conviction.

The state will ask for jail time for Alvarez and prison time for Caballero. Dafonseca said due to Caballero being out of prison less than three years before committing another felony, he's looking at serving the maximum time of 15 years. "We gave them a reasonable offer, what we felt was reasonable, and they decided it wasn't something they wanted to accept responsibility for," Dafonseca said. "Despite the video, despite all the witnesses."

Ronald Kurpiers, defense attorney for the couple, said his clients were "devastated," by the verdict. Though Dafonseca hinted that they'd be speaking with the judge about whether or not 15 years was appropriate for Caballero, Kurpiers said the judge would have no discretion. "That's what he'll get," Kurpiers said.

Ed Brodsky, elected state attorney for the 16th judicial district, joined Defonseca in prosecuting the case. When asked why the case was an important one to the state attorney, Dafonseca said it was important that the community knew what wouldn't be tolerated on public beaches. "We're dealing with basically tourists, that came from Brandon and Riverview and West Virginia, and they're here on the beaches of Manatee County, our public beaches," Dafonseca said, referring to the witnesses. "So you want to make sure that this isn't something that just goes by the wayside. And that it is well known to the community, what will be tolerated and what won't be."

Family members of the couple defended the two outside the courthouse, saying the crime did not deserve this kind of attention. "He's a great person," said Caballero's mother of her son, declining to give her name. "There are other things out there we need to worry about, and they're still loose, people who have done worse stuff." "She's an 18-year-old woman, with a 40-year-old man," said Carlos Alvarez of his daughter Elissa Alvarez. "I always say women can be better than men ... but they fall in love, and they make a lot of mistakes."

Family members who witnessed the act and a Bradenton Beach police officer, as well as Caballero, testified in the case. The defense argued that the two weren't actually having sex, but that Alvarez had been dancing on Caballero or "nudging" him to wake him up. "She wasn't dancing," Dafonseca said during closing arguments. "It's insulting your intelligence to say that she was dancing."

Kurpiers said since the witnesses had not seen genitals or penetration, and neither was visible in the video, either, that saying the two had sex was speculation. "You folks cannot speculate," Kurpiers told the jury. "And in order to say they had intercourse, you would have to speculate."

Brodsky said they weren't calling it the crime of the century, but it was still a violation of Florida law. "Did they try to cuddle, or do it discreetly? Did they go in the water, where people couldn't see?" Brodsky asked the jury. "Did Ms. Alvarez try to drape a towel over herself, or anything? They didn't care."

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14 of the strangest sex laws which could land you in the slammer
by Duncan Lindsay
Sunday 17 May 2015

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14 of the strangest sex laws which could land you in the slammer. Tut tut (Picture: Getty)

We all love watching a bit of TLC’s Sex Sent Me To The Slammer – as we view the shocking tales through our fingers, we can’t help but be as entertained as we are embarrassed by it all.

The stories of voyeurism et al on that show are the extreme – of course, nothing like that could EVER happen to you or I. Well, it depends on where you are. Different countries have very different approaches to sex laws and here are just a few both in the UK and abroad that you might not have known about.

Here are some of the weirdest we found on Weird Sex Laws (yes, a genuine site). Word of advice, check the laws of the USA state you’re travelling to for your hols before packing your dildo.

1. London

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Don’t go there, girlfriend (Picture: EPA)

It’s illegal to have sex on a parked motorcycle. As difficult and dangerous as it might be, a motorcycle in motion might be a different matter. Please never, ever try it.

2. Alabama

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Leave them at home (Picture: MikeyGen73/MikeyGen73)

Sex toys are completely illegal in this state. Head to Arizona, where two toys are okay. Any more, and you’re risking prosecution again. Quality over quantity guys!

3. Bakersfield, California

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We know it’s difficult to resist but you can not, we repeat CAN NOT, have sex with Satan here unless you’re wearing a condom. So if you fancy giving the D to the Devil, make sure you rubber up.

4. Indiana

Oral sex is totally banned here so don’t be as concerned if you forget your mouthwash.

5. China

Women are not allowed to walk around naked in a hotel room which, for many people, kind of ruins the point of hotel rooms. They can breathe a sigh of relief though; their nudity is at least permitted in the bathroom.

6. Minnesota

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It is illegal to have sex with a live fish here, which is a relief. Dead fish, however…

7. Halethorpe, Maryland

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You aren’t allowed to kiss for more than a minute in public here so be sure to have an accurate stopwatch if you fancy a bit of PDA with bae. Idaho is a bit more laid back – eighteen minutes is the law breaking line. We’d like to think if you’d reached the passionate heights of necking for eighteen minutes that you’d have moved things to a private room anyway.

8. Hong Kong

A wife is allowed to murder her husband if he cheats on her – but only with her bare hands. Any manner of homicide is apparently fine for the husband’s lover, though. Everyone in EastEnders and Hollyoaks would be facing a death sentence if that came into force here…

9. Georgia

Sex out of marriage is still against the law here so if you and a new lover are looking for a destination for a dirty weekend, rule this one out.

10. Wisconsin

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A man is not allowed to fire a gun at the point of his partner’s climax. Killjoys.

11. Birmingham

It is illegal for a man and a woman to get it on on the steps of a church after the sun goes down. Just so you know.

12. Thailand

The fine for a man who has sex with a female dog is higher if the dog is in heat.

