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I cannot believe I am the first to comment when this was posted as long ago as Jan 13th! No matter...
I believe it is wrong to assume that children and nudity don't mix. Children only have a problem with nudity if they are taught to by adults. Often, far too often, this leads to body shame; being told to cover their bodies, to hide their bodies away as something shameful. Equally if their only impression of what adults look like naked comes from the air-brushed pictures in the media, they will grow up with a poor view of themselves which cannot be a good thing.
It is interesting to note that those nations where nudity is accepted as a part of everyday life, have much lower rates of teenage pregnancy, abortions and STI's. Germany and Denmark are just two examples where nudity is common in parks and on beaches whenever the weather is warm enough and they have one-tenth the teenage pregnancy rate of the US.
I have also come across this comment posted elsewhere by the author of a book about nudity in childhood:
"I spend eight years researching the effects of nudity on children and found that one of the most positive things you can do for your offspring is leave them with a feeling that the body is not evil. Because of what we found while writing the book, we called it Growing Up Without Shame. That is one of the greatest advantages of a clothing-optional lifestyle: Having no body shame."
I think that says it all.
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