Saturday, March 5, 2011

Naturalists: the naked truth


I was googling things related to Canadian naturalists lately, seeing if there are any websites discussing our journal that I should be aware of.  I stumbled across a link for The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN).  I was surprised and excited: how could there be a federation of Canadian naturalists that I wasn’t aware of?  So I clicked the link.

And then I found out that there is a difference between "naturist" and "naturalist."  The FCN main website defines naturism as: “Naturism involves the practice of complete nudity in a communal setting. It promotes wholesomeness and stability of the human body, mind, and spirit, especially through contact of the body with the natural elements.  Yup – they’re nudists.  I must officially be a natural history nerd because when the FCN website came up with its images of nude people rather than insects or plants, I was disappointed.

I have no problem with nudism/naturism, I just don’t think naturism would mesh well with naturalism.  Just imagine: poison ivy ... everywhere!

1 comment:

  1. HAHA JAY! but there IS a link between naturalism and naturism... it is found in our national parks! at least, those that have beaches...

    The most annoying thing when you go exploring the natural beauties of some parks... walk too far away and you stumble upon all too natural-looking beings you weren't searching for...

    I find naturists an interresting topic, on the intellectual side, but since I was raised in quite an orthodox way, I don't think i'm likely to imagine myself as a naturist... I guess i'll stay a clothed naturalist.

    cheers!

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