Basically, a family with an 8 year old girl were playing at the public pool. She had her top off and the lifeguard asked the family how old she was, then told her that she needed to put on a shirt. The pool rules were only girls 4 and under could be topless apparently. What do you think about this rule? Do you think 8 is too old to be topless in public?
This was on my newsfeed this morning and everyone is flying back with different opinions. What are your thoughts?
Here is the link to the story:
- Yes, 8 is too old to be shirtless in publicVote A
- No, she's still a childVote B
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I think it's absolutely ridiculous. When I was 13 or so, I sometimes played completely naked in the garden behind my parents' house with my sister who is about 4 years younger and was also completely naked. We would lie in the grass and stuff. Because my parents live in a somewhat dense neighborhood, all the neighbors around us could easily see us. Sometimes it was in the late afternoon and other people were sitting outside and Barbecuing and stuff. Yet, nobody ever said anything. Nobody even paid attention. What people in my country think when they see this kind of thing is basically "oh, two kids are playing, that's cute". They just don't care. This idea that even 8 year old children have to cover their breasts which are still far away from increasing in size is sick. And this constant fear from pedophiles in North America is also pretty ridiculous. People watch the news and they just believe this crap about pedophiles apparently hiding behind every corner. I don't even know how this came to be but there's a totally insane pedophile paranoia in North America. I'm not saying pedophiles don't exist but that doesn't mean they're stalking your kid at every second of your life. Especially since 98% of pedophile crimes actually happen WITHIN the family (dads, uncles, grandpas, brothers etc.). Yet the news shows in the US (and apparently also in Canada) work with fear. They scare the shit out of people and the people simply believe it as though they were a bunch of sheep.
I personally think by constantly covering your children at every second of their daily life and teaching them that showing skin is something bad you ruin an important part of their childhoods. I remember that I LOVED being naked as a child. I'm not saying children should walk naked into a mall or a cinema but children should be able to walk around naked at a public beach or swim naked in a lake or in a swimming pool or play naked on a playground without constantly being covered up or yelled at or be stalked by their own parents. I wish people (both parents and the politicians who make these stupid laws) could just let children be children. It's already frustrating enough that so many adults are so prudish and uptight.2