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Nudity Spells U-N-I-T-Y (More Silly Naked Leftists!)
Portsmouth Herald ^ | 5/1/903 | Jeanné McCartin

Posted on 05/21/2003 11:30:36 AM PDT by MikalM

STRATHAM - Hardly predawn, but early for a Sunday morning, a group of approximately 50 people gather at the Stratham Hill Park parking lot. Within the hour most will take part in a unique international spelling bee, one that has gained its reputation for scripting out peace messages with naked bodies, rather than for any aptitude in orthography.

There are a few dog walkers and a couple of park workers about. None appear to pay attention to the largely female group. Though many of these women will choose to remain anonymous, their hope is that people will soon pay them a lot of note, or at least heed their message.

After a few instructions and announcements by organizer Dr. Melanie Hernand, of Exeter, the women climb the steep, rocky path to the top of the hill, where they’ll disrobe and lay in the grass to form the word, "UNITY."

Like scores of anti-war protests held internationally, this one is organized under the umbrella of Baring Witness. A 45-year-old woman who formed the first assembly in 2002, in Marin County, Calif., organized the group.

To date, most gatherings were women using their bodies to spell out simple messages, such as "No War," "No Bush" or to form a peace sign. The events have been staged on beaches, wooded areas and snow-covered hillsides.

Fortunately for this crew, the sun gave one of its recently rare appearances Sunday. Hernand decided to organize a local action after reading about the spelling bees on the Baring Witness Web site, www.baringwitness.org.

"I was deeply moved by the artistic expression and the beauty of the movement … and the numbers coming together across the world."

The international events have included groups of men and women, as well as all-male groups. Hernand went with the traditional design.

"It was the idea that women tend to stand for different values than our patriarchal culture does. It’s really women that are going to come forth with values like compassion, love and peace, because those things are so much a part of our natural expression as women."

After pausing to clarify that men may also demonstrate these qualities, she continues.

"The original one was done with just women. It’s part of the artistic expression that I found so beautiful. … So, I just chose to go with that."

As for choosing to take action sans clothing, "If you’re talking about peace or unity, there’s a (vulnerability) and nakedness in those principles. … There’s a symbology in being naked, lying down and making these statements publicly in all of our vulnerability."

Six weeks ago, she started contacting friends personally and via e-mail, inviting them to take part in the local action and asked they invite friends. Two weeks ago, she announced the location and time.

Sunday, leaving male "sentries" at the bottom with cellular phones to warn of intruders, women from Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont and Massachusetts headed up the hill.

A photographer and videographer, who would document the event, took their positions in the fire tower. Once at the top, organizers begin assigning letters.

Women, many appearing nervous, joke with one another. Voices seem to rise an octave, and laughter is more frequent. A few start to take off top layers. They all shed their shoes. Finally, as the letters are being formed, things start warming up.

The sun is being cooperative, and the women’s support of one another takes effect; the comfort level is on the rise. Some pick dandelions and hand them to each other. Soon women are decorating their hair or just holding the yellow blossoms.

One woman calls out, "We want to know what font this is in!" Another gets the crowd laughing by asking if they can do this every morning.

One group, all in their 40s and 50s, discuss changing attitudes toward bodies as they hold theirs still in the grass.

"I remember when you didn’t let your bra strap show," says one.

"Now they’re a fashion statement," says another.

Finally staged, they quickly shed their clothes, which ready assistants pick up and bag.

After a quick adjustment to the letters, the shooting begins. Baring Witness’s Web site declares "exposure of the vulnerable human flesh we all share (creates) a powerful statement against the naked aggression of our country’s policies."

Those talking at the Stratham event agree, though most came with their own slant to the mission.

Sandra Woodworth, of North Hampton, saw her participation as an effort to create "balance between negativity, causing positive unifying energy rather than division."

Sandy Sullivan, 27, of Somerville Mass., says she sees stripping away clothing as a way to hopefully shock people into thinking about the individuals who pay the price for war.

"War is about someone’s body on the ground. It’s not ‘get Saddam Hussein,’ it’s a child or mother who have lost their lives."

Gayle Gorfinkle, of Braintree, Mass., came as a way to celebrate her 60th birthday.

"I thought, ‘What better way to celebrate my birthday than in my birthday suit celebrating peace and unity?’"

Melissa Potter, a massage therapist from Lee, says she believes in the power of unity. She stands with other women for peace.

Her mother, Donna Williamson, joins her, initially as a supporter.

