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Old 28th November 2012, 09:07 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by The Man View Post
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Must be why my grandmother had plastic covers on all her upholstered furniture!!!

Along that line, wouldn't most of the sanitary and protective augments be covered (pun intended) by materials not necessarily visually occlusive?
I'm visualizing a saran wrap diaper or loin cloth with perspiration fogging up the film because it doesn't breath. Oh the fungal infections that would result from that get up!! But it would keep the germs off the furniture.
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Old 28th November 2012, 09:14 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by MontagK505 View Post
Sitting down on a public park bench while nude would carry a greater risk of infection. Public nudity as such should not be criminalized, only when it becomes a public danger or some form of harassment should it be illegal. Being forced to rub against clothed people while traveling on crowded public transportation as bad enough.
I agree whole heartedly on this, the thought is nauseating.
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Old 28th November 2012, 09:37 PM   #43
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What's your take? Should it be legalized or not?
As the arguments you presented seem to have been demolished repeatedly... I'll simply say that I am fully in favor of legalization. Very much against having it be required. Clothes are very useful tools for many reasons. Cleanliness while nude and using public resources... that's a slightly different issue. Of course, I would tend to compare that more to dog owners cleaning up after their pets or not than nudity.
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Old 28th November 2012, 10:19 PM   #44
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Yes, but these sometimes don't fit the sanitary condition and never fit the protective condition.
Just like the uncomfortable objection before, other concealing fabrics can be of little sanitary or protective use but might be worn for simply the need of that concealing aspect.


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No, because of the trapping moisture part.
Which wouldn't be worse in the hotter whether?

You do know that perforations and vents can help with "the trapping moisture part" just as they do in other less transparent materials that trap moister as well.

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These things capture the heat, dirt, and moisture whilst being worn. Anyone who has ever tried to wear a poncho on a warm summer day is familiar with this effect: the air inside gets hot and sticky, and the inner surface becomes wet with condensation and sweat (which carries dirt and oils from the skin and smears them on the inside of the poncho). Now imagine a perfectly clear poncho: all the sweat and dirt and condensation is visible as a translucent coating, except for where your wet, sweaty, hairy skin is pressed directly against the material.
No need to imagine I work in clean room, you should see the salt lines on my shirt after work and while the clean room suits aren't transparent you can still see when sweat has plastered it to someone's skin . So is your complaint just that you don't want to see what you are excreting into your cloths right know.


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Yes but people are able to choose to patronize strip clubs when they want to go to them, and avoid them when they don't want to go to them. Forcing people to have to become reverse-stripping patrons by traveling about in public amounts more to extortion than providing a service.
No one said anything about forcing people to do anything. You can't extort people with something they don't care about and giving people what they want to pay for is providing them a service.
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Old 28th November 2012, 10:27 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by Jodie View Post
I'm visualizing a saran wrap diaper or loin cloth with perspiration fogging up the film because it doesn't breath. Oh the fungal infections that would result from that get up!! But it would keep the germs off the furniture.
I'm glad to stimulate your imagination as well as keep the germs (at least some of them) off the furniture.
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Old 28th November 2012, 10:46 PM   #46
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HA...HA-HAAAA. Hooooo. Wow!

Yup, never happens. Wait, I'm sorry - happens too rarely to care about. Yessir indeedy.

There's no point getting all stressed out about a statistically improbable event. If someone's going to sexually assault you, statistically there's about an 80-90% chance you know them, so focusing efforts on protecting yourself against strangers is totally illogical.
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Old 29th November 2012, 06:53 AM   #47
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Originally Posted by The Man View Post
Just like the uncomfortable objection before, other concealing fabrics can be of little sanitary or protective use but might be worn for simply the need of that concealing aspect.

Yes, but at least it does fulfil that aspect. The non-occlusive "garment" would fulfil no purpose at all.


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Which wouldn't be worse in the hotter whether?

Trapping moisture is just plain bad, either in hot or cold weather. In hot weather, it raises the ambient humidity next to the skin to an uncomfortable level and leads to profuse sweating; in cold weather, the moisture condenses on the fabric and is then chilled by conduction, which then chills the wearer by touch.

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You do know that perforations and vents can help with "the trapping moisture part" just as they do in other less transparent materials that trap moister as well.

In theory. but those with practical experience know for a fact that "vents" in clothing designed for this purpose are in reality useless gimmicks; the hot, humid air can't actually get out unless fresh air is able to get in from elsewhere to replace it, and the mere existence of openings for this purpose is insufficient - something has to cause the air to start moving - and keep moving - in order for this displacement to occur. Body movement alone doesn't do it; inside-outside temperature difference isn't enough either.

