From War & Peace to Deutschland 83: the rise of pond porn on TV
On Deutschland ’83 on Channel 4, it’s been bare bums all the way from both sexes, as characters take time off from intriguing against the capitalist West or worrying about unexpected pregnancies and absent fiancées to go swimming au naturel in the lakes of divided Germany. No full frontal male nudity as yet, unless I blinked and missed it, or it was really, really small (the exposure, not the thing itself — stop sniggering at the back). Still, three more episodes to go, and who knows what we’ll see as the Cold War hots up, eh?
This might have passed without notice outside the echo chamber of social media — and, indeed, seems to have passed without any official complaints to Ofcom — were it not part of an upward trend. It was only last September that viewers were “shocked” by actor Ben Batt getting his kit off for a dip in the sea in the BBC adaptation of LP Hartley’s Victorian tale of betrayal, The Go-Between.
Source :The Evening Standard
flashing the Flesh a history of TV nudity
This shift of a couple of inches between the Austen and Tolstoy adaptations marks another notch on television’s bedpost of flesh-flashing.
The first full-frontal nudity on TV is generally believed to have been in Holland in 1967, when the experimental show Hoepla showed a female model reading a broadsheet newspaper that she moved aside to reveal her complete nakedness. Continental European television has generally been more unbuttoned than the UK and US schedules, which are heavily regulated and, especially in Britain, carefully watched by the rightwing press. A significant percentage of the full-frontal nudity screened on UK TV appeared on Eurotrash (Channel 4, 1993-2007), which sampled stark examples from abroad
Source : The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2016/feb/02/flashing-the-flesh-a-history-of-tv-nudity-penis-mr-darcy
With another Scottish swimming pool announcing they are introducing naked swim sessions Louise talks to some naturists about the appeal of these sessions and asks a psychologist why some people are drawn to naturism.
It’s difficult to tell whether naturism and the art of public nudity are declining or thriving.
Perhaps it depends where in the world you are.
But across the Atlantic the BBC ran a story claiming naturism numbers were up in the heatwave. However, Raising a toast to naturism at the Clover Spa & Hotel revealed that “Britain’s first naturist spa hotel”, set up in 2011 when the proprietor identified “a growing tolerance to nudism”, has been granted a liquor licence. Presumably now the “portly middle-aged men, arms dangling at their sides like waxed Neanderthals” can enjoy a tipple while naked.
- France’s nudist federation launches drive to ‘spruce up’ image of naturism (telegraph.co.uk)
- Nudism/Naturism and the Jennifer Aniston story (blogs.montrealgazette.com)
- Up on Nudist Peak (homeclothesfree.com)
- A Non-Nudist in Nudist Home (christopherjudson.wordpress.com)
- How Pregnancy is Making Me a Better Nudist (homeclothesfree.com)
- Naked truth: Aging nudists seek new skin in the game as ranks dwindle (nbcnews.com)
Emma James British naturist gives interview to BBC