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Factor in the endorsement of random coupling implied by “Dating Naked” and “Married at First Sight,” and we as a species are now lower on both the sartorial and the evolutionary scales than some penguins, which practice courtship rituals leading to committed relationships and have plumage that at least looks vaguely like clothing.
The ultimate didn’t-think-this-through, though, is envisioning how these shows match up with another booming genre, the wedding-dress series, represented most prominently by the “Say Yes to the Dress” franchise.
What concerns us here is that no one seems to have thought through the economic implications of what these fatuous shows represent, specifically the inexorable march toward television that is all nude, all the time.“Dating Naked” won’t seem all that scandalous to inhabitants of the texting generation, for whom sharing photos of their naughty bits is now routine.
The series is just a continuation of a tawdry show-it-all TV trend that began a year or so ago when reality series involving nude castaways (“Naked and Afraid”), nude real estate transactions (“Buying Naked”) and nude body painting (“Naked Vegas”) began turning up.
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Both shows are probably inevitable next steps in television’s endless effort to capitalize on the human need to pair up, which stretches back to “The Dating Game” of the 1960s and runs through “The Bachelor,” “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and odd variations like “It Takes a Church.” The two new entries are, of course, outrageous affronts to the style of courtship that has served humanity quite well for millenniums, if you don’t count the dismaying frequency of divorce and resulting psychological damage to all involved.
The shows are taking what used to be the long-term goal — getting married or seeing someone naked or both — and making it the starting point.