Originally Posted by Liberal Irishman
Not all climates dictate that ‘we be covered in fur or blubber’.
Peoples such as the aborigines, large populations of Africans (where man has supposedly originated), tropical inhabitants etc. etc. regularly go naked on a day-to-day basis.
I think it is VERY natural!
Not quite and it's a needlessly simplistic take IMHO. They go naked or semi naked to our
cultural centric eyes. Those cultures have a very definite delineation between the naked and dressed, the public and private, indeed the sexual and non sexual. A thin leather belt, a penis sheath, a necklace can all signify "clothed" and removal of same in public is just as taboo as walking down Grafton Street in the nip. A Muslim woman ins a devout Muslim area is "naked" if her hair is uncovered even if she is fully clothed in a shapeless dress that gives no clue to the form beneath. "Natural" is a very culturally loaded term in humans.
"Natural" and the notion of the "return to innocence" is a common thread in European thought throughout the ages. The notion of getting back to simpler, less judgemental times. Indeed not just in Europe, it's common in every advanced* and complex and especially rapidly changing civilisation. IMHO Naturism is an example of that. The body luddite in a way. The comfort blanket from a past that never existed. Cool and the gang if it's a personal preference but I take issue when it's dressed up as "natural", when such dressing up is culturally subjective and anthropologically misinformed.
*or retarded depending on viewpoint. Though I see issues in complex civilisations, I'd go still go with advanced as I'm not a hippie.