You may have seen in the news on any number of occasions that the dress codes for girls in schools are adapted in order for the girls to not be “distracting” to the male students and teachers. Most recently, I saw a school district that changed their rules to make girls’ skirts have to be longer so as not to cause the male staff to feel uncomfortable or tempted. All I have to say to that is if someone is tempted by the uncovered legs of a child, then that person has serious problems and should not be working with children in any capacity. And definitely not left alone with a child ever.
Do you know that there are places in the world where girls and women can be completely naked, even sit with their legs spread open and their genitals exposed to the sun and wind – in public, around boys and men, and they are not ogled, disrespected, harassed, abused, raped, or even innocently touched without consent? True fact. Can you even imagine that?
Do you know that there are places in the world where girls and women can be bare-chested and free without fear of anyone commenting on their bodies or making a big deal of it? There are places where it’s natural to be nude/naked and people of all ages, sizes, shapes, colors, and every diversity from all walks of life gather to enjoy nature, hang out with friends, and live a clothes-free lifestyle, whether on vacation or permanently.
Do you know that there are places in the world where boys and men can be completely naked and walk around among girls and women who are completely naked – and they just treat everyone exactly the same as if they were all clothed? They aren’t touching themselves or touching the girls or women. They aren’t being inappropriately sexual. They are just being normal human beings in their natural bodies. This DOES happen all of the time, every day at many places around the world. Life CAN be like this!
I am, of course, referring to family friendly nudist resorts, camps, and clubs. They are some of the safest places in the world for women and children. And they are proof that it is totally possible for men to be among naked women and children without sexualizing them, harassing them, abusing them, and/or raping them.
They are also proof that the key to keeping boys and men from being sexual predators has nothing to do with what girls and women are wearing or not wearing. On the contrary, if we treated nudity as normal and natural – and not as titillation for entitled men – there could be a dynamic shift in our culture away from misogynistic values and toward equality, freedom, and true bodily autonomy for everyone. Think about that a moment, please. Really consider it. Nudism could be a healing force in the world. Also, girls and women should never have to cover up or change anything about their bodies in order to live their lives without harassment, fear, or shame.