13. Minnesota (again)

You can’t sleep naked in Minnesota so do not forget that onesie. And no matter how tiring that post sex glow is, get dressed before you drift off. It’s for your own good.

14. Kentucky

Here, it isn’t just humans who can face penalties for breaking the sexual laws. It is illegal for dogs to molest people. So, if you want to escape your neighbour’s pooch which insists on getting close with your leg, this might be a good place to go to.

Source: Metro UK.

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Latest twist on clothes-free relaxation? 'Nacations'
by Valerie Hoff
May 20, 2015

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This man, speaking to reporter Valerie Hoff, says he's been a lifelong nudist. (Photo: WXIA-TV, Atlanta)

CLEVELAND, Ga. — For some, staycations have evolved into "nacations" — and the nude recreation industry that the Wall Street Journal estimated had evolved into $400 million business a dozen years ago only keeps growing.

Serendipity Nudist Park has been around for more than 20 years, long before naked nature lovers coined the term "nacation." People here say guests have no hang-ups about body image, no judgments and no shame. "Shame is something that must be learned; we're not born with it," said Stuart Antrim, who works at the park. "Once you get past 30 seconds of awkwardness, they realized that learned shame melts away."

Some people live year-round at the resort in the mountains about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta. Others rent cabins that fill up in the summer.

So what's the appeal?

"Swimming nude, wow! That's way different than swimming with even the teeniest suit on," said one woman enthusiast who didn't want to be identified. Though the American Association for Nude Recreation had 34,000 dues-paying members in 2013 an annual budget of $1.5 million, for some, nudism still has a stigma attached. "Nudists are where the gay community was back in the '60s," Tom Mulhall, who owns Terra Cotta Inn nudist resort in Palm Springs, Calif., told the Wall Street Journal in 2013. "A lot of people are still in the closet."

Proponents of naked vacations say one advantage is not stressing about what clothes to pack — just sunscreen and an open mind. Serendipity's owners say their resort is not a sexually charged environment. But not all nacations are created equal. Agencies like Topless Travel in Florida market clothing-optional trips and cruises to the Caribbean, where singles and adventurous couples go as bare as they dare. Its owner said business is booming.

Atlanta-based tour operator VacationExpress.com also has seen an increase in clothing-optional requests. "15 years ago we had probably two resorts and now we have six," which run the gamut from topless to optional to anything goes, said Elma Placeres Dieppa of VacationExpress.com. "Hedonism is top tier in Jamaica, and it's an all inclusive," Placeres Dieppa said. "It's known for being more on the nacation side, less on the optional."

Not comfortable with letting it all hang out? You could always try a nacation staycation in the privacy of your own home.
This man, speaking to reporter Valerie Hoff, says he's

Source: USA Today.

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Porn actors will have to wear GOGGLES under new California regulations
By Louise Boyle
29 May 2015

Porn stars may soon be forced to wear goggles along with condoms as part of a stricter set of rules for adult film sets.

According to a proposed set of regulations in California, published on Thursday by the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, goggles could soon be introduced as a way of preventing the spread of STDs.

The goggles were just part of a plan which includes film producers paying for medical visits and Hepatitis B treatments and making sure there are proper showers on set.

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Porn stars Jessica Drake and James Dean made a satirical clip about the safety measures being introduced to the porn industry in 2012. According to a new set of regulations in California, published on Thursday by the state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, goggles could soon be mandatory as a way to prevent the spread of STDs

The 21 pages explain in graphic detail the preventative measures aimed at keeping performers safe.

With regards the rules on Personal Protective Equipment, which includes condoms and goggles, it 'will be considered "appropriate" only if it prevents blood or OPIM—STI from passing through to or reaching the employee's eyes, mouth, or other mucous membranes, or non-intact skin under normal conditions of use and for the duration of time which the protective equipment will be used'.

However some of those who work in the porn industry believe the measures are a little extreme.

In a statement, the Free Speech Coalition said: 'These are regulations designed for medical settings, and are unworkable on an adult film set - or even a Hollywood film set.' The group, along with adult performers, producers, infectious disease specialists and public health experts attended a hearing on Thursday morning to voice their concerns. The Coalition added: 'We’ve come to San Diego with ways to amend the regulations, with input from both performers and public health officials, in ways that protect adult film performers without stigmatizing and shutting down an entire industry.'

The LA Daily News reported the rules which followed a campaign by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

So far, LA County has a regulation which requires the use of condoms on porn films shot there and campaigners hope to pass the rule for the entire state next year. In order to make porn, actors must have a clear report from an STD test conducted within the past two weeks. In 2013, the porn industry imposed several industry-wide moratoriums after HIV outbreaks.

The porn industry is an estimated $10-12 billion-dollar industry in the U.S. The new rules will be finalized next March.

Source: Daily Mail UK.

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The Desnudas of Times Square, Topless but for the Paint
By COLLEEN WRIGHT
August 14, 2015

Mey Ovalles ignored the snickers of gawking boys and the smartphones snapping photos as she clutched her bra to her chest and her bare skin became an opaque shade of blue with white sparkles.

She shielded her nipples until they were cloaked with brush strokes, though her curvy, sun-kissed body — with the exception of a nylon thong — was exposed to hundreds of passers-by in Times Square. She felt naked until she became a canvas of red, white and blue.

