back to article Naked cyclists take a hard line on 'aroused' protest participant

The Canterbury World Naked Bike Ride jaunt on Saturday got off to an entertaining start as one "over-excited" male participant was spotted sporting an erection. One shaken onlooker said: "Everyone was taking their clothes off to get ready for the ride. I heard gasps and I turned around – it was a horrible sight. It's fair to …

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Re: @Trevor_Potts again

Because of the very false conceptualization that people who aren't terrified of genitalia are somehow "perverted".

If there's a perversion, it's in believing that some part of a human body needs to be treated as visually "horrifying". Though I'll take "belief in a god that doesn't exist" as also quite fucked up.

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Re: @Trevor_Potts again

To extend my "flawed", "irrational and dangerous" analogy further, this is exactly why concealed carrying of weapons is permitted in many US states, whereas waving your weapon around in public is not. One behaviour is likely go unnoticed, whereas the other is likely to cause public anxiety and distress regarding the perceived risks."

In most, if not all States here (US), carrying a concealed weapon requires a permit from the local Police or Sheriff authority with jurisdiction whereas "open carry" is practiced by some gun enthusiasts as asserting their right to carry established by the second amendment to the Constitution. There is ongoing dispute about that, with most Courts siding with the right to carry as well as own, with some restrictions, such as fully automatic weapons, above 50 caliber, felons, mental illnesses, etc. Personally I'm very anxious when around persons walking around in public `with an exposed weapon , MY problem apparently, as I cannot possibly know the motive or need for it. As a male, I'd be offended to some degree by someone's exposed penis, depending on the situation, but not overwhelmed with fright, unless I was accosted. Upon watching a bike ride? I think not. On the bus or in the workplace? Upset, and reasonably so for myself and most others I believe. Our country used to have reasonably effective mental health services until the election of Ronald Reagan to Governor in CA, thus setting the precedent for "it's all about me" government. Now it's not uncommon to see ranting homeless rampant in many cities and even small towns; there are no treatment centers except for those judged criminally insane.

I'm a gun owner of 6 or so guns of various types as I used to hunt game. My sons use them now for target practice and hunting. I bought my first as protection against a threat made against my pregnant wife and me over a property purchase. Restraining Orders offer no real protection and simply piss people off even more. Our situation defused with time and distance, thank goodness. We live an hour from any response of law enforcement and almost a much from any medical facility,, so it had to be self protection or none. The gun in public is only useful for violence. When was the last time a bear attacked anyone in Costco, or McDonalds, for that matter?

As for penile control, I would prefer that an erection would be a matter control or a switch. While I suffered frequent embarrassment in Middle and High School. a bit less in University, after chemo,radiation and seven major colorectal surgeries, I would like to have control for the opposite reason. I'm not old and regret no losing what I couldn't have when I was so physically ready. It s a beautiful, natural part of life, not criminal if mutually agreed.

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Gimp

The police should have just given him a spanking right there on the spot.

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Surely that is sexist as women don't get them?

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as women don't get them

You need to improve your technique...

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Re sexist

I intervened on that matter already and Canterbury plods confirmed to deploy a special nipples watching unit next year. Vacancies will be posted soon, check here: Jobs

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Re: sexism

Surely that is sexist as women don't get them?

In my experience women can get as many erections as they like, men are such tarts.

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>as women don't get them

Old (crap) joke.

Little girl and boy naked by pool. Little girl notices something between little boys legs and asks if she can play with it. Little boy says, "No, you've broken yours". Little girl runs crying to her mum who consoles the girl and tells her, "Never mind, when you are older you'll be able to get one whenever you want".

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Re: >as women don't get them

I was looking to see if I could find the "Pussy Pie"* cartoon of that joke... but that isn't a good thing to Google for at work... but it does return a lot of hits

* an alternative to the series of "Wicked Willie" cartoon books.

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Nudity in the Canterbury World Naked Bike Ride is NOT an excuse for self-exhibitionism

No, I would say that it's a consequence.

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Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day! Margaret Thatcher naked on a cold day!

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That thought, had it occurred to the gentleman subject of the original article, would have resolved the "problem", more or less immediately, I am positive.

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naked cold Maggie

Wouldn't always work. Edward Snowden thinks she was hot.

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Titles are for foffs.

I'm a cyclists, but these type of attention seeking events bore me.

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Re: "I'm a cyclists"

Just how many are you? Does even your shrink know?

