How much of the children's skin should the large society impose on children to show in the school pool to signal that we who live in Ireland are free individuals?
First, a personal admission: one of the nicest pictures I have of myself as a child is when I stand as nude two-treåring in a swimming area. It's a nice childhood memory. In these times, it is common to share photos of themselves via social media, whether as a child or as an adult. But just this picture I have not shared. I'm actually a little unsure if the picture would have sorted under the category of "child pornography" so I'd done something criminal if I had spread it online. I guess at least that someone would have been morally forarget. Since I do not intend to explore the case I leave the image lying in the tray.
Yet this tells something about the degree of seksualisering we have in our culture. We can be stated above that the children's nonsense manufacturers make biknier to children all the way down into two-årsalderen, and that the girls ikler themselves swimsuit long before they have breasts to hide. Children's nudity are problematic in our culture. But does this matter? It's just the most hilarious feminists who fuss about those little children's bikinis, right? We other people drop to buy them, but ends quite early on buying swimsuit. Most little girls will not even show their boobs, even if they don't have them. Where they have this from is not good to know. But the girls do choose for themselves, so we accept it.
But why do Norwegians do that? It's part of our culture. But is it the culture "our" or is it kommersialismens culture? Scandinavia is known for its freedom of culture, which, together with German Freikörperkultur, among others, shelving the joy of bathing naked-and making mostly really-nude. A joy that has also been ridiculed. Who did not laugh when actress Sven Nordin ran naked around the moped in the film Sons of Norway?
If you are in the right Konspiratoriske corner you may ask if this film is one of the first signs of the insidious Islamisation of Norwegian culture, where Norwegians can laugh at their own nude history and despise it. But then Kokko, we're not. True?
Since I am grown up with a SV-mother I am well acquainted with the Seksualiseringsdebatten and the female case debate-and I knew myself reasonably well again and chuckled well by Sven Nordin in the sons of Norway. Other anecdotes I have chuckled over are the story of the man who came over to the youth gang who had lit bonfires on the beach for nudes. He asked insulted why they were not naked. After all, they were on a nudist beach. Then it didn't help that there were only 10 hot degrees and a little småyr in the air. The man had a sense of getting a thick wool sweater. So there he was moral forarget with the undercarriage in the open, wondering why the youth sabotaged the freikörperkultur of the beach.
So, yes, I am grown up with Freikörperkultur, topless hesjing of hay with help from collective Sambu who were not unlike the collective in the Swedish movie Tilsammans, and an overweight and shameless mother who hypper paws while running topless on the tractor – it was despite All her potato field. At the same time, this was a culture that was critical to pornography, prostitution and to Seksualiseringtendenser in general. My mom still is, and wondering what's the deal when spirited youth politicians are speaking prostitution as a "profession" and an "industry". So do I, I wonder, among other things, the vocational line of secondary those who will be prostitutes should choose: Sales and service or health and social?
Apart from the pornography leaves we found in the tray of the father of my friend, so limited my access to literature on sex and sex itself to the book "Woman Know Your Body". Not the sexiest book, but with a little imagination it is possible for a curious teenage girl to become randy of most things. Also, I got the access to Samantha Fox, Sabrina and of course Madonna-and eventually many other female role models who told me that "do you feel like you're allowed". There wasn't much shortage of lust. But it probably lacked on something else, namely the rule: "You do not want, you have not allowed. And it doesn't have anyone else either.
Border setting was not always easy. If you've said A man, you have to say B and all that. I'm certainly not the only one in Norway who ever had it that way. Without the need to have anything to do with islamisering.
I did not lack female representations and role models with sexuality in the driver's seat, and should we speak of sexual liberation in Norway, we must surely recognise that the Liberal Party's woman-know-your-body-mentality and capitalism popular cultural Messages in many contexts have been running in two cans. Not always good relationships between them, but it's a relationship. When it comes to freedom, they have a good relationship: Both parties believe that you as a woman must be free to choose for yourself. At any time as early as possible. Preferably from the man is able to point out what you want in the shop-badetruse, bikini or bathing suit? And when we get to the swimsuit: should it have "legs"? Some mothers want to, so they don't have to shave the bikini line. Are we good role models then? When we will hide our pubic hair?
As parents, we can be noted that the options are so skrale. The girl nagging to get a bikini and you manage to land it all on your swimsuit, even though you would have preferred that the girl went into panties.
Or: What about nude? For What is this commercial dressing force that is being followed up culturally by the fact that "you don't let little girls run naked around"? It allows us to dress our kids, not because we seksualiserer them, but because others can do it. Like if I shared the childhood image of myself as nude: I can't tell which Web pages it can end up on.
But then we also have the discussions about the respect for girls and girls ' responsibilities. In the debates we have about rape and abuse, it becomes obvious-at regular intervals, we hear of girls meeting with the Norwegian courts, where lawyers suggest that the girls could acted differently, and not endangered themselves. Not the lid. Not a good idea. not been luremus. Police officers who assign girls responsibility. Because they are wearing challenging clothes, the bright summer dress or been "The Lady in Red".
