The UK has recently made several bizarre additions to its curricula in relation to sexual education and other sexualized themes.
Viewers were horrified after a guest on a British news show Good Morning Britain posed the debate topic “would nude art classes benefit kids?”
The guest on the show, a campaigner and “professional self-appointed sexpert,” Flo Perry, told the show’s presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard that nude art classes “might make us more relaxed about nudity and our own bodies,” according to Wales Online.
Perry believed that such classes would demystify the body and reduce self-consciousness in children, boosting their body confidence.
Despite her arguments, viewers were not pleased with the idea of exposing children to her suggestions.
One viewer said, “Normalizing naked strangers is not a good thing to do to kids.”
Another remarked, “What actually goes on in the UK???”
A third agreed, saying, “Where do we get these nut-jobs from.”
“Absolutely insane. Totally disappointed that would even get brought up.” A fourth added.
As Perry attempted to argue for nude art classes for children, the camera zoomed out revealing a naked cross-legged man being depicted by a portrait-drawing artist.
Speaking to the hosts, Perry said, “‘Naked strangers’ is this big word, where no one will be like ‘yes put my children in front of naked strangers’, no one’s going to be like ‘yeah!’
“But I think that we have to examine our own reactions to that and think ‘why do we have this disgust thing?’”
In spite of her candor, the wider public failed to agree with her message.
One confused tweeter asked, “Why can’t kids draw bowls of fruit? Or clothed people? It’s really not necessary for primary school kids to be drawing nudes #GMB”
Another said, “Why on earth would nude art classes benefit kids? The world’s gone bonkers.”
She continued, “Is it because nudity is so sexualized in our culture? And actually if we are exposed to it in a different form, it might make us more relaxed about nudity and therefore our own bodies.”
Campaigners have called for nude art classes in schools to improve body image issues caused by social media.
Would you be comfortable with your child taking part in life drawing classes?
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 10, 2020
A poll was launched following the strange debate where 76% of respondents would not feel comfortable with their children being exposed to nude art classes.