By Monica Greep For Mailonline. A feminist author has claimed that children seeing naked bodies from a young age can make them feel more 'relaxed' about the human body in the long run. Flo Perry and Mariella Frostrup appeared on Good Morning Britain today where they debated whether or not children's art classes should include life drawing, in order to make them more comfortable with the human form. Viewers weren't keen on the idea, with one saying most young children would 'laugh their heads off' at the sight of a naked body, while others were angry at the idea, with one branding it dangerous'.
Flo Perry left and Mariella Frostrup right appeared on Good Morning Britain today where they debated whether or not children's art classes should include nude portraits. Flo argued: 'Naked strangers is this big word.
Nobody is gonna be like, "Put my kid in form of naked strangers". And actually if we're exposed to it in a different form, will it make us more relaxed about nudity and our own bodies and make us feel less self conscious? But it's nice to see a body glorified in art that isn't a model.
Viewers didn't agree with Flo, with one saying that although she is an artist, she still believes children will 'sneer and giggle' at naked bodies at a young age. One viewers raged: 'Get the hippy woman that wants to exploit children off the TV. Her credentials need to be checked when she supports such a ridiculous and dangerous class. During the interview, a live nude painting took place. The journalist disagreed, and felt other approaches would be more effective, insisting: 'I think talking is probably one of the key ones'. A third commented: 'Put a naked man and woman in front of a class they would be laughing their heads off.
You only have to mention a body part and they're off. Charlotte Hawkins left and Kate Garraway right watched as an artist painted a nude man in the studio.
The unknown man's modesty was protected by a towel as the seasoned painter drew him. Mariella weighed in: 'At primary school age, it potentially isn't necessarily the most productive way to get them to think about body image. However some fans of the show were more open to the idea, with one saying that kids are 'far more robust' than we give them credit for. Another said that although she wouldn't have a problem with it - she isn't sure her 6-year-old would take it seriously. Which he is right. He also said he didn't want to draw a winkie', commented a second.
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