I am very upset about how the topic of flashing was dealt with in the March 8 issue of the Oberlin Review. The negative light shed on flashers seems to me a reflection of society's negative attitude toward the body in general.
It seems also a bit hypocritical to arrest a single man harmlessly prancing about in the buff, yet applaud a sweaty and disgusting bunch of naked Oberlin College students crammed into the Dionysus Dance Club jumping around in illegally intoxicated states on Safer Sex night. Could ageism/classism be an issue here?
Personally, I feel entertained and excited at the prospect of seeing a naked man (or woman) confident enough in her individuality and body image to display herself solo in public. For this act, reward, not punishment, is in order.
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Volume 124, Number 18; March 15, 1996
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