The Lost Art of Nude Fan Dancing

  • David RosenEmail author
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In the U.S., it is illegal to be nude in public, whether sashaying down the street, parading in a political rally or performing in a public venue. Such nudity—including nude sexual activity in view of the public—if intended to shock, offend or arouse is considered a criminal offense. In Barnes v. Glen Theatre (1991), the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the right of states to outlaw public nudity. It made two critical rulings that continue to define erotic display. It ruled, first, that each state has an interest in “protecting societal order and morality” and, second, that public nudity is not “free expression” protected by the First Amendment.

The Court’s decision followed nearly a century during which public nude displays by...


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  1. 1.New YorkUSA

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