This was part of Ms. Ovalles’s daily routine as a desnuda, a Spanish word meaning naked that has been embraced by the women who strut around the Times Square pedestrian plaza topless and covered in body paint to pose for photos in exchange for tips. Ms. Ovalles is one of the newest participants to join the parade of seminude performers contributing to the carnival-like atmosphere amid the sea of tourists. “Oh my God, it’s a lot of people who see me naked,” Ms. Ovalles, 27, said. “It’s too fun. It’s totally different.”

The earliest sighting of a desnuda seems to date to the summer of 2013, according to posts on social media. But this summer, on any given day, there are at least a dozen young women, primarily Latinas, of all heights and body shapes, strolling through the pedestrian plazas, trying to capitalize on this suggestive performance art.

Ms. Ovalles, who is from Venezuela, had been living in Miami and working as a waitress at a Colombian restaurant when a cousin, Charly Santos, asked if she would like to work with his wife, Paola Peña, in Times Square. He explained the job. Ms. Ovalles was open to the idea but wondered how much money she could make. After Mr. Santos showed her videos of the desnudas on YouTube, she succumbed to the allure of adventure and moved to New York in April.

Her daily income varies, she said, but it averages about $300 — around $100 more than she was making in Miami. She said she gets anywhere from $5 to $20 in tips for each photo. “I don’t do nothing bad because the people like it,” Ms. Ovalles said. “It’s like any other job in another place.”

Times Square, of course, is home to a hotbed of performers, an eclectic cast of costumed characters that include superheroes, Disney icons and green Statues of Liberty, all vying for tourists’ money. Their proliferation has provoked turf fights and altercations with visitors and the police, in some cases resulting in arrests. Some of them straddle the line between soliciting tips and aggressive panhandling.

The desnudas have carved a conspicuous niche for themselves — a mix of Las Vegas showmanship and New York flair. Their success has even eaten into the business of more established and better-known risqué performers. “All the people who come to Times Square are looking for the Naked Cowboy, not the naked women,” said Patricia Burck, who is married to the Naked Cowboy, whose real name is Robert Burck. Ms. Burck, 28, and her sister, Elizabeth Cruz, 26, wear bedazzled bikinis and play guitar as the Naked Cowgirls year-round. Ms. Burck said tips drop 50 percent in the summer when the seminude women return to Times Square. “We have some respect for a lot of people especially because there’s kids around,” Ms. Burck said. “I’m still shy to be walking in a bikini. I can’t imagine being naked.”

Putting aside questions of modesty and propriety, the seminude women have the law on their side. The baring of female breasts in public was deemed legal in New York by the state’s highest court two decades ago. Still, the performers have attracted criticism.

The women have been the subject of about four out of every five complaints received by email and on Twitter since June by the Times Square Alliance, a nonprofit that promotes business in the area. Half are from those who say they are offended by the partial nudity, and the other half are from people who say they do not appreciate being touched by the women or claim they were hassled for money, according to Caitlin Lewis, a spokeswoman for the alliance. Most of those who complain say they work in Times Square. “Yesterday two of them came up to me and pressed themselves up against me trying to get me to stop and take a picture,” David, whose last name was redacted by the alliance, wrote in an email. “Not only was this uncomfortable, but their body paint rubbed off on my suit. This creates an atmosphere that I do not want to bring my kids around.”

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton also does not support what the women do, though there is little his officers can do to stop them. “It drives me crazy when at Times Square you see the naked people there covered in body paint as an expression of art,” Mr. Bratton said in a recent interview with City & State magazine on the subject of questionable street behavior. Yet, he added: “We’ve researched that top to bottom and we cannot find any law that allows us to interfere with that freedom of expression reflected through art form.”

Many others do not object at all to the seminude women: They include men of every age as well as women who applaud the liberation of the female breast and who are fans of body art. Others embrace the painted women who unabashedly bare their bodies as another aspect of unpredictable New York City fun. Randy and Diana Quate were traveling with a group of visitors from Findlay, Ohio, when they came across the women. Mr. Quate, 67, smiled as he stood between two performers. Ms. Quate, 59, took a photo, and afterward Mr. Quate tipped them $8 to divide. “They’re naked, but it’s still covered,” Ms. Quate said. “I’m not offended.” Her husband added, “We’re open-minded people.”

Ms. Ovalles insisted that her body was a form of artwork. Nearly every day, Ms. Ovalles, Mr. Santos and Ms. Peña leave their one-bedroom apartment in Queens toting a large drawstring bag stuffed with wedge heels, sandals, paint, feathered headdresses, plenty of water and soft wipes for the start of their 10- to 12-hour day. As they work, Mr. Santos sits at a table in the center of the plaza to touch up Ms. Peña and Ms. Ovalles as well as keep an eye out for anyone who tries to grope them. Other desnudas’ boyfriends, who double as painters, sit together at the table and borrow one another’s brushes.

Ms. Ovalles plans to return to Miami in September, when the weather in New York becomes too cool for her. She has also considered returning to her career as a flight attendant, a job she left behind in Caracas, Venezuela. For now, she is focused on her work here. “You don’t have much time,” she said. “Just sleep and Times Square.”

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The Desnudas of Times Square, Topless but for the Paint
By COLLEEN WRIGHT
August 14, 2015

Mey Ovalles ignored the snickers of gawking boys and the smartphones snapping photos as she clutched her bra to her chest and her bare skin became an opaque shade of blue with white sparkles.

