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Clothes are not a necessity for everyone, so why do we bother wearing clothes at all?

Stephen Gough likes to be naked; so much so, it has cost him his freedom. He has spent a combined total of 10 years in prison for showing too much skin in public, having been arrested multiple times.

Gough, also known as the “naked rambler”, prefers to get naked when temperatures warm up. He is not a danger to the public, but when he walked naked from John o’Groats to Lands’ End in the UK in 2003, he caused outcries around the country.

People may have substituted body art with clothes
Cultura RM/Alamy People may have substituted body art with clothes

When he attempted the journey again he was quickly arrested. In prison he was often put into solitary confinement for his refusal to wear clothes.

Some hunter-gatherer societies still choose to live mostly naked

And yet, nobody can argue with the fact that we are all born, like Gough, without clothes. The difference is that most of us go on to cover up in our public lives.

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Source: BBC

Original publication 19 September, 2016

Posted on NatCorn 11th October 2020

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