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Pagan Ms. Manners: Does Skyclad Mean Barefoot Too?

Dear Pagan Ms. Manners:

Does skyclad necessarily mean barefoot too?

It's hard to raise a cone when you can't feel your feet.

Frostbitten in Fargo

Dear Bitten:

Having grown up in the North Country, where "Minnesota skyclad" means no parka, I can thoroughly sympathize with your problem.

Here's the thing to remember: skyclad liberates because it gives you the freedom to adorn the body without having to cover it.

So the trick lies in making whatever you're wearing on your feet look like part of the design.

Let me take a page here from gay porn (and believe me, those boys don't take their Doc Martens off for anything) and suggest that you invest in a sweet little pair of boots. 

After all, skyclad with shoes or socks just looks like you forgot to take something off. Skyclad with boots, though...well, that's something else.

But calced or not (and Pagan Ms. Manners is old enough to remember the Great Calced/Discalced Controversy that rent Wicca-dom during the 70s), when it comes to skyclad, do bear in mind:

Chances are, if they're looking, it's not at your feet.




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Poet, scholar and storyteller Steven Posch was raised in the hardwood forests of western Pennsylvania by white-tailed deer. (That's the story, anyway.) He emigrated to Paganistan in 1979 and by sheer dint of personality has become one of Lake Country's foremost men-in-black. He is current keeper of the Minnesota Ooser.


  • Angela
    Angela Thursday, 12 October 2017

    Every time I see an article title pop up and am intrigued enough to click and read, I don't dont often pay enough attention to see the name of the contributor. After reading I find they are almost always authored by you. I love them. All of them.

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Thursday, 12 October 2017

    A writer could hardly ask for higher praise. Thanks for writing, Angela.

  • john stitely
    john stitely Friday, 13 October 2017

    While your articles are always thought provoking, , the answer to the question seems obvious and is summed up in the proverb, "Gods never tell anyone to be stupid"

  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch Monday, 16 October 2017

    I hear that most of those advice columnists just make up most of the letters.;)

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