Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Europeans on nudity: Just grin and bare it
Genny just looked at this image and said, "Oooh, that's gross!"
"Why?" I asked.
"Because you can see his pee-pee."
"So?" I laughed.
I didn't expect that reaction from her. That's why I wasn't even hiding my computer screen from her.
How funny that I was just going to say how glad I am that Genny, at six-years-old, has more of a European attitdue toward nudity.
I'm curious where she learned her reaction from. We've always been open and comfortable about nudity around our house. She sees me, her father, and Cole naked all the time, but never reacts or seems bothered by it.
I've always felt it's best to let kids draw their own lines when it comes to their comfort with nudity in the family.
So why the reaction to a statue?
She barely watches television, so she hasn't learned that "Oooh, that's gross!" from there. Perhaps from her schoolmates?
Come to think of it, I have noticed that she doesn't like it when I wear anything even slightly revealing in public. So, she seems to be okay with nakedness in our private world, but not the public.
Maybe Americans really are just more prudish and uncomfortable with themselves.
Perhaps if we saw the nude male figure around and about town and women portrayed in more "natural" states of nudity, we might not be so caught up with what lies beneath our neighbors' clothes.