“Naked & Afraid : Why I love it


I’m also drawn to “Naked & Afraid” because of how well the female contestants cope. They’re much braver than I would ever be. Sure, I lack their training and expertise. But I’m not interested in being that badass. While I’m an independent, career-minded woman in an equal marriage, I also appreciate and value our traditional roles. He kills the spiders; I say, “My hero.”

Not the women on this show. There they are, squatting in the wilderness with matted, unkempt hair, baring their privates while building shelters and slaying eels. In four of the six episodes, it is often the woman who keeps the man fed and sane. Repeatedly, the women seem to handle crises better. They remain levelheaded and tend to make better choices.


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