Anatomy of a naked party

My Saturday night.

My Saturday night.

Many people outside of College Hill think that Brown students run around naked all of the time. Jesse Watters’ sensationalized coverage of PW’s Nudity in the Upspace didn’t quite help with this image either. The reality, however, is that the majority of Brown students have never participated in a naked event. Nudity on campus (that is beyond the dormitory showers) is somewhat like a secret society—the Naked Donut Run itself is a very selective and exclusive underground network. Given the low chances of successfully infiltrating the NDR, your best shot of putting your birthday suit on display is to attend a naked party.

Naked parties are not the easiest things to find. You get invited via email a few days beforehand and word doesn’t spread as far as you might think. Although there is not a list at the door, you’ve basically got to be within two degrees of separation to end up at one of these things. Many Brunonians wait until the end of their senior year to hit up a naked party. We at BlogDH figured that a bunch of you are curious about what it’s like, or want to know what you may get yourself into. Surely you have wondered at some point, what would the world be like if nobody wore clothes.  Well, as the sacrificial lamb, I found out what a college house party would be like if no one wore clothing. I am honored to present: Anatomy of a Naked Party (We like to make jokes here at BlogDH).

I was initially nervous that I would have to make my way to the party wearing nothing but my skin. One of the preliminary emails gave me relief by instructing that there would be a changing room and that I should bring a bag for my clothes. I decided not to do any out of the ordinary—my idea was that if I’m going to be naked, I might as well look like my usual self.

There were stringent rules for this naked party:

– There were no cameras allowed in the space, for obvious reasons.

– It was frowned upon to show up extremely intoxicated, particularly considering the whole bare feet and vomit conundrum.

– It was explicitly stated in the party invitation that any kind of touching, sexual or not, must be consensual.

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ZOMG NDR

naked doughnut

The libraries don’t get that censored rectangle tonight.


Would you like that with frosting?

Anyone who walked into the Sciences Library at about midnight last night might have been confused. An inordinate number of people crowded the space, blocking the stairwell entirely.

What is the madness, you ask?

Nearly 45 minutes later, all questions were answered as at least 20 students — entirely in the nude — came marauding down the stairs, handing out donuts to the cheering hoards.

Careful where you get that powdered sugar kids. And watch out for paper cuts.

More pics and commentary here.