She shielded her nipples until they were cloaked with brush strokes, though her curvy, sun-kissed body — with the exception of a nylon thong — was exposed to hundreds of passers-by in Times Square. She felt naked until she became a canvas of red, white and blue.

This was part of Ms. Ovalles’s daily routine as a desnuda, a Spanish word meaning naked that has been embraced by the women who strut around the Times Square pedestrian plaza topless and covered in body paint to pose for photos in exchange for tips. Ms. Ovalles is one of the newest participants to join the parade of seminude performers contributing to the carnival-like atmosphere amid the sea of tourists. “Oh my God, it’s a lot of people who see me naked,” Ms. Ovalles, 27, said. “It’s too fun. It’s totally different.”

The earliest sighting of a desnuda seems to date to the summer of 2013, according to posts on social media. But this summer, on any given day, there are at least a dozen young women, primarily Latinas, of all heights and body shapes, strolling through the pedestrian plazas, trying to capitalize on this suggestive performance art.

Ms. Ovalles, who is from Venezuela, had been living in Miami and working as a waitress at a Colombian restaurant when a cousin, Charly Santos, asked if she would like to work with his wife, Paola Peña, in Times Square. He explained the job. Ms. Ovalles was open to the idea but wondered how much money she could make. After Mr. Santos showed her videos of the desnudas on YouTube, she succumbed to the allure of adventure and moved to New York in April.

Her daily income varies, she said, but it averages about $300 — around $100 more than she was making in Miami. She said she gets anywhere from $5 to $20 in tips for each photo. “I don’t do nothing bad because the people like it,” Ms. Ovalles said. “It’s like any other job in another place.”

Times Square, of course, is home to a hotbed of performers, an eclectic cast of costumed characters that include superheroes, Disney icons and green Statues of Liberty, all vying for tourists’ money. Their proliferation has provoked turf fights and altercations with visitors and the police, in some cases resulting in arrests. Some of them straddle the line between soliciting tips and aggressive panhandling.

The desnudas have carved a conspicuous niche for themselves — a mix of Las Vegas showmanship and New York flair. Their success has even eaten into the business of more established and better-known risqué performers. “All the people who come to Times Square are looking for the Naked Cowboy, not the naked women,” said Patricia Burck, who is married to the Naked Cowboy, whose real name is Robert Burck. Ms. Burck, 28, and her sister, Elizabeth Cruz, 26, wear bedazzled bikinis and play guitar as the Naked Cowgirls year-round. Ms. Burck said tips drop 50 percent in the summer when the seminude women return to Times Square. “We have some respect for a lot of people especially because there’s kids around,” Ms. Burck said. “I’m still shy to be walking in a bikini. I can’t imagine being naked.”

Putting aside questions of modesty and propriety, the seminude women have the law on their side. The baring of female breasts in public was deemed legal in New York by the state’s highest court two decades ago. Still, the performers have attracted criticism.

The women have been the subject of about four out of every five complaints received by email and on Twitter since June by the Times Square Alliance, a nonprofit that promotes business in the area. Half are from those who say they are offended by the partial nudity, and the other half are from people who say they do not appreciate being touched by the women or claim they were hassled for money, according to Caitlin Lewis, a spokeswoman for the alliance. Most of those who complain say they work in Times Square. “Yesterday two of them came up to me and pressed themselves up against me trying to get me to stop and take a picture,” David, whose last name was redacted by the alliance, wrote in an email. “Not only was this uncomfortable, but their body paint rubbed off on my suit. This creates an atmosphere that I do not want to bring my kids around.”

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton also does not support what the women do, though there is little his officers can do to stop them. “It drives me crazy when at Times Square you see the naked people there covered in body paint as an expression of art,” Mr. Bratton said in a recent interview with City & State magazine on the subject of questionable street behavior. Yet, he added: “We’ve researched that top to bottom and we cannot find any law that allows us to interfere with that freedom of expression reflected through art form.”

Many others do not object at all to the seminude women: They include men of every age as well as women who applaud the liberation of the female breast and who are fans of body art. Others embrace the painted women who unabashedly bare their bodies as another aspect of unpredictable New York City fun. Randy and Diana Quate were traveling with a group of visitors from Findlay, Ohio, when they came across the women. Mr. Quate, 67, smiled as he stood between two performers. Ms. Quate, 59, took a photo, and afterward Mr. Quate tipped them $8 to divide. “They’re naked, but it’s still covered,” Ms. Quate said. “I’m not offended.” Her husband added, “We’re open-minded people.”

Ms. Ovalles insisted that her body was a form of artwork. Nearly every day, Ms. Ovalles, Mr. Santos and Ms. Peña leave their one-bedroom apartment in Queens toting a large drawstring bag stuffed with wedge heels, sandals, paint, feathered headdresses, plenty of water and soft wipes for the start of their 10- to 12-hour day. As they work, Mr. Santos sits at a table in the center of the plaza to touch up Ms. Peña and Ms. Ovalles as well as keep an eye out for anyone who tries to grope them. Other desnudas’ boyfriends, who double as painters, sit together at the table and borrow one another’s brushes.

Ms. Ovalles plans to return to Miami in September, when the weather in New York becomes too cool for her. She has also considered returning to her career as a flight attendant, a job she left behind in Caracas, Venezuela. For now, she is focused on her work here. “You don’t have much time,” she said. “Just sleep and Times Square.”

