Issues Pertaining to Nudity and Children

| October 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

Nudity And What About the Children?

When we talk about nudism / nudity and children, it’s common to hear, “What about the children?” I used to wonder what parents think will happen to their young child if they saw a naked man or woman laying on the beach in the sun.

Do they think their minds will suffer psychological damage? That they might grow up to be a pervert or addicted to sex? I never understood what real reasons were behind these parents’ concerns.

Nudity And Children

The issue seems to come up often, and I noticed it in the video I previously posted about the woman who got in trouble for going nude around her home. (Watch it below.)

This man is so concerned about his children seeing the naked lady next door. It sounds ridiculous she should be such a threat, but it’s not hard to believe many other parents would react the same way.

Nudity And Children

Nudity And Children

I also came across a similar concern in an article about a potential topless beach being sanctioned in Asbury Park. First, one revealing comment against it is, “Some things need to be saved for intimate moments with their significant other in the bedroom..”

For another person who is a father, he “…admitted he personally has no problem with topless beaches. But watching his two young daughters he quickly added ‘I don’t want them to be exposed to that.’” It’s not even full-frontal nudity he’s worried about, but simply exposure to women’s breasts.

I don’t think these guys are picturing the peaceful, de-sexualized environment of a naturist beach. Maybe they are picturing a scene from one of the infamous Girls Gone Wild videos with young women baring themselves and ready to make out. There is absolutely an over-sexualization of female breasts in the U.S. We learn from the media that breasts are sexual and forbidden, and it’s against the law to expose them practically anywhere outside the bedroom.


I’m going to conclude that once again the question stems back to the fixed link between nudity and sex. Letting children see any form of nudity equates to exposing them to sex at a young age. And we are living in an age where people are very paranoid about pedophiles and child pornography.

In America it can be hard for anyone to take innocent pictures of a nude child without being charged as a sexual criminal. There are tons of examples of this in the media, but check out the true story line behind this recent novel about a photographer who faced serious repercussions from some photos.

Given this common nudity = sex viewpoint, it becomes much easier to understand parents’ caution when it comes to nudity and their children. It’s apparent that we still need to change those preconceived notions of what a naturist setting is truly like, and promote the beautiful, natural, non-sexual aspects of naturism. Many nudist places are made to be family-friendly, and the reality is that young children are actually natural nudists who love to run around nude if given the chance. I spent my childhood in one of these settings, and grew up comfortable with my own body from a young age with a healthy attitude towards nudity.

And not to mention the gratifying experience of having a close community of wonderful people to look after me, teach me things, and help me grow. So what about the children? I believe a child who is introduced to or raised in a family naturist setting can have a very free-spirited childhood and a greater chance of having more self-confidence and much greater body-acceptance than your average American!

Related: “Is Nudism Good for Children?”

Nudity And Children was published by – Young Naturists and Young Nudists America YNA

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