"I had such a transformative experience on my own when I did yoga naked rather than clothed," said Naked Yoga NYC teacher Isis Phoenix. "I wanted to share that." [...] "We are reclaiming and celebrating our bodies," said Phoenix, who starts each class with a disrobing ceremony. -- New York Post
Reclaiming them from what, exactly? How hard up we seem to be for Shared Transformative Experiences.To the point of inventing disabilities to overcome! And not just STEs, but ones we can celebrate. We can strip off -- what a victory! It's all so dreadfully banal. Nudism is the new checkers. Only checkers has a set of rules and a point to it more complex and well-developed than celebration. That's sort of what a game is for -- withholding celebration until some quantum of meaning has been obtained out of participation in an order. Celebration as we take it is like stipulating that we've all just already played a game and everyone won. Celebration as we take it hinges on the idea that celebration shouldn't result from meaning but should result in it. That's bizarre enough on its own terms, and much more 'harmful' culturally speaking than playing a game where the winners of a game of team checkers get to get naked.