Tech Company Hiring: Must Work in the Nude

nudistsAre you a trained computer programmer or web writer? Do you also have a lot of contempt for careless coding, dangling modifiers, and ... clothes? Well, then have I got the job for you! A firm called Nude House in the U.K. made oddball news headlines recently because they posted an ad on Craigslist searching for ... well, naturist web coders.

The listing reads:

I need a number of female web coders -- practicing naturists -- to work with others in a mixed sales and web writing office.

A naturist is the same thing as a nudist, but they prefer to be nude in nature. It's their lifestyle choice to reject clothing, and that's cool, hey, whatever floats your boat! But I guess naturists/nudists have had trouble finding legit jobs where they can work in the nude ...


The founder of Nude House, Chris Taylor, told The Register:

As far as I am aware this is not only the first UK office job for naturists in web-coding or web-selling, but is also the first worldwide facility for naturists to earn substantial sums of money from work that incidentally provides them with the capability to work entirely without clothes.

It's cool that the company wants to offer these people an opportunity where they wouldn't have to completely amend their lifestyle in order to make a living, but hmm, not sure I completely understand what the deal here is ...

First of all, the company says it's mixed-gender, but they're looking for female nudists in particular. That's fishy! What, are they already at their max number of cojones-out dudes (there are supposedly already five naked employees) and are now on the hunt for some boobies-out ladies?

And okay, who really wants to be sitting at a computer all day in the buff?

The rep explains:

Material will be provided for you to sit on that you should use all the time and get new clean versions whenever needed. You replace the material with the new and leave the soiled versions in the collection hamper, which is dealt with each day.

Ick? But, well, I guess it's, err, hygienic?

Maybe this is just a concept most Americans would think of as oddball, because working ... naked ... in public seems, well, 180 degrees from our "norm." That aside, is an office setting really the best place to celebrate a clothing-free culture?

If Nude House really cared about the comfort level of their employees ... wouldn't they just let them work in the buff -- from home? It is a web company after all. There's nothing you can really do naked, in person at an Internet company that you can't do naked, at home -- except maybe Xeroxing body parts with your co-workers.

How do you feel about the Nude House job opportunity -- is it totally wacky or do you feel more "live and let live" about it?

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