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15 August 2008

Naked feelings - preview

Peter Fishpool, of Central England Area Meeting, shares his thoughts about men and self-knowledge

Most blokes don't mind taking off their shirts revealing their manly chests
  • At one of the campsites I used as a boy scout there were 'closed to the public' sessions in the swimming pool when we swam nude
  • I remember how grown-up I felt revealing my all

  • In my late teens in the seventies I saw the original London production of Hair and recall the impact of the cast showing themselves completely naked
  • In the eighties I directed the Quaker Youth Theatre
  • Several times the script gave cause for nudity: Quakers going naked for a sign; hippies letting it all hang out; gladiators wrestling in the fight school
  • Each time one or more of the young men willingly stripped off to heighten the drama
  • They saw it as kind of 'rite of passage' exposing themselves in their full manhood

  • Peter Fishpool

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