A mother who took her son in the men’s changing room at her local swimming pool has divided opinion after she blasted a man for stripping naked outside of the cubicle.
Writing on Mumsnet, the UK-based mother explained that she prefers to take her two-year-old son in the men’s changing room when they go swimming because the women’s facility is often crowded.
She told how on one occasion, a man who had been in the pool came in the changing room with his daughters and proceeded to strip naked without a second thought for anyone else – including children.
However, many were torn over the thread, with some suggesting it was strange she was in the men’s changing room in the first place.
‘You were sat in a changing room and you are shocked at someone getting changed? I’m confused?’ wrote one, while a second penned: ‘So you were upset because you saw a man’s penis in a male changing room? Are you female? If so you shouldn’t have been in there.’
A woman from the UK, who took her two-year-old son in the men’s changing room during his swimming lesson, has sparked a debate over nudity in public spaces (file image)
The Mumsnet user explained that she usually uses the men’s changing room to avoid the crowds in the women’s facility
Explaining that other men haven’t exposed themselves, the mother continued: ‘I’ve never seen other men do that. They usually use a cubicle or use a towel. Other men being the teachers.’
‘I’m not fussed about nakedness, I just thought in that situation a towel would have been appropriate. I also get the inability to watch kids from a cubicle. But a towel?
She continued: ‘Also yes, if you entered with your child you would have both walked into an adult man’s penis.’
A stream of comments followed from those who couldn’t see what she had a problem with.
A flood of comments argued the mother doesn’t have a right to be upset about seeing the naked man because she shouldn’t have been in the men’s changing room in the first place
‘Wait. so you were a woman going into a men’s changing room and upset there was a penis there? commented one.
‘I’m guessing if a man had come into the women’s changing room because it was less busy there would have been uproar!
‘I think YABU and just need to stick to the women’s changing room. Probably not any penises in there.’
However, others argued the mother was right to complain about the man’s actions, suggesting they wouldn’t get naked in front of other people’s children.
‘This isn’t remotely normal and I’m baffled by these responses,’ penned one, while a second argued:
‘No, if you might be seen by other children (or in my apparently very repressed family, even your own), you don’t just let everything hang out. ‘
‘You make a concerted effort to not inflict the sight of your naked body on other (non-consenting) people, whatever their ages.’
Others agreed they wouldn’t expect to see naked adults in a public changing room, especially with children around
Meanwhile, a stream of responses questioned why so many people have an issue with naked bodies, saying they don’t make children squeamish.
One person wrote: ‘Last time I checked all humans have a body. Whether it be with a penis or a vagina, with or without a hairy a****. I have no idea why a naked body offends people so much, we all have one don’t we?
‘Rather than encourage our children to be scared and ashamed of our bodies why not accept them for what they are?’
Another said: ‘FFS, people have bodies, children are not scarred by bodies. Children are not at risk in the men’s because they are accompanied by a responsible adult.’
‘Given the only female children were his, and he obviously was polite enough to turn his back to you, I really don’t see the issue.’
A third added: ‘I’ll never understand the British squeamishness about the naked body. We all have one. What’s the big deal.’
A number of people questioned why people are ‘squeamish’ about naked bodies and didn’t see a problem with the situation (pictured)