So I just came across this controversial UK TV series “Naked Attraction” and I am honestly shocked? If you haven’t heard of it before, basically it’s a dating show where you …bare everything. Your genitalia hangs out in front of one suitor who then comments on your bits and decides whether you get to the next stage or not. The next stage is actually getting to reveal your face and have a chat.
I feel very conflicted about this show, to be honest. On the one hand, YAY for normalising naked bodies! On the other, gross for judging a person solely on their naked body… It’s even all-inclusive, having a mix of sexualities and genders appear in numerous episodes. I’m stuck on whether I think this show is progressive in terms of ‘the sexual revolution’ or not.
What do you think about it? Is it a good show or does it send the wrong message? Would you do it differently? Would you go on the show?
I totally get what you mean @tea! I haven’t seen it, but from the concept of the show I’ve had the same reaction as you have. Normalising all kinds of bodies is truly amazing, but I’m not a fan the media pushing love and attraction based on appearance so heavily. Hmmm, I don’t know how to feel about it!
@tea I AM SO GLAD YOU’VE WATCHED IT TOO! My friend introduced me to it over the holidays and I have felt so conflicted also. It is certainly progressive in its depiction of gender and sexuality, as well as differently abled bodies…however I began to feel a little put off when I realised that one body type in particular kept being chosen. Even though a variety of bodies were displayed, there still seemed to be a dominant paradigm about what constituted the ‘best’ body- and that was slim, fit, singly-creased vaginas etc. all I could think was about how media/porn influences our taste, and how could this program display a range of tastes in attraction?!!?
@earthmama I supposed even despite the progressiveness of the show, we’re still influenced by social norms to gravitate towards particular body types. Maybe having more shows like this will reduce that over time?