Is Getting Naked With Strangers More Intimate Than Kissing?

Since it was posted on March 10, 2014, Tatia Pilieva’s “First Kiss” has had over 87 million views. Pilieva’s description of the short black and white film is very simple: “We asked twenty strangers to kiss for the first time…” The film went viral, with countless parodies and commentaries. There was even a film with 20 strangers who “weren’t models.” A lot of people did seem to have an issue with the limited collection of people in the film, something that surprisingly did not strike me as I watched it (especially given the age difference between certain couples and the fact that there were same-sex couples as well). Although, I am curious what would happen if the participants had a wider range of body types, given our society’s standards of physical beauty. Needless to say, something about Pilieva’s film struck a chord, and people could not stop talking about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpbDHxCV29A And now, four months later, Pilieva has released a new film associated with the Showtime series “Masters of Sex.” This film, called “Undress Me,” is fairly similar to “First Kiss.” This time, however, the instructions were a little different. Pilieva explains in a description under the video: “I asked strangers to undress each other and get in bed. Nothing else. No rules.” Again, the collection of people seemed to fit very well together – something many might find unrealistic. If the couples were less stereotypically attractive, the responses might have been drastically different. Some of the participants might have been more shy, while others might have been more reluctant to undress the other. (While the participants never get fully nude, we do see them in their underwear. Surprisingly PG13, if you ask me.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKZa-Kb4Nng&list=UUBkHxU4e4bT_q5UxhYfsGjQ Representational commentary aside, there is something fascinating about comparing these two videos. At the end of “Undress Me,” the couples seem surprisingly comfortable with each other. They seem more intimate than the couples in “First Kiss.” They laugh and cuddle, interacting as friends or even lovers, without any instruction to do so. The vulnerability of undressing each other somehow bonded them in a way actually touching each other didn’t. Perhaps looking offers an even deeper connection than touching.

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