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 naked sunbathing in Australia, which can 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 number of distinct variables like body image issues, general fear of sun damage, and censorship.
Jpg: Naked and Frightened
Then Stephane has an enlightening interview with a participant named Manu from TV show Naked and Afraid. Manu is well-known in the show because nudist naturist videos got dengue fever from a mosquito bite while in the Panama jungle.
That is a really serious, painful disorder that caused some severe nerve damage for Manu. After hospitalization followed by months of physical therapy, she’s now almost completely recovered and doing nicely, 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 the way the show works and what the experience is like, Stephane asks about the nudity aspect of course.
What I thought was most interesting is that the producers really ask the survivalists to fashion some “clothing” for themselves to cover specific body parts, using leaves or whatever they find. They’re not required to do it, but they “kindly inquire” anyway. Why? It makes it simpler to edit the show!
So let us get this straight. The show would preferably renege on its own marketing ploy of everyone being “nude” to be able to spend less time and money on editing in all those blurry spots on the bodies. They do have the choice of not censoring whatsoever, but then they must find that would cost them more money in losing advertisers / sponsors.
So they only want to have their cake and eat it, too. Well, Discovery Channel, it seems to me a bit selfish and greedy to request people to concern themselves with modesty when they’ve much bigger things to worry about, like oh say, food and water?
Manu makes this very purpose 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 viewed it as a rare opportunity to be naked and free in the jungle.
Yet as Manu additionally points out, being nude additionally meant having against the elements. You are super exposed. Manu was uneasy every night due to the cold, and her feet endured without any shoes.
Hear more inside info about the show and Manu’s experience in the podcast interview. Inside my section, Stephane and I talk about the research I did on naturist beauty pageants with his preceding podcast episode.
Naked and Afraid on the Naturist Living Show Podcast released by – Young Naturists & Nudists America
Naturist Living Show Podcast show links:
Beauty Pageant segment of The Naked Peacock movie
History of the bathing suit and nudism in Australia on
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 site
Stream above or at the Naturist Living Show web site.
Tags: Australia, censorship, television
Class: Naturist Living Show Podcast, Naturist Site
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