Yesterday evening I watched I’m Pregnant and… A Nudist on Discovery Health. Sherri, the expectant mother in this story, is a third generation nudist whose grandmother owns and operates a nudist retreat in Texas and much of the program was filmed there (with the expected blurring, of course). Over all, I thought it treated the topic of nudism in a positive light. That is, they didn’t say anything negative or focus on things like body types. Nudist were portrayed as ordinary people.
However, there was one thing about the program that bothered me. That was Sherri’s apparent “dilemma” over whether or not to raise her daughter as a nudist. In one part, she saw a therapist about it. Was this “issue” created just to insert drama or bias into the program?
I would think that it would be pretty much a non-issue since nudism would certainly be part of the child’s growing up since many members of the family are nudists and she will probably visit the resort with her family quite often. The father isn’t a nudist but he didn’t seem to have a problem with it and he accompanies his wife to the to resort when she visits her family there. Sherri’s sister was also raised in a nudist environment but chose not to be a nudist and it seemed evident that she had some hang ups about nudity.
During the program, Sherri stated several times that she would let her daughter decide for herself when the time came but I don’t understand why she felt the need to talk to a therapist about this. I would think that the therapist might introduce doubt and anxiety about raising a child around casual nudity. Maybe I’m just a little confused, having neither been raised nor raised my own children nudist. It seems to me that it would only be an problem if the family (or the state of Arkansas) made it an issue.
In my mind, the introduction of this “dilemma” seemed to infer that while nudism might be okay for adults, it might not be an appropriate environment for raising children. I disagree with this viewpoint. My informal research and discussions with other nudists indicate otherwise.Technorati Tags: children,nudist lifeystyle,nudist resort,pregnant