So, actress Jennifer Aniston says she is not a “nudist.”

Umm, with all respect to Jennifer, who really cares?

Well, some of the media do, apparently. The news  — and I use the word “news” loosely — that Jennifer is denying rumours she is into nudism is making headlines on many Internet sites. Headlines like this: Aniston slams nudist rumors. Or Aniston talks nudism . . .

The media sure love the “nudist” and “nudism” words. I’m not seeing the “naturist” word in any of the myriad headlines about Jennifer. Indeed, I am wondering if journalists even know that the words “naturist” and “nudist” are synonymous. In case they — or you — don’t, here is what Wikipedia has to say in its opening paragraphs on the subject of Naturism:

Naturism or nudism is a cultural and political movement practising, advocating and defending social nudity in private and in public. It may also refer to a lifestyle based on personal, family and/or social nudism. Several other terms (“social nudity”, “public nudity”, “skinny dipping”, “sunning”, and, recently, “clothes-free”) have been proposed as alternative terms for naturism, but none has found the same widespread public acceptance as the older terms “naturism” and (in much of the United States) “nudism.”

OK, let’s face it: the word “nudist” is far sexier, in journalism circles, than the word “naturist” is. “Nudist” in a headline is certain to draw more reader clicks on an article than “naturist” will. I mean, would people be as interested in the reports on Jennifer if the headlines said something like Aniston slams naturism rumors? Of course they wouldn’t. The “nudist” word is far more suggestive, even if it really isn’t.

Hey, I’m guilty of it, too — if there is any guilt in trying to draw more readers with sexy words. Whenever I write about nudism/naturism, the word “Nudist” is almost always the first word in my blog post titles — like it is for this one. And, indeed, every time I use that word in a title, my blog post hits soar.

Still, I don’t understand the media’s fascination with the idea that an actress or actor might be a naturist, er, nudist. So what if she was interested in naturism? What is the big deal?

It seems like much ado about, umm, (wearing) nothing . . .