Wednesday, October 29, 2014

40th Vulnerability Vigil and 1st companion vigil in another city!

Human Body Project Vulnerability Vigils in Victoria and Vancouver
This is Human Body Project creator Tasha Diamant's 40th vigil and the 1st companion vigil held in support in another city!

Saturday, November 8, 2014
2-3 PM

Victoria: Tasha Diamant will be at the NW corner of Blanshard and Kings
Vancouver: Some committed supporters will be on the Robson St side of the Vancouver Art Gallery

Drawing the parallels of vulnerable body, vulnerable humanity, and vulnerable planet, Tasha Diamant has committed to standing naked in the street at least once a month to share and create space for vulnerability and to stand in some solidarity with those who are most vulnerable. People who join her can be as dressed or undressed as they wish.

For this month's vigil, Tasha and supporters will be holding a sign depicting the extinction symbol in front of their bodies (in a gesture of gentleness to those who are deeply affronted by nudity). The world is currently undergoing a human-caused mass extinction event, and the extinction symbol was created to help raise awareness of the urgent need for change in order to address this crisis. The Human Body Project is also about being the change.

Holding the extinction symbol at a vigil in August 2014
All are welcome to join. 

Some considerations:
Please respect the Human Body Project ethos of inclusion. We may not all stand in vulnerability for the exact same reasons. 

Also, know this is an event that is not intended for titillation. Respect others' space and boundaries. This includes passersby who may feel affronted or threatened by nudity: stay behind the sign. Just because a person is unclothed does not mean she is available.

If approached by police, be respectful. It is legal for women to be topless in Canada. If police are bothered, I engage in conversation and often offer to put on my underpants or do so if they ask me to. Please do the same. You do not have to give them your personal information and can politely decline if you wish. But do not lie about your name.

Don't worry if you don't last the full hour in these cold months!

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