- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: Naktiv (26 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0957243200
- ISBN-13: 978-0957243200
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,547,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The World Naked Bike Ride Paperback – 26 Apr 2012
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Targeting the body as a vehicle for protest against oil dependency, the WNBR has sprung up from its loosely conceived origins to become a widely publicised movement for societal change, deliberately channelling the power of human interest in the naked and partially clad human form, social media and the media.
The naked and partially clothed body continues to delight or shock depending on individual perception, cultural norms and taboos and has long been used as a form of individual and collective expression and protest. The bicycle is also historically synonymous with protest. I'd no idea before reading Richards' book, that during the fight to win the vote, "the bicycle became not only a tool but also a symbol for the emancipation of women" with Alice Hawkins, a suffragette, cycling around Leicester to promote the women's rights movement, causing outrage, being one of the first women to wear pantaloons in the city.
The photographs embellishing the book clearly convey the sense of euphoria the WNBR engenders, for both riders and spectators, along with the powerful messages the riders transmit through taking part in these rides, with anti pollutant slogans emblazoned on their bodies.
Richard rightly counterbalances the fun and the spectacle - the media leap on the naked form because it generates copy and images the public want to see, which in turn helps to spread the message to a wider audience, by stressing the importance of the key messages underlying the movement.
The WBNR participants are literally laying their bodies on the line to highlight consumer greed and the deleterious effects of oil dependency. "The reason the WNBR exists is to point-up the messages of oil-dependency, traffic pollution and bicycle safety. Maintaining focus and not losing sight of the main aim is continually necessary."
"Who says what is an acceptable level of pollution, of environmental damage, of social failure, where does the buck stop?" Age old questions which people tend only to address when it begins to affect them personally but we're all accountable and all responsible for ensuring we take care of our planet, for the sake of our children and our children's children. Richard Foley asks these questions and more, without dogma or censure in this cogent, compelling book.
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Wish it had a larger format,to better see the pictures.