The people who are into ‘branding’ and ‘buzz words’ are fond of tossing around the phrase the new normal to describe some of the paradigm shifts that are going on. More and more of the things that were unthinkable are becoming part of the new normal, like going out in public with no clothes on.
Now in much of the northern hemisphere this is not even a relevant conversation for most of the year. Clothing Optional is not likely to ever be an option outdoors on the Canadian prairies in January, but ya never know.
In London England, where respectable women didn’t dare show their ankles a century ago, and people spent hours just getting dressed every day, there’s now a restaurant where you won’t have to worry about spilling your meal on your best outfit that just came back from the cleaners.
The place is called The Bunyadi, and it will be opening in central London in June for a trial period of three months. Diners will have two choices, regular or clothing optional. In the latter area you’ll be asked to change into a gown with nothing on underneath, and once settled at your table, the gown can come off.
If you’re curious and traveling to the U.K. this summer you might want to check it out. The folks who run the place claim they have a waiting list of 10,000 folks who would like a reservation for lunch or supper au natural. Who woulda thunk it ? There will be only lighting by candles in the nudie section, and needless to say cellphones will not be allowed. Clothing optional vacations are becoming a huge business, and the less adventurous among us are just hoping that it remains an ‘option’, and doesn’t become compulsory.
As the whole LGBT phenom is rapidly gaining wider acceptance, it appears we will soon be no longer skipping off to the little boys room or little girls room.
Stay tuned everybody, and try not to blush.
I’m Roger Currie