What’s not right about being naked?


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It appears that there is nothing right about being naked. The European Court of Human Rights has decided that the rights of individuals to be naked contravenes society’s mores and therefore must be wrong.

The Court has decided that Article 10 – the right to freedom of expression, does not apply to certain public exhibitions of nudity. The case was brought by the so-called naked rambler, Stephen Gough. He also raised Article 8 in his defence – the right to respect for private and family life – but that does not seem to have given him protection from being lifted by the police every time he leaves home without his trousers.

There is general agreement that Mr Gough’s actions were based on principle and not to offend. His actions, however, have only resulted in him receiving repeated jail sentences. What then are we to make of a…

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