Due to the fact that when one is in a social gathering of naturists and nudists, there are no signifiers of power and authority.
The bank president, the CEO, the doctor, lawyer, the construction worker or the waiter all look the same – nude. If there is anything that reduces a group to being potentially democratic in sharing of power, it would be the practice of being together wearing only their skin.
It doesn’t take long for one’s attention to shift from the physical presence to the psychological presence of a person, that is getting to know the person who lies under the surface of the skin or the clothing that disguises and hides. I chose today’s topic because of a tweet I found in my Twitter feed, a tweet sent by @
” Si vous connaissez un ami qui ne vous accepte pas tel que vous êtes, c’est qu’il n’est pas votre ami.” – [Sandra Lamy, 13-01-2013]
[If you know a friend who does not accept you as you are, is that it is not your friend.] It is about acceptance as you are, something that clothing somehow makes more difficult.
Should we dress in a certain fashion, it invites a limited set of people to enter into possible relationship and excludes many, not always consciously.
Should a woman dress in a manner that some would consider provocative then there is an unconscious mind set in the eyes of other women and men. Yet, should that same woman be among the same group of other men and women, that mind set would not arise.
When the clothes come off, who do you really see? Is it easier to get passed collective and personal projections and stereotypes in order to discover the truth about the individual and perhaps find a true friend?