Note: This post is me expressing my personal opinion.
There are three “naked” TV shows that I know of:
Naked & Afraid. A survival show.
Naked Dating. A dating show.
Buying Naked. A real estate show.
Before I go any further, I want to say this: I am going off of what I have read these three shows are about (thank you, Wikipedia), and reviews I have read on IMDb.
I don’t have an issue with Buying Naked. For this reason: The show is about a way of life: Life in a nudist community. Specifically, the show is about the ups and downs of buying a house in a nudist community. I myself am not a nudist. But, I understand why people choose to live the nudist lifestyle. So as long as a person isn’t hurting themselves or others as a result of being a nudist, than more power to ’em. (Click here and here to read more of my thoughts on nudism.)
I have an issue with Naked & Afraid and Naked Dating, though: Naked & Afraid and Buying Naked exploit the awkwardness and vulnerability that comes with not wearing clothes.
During the taping of episodes, I imagine the crew of these shows taking bets on whether or not the man and woman will at one point just say “F*** it,” drop everything, and get it on.
There is a mean-spiritedness to Naked & Afraid and Dating Naked.
There are places around the world — for example: In nudist communities, or tribes of people in places like the Amazon Rain Forest — were nudity is nothing to bat an eyelash at: Where a butt or breasts is as common a sight as a rock or a tree. As a result, people just become accustomed to it and learn to see each other as more than their pleasure-inducing body parts.
TV shows like Naked & Afraid and Dating Naked, though, exploit the body for thrills.
I don’t like that. For this reason: The word I would use to describe nudity would be “Intimate.”
This is why:
The most intimate that a man and woman can be is when they are “becoming one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). In other words: The most intimate that a man and woman can be is when they are having sex. And a man and a woman have to be naked (or unclothed from the waist down) in order to have sex. During sex, a man and a woman are implicitly saying to each other “I give all of myself to you.”
It is that intimate act, a man and a woman giving themselves to each other, where nudity is necessary, that is the reason why nudity should be kept between a husband and wife, or kept within a place that makes it clear to those dwelling in it “There is more to a person than their body.” (i.e., A nudist community, or a tribe in the Amazon Rain Forest, to give two examples.)
On a related note:
The body is to be seen, heard, smelt, and touched: In a word, the body is to be experienced.
Not experienced though a middle man, either — a TV: A barrier between the real world, and the world of pretend.
No barriers existed between Adam and Eve. It was only after they ate the fruit that a barrier was created between them. A barrier manifested by fig leaves.
On another related note:
Nudity is an inescapable (everyone is born naked, and gets naked at some point — for example: to bathe), natural (everyone has a body), and essential (nudity — or, being naked from the waist down — is necessary for sex, and sex means that the species continues) aspect of human life.
There are always going to be people who choose to live their lives naked.
The body is the means by which men and women “become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24.)
The body is God’s penultimate creation. (God’s ultimate creation being the soul.)
The body is a beautiful, complex masterpiece. Like a painting or a sculpture. And like a painting or sculpture, that come with a plaque of rules (For example: Don’t touch), there are “rules” that come with the body.
That is why I think that, despite the fact that every person has one, the body is not something to be broadcast for the whole world to see, or used as a means to entertain people.
There is a time and a place for the human body to be seen in all its glory.
And it’s not on television.