Jeremy Olson writes about children and families, and is an overscheduled father of two. His blog tackles the best and worst of parenting, families, health and love. He wants to hear from you - what's going on in your house?
Facebook friends have been sniggering today at a letter to the editor published by the Duluth News-Tribune and written by a husband and wife who were appalled at the level of sexuality displayed in this summer's London Olympics. Dennis and Rosemarie Mitchell of Duluth wrote in the letter that there were Satanic overtones in the opening and closing ceremonies and that the outfits worn by the swimmers, volleyballers, gymnasts and others were too revealing:
The male swimmers look unprofessional with their hip-huggers trunks stopping just above their pubic region, as also the women’s track and volleyball with their underwear-bikinis.
All are offensive and degrading. These styles are also now worn in our schools and colleges, which no one seems to have objected to.
The girls’ gymnastics also are sexualized in their swimsuits and are too tight around the buttocks plus partially expose their butts.
The suggestions seem way over the top -- hence the popular sharing and jokes about the letter on social media today -- and in some cases just flat out wrong. Was Gabby Douglas really dressed any more provocatively than Nadia Comaneci in 1976? Doesn't look like it to me.
At the same time, I'll admit that my 11 and 9 year old kids were curious why bikinis were the "necessary" uniforms of our world's best beach volleyballers. (We actually had a pretty healthy discussion about sports and sexuality and marketing.) And there is no doubt that sex sells. So I'm curious: Parents, did any of you have reservations about your kids watching any of the Olympics due to potentially inappropriate content? Post your thoughts in the comments below.