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Housework in the nude

June 9 2005 at 9:54 AM
BigAl  (Login BigAl53)

 
There is an interesting article in today's Daily Mail, UK headed, 'We're all naked domestic goddesses.
Apparently it's a newly-discovered social phenomenon that 'countless Breitish women love doing housework in the nude'.

It was discovered when a Gloucester housewife complained about a new buildinbg going up near her home as it would 'ruin her enjoyment of vacuuming in the nude. At first this claimn was treated with some derision, until many other women confessed that they, too, like to do the housework in the nude. 'All spoke of a feeling of liberation and release.

The D.Mail interviewd nine of these women. Some anecodes:

'I spoend so much of my time running around at work that it's great to come home and get down to some mindless cleaning. I find it therapeutic and relaxing'.

'There's a practical reason.... - it saves washing your clothes when you get sweaty'.

'The moment I get home from work, I strip off to do the housework. At the office no one would suspect it because I wear a very conservative, buttoned-up suit. But once I get home I become a different oerson. When I was growing up , Mum used to strip off to do the h/w, so it's s'thing I've inherited. My poor children do get v.embarrassed. They'll come in from school and I'll be there doing the laundry topless or washing dishes in just my rubber gloves - they beg me to put on some clothes. Unfortunately for them, I do everything naked or semi-naked, from the cleaning to the gardening.
The only downside is the involuntary flashing. Last wee, S. was bringing a friend home and I didn't realise her Dad was dropping them off. I was tidying up, completely naked when I heard them all tapping on the window.. The last thing that poor Dad saw was my naked bottom disappearing up the stairs at the speed of light'.


'I have been caught out once. One Saturday, I was vacuuming the living room stark naked and forgot I had left the curtains open. I looked up to see a gang of boys hooting and whistling at me. I just smiled at them and closed the curtains.
I was not that bothered. I think we're far too hung up about nakedness. I do all the ironing, vacuuming and all the cleaning in the nude - the only thing I'm careful of is when I'm using bleach....'


'I did have amn embaarassing incident - I was hanging out clothes on my balcony and, as I put up the airer, I looked dow and, to my horror, saw a garden full of people having a BBQ staring back!


'It's entirely practical - housework is sweaty business if you put your back into it, so it makes sense to do it nude.
Plus there's s'thing fun about it: it's almost like going back to your childhood when you ran around with no clothes on'.



 
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Nat
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Closet nudists

June 9 2005, 10:20 AM 

I think there are a lot of 'closet nudists'- frustrated people with the urge to be clothesfree in a clothed world. I was like that myself in my younger years, and still am to some extend. And the hardest thing about nudism is explaining it to a non-nudist person. It's just about impossible. I wind up just telling them if they have to ask they wouldn't understand.

 
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Speers, Dan
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Explaining Nudism

June 9 2005, 4:20 PM 

Nat,

For me it's been reletively easy to explain to people. Most of the people I've even worked with over the years have all known I was a nudist.

Today I'm not involved as much as I used to from an activist standpoint, but it still comes up and I still find people are more and more accepting and understanding than before.

Dan

 
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Nat
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Re: Explaining Nudism

June 9 2005, 6:35 PM 

Well, I've had discussions about this with my non-nudist friends, but despite my many invitations I never saw them at the resort. I suspect they were being polite and patronizing rather then really understanding.

 
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michaela
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Great News

June 9 2005, 10:21 AM 

Thanks for that story. It is good to know. And it does make sense to work nude, especially now where the temperatures are beginning to rise.

It is too bad, though, that the one woman felt she had to close her curtains. This depletes the amount of natural light she gets to carry out her task. I don't know about the laws where you are, but here, if you are standing outside someones domicile gawking in the window, you are the one who is committing a crime.

 
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BigAl
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Laws

June 9 2005, 10:54 AM 

There a no laws in GB regarding nudity on one's own premises. And even in Public places, s'one would actually have to make a formal complaint before one would be 'spoken to'. However, few people take advantage of this liberal attitude.

 
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Re: Laws

June 9 2005, 11:08 AM 

Same here. That's what I was eluding to. The one who is nude in her home is not the one who is wrong, but the one standing on the sidewalk looking in her window is the one in the wrong.

