A pool party or, as it is sometimes referred to, a splash party is a great event in that it often is an ideal setting to integrate one’s bare and textile (clothes wearing) friends. If promoted as a skinny-dipping celebration, the bare community has no problems attending and the textiles often disregard their aversion to nudity as it is often viewed as not being naked but just simply “skinny-dipping.” Please don’t expect me to explain the difference because I really don’t understand it myself.
All that I can add is the explanation a co-worker once gave to me: “If you’re a nudist (naturist, bare practitioner), you prefer to be naked the majority of the time. If you’re a clothes-wearing person, you have an aversion to be perceived as a nudist. However, you have no problems attending a skinny-dipping party as it’s not considered as nudist.”
Mind you, this explanation is from a man who holds a multiple university degrees and an esteemed professor in sociology. I remember thinking to myself when he shared this with me: “This is the best explanation you can give to me?”
So keeping in mind that rather simplistic explanation, the very first item on the agenda for a Skinny-Dipping Pool Party is to, of course, remove all of our clothing. What clothing do textile people bring to pool parties? Swimsuits. So now’s the time to remove them. That’s it. Off they come. Now we’re naked or nude.
I guess this is where the distinction my distinguished colleague referred to comes into the picture. We all know that we’re completely bare (absence of clothing or covering). As we are inside the pool and surrounded by water, then we’re not really naked, we’re just skinny-dipping! I assume that the pool water, regardless of it being transparent, is concealing our nakedness. Whatever.
It must be one of those situations where if you think something is, then it just must be so. After all, if we think that it is, then it cannot be anything else. A circular argument that essentially doesn’t convince anyone but it does justify our belief. Forget the fact that skinny-dipping is, in reality, nothing more than actually “swimming naked.”
On second thought, perhaps we’d all be better off just keeping the naturists and nudists separate from our clothes wearing (textile) acquaintances. This way allows us to avoid the potential of a riot when they meet and someone begins an argument over whether they’re naked, nude or just skinny-dipping. None of us need that hassle or headache, right?
That consideration aside, does anyone even remember why we were hosting this gathering?