Family First is at it again.

This time, “it” is the new bylaw allowing nudity that is not determined to be indecent on Kapiti coast beaches.

Apparently, a “decency check” is not enough for groups like Family first- any nudity is wrong and could potentially cause innocent children instant psychological harm. One wonders how Bob McCoskrie and the children he is out to “protect” manage at the swimming pool, where theu are no doubt confronted with plenty of penises in just a few minutes while changing. Or maybe nudity is only bad when it lasts long enough, like staring into a bright light. Who knows?

They’re swarming all over the Dominion Post now, too, with angry letters about how one of their opinion editors seemed to think a good test of whether something was morally permissable was to see if Bob McCoskrie opposed it. Good on her.

As far as I’m concerned, it can only do children good to be exposed to men and women who are not ashamed of their bodies, given the unhealthy pressures society piles on to have “ideal bodies”. A little nudity only hurts when you’ve been conditioned to panic at it, as my changing room example might remind you.

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6 Responses

  1. Speaking of Family First, any comment on the knives shoved into Mr McCroskie’s lawn?

  2. I think you go too far with this “As far as I’m concerned, it can only do children good to be exposed to men and women who are not ashamed of their bodies”

    There is such a thing as public decency in our enlightened society and prancing around in the raw, albeit at a beach, is not (yet) included. Admittedly I am not familiar to the details of the bylaw, but topless face down on the sand would be okay these days but the knickers stay on!

    For those not ashamed of their bodies, maybe set aside a nudist beach for them to show off their spare tyres, but if your concern is of the societal pressures to have an ideal body, then I suggest Bendon be the target of your frustrations. Their ads are terrible in this regard, even to someone like me who would normally be indifferent to this issue.

  3. #13- I meant to reply to you earlier. Mr. McCoskrie’s… opinions… are not the sort of thing that comes close to necessitating threats or violence. I don’t buy that there was any good reason to think it would be taken as anything other than a threat.

    Sean- Oh, Bendon and similar companies are one of my targets indeed. (I swear, I will get around to everything someday. After the election though, because I think talking about Green stuff is really important atm) But this stigma against being naked, or even wearing revealing clothing, is certainly harmful enough to justify my replying to people who think it’s “common sense” that we should be ashamed of our bodies, and frightened at the prospect that our kids might actually learn to deal with nudity in a way which doesn’t involve them being hugely uncomfortable with it.

  4. You take a perfect world approach though (before Eve offered the apple to Adam!). Like it or not nudity and revealing clothing is linked to sexuality and that isn’t appropriate for children. I don’t know why you are getting this confused with everyone being ashamed of their bodies.

  5. Nudity and sexuality are not explicitly linked. It’s also possible to be highly sexual towards someone without removing a single item of clothing. (Dancing comes to mind, for one.) Are we going to ban that sort of thing too?

    In my mind, “protecting” children from the details of sex actually just makes them all the more vulnerable if they confront it unprepared- especially if that involves a sexual predator. At the very least there needs to be some age-appropriate education that warns them about that sort of danger, and helps them understand why society as a whole has decided nudity is inappropriate- whether the parents in question agree with that decision or not.

  6. #13- I meant to reply to you earlier. Mr. McCoskrie’s… opinions… are not the sort of thing that comes close to necessitating threats or violence. I don’t buy that there was any good reason to think it would be taken as anything other than a threat

    That’s OK, I realise it’s a change of subject so I feel lucky to get any response even if it isn’t a speedy one.

    For what it’s worth I agree.

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