From Being Naked and Afraid to Dating Naked – Why Is TV Nudity Doing So Well?

| September 28, 2014 | 24 Comments

How Naked and Afraid Paved The Way For Dating Naked  and TV Nudity?

Naked and afraid and dating naked uncensored TV nudity talk:

For those of you who may not be aware, we receive requests from production companies and casting agents every other week. These companies, for the most part, are looking for people who are comfortable being naked on screen, to participate in their reality shows. But what caused this surge of interest in naked people on TV to begin with?

Most people know that TV networks are always looking for new ideas for shows that will bring in good money. This is no big secret. But what they care about more is not losing money or sponsors. Appeasing the sponsors is the top priority as they are the driving force behind every show. Without their money there would be no TV show.

So how did we get from no nudity to lots of naked people on TV?  For the most part and as a general rule, nudity does not sell, it is the sexual component that does. But shows like Naked and Afraid or Dating Naked don’t really have the sexual component… all they have is naked people doing different things, and many of the things they do are by no means attractive or sexual.

The reason why TV networks are so overly concerned about simple nudity is that they do not want to lose sponsors. Sponsors are looking for exposure (pardon the pun). They are also concerned about where and when their ads appear as they do not want to piss off their clientele.

So what was the reason that everything changed with regards to nudity on TV? The simple answer  is – the viewers!

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Naked and Afraid, Discovery Channel

The big game changer for non sexualized nudity on TV was the show Naked and Afraid. The sheer volume of viewers was so enormous that the sponsors came beating down the Discovery Channel’s doors. Despite the nudity, they wanted to showcase their products to this massive new audience. The ratings were so high that no one cared about the nudity anymore – the results speak for themselves.

Without Naked and Afraid, none of the others TV shows like Dating Naked or Buying Naked  (real estate show on TLC), would have ever been produced. The interesting aspect of all this is the fact that the general public tunes in initially for the nudity, but keeps watching for the content.

To be perfectly honest, we turned down VH1 when they first reached out to us months ago. They were quite surprised at how uninterested we were and naturally they wanted to know why. I drafted a somewhat long email that explained the core issues we have with sensationalizing nudity. I gave them all the reasons for my concern and explained every issue as best I could. I also expressed hope that they would focus on the content and not on the nakedness.

Now  Dating Naked is a hit. In my opinion, the  producers at VH1’s Dating Naked  did a great job. They  created a show that was far better than we had ever thought possible (at least these days). I for one am happy to say that I was wrong about Dating Naked – I could not ask for much more from a mainstream TV network (other than making the non censored versions available as well).

I learned all this during a meeting I had with a production company over a year ago. I also learned that while many of them agree that blurring the body parts may be sending a wrong message, they look at it as a starting point. Perhaps by launching more shows with nudity on TV, that are NOT  focused on sexuality, we will be able to see full uncensored TV nudity in the near future.

It is all basically up to the sponsors, and the sponsors go where the viewers are. So in essence, it is up to us, the viewers, to dictate what can or can’t be shown. So if you want  a  dating naked uncensored TV version then its up to you to speak up and tune in!

Dating Naked Uncensored TV Nudity Talk by YNA

Dating Naked Uncensored TV Nudity

I urge people to comment on this post as some of the producers may be reading it. I also ask that people use email, letters and engage on social networks – give props for how far TV nudity has come but also mention the body shame that may be caused due the censorship aspect.

Felicity and I are constantly engaging with people and networks but we need you to support our efforts. Re-tweeting, sharing posts and engaging directly are the tools to make this happen. So please make your voices heard!

Now it is your turn to weigh in… I would love to hear your thoughts about the naked reality shows and the recent spike in nudity on TV. Do you think that shows like dating naked and / or naked and afraid  are doing a good or bad job as far as the non sexual social nudity is concerned?

This naked and afraid and dating naked uncensored TV nudity talk  was published by Young Naturists and Nudists America – YNA

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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.