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NY governor: Topless women in Times Square breaking the law
August 19, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says women posing nearly naked for photos in Times Square are breaking the law and undermining efforts to keep the tourist area family friendly.

Cuomo said Wednesday on NY1 that the situation is beginning to remind him of the seedy days of the "bad old Times Square." The women pose for photos with tourists in exchange for cash and often wear only body paint and a thong.

Cuomo says the activity is interfering with "legitimate" businesses. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that he believes the practice is "wrong" and that the city will take action. The governor says he also has concerns about performers dressed as cartoon characters who harass tourists into purchasing photos.

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Topless protesters take over New York and 60 other cities worldwide for 'free the nipple' campaign
23 August 2015

Bare-chested protesters took to the streets of 60 cities around the world on Sunday as part of a campaign to 'free the nipple'.

One of the biggest events for GoTopless Day was a semi-naked parade through New York City - where officials are debating whether topless tip-seekers should be allowed in Times Square.

Rachel Jessee, an actress and model who leads the GoTopless group in NYC, explained that Sunday's topless campaigners want women to have the same right as men to go topless in public. 'Our goal is for equal gender topless rights to be enforced worldwide, freeing women's nipples,' she said.

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Freeing her own nipples: Rachel Jessee, who leads the GoTopless group in New York City, speaks to other demonstrators on a megaphone during Sunday's parade in Manhattan

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The aim of the parade (pictured) was for equal gender topless rights to be enforced worldwide

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A woman gestures for freedom as she waits next to a New York police officer for Sunday's parade to begin

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Although women have been allowed to go topless in public in New York City since 1992, officials are now debating whether semi-nude painted models should be allowed to pose for tips in Times Square

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Bra-vo! Some of the women who took off their tops to go bare-chested in the middle of NYC

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The GoTopless parade, in honor of women's equality, wound its way from Columbus Circle to Bryant Park

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The bare-chested protesters made for an unusual sight among the American city's skyscrapers

Police in mid-Manhattan blocked off several streets to traffic so around 300 topless protesters could parade through the city. Appearing bare-breasted has been legal in New York since 1992. But Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton are now trying to get semi-nude, painted women banned from the city's Times Square.

The women - like many costumed characters in the square - pose with tourists to get tips. But De Blasio, Bratton and others believe they are a nuisance. Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, said the practice harkened to the pornographic 'bad old Times Square' of the past.

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Sunday's event was the eighth annual GoTopless Day Parade to take place in New York City

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Male and female parade-goers gathered in New York's Bryant Park to chat and share experiences

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Many advertised their group's website (left) or made sure they were head and shoulders above the rest (right)

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This breast balloon was among the decorations marking the parade's route through Manhattan

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This parade-goer made sure spectators knew exactly why she was taking part in the NYC march

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In New York a fierce debate is raging over whether semi-nude painted women (such as the one above, pictured last week) should be allowed to pose with tourists in the city's Times Square

Sunday's parade in New York was just one of many events to take place in 60 cities around the world for GoTopless Day. In Washington DC, one woman stood in front of the White House while posing like the Statue of Liberty. In Edinburgh, Scotland, around 50 people - mostly women - took off their tops the the city's main street - the Royal Mile. They staged a sit-in for two hours - much to the bemusement of passing tourists and shoppers. At Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, bare-chested women and men took part in a photocall to show their support for the worldwide movement.

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In Washington DC, one woman activist took off her top in front of the White House, while a male friend had a message of support daubed on his bare back

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The weather failed to rain on this woman's parade as she made her way to an event at Hampton Beach

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Women - and men - gathered at the beach in New Hampshire to take off their tops and embrace GoTopless Day

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In Edinburgh, Scotland, demonstrators staged a topless sit-in along the city's main street, the Royal Mile

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Around 50 people - mainly women - took off their tops in the Scottish capital for around two hours

GoTopless had been urging both men and women to 'stand up with topless pride' on August 23 to honor the 95th anniversary of Women's Equality Day and to support the​ passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Spokeswoman Rachel Jessee said: 'Centuries of gender inequality and exclusive male rule created major planetary imbalances that could prove fatal to society. It’s time for change! It’s liberating and empowering for women to free their bodies from repression. Freeing nipples and bodies frees minds as well, restoring self-image and self-esteem.'

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Naked, body-painted bicyclists ride through Philadelphia
August 29, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Thousands of bicyclists in various stages of undress have pedaled their way around the city to promote fuel conservation and positive body image.

The Philly Naked Bike Ride on Saturday featured people sporting masks, underwear, body paint, glitter or nothing at all. A lot of riders wore just their shoes. Debbie Kaighn, who was riding in the popular annual event for the third time, wore shoes, socks and body paint. On her front were streaks and splashes of yellow and green paint, and on her back was the message "Live free, ride nude." "I'm a naturist, and I believe in body freedom," she said. "And I'm also a cyclist."

The 12-mile ride through the City of Brotherly Love is among many related to the World Naked Bike Ride movement. Riders on the twisting course wheeled through University City, around the Rittenhouse Square park, down to City Hall and through Chinatown. Giddy crowds cheered them on while shooting photos and videos on their cellphones.

