Nudist Nomenclature

“Body Politic Rebuffs French Island’ Nudist Past,” by Noemie Bisserbe. The Wall Street Journal, 3/11/2016.

Ile du Levant is a small French island in the Mediterranean where nudity has had a long tradition and acceptance—everywhere except in the town square. The problem is that the town officials are trying to enforce the ban on nudity there, but many residents have to walk through it to get to the beach and hiking trails on the other side where there never has been a controversy. (From the WSJ drawing of a 70-year-old woman resident, I would be all for the ban. Many years ago, I spent one afternoon on a clothing-optional Rivera beach, and it was not nearly as exciting as I had expected.)

An offered compromise is that nudity will be permitted in the square as long as the perps keep walking and do not stop.  Many think that is plain silly, and protests are expected to resume as warm weather returns.

I don’t live there, so I really don’t care what they decide, but I did learn one useful fact from the article. Someone who spends a good part of the time in the nude is called a nudist, of course, but what do you call their opposite, someone who stays dressed?   Answer: a textile, as in, “Somebody should get those textiles and their cameras off our beach. I kid you not!”

RWalck@Verizon.net

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My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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