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No need to imagine I work in clean room, you should see the salt lines on my shirt after work and while the clean room suits aren't transparent you can still see when sweat has plastered it to someone's skin . So is your complaint just that you don't want to see what you are excreting into your cloths right know.

I don't want to see it, I don't want others to see it, and I don't want to see it on others.

In some ways, the "non-occlusive garment" - let's just be honest and call it clear plastic, because that's the only thing we could possibly be referring to - would be even worse than just plain nudity. One of the concerns mentioned above by others - leaving (relatively) invisible or barely-visible smears of possibly disease-contaminated body fluids/substances here and there all over the place - the clear plastic garment might "catch" these, but at the cost of concentrating them in one place and putting them on proud public display. Yeah, it would be nasty. That's the part I was referring to when I said "appetite-affectiing".

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No one said anything about forcing people to do anything. You can't extort people with something they don't care about and giving people what they want to pay for is providing them a service.
It isn't if your presence is the sole creator of the want. A tire-shop owner throwing tacks into the street near his business is in a like manner "providing a service" when he changes or repairs his victims' tires for a fee. Except they wouldn't need their tires fixed or replaced at all if it weren't for the tacks; and your victims wouldn't be needing you to cover up enough to pay you to do it if you weren't showing up naked in a place where they couldn't avoid having to interact with you.
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Old 29th November 2012, 07:03 AM   #48
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I'm glad to stimulate your imagination as well as keep the germs (at least some of them) off the furniture.
Nudists always carry a towel. Guess why?
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Old 29th November 2012, 07:20 AM   #49
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Because they're hoopy froods?
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Nudists always carry a towel. Guess why?
Because they are galactic hitch-hikers?
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I don't want to see most people naked. In my experience the ones who like to be naked most are the ones I want to see naked least.
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Old 29th November 2012, 08:20 AM   #52
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It was a discussion I had with my class today and some folks on another forum. I was against it for the following reasons I made:




What's your take? Should it be legalized or not?
Primitive peoples do very well walking around naked.
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Old 29th November 2012, 08:33 AM   #53
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I don't want to see most people naked. In my experience the ones who like to be naked most are the ones I want to see naked least.
Stretch tights and speedos and halters and muscle shirts, it's all the same. People are people, and the unattractive ones are unattractive whether you see their gonads or not.
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Old 29th November 2012, 08:34 AM   #54
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I don't want to see most people naked. In my experience the ones who like to be naked most are the ones I want to see naked least.
It doesn't matter what you want, it matters what is right (ethically), yes?
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How do you draw the line? If it's OK to say you have to cover these 10 square inches then how is it not OK to say you have to wear a Burka?
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How do you draw the line? If it's OK to say you have to cover these 10 square inches then how is it not OK to say you have to wear a Burka?

Covering those particular 10 square inches doesn't restrict the kind of normal social interaction that generally occurs in public or prevent identification of an individual in the way that wearing a full face and body covering deliberately designed to entirely hide the person does.

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Originally Posted by P.J. Denyer View Post
Covering those particular 10 square inches doesn't restrict the kind of normal social interaction that generally occurs in public or prevent identification of an individual in the way that wearing a full face and body covering deliberately designed to entirely hide the person does.
Okay, so everything but the face needs to be covered while in public?
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Originally Posted by P.J. Denyer View Post
Covering those particular 10 square inches doesn't restrict the kind of normal social interaction or prevent identification of an individual in the way that wearing a full face and body covering deliberately designed to entirely hide the person does.
A very good answer.
So let's pull it back from a burka to requiring that everything but the hands and face be covered.

Merton - beat me to it.


Just as a side note I'm reminded of a Heinlein story from the 1950's were a character returning to Earth after many years was shocked because the women were not wearing hats.
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Okay, so everything but the face needs to be covered while in public?
No and that's not what I'm saying, but the question asked was specifically about the Burqua which is going to the opposite extreme than the OP is different and these are factors that are particually applicable to that garment.

In any society there is a balance between what the individual may find comfortable, desirable and/or practical and what the wider society finds acceptable but they weren't as applicable to the question.
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No and that's not what I'm saying, but the question asked was specifically about the Burqua which is going to the opposite extreme than the OP is different and these are factors that are particually applicable to that garment.
Fair enough.