Ed Blanton traveled from Arlington, Virginia, to ride nude in the Philly event for the fourth time "because I'm a bicyclist and it's fun." He wore just a sign on his back: "The earth is the Lord's." "I like to get this message out," he said before hopping gingerly onto his bike and riding off. Other riders supported assorted causes, including breast cancer research. One had painted on his back, "Burn fat, not oil."

This is the seventh year of the Philly Naked Bike Ride, which draws about 3,000 participants. Organizers say they hope the event encourages people to bike more and to embrace nudity as a normal and enjoyable part of life.

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Miley Cyrus calls out hypocrisy of women’s nipples being taboo
By Heather Saul
28 August 2015

Miley Cyrus' refusal to conform to conventional standards of dress often means refusing to cover her body up, something that not everyone is immediately comfortable with.

The "Wrecking Ball" singer gave a passionate defence of nipples, breasts and the right to flaunt both when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's talk show in an outfit that barely concealed either. When Kimmel, clearly uncomfortable at being confronted with her breasts, asked her how her father felt about her decision to be topless in public, Cyrus' answer was simple.

“He’d rather me have my tits out and be a good person than have a shirt on and be a bitch," she said. “If you’ve got your tits out, you can’t really be an asshole.”

Cyrus has been a vocal supporter of the free the nipple campaign on social media and in the real world, and made a few salient points about the hypocrisy of breasts being taboo, despite half the population possessing a pair.

Ridiculing the conservative attitudes towards nipples that have seen stars such as Rihanna censored on Instagram, she noted: “It’s not the word breast, the humans aren’t afraid of the human breast - it’s the nipple that’s the issue. America is actually fine with tits, it’s nipples they don’t like - which is what you have. The nipple that you can’t show everyone has, but the jug part you can. I’ve never understood the way it works.”

Kimmel, who voiced his own problems about her breasts being visible, asked if they ever made anyone feel uncomfortable. Cyrus said one former member of the Beatles wasn't quite sure how to react when presented with them. "I was talking to Paul McCartney and saw him not knowing how to talk to me," Cyrus recalled. "It made me more comfortable because it made him more uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s a nice convo icebreaker."

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Times Square's topless women discussed at task force meeting
17 September 2015
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The topless women and costumed characters who aggressively panhandle in Times Square should be restricted to a designated zone within the famed square, according to a business group's report that gained support in the first meeting of the City Hall task force charged with solving the growing problem.

The Times Square Alliance released its report Thursday, hours before the first meeting of the task force commissioned by Mayor Bill de Blasio after the painted ladies' presence became a tabloid sensation last month, with editorial pages warning that they foreshadow a return to Times Square's seedy past and demanding their removal.

The report called for "flow zones" that would let pedestrians move freely through the area, "civic zones" set aside for public events and "activity" or "solicitation zones" for the panhandlers dressed like Elmo or Batman and for the topless women wearing body paint and thongs and seeking money to pose for photographs.

The task force - which is City Council members, commissioners and civic leaders - did not reach a conclusion after its first meeting on Thursday. But in interviews after the meeting, several participants said the Alliance's plan had support and that while the topless ladies - known as "desnudas" - would be allowed remain in Times Square, the zones would make them easier to avoid. "They'll be staying because they have the right to be here," said City Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents part of the famed area. "The city wants to move quickly. It doesn't want to let this linger."

The group also seemed to rally around preserving Times Square's pedestrian plazas, which have been widely hailed by urban planners as an innovation in city design. But the plazas, a signature achievement of de Blasio's predecessor Michael Bloomberg, have also become a popular congregating spot for the topless ladies and de Blasio had previously not dismissed the idea that they could be removed. "There was a lot of support to keep the plazas," said City Councilman Dan Garodnick, who also represents the area. He indicated that construction on the plazas would continue in the coming weeks.

The task force is scheduled to meet again on Friday and soon deliver recommendations to de Blasio.

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Topless women of Times Square say they can't be restricted
11 October 2015
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NEW YORK (AP) -- In the heart of Times Square, a grinning 2-year-old boy is flanked by a pair of strikingly posed, topless women, wearing only red, white and blue paint over their breasts, thongs, feathery headdresses and high heels.

Click. His mom takes a picture for the family album and hands the women a dollar bill.

It's one of dozens of interactions that take place every day with a growing legion of bare-chested ladies who seek tips by posing with passing men, women and, yes, children. Facing what they see as a cringe-worthy crisis after decades of scrubbing Times Square's once-sleazy image, some city officials are now proposing to confine both the topless women and the costumed characters working alongside them to designated "activity zones."

But several of the painted ladies who spoke candidly with The Associated Press this past week made it clear that, restrictions or not, they're not going anywhere. "They can't do anything unless they change the Constitution," insisted Saira Nicole, 29, who works the square as part of a topless trio. She said she'd defy any move to relegate the women to a specific zone. "You're not putting a stop to me, period."

The presence of the topless women over the past year has shaken the Crossroads of the World in ways that the similarly photo-hawking costumed characters who came before - Elmos, Spider-Men and Sponge Bobs - never did. It reached a peak this summer with reports of some of the women aggressively accosting passers-by, grabbing their arms and urging them to stop and pose.

"I would say, as a human being and a parent, I don't think it's appropriate in the middle of one of the busiest squares in New York City that women should display themselves that way," Mayor Bill de Blasio said recently, acknowledging he'd given serious consideration to a short-lived idea of addressing the problem by ripping out Times Square's popular pedestrian plazas entirely.

