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#1 Oct 17, 2017 8:08 pm


BBC Article: "We did not invent clothes simply to stay warm"

This opening question from the article begs one to read more: "Clothes are not a necessity for everyone, so why do we bother wearing clothes at all?"

Here are some tidbits:

1."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."

2. "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."

3. "There are good reasons to do so: in colder climes we would freeze to death without some extra padding, and in intense heat clothing can also shield us from the Sun. However, some hunter-gatherer societies still choose to live mostly naked, which suggests that clothing is not vital for our survival.

So if being naked is so natural, when did our obsession with clothing begin, and why?"

4. "Clothes set us apart from other species, and from nature, says Gilligan. What's more, by signaling that we belong to particular social or political groups, they can also set us apart from one another."

Read the rest here: … of-clothes


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