Oh. Good. Grief. Did you hear what Modern Family actress Julie Bowen lets her sons do? Wait, scratch that, did you hear how the pearl clutchers are reacting to Julie Bowen's announcement that her three young sons watch her in the shower?
Bowen showed up on Conan O'Brien's show recently, and the conversation turned to kids -- as it so often does when two parents are chatting. Bowen has three boys, including twins who turn 5 later this month. And, well, it turns out her little boys like to sneak into the bathroom and watch Mom shower.
"They just sort of stare and wonder where it is or what's wrong with that. They feel bad for me, like I'm a freak," Bowen said of her boys examining her female body:
Sounds pretty typical of motherhood doesn't it? How many times have you read one of those SomeECards on a friend's Facebook wall about how she never gets time in the bathroom alone?
Alas, ye olde Internet can't see it that way. Folks over on the Team Coco YouTube account are claiming Bowen's sons have an Oedipal complex, and Crushable writer Jill O'Rourke can barely seem to type out the words "sons" and "penis" in the same sentence without having to run for her own (private) shower. In short: people are freaked.
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It seems the Modern Family star has found out what plenty of American parents find out sooner or later -- people just can't separate gender differences from sex. Not even when we're talking about parents and their kids.
In fact, when UCLA psychology professor Paul Okami studied parental nudity in front of kids back in 1995, he found more social scientists were referring to it as a form of "subtle sexual abuse." But according to Okami's study, there's no clinical or empirical evidence to support this concern.
The fact is, if you don't act like nudity is a big deal, kids won't either. Our bodies aren't "icky," nor does nudity automatically equal sexual.
Some studies have even found that kids who grow up in homes where bodies simply "are" tend to be more comfortable with their own bodies ... and better sexually adjusted than their peers.
So cover up at home, if that makes you comfortable, but let's stop judging other parents who don't do the same, OK?
How old were your kids when you started covering up around them?
Image via Team Coco/YouTube