NLS Podcast: Beauty Pageants, History of Swimsuits in Australia & ‘Naked and Afraid’ Interview
On the 75th episode of the Naturist Living Show podcast, Michael Connolly (Nudeyman) returns for his 2nd segment. He talks about a 1985 film on the history of the bathing suit and nude sunbathing in Australia, which is able to stream in full on YouTube (see show links below).
Connolly speculates on why nudity went from being so commonplace and accepted in the 80’s to being much more taboo in 2015. He cites a few different factors such as body image issues, general fear of sun damage, and censorship.
Then Stéphane has an enlightening interview with a participant named Manu from TV show Naked and Afraid. Manu is well-known from the show because she contracted dengue fever from a mosquito bite while in the Panama jungle.
This is a very serious, painful disease that caused some severe nerve damage for Manu. After hospitalization followed by months of physical therapy, she’s now almost fully recovered and doing well, as she reports on the podcast.
As you’ll learn from listening to her interview, surviving on Naked and Afraid is no joke. In finding out about how the show works and what the experience is like, Stéphane asks about the nudity aspect of course.
What I thought was most interesting is that the producers actually ask the survivalists to fashion some “clothing” for themselves to cover certain body parts, using leaves or whatever they find. They’re not required to do it, but they “kindly ask” anyway. Why? It makes it easier to edit the show!
So let’s get this straight. The show would rather renege on its own marketing ploy of everyone being “naked” in order to spend less time and money on editing in all those blurry spots on the bodies. They do have the choice of not censoring at all, but then they must figure that would cost them more money in losing advertisers / sponsors.
So they just want to have their cake and eat it, too. Well, Discovery Channel, it seems to me a bit selfish and greedy to ask people to concern themselves with modesty when they have much bigger things to worry about, like oh say, food and water?
Manu makes this very point in the interview. She wore some leaves at times only until they dried out enough to use for fire kindling because fire was more important than making sure her nipples were covered.
Her partner, Russell, declined to cover up because he saw it as a rare opportunity to be naked and free in the jungle.
However as Manu also points out, being naked also meant having no protection against the elements. You’re super vulnerable. Manu was uncomfortable every night due to the cold, and her feet suffered without any shoes.
Hear more inside info about the show and Manu’s experience in the podcast interview. In my segment, Stéphane and I talk about the research I did on nudist beauty pageants with his previous podcast episode.
Naked and Afraid on the Naturist Living Show Podcast published by – Young Naturists & Nudists America
Naturist Living Show Podcast show links:
- Beauty Pageant segment of The Naked Peacock film
- History of the bathing suit and nudism in Australia on all-nudist.com (defunct)
- The Naked and Afraid TV show on Discovery
- Manu Toigo’s profile for Naked and Afraid
- Manu meets her partner, Russell, for the first time
- Manu’s battle with Dengue Fever
- Manu’s personal website
Stream above or at the Naturist Living Show website.