Are "Never-Nudes" An Actual, Real Thing?

Categories: Craigslist
There's an ad currently up on L.A. Craigslist that purports to be seeking "Never-Nudes" for the new TLC reality series My Strange Addiction. You know, like Tobias Funke on Arrested Development. Is this a real addiction, or even a real ad, for that matter? Let's investigate.

First, the condition. According to Wikipedia, there is indeed a mental disorder called "Gymnophobia" which is defined as "fear of nudity." "Only when the fear is beyond one's control or is interfering with daily life," says Wikipedia, "can an anxiety disorder diagnosis be made." So it's real. It's hard to know how many people it affects, though, since many people are probably too embarrassed to seek help for it, and they might not have as much incentive to do so as people with more crippling disorders, since they are able to go about their daily lives in public without any issues. Anecdotally speaking, I once dated a guy who would never let me see him naked. (How did that work, you ask? Not very well.) So I'm inclined to believe it's out there in the general population. 

Next, the ad. Here's the whole thing:

My Strange Addiction Casting Call (Nationwide)

Date: 2011-02-11, 1:30PM PST
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

TLC's new reality series, "My Strange Addiction" is currently looking for participants for season 2! 

Are you or someone you know a "NEVER NUDE?" 

Do you or someone you know struggle with 
taking off clothing? 

Do you have to wear clothing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? 
Is it impossible for you to shower completely in the nude? 
Do you avoid going to the doctor or the gym to avoid nudity? 
Are you addicted to clothing and refuse to be with out it even when you're alone? 
Is being a "NEVER NUDE" seriously impacting your relationships and lifestyle? 

For consideration, please send in your name, age, current city, recent photo, 
contact information and brief summary about how being addicted to 
clothing and living life as a NEVER NUDE is impacting you. 

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon! 

  • Location: Nationwide
  • Compensation: TBD
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
PostingID: 2209583133

I'm not sure gymnophobia qualifies as an addiction to clothing, any more than hydrophobia qualifies as an addiction to being on dry land, but I'll give it to them. This ad is no more ridiculous than any other reality casting call I've seen. The real question is, will this somehow help make the Arrested Development movie happen any faster? I'm not taking off my cut-offs until I get an answer. 

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