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In any society there is a balance between what the individual may find comfortable, desirable and/or practical and what the wider society finds acceptable but they weren't as applicable to the question.
Where do you think this balance ought to lie?
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Me personally? I'm pretty much happy for people to wear whatever the hell they like. There's a hygiene argument for minimum coverage of the groin and rectum and I think that coverage of the face is antisocial under most circumstances and can isolate the wearer so personally I'm against that. I have no problem with businesses setting dress codes as they feel is appropriate.

Other than that I think that people should dress as they feel comfortable and as is practical for their situation and activities.
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Nudists always carry a towel. Guess why?
Wouldn't it be easier to tie the towel around your waist rather than have to carry it? Oh wait, then it's clothing. And that's bad because...

I personally don't have a problem with 'optimists'. They have a camp near here. I just find a lot of the arguments for nudity to be spacious. Clothing is practical almost all of the time regardless of social pressures. So I tend to wear clothing. Sometimes it's less than people would like...
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At the beach or a swimming pool, ok.

At someplace like Starbuck's, not so much.
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Because they're hoopy froods?
They are indeed!

And because they are, they always put their towel between their nether regions and anything they sit on.

It's for everybody's protection.
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Covering those particular 10 square inches doesn't restrict the kind of normal social interaction that generally occurs in public ...
Speak for yourself!
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Primitive peoples do very well walking around naked.
Primitive people live is groups where everyone knows everyone else. They know if there are any child molesters or rapists and can take actions to keep themselves safe. But in larger societies you don't know everyone and it presents more risk.
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They would ask me to put my clothes back on. I don't prefer nudity indoors because I do not want e-coli on my upholstered furniture.
Take a shower. Use a bidet. Gross
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Take a shower. Use a bidet. Gross
Oh, so it's fine to insist we all be fine with people wandering around with the tackle out, but the second someone doesn't agree with your idea of how often to wash said tackle you're ok with issuing orders. Hypocritical bigot.
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Covering those particular 10 square inches doesn't restrict the kind of normal social interaction that generally occurs in public or prevent identification of an individual in the way that wearing a full face and body covering deliberately designed to entirely hide the person does.
That's fine, so tell me why women should not all be compelled to wear pink hats.
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I don't like the fact that we mandate wearing clothes, especially in the summer months. In Columbus, Ohio, it is legal to go without shirts whether you are male or female, but females rarely do so, except at one particular festival. I don't really want to see most people's naked bodies, but I don't really want to see their bodies in clothes that are too small for their size either. I generally just don't like a lot of people, so whether they have on clothes or not makes no difference.

I would like to be able to walk around the house naked with the windows open and not worry about the neighbors being offended. I do walk around half naked a lot and usually cover my top with my arm when facing a window without blinds. I feel that is unnecessary though. I only do it because I'm worried I will offend some mom whose 10 year old son happened to be walking by.

If legal, I would probably not go nude, but I wouldn't wear many clothes in the summer, and I surely wouldn't care whether certain things could be seen through the clothes.

There are few practical arguments for clothing. Sure, I don't really trust someone else to wipe properly, so sitting on a common seat would be iffy. But I would just carry something I always sat on, kind of like exotic dancers in Canada do. I already use public toilets, and that is just as scary. I touch handles that everyone else touches and drink out of questionable glasses at bars and restaurants.

I feel that forced covering of certain parts is just a convention. similar to swear words. It's a moral convention, not practical. I'm not offended by the way someone naturally looks. I don't ask people to cover their ugly haircuts or dye jobs, so why should I ask people to be uncomfortable wearing clothing if they don't want to?
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They are indeed!

And because they are, they always put their towel between their nether regions and anything they sit on.

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I'm sure the towels are color coded so they always put the same side down ..
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That's fine, so tell me why women should not all be compelled to wear pink hats.
Tell me why they should? Personally I think individual freedom should be paramount so far as it does not impinge on the rights of others. The question that the answer you quoted was to was not about what should be done but what was different about two situations.

This is the third question along these lines I've been asked and I feel like I'm being assumed to hold a position that I don't here. I was addressing a single specific question about why (as I interpreted it) legally enforcing certain (fairly universal) minimum clothing requirements was at heart different to enforcing a particularly extreme example. Since compulsion and social expectations could be applied to both I tried to think of some examples specific to the question I was asked, it was not an exhaustive list and was not intended to be.
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Old 30th November 2012, 08:45 AM   #73
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Originally Posted by Skeptical Greg View Post
I'm sure the towels are color coded so they always put the same side down ..
Actually most do have towels that have a "top" side.

Like printed beach towels.
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Yes, but at least it does fulfil that aspect. The non-occlusive "garment" would fulfil no purpose at all.
People often sacrifice sanitary and protective effectiveness of garments for comfort and appearance. The non-occlusive "garment" would be no different.

