We’re pretty much aware of the tension between barefoot runners and minshoe runners (or maybe that should more accurately be called minshoe vendors) since the minshods call shoes “barefoot”. We’ve also seen tension between activist barefooters and those who might be said to be recreational barefooters, as the latter see no point in rocking the boat; you should be happy with any little crumb you get.
Anemone Cerridwen (of the barefoot survey) has a problem.
You see, there’s another area of tension, and that’s between what she calls lifestyle barefooters and medical barefooters.
Worse than that, she’s stuck with officious governmental bastards claiming that she is really only a lifestyle barefoot when in reality she goes barefoot for bona fide medical reasons.
And she needs help from the medical profession (and that includes podiatrists) in convincing the OGBs otherwise. Maybe you can help her.
Let me explain.
When Anemone lived in Vancouver, she really didn’t have too many problems. Sure, the library there had a rule, but they accepted her medical documentation. And the Vancouver public transportation system simply didn’t have a barefoot rule.
But now she’s living in Montreal. She needs public transportation to get around. And they are fighting her tooth and nail. She’s been working with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, but they just referred her to the Canadian Transporation Agency, which didn’t like her documentation.
She now has until June 12th to get that, or her case will be dropped.
Can anybody suggest a podiatrists/doctor she can see? Have you managed to get a medical excuse to go barefoot? Might she be able to see your doctor on short notice?
Anemone is willing to travel to do so.
Finally, you might like to read what Anemone’s written about the difference between medical and lifestyle barefooting. You can read that here. A sample:
There is some conflict between medical and lifestyle barefooters. Medical barefooters may feel threatened when lifestyle barefooters say “We’re reasonable people. We put our shoes on when asked”, since medical barefooters aren’t in a position to do that. Does that make us unreasonable? And lifestyle barefooters may feel threatened when medical barefooters use disability rights legislation to protect our right/need to go barefoot, because it might give the message that only people with medical reasons should be allowed to go barefoot.
What if medical barefooters were to say “I need to go barefoot for medical reasons, and cannot wait for the culture to become more barefoot-friendly like the rest of you, but at the same time I don’t think anyone should have to wear shoes unless there’s a genuine safety requirement, and I will lobby for barefooting for everyone who wants it whenever I get a chance”? And lifestyle barefooters can say “I go barefoot because I want to, and I can always wear shoes in a pinch (though of course the shoes themselves shouldn’t pinch), but I recognize that not everyone can be as flexible as I am, so please respect that. Just because I can put my shoes on when you ask doesn’t mean everyone can.”
The problem with this mutual support is that it can increase the chance we’ll be discriminated against. If medical barefooters support lifestyle barefooting on principle, we run the risk of being labelled lifestyle barefooters ourselves.
If you have any suggestions or information, add it in a comment, or you can email Anemone at
[Yes, Anemone acknowledges that she does not take pictures well!]