Tim Tompkins, president of the influential Times Square Alliance business group, told a WNYC radio interviewer this summer that "one of these naked ladies literally made a woman cry" by threatening to punch her when asked to cover up. Tompkins cast the issue as aggressive solicitation for money, not in toplessness in itself.

Others see the problem as congestion, not indiscretion. City Councilman Corey Johnson, a member of a hastily convened city task force that has proposed the "activity zones," says the city must ease pedestrian crowding by setting some restrictions - whether on topless women, costumed characters or tourist bus rides. "We're not saying these people can't be in Times Square, but for congestion and public safety reasons, they would have to be in designated areas," he said. Still, he acknowledges he expects any plan to face litigation.

Legal experts say the quandary is whether the women's activity amounts to a street performance protected by the First Amendment or a form of commerce that can be regulated. Civil rights attorney Ron Kuby noted that there's nothing illegal in New York City about going topless or asking people for money.

As many as a dozen topless women were counted roaming Times Square at any one time this summer, often making tips of $10 to $20 per photo - more than the costumed characters appeared to pull in. "Batman hates us," said 23-year-old Amanda Roman. Like the other painted ladies, she refused to discuss how much money they make daily.

The woman appear equally split between Americans and immigrants from Latin America who call themselves "desnudas" - Spanish for naked women. Some say they got the job after answering online ads for "body paint models." Others say they were unable to find normal jobs. Their bare chests are thickly painted with patriotic colors, brushed on outdoors in the square by male managers who hold onto the women's cash. One of the men, Roman's boyfriend, Chris Olivieri, says he also sticks around "to make sure the girls don't get touched."

Olivieri says he sets clear rules for the women: No touching people. No shaking butts. No demanding tips. "Times Square is our stage," Nicole said. "I love the fact that I'm part of people's experience across the world, when they take home photos of us, and that's their memory from New York City."

Toni Torres of Newark, New Jersey, got just that kind of unusual keepsake from her 2-year-old grandson's interaction with the topless women, even though she could understand how some people might have a problem with it. "If they were completely naked, with a little kid like that, I wouldn't like it," said Torres, who watched the whole scene play out. "But the painted body is a work of art. When I first saw them, I said, 'Oh my God, that's really nice.'"

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By RAVI SOMAIYA
October 12, 2015

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Last month, Cory Jones, a top editor at Playboy, went to see its founder Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.

In a wood-paneled dining room, with Picasso and de Kooning prints on the walls, Mr. Jones nervously presented a radical suggestion: the magazine, a leader of the revolution that helped take sex in America from furtive to ubiquitous, should stop publishing images of naked women.

Mr. Hefner, now 89, but still listed as editor in chief, agreed. As part of a redesign that will be unveiled next March, the print edition of Playboy will still feature women in provocative poses. But they will no longer be fully nude. Its executives admit that Playboy has been overtaken by the changes it pioneered. “That battle has been fought and won,” said Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.”

For a generation of American men, reading Playboy was a cultural rite, an illicit thrill consumed by flashlight. Now every teenage boy has an Internet-connected phone instead. Pornographic magazines, even those as storied as Playboy, have lost their shock value, their commercial value and their cultural relevance.

Playboy’s circulation has dropped from 5.6 million in 1975 to about 800,000 now, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. Many of the magazines that followed it have disappeared. Though detailed figures are not kept for adult magazines, many of those that remain exist in severely diminished form, available mostly in specialist stores. Penthouse, perhaps the most famous Playboy competitor, responded to the threat from digital pornography by turning even more explicit. It never recovered.

Previous efforts to revamp Playboy, as recently as three years ago, have never quite stuck. And those who have accused it of exploiting women are unlikely to be assuaged by a modest cover-up. But, according to its own research, Playboy’s logo is one of the most recognizable in the world, along with those of Apple and Nike. This time, as the magazine seeks to compete with younger outlets like Vice, Mr. Flanders said, it sought to answer a key question: “if you take nudity out, what’s left?”

It is difficult, in a media market that has been so fragmented by the web, to imagine the scope of Playboy’s influence at its peak. A judge once ruled that denying blind people a Braille version of it violated their First Amendment rights. It published stories by Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami among others, and its interviews have included Malcolm X, Vladimir Nabokov, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jimmy Carter, who admitted that he had lusted in his heart for women other than his wife. Madonna, Sharon Stone and Naomi Campbell posed for the magazine at the peak of their fame. Its
A look back at what made Playboy magazine and the lifestyle Hugh Hefner represented so prominent for decades.

Even those who disliked it cared enough to pay attention — Gloria Steinem, the pioneering feminist, went undercover as a waitress, or Playboy Bunny, in one of Mr. Hefner’s spinoff clubs to write an exposé for Show Magazine in 1963.

When Mr. Hefner created the magazine, which featured Marilyn Monroe on its debut cover in 1953, he did so to please himself. “If you’re a man between the ages of 18 and 80, Playboy is meant for you,” he said in his first editor’s letter. “We enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d’oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex ...” He did not put a date on the cover of the first issue, in case Playboy did not make it to a second.

Mr. Hefner “just revolutionized the whole direction of how we live, of our lifestyles and the kind of sex you might have in America,” said Dian Hanson, author of a six-volume history of men’s magazines and an editor for Taschen. “But taking the nudity out of Playboy is going to leave what?”

