Why strangers taking off clothes in “Undress Me” is a progressive dream

Getting naked for science was good for social progress. Getting naked for YouTube is a sign of progress made VIDEO

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Why strangers taking off clothes in "Undress Me" is a progressive dream

You might already have seen filmmaker Talia Pilieva’s follow-up to her viral video hit “First Kiss,” which featured 20 “strangers” kissing for the first time and quickly garnered millions of views. Since Pilieva’s latest clip, “Undress Me,” came out on Thursday, it’s been lauded for capturing the sweet awkwardness that comes with undressing before another person for the first time.

The video is actually meant to promote the season 2 premiere of Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” which chronicles the real-life story of William Masters and Virginia Johnson — two sexologists whose groundbreaking research hugely expanded our understanding of human sexuality. In addition to promoting the show about Masters and Johnson’s work, “Undress Me” is meant to celebrate the work itself. It does a little more than that, though: the video also illustrates the social progress Masters and Johnson helped to make. Sexual curiosity, nervousness, joy and even participation aren’t sensations of which we should be afraid. They’re ones we should relish, discuss and maybe even share on YouTube — more importantly, they’re ones we can.

Watch “Undress Me” and “First Kiss” below:

Jenny Kutner

Jenny Kutner is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on sex, gender and feminism. Follow @jennykutner or email jkutner@salon.com.

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