It’s been quite a week
Monday: NYT Motherlode
Tuesday: Gawker.com response
Thursday: CFRB 1010, CJAD Montreal, Brisket, Meringues
Friday: CKNW 980 Vancouver, roasted veg, hello dollies, caramel matzah, seder
Saturday: Globe and Mail Life section
Nothing I ever expected. Just a funny little piece about how folks handle naked in their families. Wow, people love a target for their toxic waste. As a writer trying to jump start a new career, I’m happy to be that target.
I thought I’d let some of the comments speak for themselves. My friend Brenda Cossman a law professor in the controversial areas of sexual diversity and anti-censorship, says you shouldn’t pay too much attention, if any, to the comments. Many are the railings of the disempowered and unaccountable. It’s possible Joe Blowmoi is not his real name.
I agree with her, but this is new to me. I read all of them – riding the emotional roller-coaster from hurt to insult, to flattery, to laughter, to bring-it-on-you-thoughtless-knee-jerking-dogma-driven-sex-obsessed-prudish-extremists.
Lots of folks were supportive. Lots of critics were thoughtful and genuine, though many slid, dangerously in my opinion, down the slippery slope, from nudity to sex to abuse. No one approach to nudity in the family is the right one. At the core, it’s about respect. How families chose to exercise it will differ. There should always be space for disagreement and debate.
But then there’s the wholesale offensive and misogynistic crap that proved my point. Thanks for the data.
If you could be mistaken for an athlete in your prime, fine. If you could be mistaken for a dump truck, buy some new bath robes.
Let the kids vote about whether they want their botox princess mommies parading their belly flab in the living room
This one wins the prize for hateful and was taken down off the G &M site. Not really, because real parents don't raise their kids like this. In Tranna [Toronto] and other bastions of liberal moronacy 8 year old kids can tell you exactly why Jane has three mommies, why women are better than men and why homosexuals are better than both...but they can't read or do basic math. As long as this idiot keeps it to herself and doesn't try and bring this idiocy into my life nobody will get hurt.
But it’s not just the homos, it’s the feminists: Hyper sexualization of children is a hallmark of wretched left wing feminism. I read stories about divorced women who shower with their 6 year old sons, and other bizarre stuff, so just stop it. For some reason, there are a bunch of folks who believe at their core that children should not have a childhood. Dont whine when the CAS shows up.
Here’s one of the educational ones: At around age 5, children become very aware of gender and genitals. This is the age when they should no longer be rooming or bathing with their siblings of different gender. NOT because the body or sex are shameful, but because a child that young is too young to process the stimulation. The school age children may (or may not) be exhibiting any signs of being in a sexualized atmosphere, and may never. But why risk it? Put on some clothes, put a lock on your bedroom door. There's more to protecting our children than putting a helmet on their head. Don’t get me started on the socio-economic/class issues here. And locked doors – there’s a fine safety tip.
I got an invitation to what I can only assume was a nudist gathering: Freeking exhibitionist. Come down to king and bay and walk around like that.
Got called a child abuser: Could you imagine if it was the father who walked around nude in front of his 8 and 12 year old daughters? He would be sent directly to prison! Instead we're treated to an intellectual discussion because it's a woman causing this abuse to her children.
And Max Read from Gawker pulled this information out of his… Now, look, I'm not here to judge. (Really?) […] a whole semi-adult family watching TV naked on the couch, sweaty poop and sex parts swinging in the breeze? No big deal. Family tradition. Just a regular Tuesday night. If he’d just asked I’d have told him naked TV night was Thursday. It's, for some inexplicable reason, legal. […] As a clothed person the whole concept makes me want to burn my couch, put on three sweaters and never talk to my family again. And certainly never read Motherlode, ever again, ever. Ever. Of course he’ll read it again, trolling eagerly for more smut and bad behavior to fuel his fire.
On the other end my son and I had a good laugh over this cute entry: Wow, you live in Toronto and keep your house warm enough to walk around naked! I'm envious and obviously not adequately insulated.
I’ll finish up with a fun, helpful comment from a reader in Australia
I think the folks saying that nudity leads to poo stains and odor wafts are the exact people who would have benefited from a parent undressing and showing them how to wash, wipe etc. If you’re using clothes to cover up fecal matter you’re doing it wrong.