• Next for American TV? Britain’s Naked Attraction

    by  • July 28, 2016 • Sex, Television • 4 Comments

    Even more graphic nudity may be on the TV horizon.

    In recent years, Americans have been bombarded by ever-more sleazy concepts for reality shows, from Walk of Shame Shuttle and The Seven Year Switch to Sex Box and Dating Naked. But British TV proves that there’s always something more depraved waiting in the wings.

    Naked Attraction is a new program on Britain’s Channel Four which premiered this week. On the show, a contestant chooses a date from a panel of six eligible singles. How does the contestant make her choice? By viewing all six potential partners completely in the nude. Unlike Dating Naked, nothing is blurred; the show features full-frontal nudity, in shocking close-up.

    “And when Channel Four says naked, [they] mean NAKED. There are no modesty blurs like those found on VH1’s Dating Naked or the Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid. About 50 percent of the screen time on this show is dedicated to extreme close ups of vaginas, penises, six-packs, love-handles, nipples, boobs and butts. The camera seems to linger on every hair, pimple and stretch mark, as well as the curves and protrusions,” notes an article about the show.

    American TV history is rife with concepts borrowed from British television, from All in the Family and Sanford and Son to MTV’s Skins and The In-Betweeners. American viewers can only hope that this is one case where American media decides NOT to imitate their cousins across the ocean. 



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    4 Responses to Next for American TV? Britain’s Naked Attraction

    1. Her Benevolance
      July 31, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      I think nudity is to be embraced, not sexualized and associated with embarrassment and breach of morals. Other countries tend to be lenient on nudity (both sexual and non sexual) and would rather use it to help others love their natural selves without barriers or covering. Heck, we entered this world naked. Adam and Eve are naked. Everyone gets naked.

      • Justin
        August 4, 2016 at 1:08 pm

        I guess you’re unfamiliar with Muslim countries (1/6 of the world’s population). Or Asian countries like Japan that fastidiously blur private parts.

      • Justin
        August 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm

        Also, you’re an adult, right? It doesn’t really matter if YOU think nudity is OK on TV. Our point is that it’s harmful for children to see nudity on TV, and research on child development says it’s harmful.

      • Jay
        January 26, 2017 at 5:05 am

        The nudity on this show seems to be very sexualized in the context… Most of the time, you don’t get to see the person you’re dating nude right away, and when you do it’s mostly in a sexual situation… I figure by seeing the other contestants nude before they even get to know them, the people are basically picking out the person they feel like they’re gonna have the most enjoyable time with in the bedroom and who are most sexually attractive to them. So it’s highly sexualized and salacious. This is not innocent, natural nudity. Why aren’t you against this show then? Your comment seems like a cop out or excuse.

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