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Trapping moisture is just plain bad, either in hot or cold weather. In hot weather, it raises the ambient humidity next to the skin to an uncomfortable level and leads to profuse sweating; in cold weather, the moisture condenses on the fabric and is then chilled by conduction, which then chills the wearer by touch.

In theory. but those with practical experience know for a fact that "vents" in clothing designed for this purpose are in reality useless gimmicks; the hot, humid air can't actually get out unless fresh air is able to get in from elsewhere to replace it, and the mere existence of openings for this purpose is insufficient - something has to cause the air to start moving - and keep moving - in order for this displacement to occur. Body movement alone doesn't do it; inside-outside temperature difference isn't enough either.


I don't want to see it, I don't want others to see it, and I don't want to see it on others.


In some ways, the "non-occlusive garment" - let's just be honest and call it clear plastic, because that's the only thing we could possibly be referring to - would be even worse than just plain nudity. One of the concerns mentioned above by others - leaving (relatively) invisible or barely-visible smears of possibly disease-contaminated body fluids/substances here and there all over the place - the clear plastic garment might "catch" these, but at the cost of concentrating them in one place and putting them on proud public display. Yeah, it would be nasty. That's the part I was referring to when I said "appetite-affectiing".
Let's cut to the chase. It basically comes down to protection. The sanitary concern of clothing being just one aspect of that. Protecting one from the contaminants in some environment or (as in the case of the clean room) protecting a clean environment from the contaminates that come from and off us all the time. Protection has costs, uncomfortably being one of them and trapping moisture being a particular one in various cases of protective equipment. Anyone who wears personal protective equipment on a regular basis can tell you this. Again people regularly sacrifice those various aspects of protection to one degree or the other for other aspects like comfort and appearance. As far as plastic goes, clear or not, it helps keep the outside contaminates off you and your contaminates out of the surrounding environment, as well as preventing some abrasive contacts. Which is why it is often used in personal protective equipment, so it is specifically better than nude for the very aspects remarked for which it is currently widely used.

Your compliant still just comes down to that you just don't what to see it. A fair compliant as far as I'm concerned and there is no need to try to make it out to be anything more than just that.




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It isn't if your presence is the sole creator of the want. A tire-shop owner throwing tacks into the street near his business is in a like manner "providing a service" when he changes or repairs his victims' tires for a fee. Except they wouldn't need their tires fixed or replaced at all if it weren't for the tacks; and your victims wouldn't be needing you to cover up enough to pay you to do it if you weren't showing up naked in a place where they couldn't avoid having to interact with you.

They wouldn't have to interact with me, heck, they wouldn't even have to take notice of me and in your "tack" analogy the tire-shop owner is deliberately damaging property making it a poor analogy.
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Nudists always carry a towel. Guess why?
For snap'n each other in the arse, of course.
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For snap'n each other in the arse, of course.
That too!
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Originally Posted by BenBurch View Post
Actually most do have towels that have a "top" side.

Like printed beach towels.
And we can count on them to do the right thing ?


Really, I guess I should have used the sarcastic motie....
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Originally Posted by P.J. Denyer View Post
Tell me why they should? Personally I think individual freedom should be paramount so far as it does not impinge on the rights of others. The question that the answer you quoted was to was not about what should be done but what was different about two situations.

This is the third question along these lines I've been asked and I feel like I'm being assumed to hold a position that I don't here. I was addressing a single specific question about why (as I interpreted it) legally enforcing certain (fairly universal) minimum clothing requirements was at heart different to enforcing a particularly extreme example. Since compulsion and social expectations could be applied to both I tried to think of some examples specific to the question I was asked, it was not an exhaustive list and was not intended to be.
Maybe your problem was in expression. You excluded the burka because it would "restrict the kind of normal social interaction that generally occurs in public or prevent identification of an individual..." and if that's the criterion, then you have not gone far to explain a silly clothing code that meets it. Of course we can always argue different sides of the slippery slope here, that minimal requirements make sense but on the other hand, the minima are arguable. My point is that we have actual long standing examples of places in which dress codes do not exist, and we could just look at how they work instead of arguing abstracts. You can walk around naked in Vermont, but most of us have figured out how we would prefer to appear in public, and do so without incident.
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The hands and face are where you can find the highest concentration of microorganisms on most humans. The bottom is much cleaner. So your couches are much safer from germs when a nude person sits on them than when you rearrange the pillows.

But that may be due to us wearing pants more often than gloves and full face masks.
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I don't think the surface of the buttocks is really the concern here.. Think " seepage " ...
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