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Running around erect

And naked.....

I bet he felt a bit of a plonker!

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Legend

"I'm not riding, but I'm enjoying being here with nothing on. And I like to look at the girls"

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Men in tights

Lycra doesn't cover up a meat-sword either, but I imagine this would have been acceptable.

How odd the English.

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Been there, done that...

in London, although I didn't go full mast.

Was great fun once we ditched the swarm of middle-aged men with cameras. They were scarily aggressive and swamped any poor girl who so much as took her top off.

An erect member is a small issue when compared to those tools.

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Re: Been there, done that...

Which sums up the English attitude to nudity. Prurience hiding under a puritan banner.

My Finnish girlfriends used to roll their eyes and say "Typical English".

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Re: Been there, done that...

I'm afraid that's just a disparity between the media's portrayal of the UK when compared to the reality, mixed with a bit of racism.

They play to the international view that we are all posh horse riders or pregnant by 14.

Challenge: Pick up a red top paper (sun, star, mirror) and find a page without sex or sports.

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Re: Been there, done that...

"the swarm of middle-aged men with cameras. They were scarily aggressive and swamped any poor girl who so much as took her top off."

Those are pretty much universal, and can generally be spotted in the wild on any event where Cleavage (or more) is to be expected. Dunno about the UK, but over here in Holland they're known as Fapparazzi.

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Re: Been there, done that...

I draw your attention to Peter Fryer's "Mrs Grundy: Studies in English Prudery".

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Re: Been there, done that...

@Dewix

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1 : They play to the international view that we are all posh horse riders or pregnant by 14.

2 : Challenge: Pick up a red top paper (sun, star, mirror) and find a page without sex or sports.

The 2nd statement kind of confirms the end of the 1st statement....

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"Canterbury needs a drastic and radical change to how it controls the perceived need for private motor vehicle use."

Let me fix that for him:

"Everybody else's lives need to be changed and inconvenienced to suit our leisure requirements"

OK now?

Idiots.

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Death race

The protests are about all the cyclists that get injured, maimed and killed year in, year out.

The nudity is to raise awareness of cyclists since so many drivers seem blind to us. The protest route is usually to each site in which a cyclist gets killed.

I'm not saying there aren't A'hole cyclists, just that there is a death toll which needs highlighting.

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As a secondary note, my wife got hit last month. A left hook* hit and run. She got out of it with a concussion and some scrapes, which was very lucky.

More worryingly is that there is a culture building within motoring world where this is applauded.

* left hook is where a car attempts to overtake and turns into the cyclist without indication.

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Re: Death race

"More worryingly is that there is a culture building within motoring world where this is applauded."

This is a bad thing. Though if I'm being entirely honest, more than once I've wanted to run one or two of the cyclist buggers down for being utter fucksticks, but have thus far been able to restrain myself.

The problem isn't cyclists or motorists. It's self-important assholes. There are plenty of cyclists who think the law just doesn't apply to them. There are plenty of motorists who think the same.

The difference is that is a cyclist decides that the entire universe should just get out of their way, and YOLOs through a red light, or does 10kph on a 110kph hiway, right down the centre line (both of which happen all to frequently around here) then the cyclist is going to inevitably come to very real grips with the fact that the right of weight doesn't work in their favour.

A cyclist being an asshat at a motorist usually results in an injured or dead cyclist. A motorist being an asshat at a cyclist also results in an injured or dead cyclist.

I agree 100% that we need to have awareness raised such that asshat motorists are both aware of the law and prosecuted for breaking it. That said, we also need to crack down on asshat cyclists, because the quickest way for a cyclist to cut their risk in half is to obey the goddamned law in the first place.

Sharing the road requires predictability. Both sides need to agree on a code of behavior - in this case the law - and abide by it. That allows us to operate vehicles of all sizes without too many really nasty consequences. When anyone - on any vehicle of any size - decides the law doesn't apply to them, that's when bad things happen.

Of course, being human, it's a hell of a lot easier to just villainize "them" and ignore the failings of "us". Regardless of who is "us" and who is "them". :(

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Re: Death race

>more than once I've wanted to run one or two of the cyclist buggers down

Ah, but cars aren't allowed on the pavement.

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Cycling normally works the other way

it seems that smashing your perineum with a hard saddle on a regular basis is really good for erectile dysfunction.

