First, I don't think anyone is advocating urinating on a playground
. The issue is peeing on a tree or in the grass. I have never heard of anyone directing their child to pee on a playground. Even the Disney example had the child peeing in the foliage.
As for the public nudity....yeah...I think this is waaaay overblown. These are little kids
. There's nothing sexual or lewd about a naked child. And it is completely natural. Just like when I BF my child in public. You might see a little boob when I do but it's not sexual or lewd either.
As for the "ick" factor. I just don't buy this. The trees around the parks here are peed on quite a bit (our Mama's group sees to that
) and it doesn't smell one bit...not even a smidgen (trust me....if it did, one of our pg Mamas would have noticed). However, the bathrooms reek
. It's really quite logical. Someone must manually clean a bathroom....trees and grass; however, have a natural, built in cleaning system (rain etc.).
As a side note, I find it troublesome that some seem to think it is better and more appropriate that a child pees on him/herself rather than peeing on a tree. Sometimes, a bathroom just isn't an option (referring back to pixipunk's post).
Further, you just never know the full story. For example, DS1 was pretty much fully potty trained....'till he had an automatic toilet flush while he was sitting on it thus making him completely terrified of toilets. He simply will not use one. However, he will use a tree/grass. So, that is what we do....even if it's right next to a bathroom. I don't think we should be so quick to judge (ie the Disney example).
I really am very surprised that so many people on this
particular board have such a problem w/ something so natural.