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Is Topless Rated R? Kids and Nudity

story-coppertone-girl-2792This weekend a woman was kicked out of a New York public pool because her daughter was topless… her three year old daughter. No surprise, mom was upset and after a battle she was allowed back in.

I was somewhat surprised to hear the story. I mean, the girl was only three years old. Yes I admit, I am pretty liberal and I don’t know what the atmosphere is like in New York but I did find it rather odd.

Perhaps it was an over zealous teenage lifeguard who just thought he was doing the right thing or maybe the pool has very strict rules about swim wear. But, regardless of the reason, I do think it was not inappropriate for the girl to be topless. (Not very smart when it comes to Sun protection though).

Children seem to grow up faster ans faster these days. I recently saw Willow Smith‘s new music video (the 12 year old of Will and Jada). Let me just say, her definition of twelve and my definition of twelve were a mile wide. Society definitely sexualizes girls at a younger age (or allows them to sexualize themselves).

Go back in time a bit. Introduced in 1953, the Coppertone baby is a pretty well known symbol. She is a girl of about two or three in bathing suit bottoms on a beach, and a dog is nipping at her bathing suit. The image was used by the company for decades to sell sun screen. She is still used today, but take note that as of late she is less revealing and even wearing a t-shirt at times.

Coppertone-Water-Babies-Pure-And-Simple-Sunscreen-Lotion-SPF-50-04117711In my mind you cannot sexualize a toddler. Personally, I think baby bikinis are cute, not offensive, but I know there are a lot of people who disagree. They would argue that I sexualize eating girls is exactly what a bikini does. But it’s a young child. If your brain sees a toddler in a bikini and thinks sexual… well… you are entitled to your opinion.

Where I live, they actually passed a law about a decade ago that it is legal for women to go topless in public. It started when women began protesting that a man could walk down the street topless, while a woman could not. That constitutes discrimination. So, it became legal for both to do so.

Do I see a lot of women going topless? In fact, I don’t recall ever seeing even one. But I am very appreciative of the fact that I could if I wanted to. It’s the equality principle.

So what do you think? Should that little girl have been kicked out, or is three still young enough it doesn’t matter? If not, at what age is it no longer appropriate?

I have a feeling this could be a controversial topic.

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I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

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10 thoughts on “Is Topless Rated R? Kids and Nudity

  1. I believe it is actually legal in New York to be topless so this surprises me.

    As for my opinion, my girls wear rash guard style tops with boy short style bottoms. It’s for sun protection more than modesty. My oldest has a 2 pc tankini style tshirt top suit. She also has a hand me down 2 pc sports bra type top. I let her wear it but not often. I prefer her belly not be shown and exposed like that.

    Not sure about an age. I wear a bikini because I’m proud of my body. It’s not a sex thing for me but a “I carried 3 kids, lost x lbs and I know I rock this” thing. My husband still wears a tshirt (out of water) even. We are all very pale and fair skinned so again, it’s mostly a skin protection thing.

    Posted by Heather C | August 10, 2013, 3:14 pm
    • I could never wear a bikini! LOL I think in the last ten years I have worn a bathing suit maybe a handful of times! To be honest I’d be way more worries about the girls wearing bikinis at 12 than at 2. We are all blonde hair and blue eyed so I think overall my main concern is like you. Sun protection, Sun protection, Sun protection. 🙂

      Posted by Shannon | August 10, 2013, 5:25 pm
      • I rarely did most of my teenage years as I have always been overweight. But now 40 lbs lighter than my heaviest, I feel amazing letting the world see it. Even after carrying twins, I dropped the weight and am now the healthiest I’ve ever been. My skin toned nicely and the stretch marks have faded enough. Lots of hard work deserves to be shown off. Granted we don’t have any pool access and are nowhere near a beach so it’s pretty rare that we are even in suits anyway.

        Posted by Heather C | August 10, 2013, 9:05 pm
      • Good for you! I have been thin most of my life and believe me fitting into size 0s and 1s has always been hard work and a struggle for me. (I was a naturally heavy child)
        As I said about your shorts before, if you’ve got it flaunt it.

        I actually feel relived now that I am a mom and engaged I don’t feel like I have to prove or justify myself to anyone, and it’s really liberating. I am still on the heavy side right now at 125lbs and I need to lose 10 more (at least for the size 0s) but I am okay with myself because I know there are more import things in my life. Plus, like you said being healthy on the inside is important and It will reflect on the outside. 🙂

        Posted by Shannon | August 10, 2013, 10:38 pm
  2. Red haired and blue eyed family here so we are definitely in the cover up for sun protection camp! But no I don’t think a 3yr old should have to cover up. Not even a 5 yr old. Let them be kids!

    Posted by linbritt | August 11, 2013, 9:07 pm
  3. I am new to your blog and would say I love your pictures in many of the posts! In my country Singapore, we are quite conservative here, we seldom see little girls topless, but I do not think they will be frowned upon, it’s kinda cute to see topless kids I feel.

    Posted by Simple Mum | August 21, 2013, 12:14 am

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