Clearly, I’m all about #throwbacks, with articles about the Renaissance of hand jobs and finger blasts. Something I am not in favor of bringing back, however, is the Age of the Obvious Hickey. Remember when hickeys were a true mark of pride? Your friend would come into school wearing a scarf that phe would then excitedly rip off to show you the purple bruise on their neck. What was the point of the scarf if you were just going to take it off or play with it until everyone in your Algebra II class saw what was on your neck? Regardless, by lunch time, everyone knew.
In college, a hickey can be a source of embarrassment, rather than a brag. “Is that a hickey?!” people will ask you in derision. Scarves or make-up are necessary in class or when meeting with a professor. Don’t even get me started on a visit to the CareerLab. Now, whenever I have a hickey, instead of feeling proud, I feel completely self-conscious.
This is a real hickey I received consensually, not a vampire bite.
The Naked Donut Run, or the NDR, is one of Brown’s most cherished traditions—it’s even on our Wikipedia page. For the freshman out there who have yet to experience the NDR, it’s pretty self-explanatory: during Reading Period, a group of students run through the libraries naked and hand out donuts.
That said, here are a few clarifying details: Yes, the Naked Donut Runners are completely naked. But most of the time they are actually walking, not running. And the donuts are actually donut holes.
Brown is one of the few spaces in which this kind of event could happen. We’re used to engaging in conversations about provocative topics—literally and intellectually—and we can become a bit blasé about subjects that are so sensationalized elsewhere. By my fifth semester of experiencing the NDR, I now think, “Sweet, donuts. Oh, nudity, cool.”
That said, watching nude people run around isn’t for everyone. If you would rather not experience this, consider finding a secret study spot to hole up in while other students flock to the libraries.
The NDR is supposed to be a safe space and a fun break from studying for finals. However, there are risks and consequences associated with an event that includes the celebration of bodies, as we have seen from Fox News’ coverage of Nudity in the Upspace and this year’s cancellation of SexPowerGod.
So this week, while you’re
studying waiting for naked people to hand you donuts, here are a few DOs and DON’Ts: Continue Reading