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Naked Education? That’s a bare-faced lie


CHANNEL 4 are doing what Channel 4 always do when hunting for viewers: they’re getting the boobs out. In the much-discussed show Naked Education, a group of adults strip off in front of some teenagers.

‘It’s all about body positivity,’ says Channel 4, ‘as Anna Richardson, Yinka Bokinni and Dr Alex George go on a mission to normalise all body types, champion our differences and break down stereotypes.’ 

However the show has been hit with nearly a thousand complaints following scenes aired last week.

Richardson, who also hosts the Channel 4 dating show  

Naked Attraction, said ahead of the series debut: ‘Naked Education is sort of one step further than Naked Attraction, as it says, “Let’s normalise bodies, let’s have the conversation about what we go through and let’s educate the nation.” I like to make shows that are controversial, that break taboos and that make a difference, and with every single show that I’ve done you can tick one of those boxes.’ (My emphasis.)

The thing is, there is a taboo about adults getting naked in front of teenagers for a reason, namely some people do it for nefarious reasons. Having watched the first episode, I take them at their word that this was not for the purposes of sexual titillation – there was nothing erotic in what I saw. However, one should always lean on the side of caution when it comes to removing your clothes in front of teenagers, particularly those of the opposite sex. 

Let’s accept the argument that the programme is attempting to be ‘body positive’ and normalise body hair in the face of the relentless attack by pornography. However, was it really necessary for the adults to appear nude in front of the teenagers to have what were at times worthwhile and interesting discussions? I don’t think so – but then adults with their clothes on doesn’t have the same shock value and isn’t how Channel 4 operate. 

What I sensed this show was really about, in between the discussion about caesarean section scars and pubic hair, was an attempt to ‘normalise’ the horrifying, namely the mutilating of teenagers’ bodies in the name of transgenderism. 

As James Esses in the Spectator points out: ‘Unfortunately, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the show, which is aimed at children, has already shown its inconsistent ideology. Entire segments are dedicated to individuals who seemingly did everything they could to change their bodies. The show then portrays them as the epitome of self-acceptance. 

‘The focus of one episode was a conversation between Lucian and Finn, both of whom referred to themselves as “transmen” (meaning they are biologically female). 

‘Both Lucian and Finn discuss the “medical transition” they had gone through or wanted to happen. They used the terms “gender affirming surgery”, “top surgery”, and “bottom surgery”. These terms are used euphemistically and do not get across the irreversible and potentially dangerous nature of such procedures. 

‘The term “affirming” is telling. Note how there is no explicit recognition of the fact that such surgery is fundamentally changing one’s body.’ 

Esses continues: ‘Both Lucian and Finn stripped off to reveal their double mastectomy scars, congratulating each other. Finally, the show’s host, Anna Richardson, talked viewers through what can only be described as a shopping list of potential surgical options for “transitioning”, including hysterectomy. The closest we got to any caution or challenge is when Richardson said that each surgical option has “pros and cons”.’

However Esses remarks on the show’s ‘utter inconsistency’, writing that an episode on cosmetic surgery ‘did its best to put children off such procedures . . . the “experts” spent time going through cosmetic procedures and listing the significant risks associated with each one. Even a nose job was described as “brutal”. Yet, in support of gender ideology, having one’s breasts or womb removed were portrayed as par for the course.’

In short, adults getting naked in front of teenagers was not the worst part of the show. Given the current climate, it seems to me that the real aim of Naked Education is to spread disinformation in the form of transgenderism to a teenage audience. In between the educating teens about body changes, body positivity, and loving yourself message was the subtle push of gender ideology including the lie that you can surgically change your body to be whatever gender you want.  

Do not be fooled. The real danger of Naked Education is the normalisation of teenage girls having their breasts cut off in the mistaken belief that they were ‘born in the wrong body’. This so-called ‘surgery’ is illegal in the UK for those under 18 for good reason. This transgender propaganda, this attempt to normalise the performing of double mastectomies on perfectly healthy girls and women, is evil. 

The adult nudity is inappropriate but it is a distraction. This series is about one thing: the mainstreaming of gender ideology and transgenderism by the media to an impressionable and vulnerable young audience. 

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