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 section. He talks about a 1985 movie on the history of the bathing suit and bare 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 considerably more taboo in 2015. He cites a number of distinct variables for example body image problems, general anxiety about sunlight damage, and censorship.
Jpg: Nude and Frightened
Subsequently Stephane has an enlightening interview with a participant named Manu from TV show Naked and Afraid. Manu is well known from the show because she contracted dengue fever from a mosquito bite while in the Panama jungle.
That is a really serious, debilitating disease that caused some acute nerve damage for Manu. After hospitalization followed by months of physical therapy, she’s now nearly fully recovered and doing nicely, as she reports on the podcast.
As you will 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 fascinating is the producers actually request the survivalists to fashion some “clothes” for themselves to cover particular body parts, using leaves or whatever they find. They are 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 rather renege on a unique advertising ploy of everyone being “naked” as a way to spend less time and cash on in all those blurry spots on the bodies. They do have the choice of not censoring at all, but then they must find that would cost them more money in losing advertisers / sponsors.
So they only desire to have their cake and eat it, also. Well, Discovery Channel, it seems to me a bit self-centered and greedy to ask people to concern themselves with modesty when they’ve much bigger things to worry about, like oh say, food and water? makes this very point in the interview. She wore some leaves at times just until they dried out enough to use for fire kindling because fire was more significant than making sure her nipples were covered.

Her partner, Russell, declined to cover up because he viewed it as a rare opportunity to be nude and free in the jungle.
However as Manu also points out, being nude also meant having no protection against the elements. You’re super vulnerable. Manu was uncomfortable every night as a result of cold, and her feet endured without any shoes.
Hear more inside information about the show and Manu’s experience in the podcast interview. In my segment, Stephane and I talk about the research I did on naturist beauty pageants with his previous podcast episode.
Naked and Afraid on the Naturist Living Show Podcast published by – Young Naturists & Nudists America
Naturist Living Show Podcast show links:
Beauty Pageant section of The Naked Peacock picture
History of the bathing suit and naturism 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 conflict with Dengue Fever
Manu’s private website
Stream above or at the Naturist Living Show web site.
Tags: Australia, censorship, television
Group: Naturist Living Show Podcast, Nudist Site
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