Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby
All these rallies for CSG-free areas are great. It shows the politicians what the people really want. But to gain even greater media I reckon there’s nothing like a good old nude demonstration.
I remember years ago many local women turned up to a paddock near Federal for a nude anti-war photo. Organisers hoped to get enough women that, when lying down, their bodies would spell out ‘no war’. So many turned up (we all love a nude rally), that we spelt ‘no war’ and put a huge heart around it. Even the male photographer in the tree joined into the spirit of things and stripped, nearly falling out, to the amusement of everyone.
That photo made it into papers all over the world. I’m sure we made some difference. It certainly made a difference to my conservative family who thereafter stopped asking me what I had been up to.
We could do a no-CSG demo in the buff, digging holes and planting trees instead of digging holes and raping Mother Earth. It could make for some funny photos. But it’s not such a good idea in winter. I personally don’t want to freeze my tits off and I have to consider our brother’s fragile egos around their private parts (‘it’s not really that small, it’s shrinkage!’).
So for now, the best option is turning up to the CSG-free rally at Mullumbimby markets at 9am next Friday. Apart from adding your voice to this most important issue, you also get to shop for excellent local produce and hear a great band. Hope to see you there – with your winter woolies on!