Canadians: Nudes and Prudes

Photograph Sipa Press/Rex Features

Photograph Sipa Press/Rex Features

According to a new poll from the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN), Canadians are loosening up when it comes to getting starkers. The FCN surveyed 1,015 Canadians aged 18 and over about their experience and attitude toward nudity and naturism, a followup to a survey the group conducted in 1999.

(when) Musique Plus, first aired they used to say that it was the same as Much Music but with nudity.

Below is a graphic that sums up the poll findings. What surprises me isn’t that many Canadians are no longer so prudish, but that my home province of Quebec, once the enfant terrible when it came to nudity, ranks so very low in several cases. Bear (bare?) in mind that when the French-language version of the video channel Much Music, called Musique Plus, first aired they used to say that it was the same as Much Music but with nudity. No censoring of Madonna or Mitsou videos for Quebecers.

In fact nudity on television has long been a common occurrence in Quebec, which may explain why many of us were perplexed by the furor over the Janet Jackson Super Bowl Wardrobe malfunction fiasco.

But what’s happening to us? Have we lost our edge?


In a province that prides itself on pushing the social-liberal envelope in so many ways, from beer and wine at corner stores, to having such a high number of common law couples, this anti-nude behavior is a surprise. Yet I must admit I do notice women sunbathers performing all sorts of contortions when working on that strap-mark-free back tan in an attempt to keep any sight of the girls from view as they turn over. As if the entire pool/park was just waiting for a glimpse of breast, when in fact it’s just me. (That’s a joke!)

So c’mon Quebec. Let’s reclaim our place as Canada’s free-wheeling, no holds barred society. Leave the prudishness for Ontario and get our Mojo back.

Me DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

3 thoughts on “Canadians: Nudes and Prudes

  1. DC,
    You did not mention at all how you would have answered those poll questions yourself. I also notice that the poll indicates that Albertans like to be nude in private while those in BC are more exhibitionists. Perhaps it’s too cold in Quebec most of the time to bear it all?

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