The suits worn by a couple of ‘college professors’ (above) are a L$1 prize in the ongoing ‘For Him 3’ hunt, and are the gift from Wilsons Designs.
I’m showing it for the reason that, dressed accordingly, neither model ‘looks like a naturist’. As I say, there’s something more of the ‘college professor’ look about them, or guys who -away from their profession- love more than tinkering with electronics, under the bonnet (hood) of a vintage car, or reading poetry in a library somewhere.
‘Clothes maketh the man’, as Shakespeare once wrote (in Hamlet, if memory serves). Mark Twain then tweaked that to read ‘Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.’ (Booooo!!!! You’re so wrong, Mark Twain!!!)
In naturism, I will often run into people in both clothed and unclothed states, and I’m always intrigued as to how their clothed state often belies the naturist underneath. It’s that old ‘you don’t look like a naturist’ meme again. What does a naturist look like?
Granted, the photos above show ladies dressed and undressed, rather than them being identifiable as real life naturists, but the point still stands. In their dressed state, the ladies go for a casual look, for comfort, rather than any style that suggests naturism as a lifestyle in their lives. I’ve spoken to real life grandparents dressed as, sometimes, grandparents do. Clothing that isn’t particularly flattering (and hey, it’s not just grandparents who do this…I dress for casual comfort too!).
‘Clothes maketh the man’ in terms of giving us ‘clues’. A policeman’s uniform, a nurse’s uniform, a businessman or woman’s ‘power suit’, a judge’s gown and wig all indicate their standing in society.
The old naturist maxim that ‘removed of our clothes, we all stand equal’ is very much a truth. I’ve had conversations with doctors, teachers, lawyers, construction workers and so on while they and I have been nude, and we’ve judged each other on who we are, rather than what we do. We’ve stripped off to create a much more equal society, something that the wider world could and should learn about, and quickly!
In the current world context, much is made of symbolic clothing, specifically the hijab or burqa.
I’ve wanted to do a post on these for quite some time, not easy in a Second Life that is in retreat from Islam, to some extent. When I started in SL there was a visible Muslim presence in SL, now largely gone, reflective of our real world, perhaps. It has been something that other SL writers, as well as myself, have tackled and failed to get to the kernel of over several years, and it’s something I’d like to get to grips with soon. What we’ve stitched together so far, with input from some Muslim SL avatars, may surprise you to some extent, and challenge some prejudices.
Hijab wearing woman
Burqa wearing woman