My Two Cents: Weird nakedness in news recently

It’s normal during certain activities for a human being to be naked. Bathing, for example, comes to mind, among other activities – such as making sure you’ve gotten all the bugs off your body after appearing on a segment of NBC’s “Fear Factor” gameshow.

Be that as it may, there have been a recent spate of news reports – and I’d like to stress I am not making them up – that could indicate a disturbing rise in just plain weird nakedness.

For example, anti-war activist Donna Sheehan of – surprise – the San Francisco area, wants to stop what she considers naked (pun intended) aggression by the U.S. military against Iraq by taking her clothes off. Not only that, but she wants to get other women across the world to do the same.

Proving that she is a very persuasive individual – or she has mastered the Jedi mind trick – the 72-year-old artist (Ewww!) has recruited her friends and neighbors to use their nude bodies to spell out the words “No War” and “Peace” at various anti-war rallies.

The movement has apparently caught on, as women in Montana posed nude in a snowstorm. (One wonders if anyone noticed, what with the often blinding whiteout conditions of snowstorms.) A group in England has carried out a number of their own high-profile peace photos sans clothes, because nothing signifies opposition to war like a group of pasty-skinned English women in the buff!

Hey, I like naked women (hot ones well under the age of 72, but that’s just me) as much as the next guy, but I can’t figure out how any of this relates to possible U.S. military action against Iraq.

Meanwhile, a Houston-area travel agency that specializes in clothing-optional trips – apparently filling a niche in the marketplace – is offering what it bills as the first all-nude flight for $499 round trip.

When the pilot switches off the sign on the May 3 chartered flight from Miami to Cancun, Mexico – dubbed “Naked-Air” – passengers will not only be able to unbuckle their seatbelts, but also their pants and shed anything else they’re wearing and move about the cabin au naturel.

Wow. People are willing to pay almost $500 to stroll about naked as a jaybird in a metal tube 40,000 feet in the sky. I don’t get it. Maybe they’re on their way to join an anti-war protest.

“My Two Cents” is a weekly column where the author – who kept his clothes on while typing this up – gets in his two cents worth in spite of the old saying that you only get a penny for your thoughts.