Last summer, my family was at a beach vacationing together with another family that we have known for years. Shortly after we arrived at the beach, the father of the other family stripped his youngest child – who was maybe three years old at the time – naked and sent the child to play at the edge of the water. Almost as an afterthought he turned to me, with a look of concern on his face, and said “You know it’s OK that he’s naked, right?”.
Now, a little context – this beach was not in the United States, but in Norway. It’s customary in Norway, and throughout Scandinavia for that matter, for young children to play naked at beaches up until the age of about seven or eight.
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