Two reporters from BBC Radio Sheffield are baring all in a new series of podcasts about body image and nudity, and will insist their guests get naked too.
Journalists and presenters Jenny Eells and Kat Harbourne say they want to discuss the subject of nudity to find out why people are so prudish about their bodies and why many people, particularly women, aren’t more body confident. One of their first guests is BBC Radio Leeds presenter Stephanie Hirst who talks about spending decades in the ‘wrong body’.
“I’ve never been scared of being “in the nip” as it were but chatting to a mate in the buff with nothing but a microphone to cover our modesty was a challenging prospect to say the least,” says Jenny Eells.
“And that’s before we got any guests involved! For me being naked isn’t really an issue but I know that’s not the case for everyone and I wanted to try and find out why. Before we started recording, I wondered if conversations with no clothes on could be, quite literally, more revealing. And from the frank, open and honest chats we’ve already had with amazing women from all walks of life – they most definitely are!”
In the first podcast, recorded at Jenny’s house, they see each other naked for the first time and discuss their different views about nudity. “I can’t believe I’m sitting on your sofa, naked, on a towel”, says Kat to Jenny.
“I don’t particularly like getting naked, so at points I’ve wondered why we’re putting ourselves through this!” explains Kat Harbourne. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve not felt confident about my body. In my thirties I decided it was time to change this and question why so many of us feel the same way. Why ARE we ashamed of what’s beneath our clothes? Why do we spend so much time worrying what other people think? Why don’t we celebrate the amazing things our bodies are capable of? I can’t wait for people to hear the astonishing stories we’ve recorded with brave, funny and brutally honest women.”
The later episodes feature a host of guests who are all interviewed without their clothes. They explore subjects including weight, religion, puberty, the effects of social media and disability. Guests include Isma Almas from Bradford who talks about attitudes to nudity growing up in a Muslim household; Sam Cleasby from Sheffield who describes herself as a “blogger, body-positive feminist and a self-proclaimed “poo-lady” after being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease and undergoing life-changing surgery; and Becky Measures from Chesterfield who underwent a double mastectomy in her 20s.
Katrina Bunker, Editor at BBC Radio Sheffield, said: “Kat and Jenny’s idea is simply brilliant. The Naked Podcast discusses some serious issues about body image and identity in a fresh and exciting way. It’s a brave and innovative series of stories about different women with different bodies. It’s a fascinating listen -revealing, surprising, often hilarious and always sensitive. I’m really proud we’ve been able to produce this series for the BBC from Radio Sheffield.”
The station will also run a series of stories about body image and identity across their programmes throughout the week beginning April 16th, as the first episode becomes available from bbc.co.uk/podcasts