Bay to Breakers – Bare to Breakers

As a response to my previous blogpost about ‘older’ men posing nude on NMHW, I received the following pictures, taken at the Bay to Breakers event, an annual footrace in San Francisco, US.  I have been told by Dan, the male nude in the photographes, that Bay to Breakers is the oldest footrace in the country. The first race actually took place in 1912. Over the decades more and more people started participating. With 110,000 participants, the BtoB race in 1986 was recognized as the largest footrace in the world.

Dan (47) - Bay to Breakers footrace in San Fransisco, US

Dan (47) – Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco, US

Although the race is taken very seriously, it has become quite a festive event. Many people following the runners started to wear costumes and some people, like Dan, simply decided not to wear anything at all – well, apart from footwear that is. In February 2009 the city officials decided that nudity among other things from then on was forbidden. Due to the massive negative reaction to this new regulation it did not hold – fortunately :)

“I love my Bay to Breakers photos though just because they are so unusual. It is an incredible feeling to be able to walk around naked in such a big crowd, and I love the reactions that I get from the girls there. Almost every girl who posed with me for a picture did so at her request, not mine. I was lucky enough to get whoever was taking the picture for her/them to get one with my camera.”

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While reading through the article about this footrace on Wikipedia, I discovered there are groups of people calling themselves the Bare to Breakers who race to promote public nudity and the nude body in general. You can find more information about this group here.

Dan guesses there are about 100 to 200 nude people attending the race, either really running or mixing with the crowd, which is not a lot if you consider the fact that about 50,000 people sign up. “I tend to separate myself from the other naked runners because I’m always stopping for photo requests. And I kind of like the attention I get when I’m the only naked person in the area.
I can only imagine ;)

“The one of me with the girl in the pink tutu bent down is probably my favorite picture from any of the five Bay to Breakers I’ve attended. She approached me and rather bluntly asked me how big I got when I got erect. I jokingly told her that if she talked to it, she might get to see for herself. She surprised me by doing that very thing, and I was lucky enough to get someone to take a picture of it with my camera. Less than a minute after that shot was taken, she got to see exactly what she wanted. I was fully erect out there in front of everyone. She loved seeing it and I think she really enjoyed knowing that she was the cause of it. But she never touched me. That’s what I love about being naked for women, letting them be in charge of everything. I’m there to satisfy their curiosity and to be whatever they want me to be. And Bay to Breakers is so amazing because it’s there in public, in front of thousands and thousands of people.”

Talk to the... :)

“You could try talking to it…” :p

Not only do I find it extremely brave what Dan and many other men and women are doing, I find the women who want to have their picture taken with him even cooler! They do not hide behind the false assumption that women don’t like or enjoy male nudity. When I look at these photos, I do not see women who are shocked and repulsed by it. I see women who enjoy what they see – and who are not afraid or ashamed to show their curiosity to see more

What about the older naked man…

The movie is after the book with the same title by Philip Roth

Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman in the movie “The Human Stain”
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjX8TWmUPE4

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Sir Thomas Sean Connery, 25th of August 1930

If you have seen the movie “Rush” about Formula One driver Niki Lauda, you may remember the beginning where one of the male characters explains why women are attracted to racing car drivers. He says that women are attracted to them because they are closer to death… An interesting thought which made me wonder what it is exactly what attracts younger women to older men… Is it experience? Is it because they seem more settled? Is it them being one step closer to the end that fascinates us?

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Harrison Ford, 13th of July 1942

The first older man I fell in love with was Indiana Jones. I was only a little girl at the time but oh my god how I adored him… sigh… I thought he was so manly, attractive and experienced! And guess what, Harrison Ford was ‘already’ 39 when he made Raiders of the Lost Ark! In the eye of a 9-10-year old an older man indeed! Now that I am close to 40 myself, I am talking about 50-plus males :)

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Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, 31st of December 1937

To me the attraction of the older man is a combination of the arguments above. But what I find most fascinating, are those moments when the younger man shines through. It is something in his eyes, a certain look. I think you can see this in the photo’s I have chosen for this post.
Also, men in general tend to get more handsome with age. Sean Connery as a younger man never appealed to me. Once he got older though, I thought he started to look really intereresting and more attractive. The white hair, the white beard, the dark eye brows and those promising bedroom eyes… ;)

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Morgan Freeman, 1st of June 1937

Morgan Freeman is also a good example of someone who has the charisma of a younger man.

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James Hugh Calum Laurie, 11th of June 1959

Of course, Dr. House aka Hugh Laurie cannot be forgotten here. He is the perfect exmaple of a man who gets more handsome as the years go by. Of course it has to be said that the role of Dr. House additionally helped im getting rid of the comical, more silly appearance he had. Those of you who know the tv series Blackadder or A bit of Fry and Laurie will understand what I mean.

Clint Eastwood jr., 31st of Mai 1930

Clint Eastwood jr., 31st of Mai 1930

But how about those sexy older men being naked, for this blog is not called “naked men, happy women” for nothing. Well, apart from the picture below, I did not find any nice photographs worth sharing with you. For fun you should try googling ‘sexy older men’ and see what you get. I will spoil it for you: lots and lots of homo-erotic images of older men showing erections. There is nothing wrong with that, but for this occasion I would prefer images that are more erotic than pornographic. So if you have a photo that could fit here on NMHW, please send them to: nakedmenhappywomen@gmail.com.

“I don’t believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.” ~ T.S. Eliot

“Whoever, in middle age, attempts to realize the wishes and hopes of his early youth, invariably deceives himself. Each ten years of a man’s life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.” ~ Goethe

“By the time we hit fifty, we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously, but never ourselves.” ~ Marie Dressler

Men in Distress

The stereotype family

The stereotype family – has it really changed?

A wonderful article by Laurie Penny of The Guardian, that eventhough it does not handle of masculine nudity for female pleasure, does fit the purpose of this NMHW. These themes are all tied together…

So please read “We need to talk about masculinity” and remember: “In the real world, not all men want to be “breadwinners”, just like not all men want to be violent, or to have power over women. What men do want, however, is to feel needed, and wanted, and useful, and loved.”

On NMHW we sure love men!