Published on | by redblob4
Put It Away, Nude Flakers!
I really don’t know how this one slipped by me. Apparently, police on an island resort in Hainan Island, China, have started cracking down on nude sunbathers – many of who have psoriasis!
South China Morning Post reported on the news, saying that flakers started appearing at the resort’s Sanya beach in 2002. Fast forward to today and there are up to 500 middle-aged men flopping around the beach per day, many of who “believe the sun’s rays heal skin diseases such as psoriasis”.
Another Chinese state news agency, Xinhua, quoted an appropriately named Mr Wang as saying that “the men were not at the beach to expose themselves but to treat their skin diseases through sunbathing.” Unfortunately, they didn’t buy it and told him to put his wang away.
I don’t believe that people with psoriasis are being targeted. I’m sure dangly bits of all colours are banned, not just red ones. But it’s saddening to hear that fellow brother and sister flakers are getting chased around by police just for trying to get a bit of sun on their sexy bits.
‘It’s not Chinese’
Nude sunbathers were apparently condemned by Hainan communist party chief Luo Baoming, who said it was “un-Chinese, anti-tradition and uncivilised.” He also said it was not consistent with China’s cultural traditions and even “corrupted public morals.”
Err… sorry? I might have agreed with the ban if there were horny, 70 year-old flakers masturbating furiously on the beach, but they’re just trying to catch some rays man. Don’t you know they’re good for us, Luo?
And the whole argument about it being against culture. Well, smoking opium after your shift at work was pretty normal back in the day, why not bring it back. As was killing missionaries by a “thousand cuts”.
Culture isn’t static, it shifts and evolves all the time. It’s a lived experience, and that means societal norms and beliefs, be they about public nudism or psoriasis, are always fluctuating. That’s probably the reason why they ventured out in the first place, because they feel more comfortable about having psoriasis and have more awareness about it. Can you imagine a flaker having the guts to get naked in public in the Middle Ages, when they were considered lepers?
I think Chinese culture is great, but this time I’m on the side of flesh. Naked flesh.