Last week, Sydney nudist Anya Petrovic was so annoyed by Manly Vale Public School cutting down trees that gave her back yard privacy, that she decided to hand out flyers to the parents, with a picture of herself in the altogether! According to one of the articles:
The full-frontal nudity flyer, which had a small black square covering her lower private parts, was also left on the windscreens of cars parked in the area.
Interesting issue – it’s commonplace to be naked in your home and even your backyard, and legislation mostly talks about being nude in public places (which your house is not). However, we also have to use common-sense – if you have houses overlooking your property, then you might want to take some additional steps to ensure your privacy (and it’s never a good plan to annoy your neighbours, you do have to live next to them!!).
In this case though, it was the school that cut down the trees – but it is unclear whether the trees themselves were providing the privacy, or just making the privacy better. If there is a fence already in place, it could be argued that the students would have to go out of their way to looking into the nudists yard – is there a law against going out of your way to look into someone’s backyard?
From a nudist perspective, it’s easy to understand Anya’s frustration. However, the article implies there’s more of a story there – it mentions that the nudist couple had asked the school to replace the trees, so perhaps handing out flyers was part of that issue not being resolved? We’re speculating here of course, but we welcome comments and opinions!
Check out the articles yourself, here and here and here
But to the crux of the story – should Anya have handed out flyers at all??