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  • Naked man in Vermont

    From WCAX

    Naked man spotted strolling through BurlingtonPosted: Jun 28, 2016 5:53 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 30, 2016 5:00 PM EDTBy Eliza Larson
    By Keith McGilvery

    BURLINGTON, Vt. - It's often what people are wearing that turns heads on Church Street in Burlington. But Tuesday, it was what one man was not wearing that was getting all the attention.
    From the Burlington Jazz Festival to Mardi Gras and the Festival of Fools, a walk down Church Street is rarely dull and Tuesday was no exception.
    "The reactions from the people are a lot of them are kind of amazed; they can't believe this is happening," said David Stoll, food vendor.
    But Stoll, a longtime street vendor, was in no mood to celebrate when he saw a man walking around in the buff.
    "It's not right, I can say that," said Stoll. "He's just chilling walking up and down the street. The only complaint I had about the whole thing was when he passed here about 20 minutes ago there was probably 6, 7, 8, 9-year-old girls sitting on the rock across from me. That kind of bothered me."
    But others weren't as bothered by the man's bare bottom.
    "It surprises me but it doesn't bother me. It surprises me, though," said Richard Clarke, visiting from Norway.
    And while it may be surprising, it is legal in Vermont to wander around in the nude as long as you're not disrobing in public or doing anything lewd.
    "I just arrived today, I've never been to Vermont before. And I think, well, maybe things are a little different in Vermont," said Clarke.
    It's a memory some will remember forever and others hope to quickly forget.
    "It seems a little weird to me, too, but anything is possible in this town," said Stoll.
    The man in the nude turned down our request for an interview.


  • #2
    He was on public property, and did not go onto private property, in a town that has not enacted any anti-nudity ordinances. Somewhat different from the Gingues cases in Vermont of a few years back.

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    • #3
      I know, you hear of a naked man walking down a public street in a quaint New England town and it puts a smile on your face! As a nudist.. what's so terrible?

      It is my opinion this is nothing more than exhibitionism and a lack of respect for those textiles who came to the event. This is not a known nudist venue or a public counter-culture event (Woodstock or Burning Man). Nor is it an openly exhibitionist-inspired and well publicized event like Fantasy Fest. It is not a nude public theatre-style production with signs warning of public nudity, as recently played in NYC. It may be legal in Vermont, but I consider this to be bad form.

      What would the authorities do if it had been a naked woman walking down the street? They would have probably covered her up as quickly as possible!

      I am a nudist advocate and have pushed the envelope to further nudist beaches etc, including one in Key West. This does not include public displays of nudity that may offend others. This serves no purpose other than to turn off legislators who have the power to change the laws. This is exactly the kind of exhibitionism that gives nudists a bad name. My 2 cents..

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      • #4
        I agree with you 100 percent on this , garbo - I've been saying this for years on this board... "pants down on Main Street" actions can hurt us, more than help.

        Unfortunately, some people hold these individuals up as "pioneers" and patriots for the nudist cause. In many cases, it results in a backlash and legislative (re)action.

        Glad to see that someone shares my perennial viewpoint..

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        • #5
          Personally, I try to react to these stories as I'd like others to react by asking three questions: Was clothing essential to what the person was doing? (ie. fabric utility) Was the person doing anything or otherwise behaving differently than they would clothed? (ie. fabric neutrality) Did the person's lack of clothing prevent others from choosing what to wear or from continuing to do what they were doing? (ie. mutual liberty of choice and activity)

          If the answers are all "no" then the rest is about implementation, like public health matters (eg. sitting on a public bench with a protective layer between skin and shared furniture, or in the case of the food vendor, protecting food).

          Assuming somebody is exhibitionist or requiring a formal context like a publicized "counter-culture" event seems to me a bit overwrought. It is clothing, not nudity, that comes designed with a purpose. Simple nudity is merely informality.
          Last edited by Agde; 07-06-2016, 05:17 PM.

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          • #6
            Being part of a society means adopting it's norms. Not wearing clothing when everyone else seems to think it's appropriate is clearly stepping out of the norm. While it seems all was innocent, I question the motivation. I do applaud the citizens for remaining unfazed by the actions of the lone wolf however. Maybe Vermont needs to be added to my bucket list of states to travel to...

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