Being socially clothes free is complex?
At a celebration in September, I noticed that almost half of those present in a group of about fifty people, were wearing clothes while the rest were either partially clothed or fully nude at the two very long dining tables. Everyone seemed comfortable with each other’s state of dress or undress while enjoying the meal. Yet, I know that everyone would be uncomfortable if a portion of the company present were naked at a social meal outside of a naturist community, including those who are nude at the table. One moment we are comfortable with our bodies without any sense of shame; and then with the change in setting, feeling of shame and guilt enter into the mind. It isn’t about vulnerability, but more about how we build boxes around ourselves in terms of identity and relationship to others.