Last year I got quite an odd phone call. Even for me this was a weird one!
It was a reporter I’ve worled with a few times for BBC Radio Sheffield asking if I’d be interested in coming on her new podcast to talk about body positivity. Of course I would!!! That’s right up my street!
”There’s just one thing though Sam… we are recording it naked.”
Jenny Eells and Kat Harbourne said they wanted 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.
So I thought what the hell! Let’s do this!!!
It was really nerve wracking! I turned up and we chatted for a few minutes about themes and then I took myself off into the bathroom to undress, even though I knew we’d all be naked, it seemed weird to strip in front of them!
I came out in a robe and they were wrapped in towels, we sat down and all took a deep breath… then dropped our covers!
At first it was very bizarre! You don’t quite know where to put your eyes and feel completely exposed and fairly terrified.
Yet after a few minutes, you kind of forget about it! There was no judgment, I didn’t feel that they were sizing me up at all, it was three women sat in the buff chatting. Odd but funnily comfortable.
I think that physical exposure really opens you up emotionally and over the course of an hour we talked about things that brought up a lot of deep down emotion. From my surgeries and scars, to sex, masturbation, how children feel about their bodies and so much more.
Honestly, it was quite a terrifying step to take, but once we started, it was so cathartic and I left on cloud nine!
You can read a bit more about the podcast here.
You can follow The Naked Podcast on Twitter @TheNakedPodcast and listen on iplayer!
I hope you enjoy it!!
Love Sam xx