Why “naked” TV shows are wrong

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.

Now:

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.

Adam and Eve6

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.

Adam and Eve3

There are always going to be people who choose to live their lives naked.

In conclusion:

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.

 

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13 thoughts on “Why “naked” TV shows are wrong

  1. (Again, going by reviews) The problem that I and many naturists have with these three shows is that nudity is used to tittilate, not to educate. We would love to see *more* nudity on television! But presented as a matter of fact. Not blurred out, not used only for sex, with a diversity of body and skin types: just there.

    The more we see nudity, the less it becomes an intimate thing. Seeing a naked human body only became “intimate” when we started covering them up.

    1. Thank you for your feedback.

      Your comment has given me a lot to think about.

      Personally, I wouldn’t want to see *more* nudity on television. The reason why is because, to quote Gandalf in the Fellowship of the Ring, “We don’t know who else may be watching.”

      What I mean is: There are always going to be people who watch the most well-intentioned TV shows that portray nudity with impure intent.

      I read on Wikipedia that, when it first premiered, many of the people watching Naked & Afraid were men. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naked_and_Afraid#Critical_reception) I can’t help but think that many of these men weren’t watching the show for the purpose of seeing two people survive in the wilderness, but were watching it in order to give themselves an excuse to jack off or fantasize.

      I don’t think that Naked & Afraid has good intentions — you’re right, the nudity on the show is meant to titillate, not educate — but even if a show has good intentions for portraying explicit nudity — for example, if the show is about portraying life in tribes in the Amazon Rain Forest, where nudity is prevalent — there are always going to be people who watch such a show to get titillated, not educated.

      On a side note: Obscuring body parts, I think, makes getting titillated harder — it forces people to see the person who is naked as the human being they are, not as a means to experience pleasure, because they can’t for example, just stare at a vagina or penis, ignoring every other aspect of the person, and get lost in their fantasies.

      What we can both agree though, is this: The human body is inherently good. And because of that, in the proper context, it can be fully portrayed. That’s one of the reasons why a piece of art like Michelangelo’s “David” has captivated so many people.

      Thank you again for commenting.

      1. Hmmm… As I recall, the “who else” was Samwise, who ended up going to Mordor with Frodo. 🙂

        Seriously, can you say that there is no chance of anyone “falling into lust” (as the old-timers say) on the streets, at work, or even in church? I can’t. Once in my old job, a woman from another company visited our work and spent time watching me work; she was tall and shapely and well-perfumed, and, well, if I hadn’t been married at the time I might have behaved very unprofessionally! And she was fully clothed. So clothes are no barrier to men’s eyes or thoughts of desire.

        That is why I say that more simple nudity is an aid in our fight against pornography. Once we become accustomed to such openness, we no longer associate it with readiness for sexual activity. And if someone refuses to make that mental shift when nudity becomes common, others will see him as abnormal. (Granted, we’ve got a long way to go! But the information is all available now, as you have seen.)

      2. Regarding Lord of the Rings:
        The “who else” (the people who were watching) were:
        1. Denethor, the Steward of Gondor
        2. Pippin, one of Frodo’s and Sam’s companions.
        3. And Sauron, the Dark Lord.

        You’re right: There is a chance that people will fall into lust no matter where they are — on the streets, at work, in church, etc.

        And you’re right: Clothes are no barrier to men’s eyes, thoughts, or desire. Even if a woman is covered from head to toe, men will still lust.

        I agree: Nudity can be used to fight pornography. It all depends on how that nudity is portrayed, though. Is the intent of portraying nudity to titillate, or educate?

        And I agree when you say “Once we become accustomed to such openness, we no longer associate it with readiness for sexual activity.”

        Unfortunately, though, there will always be people who see nudity as titillating. It is for that reason that I, personally, don’t think that nudity should be explicitly portrayed on TV — unless the purpose is to educate people, and not without some kind of notification: “This program contains explicit nudity.” My thoughts on this subject — nudity on TV — are in flux.

        The problem with our culture today is that nudity is associated with pornography: The naked human body is only valued for the sexual satisfaction that it can give a person. This must change.

        I admire people who don’t use nudism as an excuse to do whatever they want to themselves or others: who want people to be seen as more than their bodies, and for bodies to be seen as more than the sexual satisfaction they can give. The world needs more people like that.

      3. You’re welcome.

        Thank you for this conversation. It made me think.

        What I admire about nudists is that they can look beyond a person’s naked body: that they can see a person as more than the sexual pleasure they can provide.

        Though sex is undeniably one of the functions of the body, there’s more to the body than that. And I’m glad that nudists see that. I wish more people — nudists and non-nudists — saw that, too.

  2. (Oops, my phone published my comment before it was finished!)

    Anyway, although I may not like the shows themselves, their existence gives me hope for a truly naturist movie or series soon.

    1. Don’t wait for a movie or series: Let the life you live be a good example to other nudists and non-nudists.

      By your thoughts, words, and deeds, show people that there is more to a person than their body, and that their body is inherently good. (Genesis 1:31)

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