Would You Try “Dating Naked” To Find Your Soulmate?


From TheGrio

VH1’s new dating reality series is far from conservative, but eye-opening in more ways than one.

When Dating Naked was brought to my attention, I couldn’t help but sigh deeply, shake my head and think, ‘Okay, VH1. You’re keeping it a little too real.’

At the same time, I found myself wondering, ‘Are these people really naked? What are they doing during these skin-bared dates? And isn’t the awkwardness of Tinder and OKCupid enough?’

And just like that, I found myself (and my curiosity) sitting in front of the TV tuning in to the season premiere of the new “radical dating experience” – an extreme encounter that I initially found unnerving.

The idea of seeing two potential partners stripping their bodies before getting to know each other was unsettling. Each date was as though I was watching a movie in rewind and couldn’t hit stop and then press “Play.” It kind of reminded me of a one-night stand going down before any type of dialogue, without any action in between the sheets.

The kicker for me was that these stripping sessions happened outside in a “jungle” on some tropical island. And each time a new potential dating partner was introduced, they would meet in the wilderness with nothing but their exposed body. (Adam & Eve anyone?)

But after experiencing pairs of people “dating naked“ for 45 minutes, I decided that “radical” is not the word I’d use to describe this show.

Nope. Not at all.

In fact, nothing about being naked in your birthday suit is extreme, revolutionary or fanatical per se. Nudity (or watching blurred bodies) on television isn’t anything new. I don’t see groups of people looking to make this a fundamental part of dating in America, at least not in a very, very long time. If anything, unconventional would be more fitting.

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