Today is Earth Day. It’s a good day to appreciate Mother Earth skyclad and earthsoled.
For how else can we really be intimate with our origin?
Most folks are familiar with the term “skyclad” for being naked. The term is wonderfully evocative. Of course, “sky” really doesn’t handle our feet, since they are looking down at the earth and catch only glimpses of the sky as we raise our feet as we walk. So, in a parallel construction, I’ve added the word “earthsoled”.
But there are problems with these words: they get commercialized.
I thought about using “earthshod”. But there is a psychic in the state of Washington with the website Earthshod. It looks really hokey. It also doesn’t seem to have a darn thing to do with bare feet.
And we of course already know how “earthing” and “grounding” have been taken over by pseudo-scientific woo.
Doing a search for the word “earthsoled” brings up references to Earthwalk Orthotics, which sells a product called “Earthsoles”. Hint: orthotics are nothing like walking on the earth. Their whole purpose is to limit the flexibility of the natural foot, which is the exact opposite of what happens when you are truly earthsoled, walking barefoot on natural earth. (And of course they also prevent your soles from touching and feeling the earth.)
This sort of co-opting words to end up meaning the opposite of what they really meant is really annoying.
Even the word “skyclad” is co-opted. There is a British folk-metal band called Skyclad.
Funny, they don’t look skyclad to me.
But at least they, or any other companies, are not trying to sell clothing using the idea that “skyclad” clothing feels as good as going naked. You never see clothing like this with a “skyclad” label. “It’s as good as going skyclad!”
Yet we see it all the time with footwear brands: “It’s as good as going barefoot!”
No. It is not.
Anyways, I guess I’ll have to go with “earthsoled”. It’s not been polluted too badly, yet, the way the Earth itself was so polluted back in the 1970s, and which prompted the call for Earth Day.
So celebrate Earth Day earthsoled today (and maybe even skyclad). And that will also let you celebrate Earth Day earthsouled. And in the end you will be earthsold.