CNN had a story the other day on Belgian couple Nick and Lins De Corte, “naturists” who trot the globe unclothed.
They expose their exploits on a blog (Naked Wanderings), an Instagram account and Facebook, using props and artful cropping to bypass social media standards… which is hilarious, considering Facebook banned a photo of onions last week. A Canadian seed company’s photo of unpeeled onions in a basket was taken down because—I kid you not—they were “breast-shaped.” Such saucy veggies!
Back to our wild-and-free couple: They started their blog to lay bare “some of the myths surrounding naturism,” Nick said.
Myth # 1: “[People think] that it’s related to sex—[but] people can be naked together without any sexual intention,” he explained. Myth 2: Lounging around naked “is just for old people.”
Full disclosure: I’ve known several people who were “naturists,” except they called themselves nudists. They ranged in age from late 40s to early 70s. They traveled to various campgrounds, beaches and resorts, mingled with other free spirits and apparently enjoyed every unclothed moment.
The pandemic has, obviously, stripped the spontaneity from many activities. But even pre-Covid nudist etiquette raises questions: How does one handle communal seating, like barstools and fence rails? Are there disposable covers everywhere, or does one discreetly carry a hand towel?
Nick and Lins have scuba-dived in Honduras, tossed back beers in Portugal and hiked in the Amazon rainforest, all without those pesky clothes. I don’t know which is more startling: That a couple can constantly agree on where to go, or that they go there nude.
Come to think of it, “nude” is a pantyhose shade. Also a lipstick color. It brings to mind tasteful images of doe-eyed women shielding their modesty with armfuls of wildflowers. Burt Reynolds famously posed nude with only his hand for cover—and, as he quipped, “I have small hands.”
“Naked” is, well, buck naked. You can’t get any nuder than being naked. Then there’s nekkid, which, as the late great Lewis Grizzard pointed out, is much spicier than being naked. If you’re nekkid, you’re up to no good.
“In the buff” is just a throwaway term people use to make nekkid sound sophisticated. It started cropping up back in the ‘70s and frankly, it can stay there. “Swimming in the buff” actually sounds boring, unlike skinny dipping, which sounds slightly wicked. Barbie would swim in the buff; Skipper would skinny dip.
Source: Walterboro Live
Original publication 21 October, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 29th October 2020
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