Lights, Action, Naughty Bits: A Thematic Analysis of New Zealanders’ Attitudes to Naked Attraction

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Authors:
Justin Matthews, Auckland University of Technology
Angelique Nairn, Auckland University of Technology
Email: angelique.nairn@aut.ac.nz
Published: November 2, 2020
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijcs.5.2.04

Citation: Matthews, J., & Nairn, A. (2020). Lights, Action, Naughty Bits: A Thematic Analysis of New Zealanders’ Attitudes to Naked Attraction. IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijcs.5.2.04


Abstract

The sexualisation of culture has generated much debate in western discourse around its effect on the normalisation of nudity and sexual activity. The reality television show Naked Attraction has increased the dialogue around this debate after its airing, originally in the UK, and then in international territories. The show has been applauded for profiling diverse people, whether that be concerning sexual orientation, body image, gender or ethnicity. However, it has also been accused of showcasing pornography. To explore where New Zealanders’ attitudes were positioned on the show, we thematically analysed online comments from two local media entities and found that New Zealanders were positive on its nudity and approach to sexual discourse.

Keywords

body positivity, physical appearance, reality television, sexualisation, Naked Attraction

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