A post by a woman on the question and answer site Quora about whether it is wrong for her to sleep naked with her 16-year-old son has been viewed more than half a million times and left visitors to the site overwhelmingly shocked.
The mother posed the question: Is it wrong for me (a mother) to sleep naked with my 16-year-old son?
A post by a woman on the question and answer site Quora.
Not surprisingly, a resounding number of answers told her “yes” it is, but a few suggested if she does it she needs to explain to her son that others will view it as wrong.
Shannon Giles, a regular commenter on the site said bluntly it was 'f**ked up'.
“If your son were to casually mention to someone (friend, teacher, relative) that you and he share a bed and that you also are naked this person could potentially cause a LOT of legal issues for you, at least here in the US," she writes.
“The Child Protection Agency wouldn't think it was harmless, nor would a judge, nor any psychiatrist. You could possibly be arrested for child indecency and put into prison and be forced to register as a sex offender. Even if it's not a sexual act, optics in this case would matter.”
She asked the mother “is it really worth all that? Just put some damn jammies on or sleep in separate rooms.”
Shannon Giles, a regular commenter on the site said bluntly it was f**ked up.
Another mother said that her son would be humiliated to even sleep in the same room as her, let alone naked in the same bed.
Fiona Fitzsimmons advised, “I have a 16-year-old son. He'd die if I even suggested he sleep in the same ROOM as me while I wore a full set of flannel pj’s! He used to love sleeping beside me when he was 5 but he grew out of that soon after.”
“The problem here is not that you’re sleeping naked” wrote another, "it’s that you’re sharing a bed with your teenage son. I’m a strong proponent of the notion that nudity is not the same as sex, but at that age, both of you should want some space apart. Even if you don’t, it might be best to pretend for the sake of social expectations.”
Chic Mendoza told the mother, “I think you're 9 years (or so) too late in asking this question.”
“Thank you for asking this question as it indicates that you too are uncertain of how to act within the boundaries set by society. Even if you are uncomfortable sleeping with your clothes on, it is an adjustment you have to make to accept that you already have a young man in your household.”
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