"I’ve never been naked except in the shower," she quips. "I had no intent ‘til last night. I got in the shower and said, ‘Better shave my legs. I have a feeling I’ll be naked tomorrow.’

"I have four grandsons. I want peace for the next 100 years."

Just before the shot is completed, Lindsey Piper, of Londonderry, quips to the folk forming the Y, "This is the breast day of my life."

They’re all united in laughter. When it’s over, surprisingly, only one woman dashes to her clothes. Many, who only 30 minutes ago clung to their dress, casually finish conversations, then take their time getting to their clothes.

"What brings culture and people to war … is the inability to appreciate each other’s differences," says Hernand. "Unity is a statement about coming together and appreciating differences. … It’s why we used ‘unity’ in an anti-war statement. Unity creates less war and more peace in our world."


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: baringwitness; idiotarian; itsallnude; itsnogood; left; liberal; libertines; naked; narcissism; newhampshire; nude; nudity; peacecreep; portsmouth; unity
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PHOTO This group of University of New Hampshire students is a mix of women who posed nude as part of Sunday's Baring Witness group and those who assisted them. In the front row, from left to right, are Briana Sevigny, Laurel Kerr, Brittany Pye, Calee Spinney, Cara Abbanato and Joanne Ducas. In b ack, left to right, are Rebecca Gomez, Sarah McKay, Lindsey Piper, Brooke Walker and Jessica Durocher.
Staff photo by Jeanne McCartin

1 posted on 05/21/2003 11:30:37 AM PDT by MikalM
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To: MikalM
Whoa. I'd like to play Nude Scrabble with some of them.
2 posted on 05/21/2003 11:32:44 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: MikalM
‘Better shave my legs. I have a feeling I’ll be naked tomorrow.’

classic line

3 posted on 05/21/2003 11:33:55 AM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: MikalM

4 posted on 05/21/2003 11:37:42 AM PDT by Alouette (Why is it called "International Law" if only Israel and the United States are expected to keep it?)
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To: MikalM
and in other news, Freepers protested and organized to prevent the girls from posting nude pix on the internet - ewww!
5 posted on 05/21/2003 11:37:59 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: ZinGirl
Sure they didn't spell U-G-L-Y???

Pray for GW and Our Troops

6 posted on 05/21/2003 11:39:22 AM PDT by bray (Old Glory Means Freedom)
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To: MikalM
To date, most gatherings were women using their bodies to spell out simple messages, such as "No War," "No Bush" or to form a peace sign.

A bunch of nekid women spelling out the words "No Bush" with their bodies? And they expect anyone to take them seriously?

7 posted on 05/21/2003 11:40:24 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: MikalM
AAGGHH, MY EYES!!!
8 posted on 05/21/2003 11:43:03 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Especially if they didn't shave?
9 posted on 05/21/2003 11:54:18 AM PDT by hunter112
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To: MikalM
The one on the upper left could be a "T" all by herself, without using her arms.
10 posted on 05/21/2003 11:54:36 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: MikalM
Gayle Gorfinkle, of Braintree, Mass., came as a way to celebrate her 60th birthday.

"I thought, ‘What better way to celebrate my birthday than in my birthday suit celebrating peace and unity?’"


What about a nice steak dinner, maybe Ruth's Chris?

11 posted on 05/21/2003 11:59:51 AM PDT by eyespysomething (Breaking down the stereotypes of soccer moms everyday!)
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To: MikalM
I guess that the other person who was supposed to fill out the second "T" didn't show up.
They could've spelled out "N-U-T-T-Y"!
12 posted on 05/21/2003 12:05:09 PM PDT by weegee (NO BLOOD FOR RATINGS: CNN let human beings be tortured and killed to keep their Baghdad bureau open)
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To: MikalM
I can think of better reasons to get nude, and better things to do when nude.
'Nuff said.
13 posted on 05/21/2003 12:14:03 PM PDT by Darksheare (Nox aeternus en pax.)
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To: mvpel
That's what happens when closet exhibitionists show up for political outings.
14 posted on 05/21/2003 12:16:05 PM PDT by Darksheare (Nox aeternus en pax.)
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To: MikalM
So where's the nude photo of these little dykes?
15 posted on 05/21/2003 12:16:12 PM PDT by montag813
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To: MikalM
How do these liberal groups get away with so much public nudity without being arrested and branded as sex offenders?
16 posted on 05/21/2003 12:17:55 PM PDT by occam's chainsaw
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To: occam's chainsaw
They're liberal, that's how.
17 posted on 05/21/2003 12:20:29 PM PDT by Darksheare (Nox aeternus en pax.)
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To: occam's chainsaw
Fortunately (or not) they've degraded the morals of society so much already that nobody is shocked by this kind of behavior any more.

