YKR: How do you deal with children seeing boys or men with erections?
Sam, I was very interested in your reply on this issue, and I was pleased to see that your experience seemed to confirm what I imagined would be the best approach. Any other comments?
This was my response to YKR...
I don't think your husband's question is inappropriate at all... And especially in this forum.
As you already know, I'm just a seeker like you, not quite to the "jumping in" point yet...
But I'll give you my thought as to how I imagine that I would explain it.
Erections are a natural function of the male body. Just as periods are a natural function of the female body.
Ladies have periods once a month and they last for about a week. That's life. That's God's design. And in an open home, everyone would know when any of the ladies are on their periods. The response should be...
I'd explain it all as part of God's "fearfully and wonderfully made" designs of the human body.
In the same way... boys have erections. I would explain it like I would the menstrual cycle. With the inclusion of the fact that sometimes the body kicks in and performs a self test of the system. I've heard that it even happens in their mother's womb before birth! Therefore, if it happens and happens to be seen?... again...
I think it would be a mistake to treat it as naughty or bad or embarassing or shameful, provided it was not the result of inappropriate actions or imaginations... and hopefully we will have taught these things already.
It's really something quite amazing and fascinating! God's design of the multipurpose penis!
I'm referring to young boys here, of course. As a man, I can't really imagine it happening to me... erections are elusive enough when I'm trying to have one... But if it did, I would just excuse myself, or discreetly cover until it subsided. Not out of shame, but just like a woman doesn't flaunt her period, I shouldn't flaunt how my body works either. Teens and young men could learn to do the same.
Most family oriented nudist parks I've read about on the internet have a FAQ page and invaribly, one of the questions is "What do I do if... well, you know...?" And they usually say something like. "Erections aren't polite in a nudist park. And it usually doesn't happen. But if it does, simply cover yourself until it goes away."
That makes sense to me.
Yours is a good question, but I wouldn't base a decision regarding your family's openness to nudity in your home on fear about this issue.
That's my thoughts at the moment!