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Re: Cycling normally works the other way

Tell that to my girlfriend who got pregnant at the first go. Despite over 100 miles a week in the saddle.

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Re: Cycling normally works the other way

Wrong saddle.

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Whining cyclists

At least they can't complain about the number of bike racks.

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So how many people gasped as the sight of erect nipples and clits?

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Just don't go 'round sniffing seats.......

..... oh yeah, there's that side of it.

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Oh great

Another attention seeking idea based around nothing more novel than tits and cock out.

We live in a prudish country. That attitude is changing thanks to the internet and porn, but I suspect another ten generations will need to pass before we're fine with it.

As for cyclists, I'm one, and I say fuck them. If you die on the road on your bike and you were obeying the road laws, being safe and careful, etc, then that's a hell of a shame (but you knew the risks when you got on your bike). If you're one of those assholes that give the rest of us a bad name by breaking red lights, ignoring cycle lanes, going on the pavement and generally being a cunt on two wheels (including re-passing traffic that's already overtaken you when you reach a red light so they have to do it all over again), then I hope you fucking die in a horrible accident because you deserve it.

Thanks!

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Re: Oh great

You sound a typical impatient car driver who think only he should be on the road.

The sort of blind twat who has no wish to look beyond the sat nav/cell phone to the world outside and realise just how shit his driving is.

But then the really careful cyclist aware drivers are just as bad, giving the cyclist a wide berth and watching as they over take the cyclist so that they make sure they missed hitting the cyclist, all while running the biker off the road coming the other way before imbedding their car in the front of a bus.....

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Re: Oh great

"You sound a typical impatient car driver who think only he should be on the road."

And you sound like a self-important cyclist who thinks the laws of the road shouldn't apply to him.

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Re: Oh great

"That attitude is changing thanks to the internet and porn, but I suspect another ten generations will need to pass before we're fine with it."

In England in the 1970s it seemed things were changing. There were confident predictions that we were following Denmark's lead with a move towards a reasonable attitude to social nudity - and less media censorship.

It didn't work out that way. In many ways people are more body shy now - and there are vociferous single issue lobbies pushing politicians to more repressive measures.

Old friends in Sweden complain that the USA conservatives' constant criticism of Scandinavian liberal attitudes since the1980s have been very corrosive

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The route

The organisers may have themselves to blame. Did the route take in lots of cobbled streets? - I believe Canterbury has quite a few!

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Re: The route

It was around the local area. Pett Bottom, Lower Hardres, Stelling Minnis, Bodsham, Crundale, Nackington, Old Wives Lees, Upper Harbledown, Rough Common, Honey Hill, Cockering Road etc.

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Re: The route @TRT

Pett Bottom? Cockering Road? ... you're just making up rude-sounding place names now aren't you?*

* actually I checked, and they're real places!

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I am totally shocked!

That happened to him while surrounded by that mass of podgy, saggy, unhealthy looking male flesh wearing ridiculous helmets?

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Feel sorry for him

Surely at least some of the woman participants would have lubricated their seats, etc., from the thrill of public exposure and being in a group of naked people?

Do they check for that, too?

The decent thing to do would have been to let him go, a minute or so of riding would have reduced his member.

Him riding along at the start would have been quite a sight!

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Should you become aroused, you WILL pull over to the side of the road

This is truly outrageously male-o-gynist attitude! If I were a fine woman rubbing my clit against the saddle til red-hot with all the friction and excitement of a naked bike ride, would I be ordered off me bike and forced to cover it up?! Nosir, they'd never dare, I could expose my jewels to the public as I please.

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angle and ruler

I wonder if they had a benchmark to apply against a penis, to see whether it's passed sufficiently far from "floppy" to "erect", and if it has... chop-chop!

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Re: angle and ruler

Is that the one where you think of Paul McCartney and you've passed?

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Surprising

Only comically speaking, I think its funny that they booted this guy. Since most of them are probably secular humanists, then they have to accept that they are just machines and the event was epiphenomenal in nature. :) How prudish that they'd have the audacity to claim a moral high ground.. hehe

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The opposition to this activity is oddly stiffer than anticipated.

I'll go away now.

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El Reg falling down on the job

Kent Online made a much better job of exploiting the pun-ability of this story than the usually-unsurpassed Reg subs. Particular favourite: "Shannon Walters, who lives nearby said: "They claim they are protesting about safety but hardly any are wearing helmets."

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