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“Don’t look, Ethel!” Do You Remember, STREAKING?

Written by Rebeka Knott


Those of you who remember the spectacle of streaking, remember that it was widely recognized, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, as the act of a person running nude through a public event, although the first documented incident in the United States occurred in 1804. As a rule, it was usually the amusing result of someone seeking attention for a particular cause.

Somewhere along the line, it was realized that streakers could draw much greater attention doing something more provocative; like exposing their most intimate body parts! Well, of course, whoever came up with that concept was a genius! Nudity gets attention! And, better yet, as a sport, there were no uniforms or equipment to buy… a streaker was fully equipped at any time and any place! Sporting events were most definitely popular venues for streaking due to the simple fact that large crowds of people were usually in attendance.