Parents spend a lot of time and effort making sure their kids aren’t exposed to nudity at too young an age. After all, we even have an entire internet filter industry dedicated to preventing kids from stumbling into the unclothed parts of the web.
But one mother is taking a different approach to the issue. No, she isn’t letting her kids look at pornography. She dreads that thought. The mom, Rita Templeton, lets her children see her naked.
In a Huffington Post article, Templeton says she lets her young sons see her naked so that their first exposure to the female body won’t be the “impossibly perfect physiques in those magazines or those movies.”
Here’s how she explains her decision:
“I don't lounge around in the buff like my boys do (and I spend more time saying, "Put on some pants!" than anything else) -- but I've never refrained from changing clothes in front of them, or leaving the door open when I shower, or nursing babies without a cover. Because I want them to see what a real female body looks like. Because if I don't -- and their first images of a naked woman are the impossibly perfect physiques in those magazines or those movies -- what kind of expectations will they have? And what woman could ever live up to them?”
She says she hopes to teach her sons that a real body, one with flab and imperfections, is nothing to be ashamed of.
“I don't want to do them, or any women they might happen to see naked in the future, the disservice of telling them that saggy boobs are bad or that a little bit of flab is something to be ashamed of. I want them to know that this is the norm, not the nipped-tucked-and-digitally-enhanced images they're going to be bombarded with. Sure, they'll gawk at those bouncy boobies and flat stomachs and perky butts... but I have hope that, deep down inside, they'll know that isn't the standard to which they should hold women's bodies.”
She hopes that by exposing her sons to her body, she can cultivate a lasting, healthy concept of body image in their minds.
“Because while they're young, I want to plant the seed -- so that when they're older, and their wives say, 'I wish my thighs were smaller,' my sons can say, 'They're perfect just the way they are.' And mean it.”
Source: Huffington Post