"But it must be so unhygienic .... I mean bottoms and things!"
You hear and read it everywhere nudism is discussed by textiles. When
you first think about it almost makes sense until you start applying
cultural values and a little science.
A nudist/naturist because they have their bottom on display is likely
to take extra care to make sure their bum is clean.
Nudist Etiquette demands that a nudist will always sit on a towel
rather than straight on a seat. (important when we get to the science
Some facts ...
Bacteria can penetrate through up to 64 layer of dry gauze
(Winter GD. Formation of the scab and the rate of epithelization of
superficial wounds in the skin of the young domestic pig. Nature
1962;193:293.) and wet gauze presents even less of a barrier
(hence the worries about face masks and flu).
Bateria have been proven to penetrate surgical gowns from both the
axila (arm pit) and the peri-anal area (bottom) ( B. J.
A. Lankester. Direct measurement of bacterial penetration through
surgical gowns: a new method, The Journal of Hospital Infection - Volume
50, Issue 4 (April 2002))
So lets draw a scenario ... the Noodies are entertaining the Texies
by their pool, the Texies are OK about the Noodies liking for skinny
dipping but don't join in.
We join them sitting on patio chairs dressed having a drink, both
couples are dressed in shorts (short Pants) and will have underwear on..
Bacteria are working their way through the clothing towards the seats of
It is a nice day they decide to go for a dip ... they pop in doors to
change, the Texies put on their costumes and the Noodies get undressed
and have a quick wash.... no dirty bums on show to our friends.
After the swim the Texies slump onto their chairs... their thin wet
costumes conducting bacteria onto the chairs as they drip, the Noodies
sit on dry towels, thicker than most clothes, and the bacteria start to
work their way through the dry cloth.
5 minutes later Mrs Naturist drops in with her new baby, both Mr
Texie and Mr Noodie offer her their seat.....Which is the safer for her
Answer ... Neither we live in fog of assorted bacteria all our lives,
as long as we are reasonably careful about hygiene we are fairly safe,
unless we exposed to a virulent pathogen such as cholera from an
Wash you hands every time you touch your bottom.
Wash your hands before touching food.
Wash your hands now just to be safe.
Always sit on your (dry) towel
Change your underwear often
Don't panic about germs
and stop sniffing school girls bicycle saddles ........ pervert!