I do not know how many times I have heard the arguments repeated in various discussions, where it is kept against girls that they must, after all, take some responsibility for the signals they send. And – Here comes the shocking – sometimes I can agree. Or – I can agree that it comes to being pragmatic and take their disclaimer. If you don't want sexual attention, drop the red lipstick and the deep utringningen. Not to mention that I believe that red lipstick and deep calling gives anyone the right to anything. But know the symbols you use and use them wisely. Are you out in the thieves? Don't wiggle your wallet. It's not your fault it's stolen. By all means: it is always the thief who is doing something wrong. But will you stay out of trouble? Don't put on a red lipstick, deep call and fan your wallet while wandering among thieves and rapists. Don't you like the idea of some sick man somewhere out there in the world going to jerk off to the picture of yourself as two-treåring on a beach? Well. Don't share your picture online.
My children get embarrassed when I and their dad jump into the water without a thread when we are sailing a remote place. And after they've reached their teenage age, they hide from us. Whether it is natural, the expression of a commercialized Norwegian culture, or just an expression of healthy Norwegian morality – I don't know. I just accept that it is like that. I also don't think that my neighbors like it if I waltz topless around in the common garden, and there is no law for me to swim naked down in the local Vika. We have a law on blotting here to land and I have long since realized that my upbringing on the SV-Småbruket was a little different from what is the norm in the Norwegian society. But I realise there's been a movement, and it's too easy to give the Muslims the blame for it too.
Because it's a problem that people don't dress up and wash themselves before they go in the pool. They're too shy. The Youth City Council of Bergen is fighting for a shower in their own cubicles-today the young people will not be naked for the same sex, once. Is that Islamisation? Ask the delegates in Youth City council about it, and I think that you will have negative answers. For me, it's strange that they hold on like that, but I realize that my norms related to body and nudity are not society's norms. I'm too liberal for very many. Not just the Muslims.
It is in this context I stusser by the debate on the solid costume for children in the swimming pool. The suit is called "Burkini" to highlight that the motivation for such a costume is religious, founded on a particular view of women's chastity and sexuality. So it's not a case of a solid costume that Profesjonnelle swimmers use, but the school's motivation for saying that this is okay is getting jentungene in the water so they learn to swim. It is of course worth taking the discussion on whether it is so that the Norwegian culture thinks that naked skin is so dangerous. But at the same time with the swim tutorial? As an educator I must probably say that one must always choose their fights. Here, some people believe that the school is in integration crisis and that it needs help. Mon. The Norwegian school has many crises, recently we could hear the leader of the Education Federation Reptetere What everyone should have gotten with them soon: there will be too few teachers in the Norwegian school. But that some parents who don't understand the Norwegian body culture go in to teach the kids to swim as long as the girls are wearing a solid costume? It's not the biggest krisa in Norwegian school, and should we really talk about integration into Norwegian school, we should probably talk about language training and a follow-up that costs far more of the state budget than a ban on a particular brand of clothing. But of course-it's funnier, cheaper, and sexier to talk about bodies.
Personally, I mean the most nudity is preferable. But I realize that everyone is not like me and I realize that the school's mandate is to teach kids to swim. Should the children want panties, biknis, swimsuit, a professional swim suit or such a solid case that some people call "Burkini"? Well, you learn to swim, sweetheart. Then you will get to jentetur with the sailboat when you grow up. Or a real healthy and good Norwegian vennetur, where women and men jump Kliss naked in the sea every morning to get clean, even if it's really cold. Do you want to be allowed? But don't you want to? Then you're not allowed either. In the free Norway, it is not nude vang.
Meanwhile, we can continue to keep up with the debate on Burkini. Since I'm a teacher myself, it's not hard to put myself into the school situation. In hijab, caps, and hairstyle, I have long since turned my attention to the fact that my focus is primarily on what is going on inside the head, not the garment that is on. That doesn't mean I'm blind because the hijab means something. Or the cap where it says OBEY. But what it means is, in my experience, a little different from person to person. So I'm taking the discussion with the students and if necessary-with the parents-and have a focus on the individual pupil's personal development. The debates get race outside of school, usually created by a press stand that doesn't exactly have the greatest insight in the skolepolitiske everyday. Of course, I note that respect for people like me-folks who work at Gølvet in the knowledge society-are as low as ever when school is to be debated. Here it is said to be "emergency" and betrayal and whatever, without a particular insight into what it means to work in schools and what it needs to do in order to integrate into practice.
And it is in this context that I – a naked dreamer of an atheist who I am – wonder why we should keep up with such a symbolic drakamp about the little girls ' bodies. So this is the battle for the percentage of visible skin that will define how free we are here in Norway. And then we just have to ask, to be done with this symbol debate: how much of the children's skin is going to large society through the rules of school impose children to show in the school pool to signal that we who live in Ireland are free individuals?
I'm going for swim. Both naked and dressed.