Living Life In The Nude
Can it be done? Can you actually live your life naked? I say no. Not unless you live on a desert island or at a naturist retreat. It’s just not practical.
For a start, as I sit and type this I look out of the window, which opens out onto a busy family street, and it’s raining. I went out in knitwear today. It’s too cold for skinny vests let alone ‘eau naturale’. And my neighbours would have issue with my choice of undress. I am, if nothing else, considerate.
These thoughts crossed my mind as I read about Lena Dunham, actress, filmmaker and star and creator of HBO’s series ‘Girls‘ who has recently announced via her Twitter feed that she is going to dispense with clothes and live nude. I am dubious of her claim. I can’t find a reference to it anywhere else. But if it’s true and she does it, for someone like her this is a great publicity stunt. Whilst she has been cited ‘brave’ by an anonymous feminist, I don’t think there’s anything particularly empowering about showing that ‘….any woman can get naked on TV, even if people are covering their eyes and screaming at her to stop.’
You want them to be amazed, agog, admirable, not screaming and running away. That’s not empowerment, that’s just insulting and crushing to your self esteem. And that is not a good naturism message at all. Additionally she described the people she wanted to inspire as ‘twats’.
The article I initially read on ‘Little Miss Perfect‘ didn’t really tell me why Ms Dunham was shedding her clothes for apparent eternity but as it appeared on my Twitter feed which is naturism only I felt it required a naturist response. I wanted to delve a little deeper to find out exactly what all this was about but I couldn’t find anything.
Regardless of her naked stance you have to hand it to Lena that she knows how to vent creatively. In an interview back in January she said that she got a sense there are some ’58-year-olds who wished she was dead…’, possibly with reference to radio host Howard Stern, who controversially called her a ‘talentless little fat chick’ on his show. You would want to hit out at that kind of comment wouldn’t you? He later apologised.
It’s that kind of attitude that can cause a life time of body issue struggles for any girl. But it seems to be like water off a duck’s back to Lena Dunham. She loves her body and that’s all that matters. Go Lena. Anyway, despite much trolling on the internet I haven’t found any other references to her comment about not wearing any clothes. I’m sure if she does, it will be a success. She moves in the right circles. She’ll get away with it. And now I feel compelled to give ‘Girls’ a go.
But back to the naked lifestyle. I know there are people on my Twitter who strip off the second they get in the door. These are people with their own homes. Privacy, perhaps non-nosey neighbours or an acre of land. Many of us don’t have that sort of luxury. And unless you are living in a hot country and don’t have the issue of commuting to work or traveling anywhere much, being naked 24 / 7 surely isn’t practical.
But maybe you can surprise me. If there are people out there genuinely living the naked dream and getting away with it, please let me know. They deserve a hi-5.