Personally I think it's all about a bunch of dykes scamming straight girls into taking their clothes off.
18 posted on 05/21/2003 12:24:19 PM PDT by johnb838 (Understand the root causes of American Anger.)
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To: MikalM
"I was deeply moved by the artistic expression and the beauty of the movement … and the numbers coming together across the world."

Yeah, that's it.

19 posted on 05/21/2003 12:24:42 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: montag813
So where's the nude photo of these little dykes?

Probably splashed all over the internet by now on porn sites with names like realcollegelesbos.com or exhibitionistdykes.com.

20 posted on 05/21/2003 12:25:04 PM PDT by Redcloak (All work and no FReep makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no FReep make s Jack a dul boy. Allwork an)
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To: MikalM
What parts of their bodies do they use for puncuation? I mean, like, periods, question marks, and exclamation points.
21 posted on 05/21/2003 12:32:58 PM PDT by Blue Screen of Death
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To: johnb838
Personally I think it's all about a bunch of dykes scamming straight girls into taking their clothes off.

Don't forget the photographers who will sell prints of the protest (call it art and a single photo can go for hundreds of dollars). The agitprop industry means jobs for slackers.

22 posted on 05/21/2003 12:42:36 PM PDT by weegee (NO BLOOD FOR RATINGS: CNN let human beings be tortured and killed to keep their Baghdad bureau open)
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To: MikalM
read later
23 posted on 05/21/2003 12:49:08 PM PDT by LiteKeeper
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To: LiteKeeper
all I can say is BARF........
24 posted on 05/21/2003 12:52:44 PM PDT by lilmsdangrus
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To: Redcloak
That is exactly what these mental midgets look like.
25 posted on 05/21/2003 12:53:37 PM PDT by lilmsdangrus
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To: MikalM
To date, most gatherings were women using their naked bodies to spell out simple messages, such as "No War," "No Bush"

The irony is staggering.

26 posted on 05/21/2003 12:54:38 PM PDT by Lazamataz ( "People that quote themselves in their taglines bother me." - Lazamataz)
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To: MikalM

The original "Baring Witness" members.

27 posted on 05/21/2003 12:55:04 PM PDT by TheDon ( It is as difficult to provoke the United States as it is to survive its eventual and tardy response)
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To: Blue Screen of Death
What parts of their bodies do they use for puncuation? I mean, like, periods,

That should be rather obvious.

28 posted on 05/21/2003 12:55:20 PM PDT by Lazamataz ( "People that quote themselves in their taglines bother me." - Lazamataz)
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To: MikalM
How about we just all get together (fully clothed, of course) and spell out "OH SHUT THE **** UP!" on the ground. Then we can take a picture of that and get the media all in a whoop about it.

Oh wait...I forgot...sex sells. We wouldn't make it past the fifth page in the want ads section.

-Jay
29 posted on 05/21/2003 1:18:50 PM PDT by Jay D. Dyson (When the smoke cleared, the terrorist was over there...and over there...and over there...)
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To: MikalM
Future Lesbians of America.
30 posted on 05/21/2003 1:23:21 PM PDT by moyden2000
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To: Darksheare
They're liberal, that's how.

Oh yeah, libbies follow a separate set of rules.
What was I thinking?

31 posted on 05/21/2003 1:57:19 PM PDT by occam's chainsaw
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To: occam's chainsaw
You were thinking normally.
That's what.
Normal people think it's wrong to be nude in public.
Unless you're Clinton or a Lib and then it's fine.

So you're officially of the "Normal Healthy Mind" group.
32 posted on 05/21/2003 2:02:57 PM PDT by Darksheare (Nox aeternus en pax.)
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To: Darksheare
So you're officially of the "Normal Healthy Mind" group.

