This is a press release, of course, and like most of its ilk, it assumes that those who read it will be overly impressed by it. Include me out:
Popular nudist dating site NudistDatingSites.net recently launched a new feature named “Certified Nudist.” This feature is similar to the verification option available on most dating sites.
Translation: “We’re adding a feature that everyone else already has.”
Now this next bit seems indisputable, which is probably why it was buried in the third graf:
Whilst online dating has certainly made it convenient for users to find their ideal match from the convenience of their couch, it has also given rise to several issues. “A lot of people confuse nudism with exhibitionism. They fail to understand the core idea behind nudism and look at it as a way to find a sex partner. When such people get onto nudist dating sites, it creates inconvenience for genuine nudists,” said psychologist Pauline Brown.
I am, I admit, curious about what goes into this “verification” program, because surely it has to be more than this:
The primary motive behind the launch of this feature is to differentiate a genuine user from a scammer. In order to become a certified nudist on this website, a member would have to put up their real photo. On the other hand, if the profile belongs to a couple, both the individuals need to be present in the photograph.
This invites a couple of obvious questions:
- What’s to stop a scammer from disrobing?
- If couples are allowed on a dating site, should we assume that either swinging or polyamory are on the agenda?
Disclosure: Once upon a time, I was a member of a social network aimed at this subculture; it folded after a couple of years. They didn’t require photos, but photos were, let us say, strongly encouraged.