Life can be full of surprises. In the last two days there have been letters about nudity to both Miss Manners and Dear Abby. I really like the responses they gave.
Abby was asked how to respond to grandparents who object to the casual nudity of their grandchildren (a boy and girl). They find it "disturbing" that the parents would allow them to run around the house and play in the pool in the nude.
(I'm paraphrasing here.) Abby's response was to point out there is nothing wrong with this, but they may want to tell the kids to wear clothes when guests are there; to explain hosts are supposed to make their guests feel comfortable.
But, many people are nudists and raise families in the lifestyle. My opinion, of course, is promoting the normalcy of the human body is a good thing. There will always be the Jerry Fallwells and Pat Robertsons of the world who will claim it's sinful, yada, yada, yada. We, however, must work against the demonization of nudity.
The writer to Miss Manners (ya gotta love her!) said he's a single dad and must help his daughter in changing clothes when shopping; where should he go to accomplish this without causing problems?
Miss Manners replies that he should take his daughter into the men's fitting area - because men won't care, whereas the women get nervous over a man being in theirs. When available, individual fitting rooms are the best. I've seen men bring their young daughters into the men's restroom. It has never bothered me. If they are comfortable with their daughters seeing men pissing, who am I to argue? It sure gets the point across that we all must, doesn't it?
Women, on the other hand, appear to have issues with these things. The common reaction is that there is some prurient, or salient reason for the presence of men with daughters - or even other women with a young son.
Fear that the only reason they'd be in a fitting room or restroom is for sexual jollies. To me, this is where attitudes regarding the trans community begins, and perpetuated.
What is this aversion we have toward naked men?
How will we ever fix this?