There are some who would disagree with that claim, but what do they know?
8^)

33 posted on 05/21/2003 2:32:12 PM PDT by occam's chainsaw
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To: MikalM
Here's a really enlightened indivual -

"What brings culture and people to war … is the inability to appreciate each other’s differences,"

I guess history is not one of her majors.
34 posted on 05/21/2003 2:37:37 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (http://www.despair.com - Strife, As long as we have each other, we will never run out of problems)
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To: occam's chainsaw
Uh oh..
Then you might be part of my group.
"Those who reject sanity as being boring."
35 posted on 05/21/2003 2:38:31 PM PDT by Darksheare (Nox aeternus en pax.)
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To: MikalM
"If you’re talking about peace or unity, there’s a (vulnerability) and nakedness in those principles. … There’s a symbology in being naked, lying down and making these statements publicly in all of our vulnerability."

WHAT THE F***???


36 posted on 05/21/2003 4:04:36 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: TheDon
Leave it to the germans. SICK BA$TURDS
37 posted on 05/21/2003 4:32:09 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Daddy needs a Hummer! The H2 will do!)
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To: MikalM
Man I hope this isn't a representation of what New Hampster women typically look like. Three or four of the women in the first row would make a freight train take a dirt road. And that red-head--Geesh!
38 posted on 05/21/2003 4:53:58 PM PDT by DaBroasta (Liberalism is a severe mental disorder)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
"A bunch of nekid women spelling out the words 'No Bush' with their bodies? And they expect anyone to take them seriously?"

BUMP!! (Hubby loveed it too!)

...on another note, did they pull this stunt during the Clinton administration...

...or were they afraid to?

Things to think about.

Now I'm gonna go read and vegatate a while.

39 posted on 05/21/2003 4:56:03 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: TheDon
"The original 'Baring Witness' members."

Some of those women are pregnant. Though the image should cause nightmares in any normal human being, thanks for posting it.

40 posted on 05/21/2003 5:00:01 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: DaBroasta
"And that red-head--Geesh!"

I had to scroll back and look again...we'll just have to take the wacko's word for it that that's a female, because you sure can't prove it by the picture.

41 posted on 05/21/2003 5:03:36 PM PDT by cake_crumb (UN Resolutions=Very Expensive, Very SCRATCHY Toilet Paper)
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To: cake_crumb
we'll just have to take the wacko's word for it that that's a female, because you sure can't prove it by the picture.

I normally don't comment on a person's looks--good or bad--but for these psychobabblic rangerettes I think appropriate to express the 'naked truth.'

42 posted on 05/21/2003 5:12:12 PM PDT by DaBroasta (Liberalism is a severe mental disorder)
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To: montag813
So where's the nude photo of these little dykes?

Here's a whole bunch of them:

http://www.barewitness.org/photoalbum/photoalbum2.htm

43 posted on 05/21/2003 5:13:17 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty" not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: montag813
Here's some more:

Check out the girl front and center at Trinidad, CA.

http://www.barewitness.org/photoalbum/photoalbum1.htm

44 posted on 05/21/2003 5:16:23 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty" not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: cake_crumb; TheDon
Some of the less "genetically Snobbish" Germans raped teh women before executing them, despite it being taught that to have sex with a 'jewess' would pollute their bloodline.

Yes, the original million mom march ended in death.
And it wasn't intentional on their parts.
Here, the Million Commy Marchers and the other Bare it for Piece idiots know they'll end up setting the world for death.
45 posted on 05/21/2003 5:30:19 PM PDT by Darksheare (Nox aeternus en pax.)
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To: FreedomCalls
Kind of resembles the bar scene from Star Wars.
46 posted on 05/21/2003 6:28:56 PM PDT by nonliberal (Taglines? We don't need no stinkin' taglines!)
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To: MikalM; Lazamataz; Leisler
Brittany Pye??
47 posted on 05/21/2003 6:36:57 PM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can)
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To: FreedomCalls
Shouldn't that be tethered when there's a chance of wind?
48 posted on 05/21/2003 7:17:18 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (Dieses sieht wie ein Job nach Nothosen aus!)
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To: AppyPappy
I guess I'm getting old and harder to arouse, but these days I really cain't get excited about butts, boobs, beauty and hot breath from the most sexy body ever created, unless it is all connected to a fully functioning brain and a political philosophy that I can at least ignore, if not respect.
49 posted on 05/21/2003 7:36:45 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (The dumber we are, the more smug we are.)
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To: AppyPappy
I guess I'm getting old and harder to arouse, but these days I really cain't get excited about butts, boobs, beauty and hot breath from the most sexy body ever created, unless it is all connected to a fully functioning brain and a political philosophy that I can at least ignore, if not respect.
50 posted on 05/21/2003 7:38:43 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (The dumber we are, the more smug we are.)
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