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158171.  Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:56 am Reply with quote

Or Apodysophilia.


is legal in Maryland, at least:
Acquitting a Germantown man who exposed his buttocks during an argument with a neighbor, a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge ruled yesterday that mooning, while distasteful, is not illegal in Maryland.

"If exposure of half of the buttock constituted indecent exposure, any woman wearing a thong at the beach at Ocean City would be guilty," Judge John W. Debelius III said after the bench trial, reversing the ruling of a District Court judge.

Debelius made clear his disdain for the defendant, calling the alleged act "disgusting" and "demeaning." The outcome could have been different, he suggested, if the man had been on trial for "being a jerk."...

The case went to trial Sept. 12 before Montgomery District Court Judge Eugene Wolfe, who ruled against the defendant. Indecent exposure in Maryland is punishable by as much as three years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

McNealy's attorneys appealed the verdict, arguing that indecent exposure in Maryland constitutes the willful public display of a person's "private parts" -- which, they argued, do not include a person's buttocks....

Defense attorneys cited a 1983 case of a woman who was arrested after protesting in front of the U.S. Supreme Court wearing nothing but a cardboard sign that covered the front of her body. The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled in 1986 that indecent exposure is limited to a person's genitals.

James Maxwell, one of McNealy's attorneys, said yesterday's ruling should "bring comfort to all beachgoers and plumbers" in the state.

It's widely asserted that this was a ruling that mooning is a constitutional right (an issue of free speech), but I can't find this in the judgement.

Since 1979 there has been a tradition in Laguna Niguel, California, of lots of people gathering on the second Saturday in July to moon passing Amtrak trains. This year's event will be on July 14th - has details. People fill the trains to see the show, and the trains slow down as they pass.

The French army mooned the English at Crecy in 1346 (this is repeated all over the shop but I can't find the source - Fred, any thoughts? Froissart, maybe?)

158197.  Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:40 am Reply with quote


The first modern streaker is said to be one George Crump, rusticated in 1804 from his college in Lexington, VA. Didn't hold him back, though - he went on to become US Ambassador to Chile.

I guess we can't count Lady Godiva as the story seems to be a total invention, even though she was an historical figure (the wife of a 10th/11th C Earl of Mercia). The oldest extant account is from Roger of Wendover (d1236), quoting an earlier writer. In the classic version she rides naked through Coventry to persuade the Earl to implement tax cuts, but apparently the only tax which was actually levied at the time was a duty on horses so this would have been a rather empty gesture - and, besides, Coventry barely existed (it was founded in 1043). The ideas of Peeping Tom (struck blind for his peepery) and of Lady G being cloaked in her long hair are much later. There's a nice suggestion that she might have been 'naked' only in the sense that she wasn't wearing her jewellery - which is quite an amusing notion.

158210.  Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:04 am Reply with quote

<<<MYTHCONCEPTIONS: Lady Godiva by Mat Coward

THE MYTH: Some time in the 11th century, the beautiful young wife of a nobleman rode naked through the streets of Coventry, to persuade her husband to relieve the town of a crippling tax burden. The grateful townsfolk agreed not to peek, but one local tailor (or naughty boy) couldn't resist copping a butcher’s at her loveliness, and as a result “Peeping Tom” was struck blind (or had his eyes gouged out).

THE "TRUTH": Godiva’s husband was Leofric, Earl of Mercia, who was amongst the most powerful men in England. The couple were famous philanthropists, supporting many religious establishments. In 1043 they founded an Abbey at Coventry, and as the city grew Leofric became one of its leading citizens. All this is undisputed - but there is no contemporary record of any protest ride, naked or otherwise. The first mention of any horsy business was in the 13th century, by that notorious mythmonger, Roger of Wendover. The Peeping Tom story and various other embellishments were added in the 17th and 18th centuries. Some authorities argue that Godiva’s Ride was invented by the early tourist industry in Coventry; if so, it was a remarkably successful creation, given that it’s still widely believed today.

SOURCES: On the internet, and, and in print _The Oxford companion to British History_ (edited by John Cannon).

DISCLAIMER: Those are the bare facts, but FT would be pleased to hear further details from any experts in undressed equestrianism.

170906.  Mon Apr 30, 2007 10:38 am Reply with quote

Just to update you:
I have tried to get clearance to use one of the stills of the crowds who moon at the Amtrak train but have discovered that sadly I would have to clear everyone in the picture individually so I don't think that's going to be possible.

170944.  Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:43 pm Reply with quote

I should have thought of that. Not to worry, we'll think of a workaround.

170967.  Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:45 pm Reply with quote

Maybe we could perform a tribute at the Box tunnel?


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