The latest redesign, 62 years later, is more pragmatic. The magazine had already made some content safe for work, Mr. Flanders said, in order to be allowed on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, vital sources of web traffic.

In August of last year, its website dispensed with nudity. As a result, Playboy executives said, the average age of its reader dropped from 47 to just over 30, and its web traffic jumped to about 16 million from about four million unique users per month.

The magazine will adopt a cleaner, more modern style, said Mr. Jones, who as chief content officer also oversees its website. There will still be a Playmate of the Month, but the pictures will be “PG-13” and less produced — more like the racier sections of Instagram. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” he said. It is not yet decided whether there will still be a centerfold.

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Its sex columnist, Mr. Jones said, will be a “sex-positive female,” writing enthusiastically about sex. And Playboy will continue its tradition of investigative journalism, in-depth interviews and fiction. The target audience, Mr. Flanders said, is young men who live in cities. “The difference between us and Vice,” he said, “is that we’re going after the guy with a job.”

Some of the moves, like expanded coverage of liquor, are partly commercial, Mr. Flanders admitted; the magazine must please its core advertisers. And all the changes have been tested in focus groups with an eye toward attracting millennials — people between the ages of 18 and 30-something, highly coveted by publishers. The magazine will feature visual artists, with their work dotted through the pages, in part because research revealed that younger people are drawn to art.

The company now makes most of its money from licensing its ubiquitous brand and logo across the world — 40 percent of that business is in China even though the magazine is not available there — for bath products, fragrances, clothing, liquor and jewelry among other merchandise. Nudity in the magazine risks complaints from shoppers, and diminished distribution.

Playboy, which had gone public in 1971, was taken private again in 2011 by Mr. Hefner with Rizvi Traverse Management, an investment firm founded by Suhail Rizvi, a publicity-shy Silicon Valley investor, who has interests in Twitter, Square and Snapchat among others. The firm now owns over 60 percent. Mr. Hefner owns about 30 percent (some shares are held by Playboy management).

The magazine is profitable if money from licensed editions around the world is taken into account, Mr. Flanders said, but the United States edition loses about $3 million a year. He sees it, he said, as a marketing expense. “It is our Fifth Avenue storefront,” he said.

He and Mr. Jones feel that the magazine remains relevant, not least because the world has gradually adopted Mr. Hefner’s libertarian views on a variety of social issues. Asked whether Mr. Hefner’s views on women were the exception to that rule, Mr. Flanders responded that Mr. Hefner had “always celebrated the beauty of the female figure.” “Don’t get me wrong,” Mr. Jones said of the decision to dispense with nudity, “12-year-old me is very disappointed in current me. But it’s the right thing to do.”

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Nude models become artists' canvases on NYC Bodypainting Day
July 9, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) -- About 100 naked people gathered on Saturday to paint the town red - and blue, green, orange, magenta and neon yellow.

Dozens of artists used the naked bodies as canvases on the third annual NYC Bodypainting Day, which celebrates freedom of artistic expression and body acceptance. The volunteer models, including Charles Darius, doffed their duds in Manhattan's Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, outside the United Nations headquarters, for a few hours of painting before boarding double-decker buses and taking their art show throughout the city.

"I enjoy being nude," said Darius, whose parents are from Europe and took him to nude beaches often when he was a child. "It's a pleasure to indulge in that enjoyment on a sidewalk in Manhattan."

Onlookers, many snapping photos and shooting videos on their cellphones, shared words of encouragement with the models, who endured two- or three-hour painting sessions on an overcast day with temperatures in the low 70s.

Artist Andy Golub, who painted bodybuilder Vanessa Adams, created NYC Bodypainting Day as a way to promote human connection through art. He said he and the other artists were creating art inspired by the models' "inner beauty," the theme for this year's event. Adams, participating for the first time, said she had a bit of the jitters standing naked in front of scores of people. "Let's hurry up and paint my face so I'll be incognito," she said. "If I'm green, no one will know it's me."

Public nudity is legal in the city when it's for artistic purposes, such as a play, a performance or an art show. But Golub and model Zoe West were arrested in 2011 during a bodypainting project in Times Square. West sued over the arrest, and the city paid her a $15,000 settlement.

Golub said Bodypainting Day, which also takes place in Amsterdam and is scheduled for Brussels, makes "the world a better place" by benefiting everyone involved. He said the artists get to share their voices with the public, the models get to embrace their bodies and the public gets to appreciate all the types of people on display.

Some of the NYC Bodypainting Day event's artists, including Matt Deifer, also painted models at last summer's Philly Naked Bike Ride.

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Sand sculpture of busty Cape Cod mermaid draws complaints
July 10, 2016

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- A busty mermaid sculpted from sand and placed outside a popular Cape Cod restaurant is raising eyebrows and triggering complaints.

The town of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and the local Chamber of Commerce say they fielded complaints from locals about the exaggerated proportions of the mermaid's chest. Yarmouth's police department took down photos of the sculpture from its Facebook page after residents said they found the work of art offensive. The mermaid clad in a clamshell bikini is one of 41 sand sculptures placed around town as part of the annual Yarmouth Summer Celebration.

Salty's restaurant owner Raymond Roy tells the Cape Cod Times he's surprised at the fuss. Roy says the mermaid isn't nude and shouldn't be censored.

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