Post # 1
Today in my Sociology of Deviant Behavior class we discussed a blog. The blogger posted about why she wants her four sons to see her naked. Her reasoning is essentially that she wants them to have a realistic portrayal of the female body. She wants them to see her before seeing things in entertainment and other places. She also feels that they will have more respect towards their future partners. Some of the class felt that this was absolutely crazy. They feel that the kids will end up being messed up. Others saw where she was coming from. This was something new to me. My parents were and still are very modest.
How do you feel about this? Do you think she has a point? Do you think harm could be caused?
Post # 2
At what age? My son saw me naked when he was young, up to about age 3 or so. Seeing mum and dad naked in the bathroom was part of how our kids saw the difference between male and female. (And same when I was a little girl too). But after that they gradually learned appropriate modesty.
As he got older, there were appropriate sex education books with drawings of naked people. No need to see it in person.
Post # 3
There are plenty of ways to encourage realistic and positive body image that don’t include seeing mom naked. I mean, showering with your 3 year old is different than walking around naked with your 6 year old, but still.
Post # 4
I just don’t see where it benefits them. I doubt 15 Years later the kids are going to feel like it really helped them out a lot in life. The reasoning behind it is just different.
Post # 5
I definitely saw both my parents naked growing up. More so my mom, but I definitely barged in on my dad a few times as well. I don’t think it did anything for me as far as body image goes, but it certainly didnt harm me in any way. Encouraging nudity in ones home is a personal choice and people have varying levels of comfort with it. if you’re not comfortable with it then don’t do it.
Post # 6
Ehh, I didn’t grow up in a “naked house”, per se, but my parents weren’t overly prudish either – I definitely saw both of them naked. Probably not my dad after I was 6 or 7, but I still sit in the bedroom and chat with my mom while she gets dressed. I really don’t think it’s that weird. I walk around naked before/after showers or bed, and I doubt I will stop this when we have kids – just because I don’t think the human body is something that needs to be hidden. Obviously, you have to look at context and your own family dynamic to decide what’s appropriate, but I don’t really see the problem with parents being naked around their kids.
Post # 7
That sounds super unnecessary to me. You can still see what a person’s general shape is without forcing them to see you naked.
Post # 8
To me it’s kind of opening a door that doesn’t need to be opened. The kids will learn about things soon enough. I can definitely see where family dynamic plays a role.