Some towns here do have ordinances against nudity outside even on ones own property within city limits. So if you wanted to hang up the wash nude you might risk trouble. But where I live out in the country we have no worries with laws or peeping Toms.

 
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Re: Laws

June 9 2005, 11:10 AM 

This is sort of a gray area of law actually. People have been arrested for being nude in their house in cases where it was clearly visible to the public- say for example, standing in front of a large picture window without shades or curtains. It's a judgement call that has to be made on a case by case basis.

And this reminds me of a story about the old biddie who called the cops to complaint that her neighbor on the corner was walks around inside his house naked. The cop comes out and says lady- that house is a half block away- how can you possibly see that? "Well here officer, you have to use these binoculars."

 
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Re: Laws

June 9 2005, 11:17 AM 


I think that is where a good lawyer turns the tables and has the onlooker charged with being a peeping Tom. But the problem there lies in finding that good lawyer. If one walks by their picture window in the nude and is arrested because someone on the outside looked in and was offended, then we have another case of a stupid law that needs reform.

 
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Intent

June 9 2005, 11:24 AM 

Well "intent" should be the governing factor. Being nude in your home is not illegal. Having open windows is not illegal. But when someone make a point to stand in front of a open window knowing they are visible outside- this would likely be construed as exhibitionism.

 
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michaela
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Action

June 9 2005, 11:27 AM 

Yes, true. But if I am vacuuming in that sector then it is hardly exhibition. If I stop the Hoover and do a dance in front of the window, then, yes, it would be considered an offence. Unless I am a really good dancer!

 
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No problem here

June 9 2005, 11:29 AM 

Well understand that I would never complain about you doing your housework (or even dancing) in the nude, Michaela.

 
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Re: No problem here

June 9 2005, 11:40 AM 

Well I figured that. No guy would. It is all those biddies that make all the calls. It is like that post I made down below about opposite genders oppressing each other. I don't think it is really men who have women sanctioned to be covered (at least in this country) but rather, women. I think it is women who make all the complaints against other women. Then the male police, and the male DA, and the male judge who nails the topfree woman to pay a fine and do some time get the bad reputation for oppressing women.

 
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Re: No problem here

June 9 2005, 12:39 PM 

...and all the oppression continues because people getting arrested for stupid reasons is the legal systems bread and butter. Lawyers make bundles pleading cases 'no contest' and so with very little work they get paid, and the state gets maintenence fees for probation and fines and court costs. All for what? Those stupid laws we get busted for. Lots of people have jobs because we aren't supposed to take our clothes off.

 
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Lawyers

June 9 2005, 1:20 PM 

It's no co-incidence that most state legislators are lawyers.
They make the laws, then make money defending people against them.

 
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michaela
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defense

June 9 2005, 2:33 PM 

Well, they don't really defend anyone. They charge up the wahzoo just to make deals where the client (criminal) get stuck with probation, which is itself real expensive, and the lawyers don't do any work. The paralegal in the office does all the paper work, and meets with the client. The lawyer only shows up for the court date.

 
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Thank you Michaela

June 11 2005, 11:44 AM 

Thank you Michaela for defending paralegals who do a good job! It is appreciated! Even those of us who are still looking for work!

Thomas

 
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michaela
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:)

June 11 2005, 1:49 PM 

You are very welcome, Thomas! I have seen first hand what paralegals do vs. what lawyers do. It is the same with hospitals. Who keeps everyone alive in a hospital? Nurses! But that is another story...

 
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Paralegals and Pink Floyd

June 11 2005, 11:20 PM 

Michaela,

Paralegals are not allowed to set their own fees. They are considered support staff, and there are state laws which pertain to them. Often, if one independently contracts with an attorney, the attorney and paralegal can and do come to an agreement, but the attorney sets the fee.

As for Pink Floyd, I do apologize for being a bit rough around the edges this afternoon or yesterday as the case may be. Changes are coming Michaela, and they are coming soon and quickly.

Thomas

 
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Re: Paralegals and Pink Floyd

June 12 2005, 9:26 AM 

Yes, that is the way it is now, but in my perfect world, which is what I was attempting to discribe yesterday, the paralegal would get a promotion and the lawyer would disappear altogether.

 
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