Originally Posted by primjillie
What bothers me on these threads is the fact that most posters think because someone doesn't approve of nudity in public, means they are afraid of perverts or they are teaching their children to be ashamed of their bodies. What happened to modesty? I have never been inclined to be naked in public or let my children run around without clothes on when there are others around. What we do in our house is different, because of the privacy factor. I also think a bathing suit does protect them from sun, sand, rocks, bugs that might irritate their privates, the same way I might put a sun hat on a fair child. I also agree that private parts are private, not to be displayed in public, despite the age. However, if I did see a very young child frolicking naked, I would probably smile because they are so darn cute!
I'm not sure that that is what people are saying. At least I didn't see that. Some people have said they wouldn't allow their child to be naked for fear of perverts, but I didn't see anywhere where someone assumed that anyone who is not okay with it MUST be afraid of perverts. I could be wrong though.
Personally, I'm fine with it. My only concern, as pp have said, is the sun. I'm super paranoid about sunburns, so I don't think I'd be comfortable with my own kids being naked for too long, even with a ton of sunscreen (since even the best sunscreens don't always protect). I usually make my kids where bathing suits AND shirts AND hats AND sunscreen (even under the shirts), and then limit time in the sun on top of that. Like I said, paranoid.
I'm not concerned about perverts. As others have said, perverts will be perverts REGARDLESS of whether your children are clothed (and will take pictures regardless too) and most molesters are known to the child already anyway.
I do, however, believe in respecting, to a certain extent, the comfort of others around me. I'm not saying I change every little thing just to please others. It's a balance. If most people on the beach were obviously bothered by nudity, I probably would cloth my children, but if only a few were bothered, I'd say majority rules, and I'd let them go naked (well, depending on the sun etc.
As for not respecting the wedding couple's space, I agree the adults with the toddler should have kept him out of the photos, but I also think having a wedding in a public place invites people to watch the ceremony, and the couple should accept this. Heck, a stranger showed up at my sister's wedding, and that was in a church!! Apparently it's not uncommon for people to go to weddings of strangers because they enjoy watching people get married. I'd never heard of that until this woman showed up at my sister's ceremony.