Today's post is controversial. If you're scared of naked men look away now!
Seriously. It all started when I logged onto Facebook , and saw this post on a local discussion page :
"Word of warning ⚠
We went to b**** hill woods today at 3.30ish. There was a naked bloke legging it away from us! I think we disturbed him 😉
Didn't get a look at him so cant give a description - just a white arse running.
But in all seriousness if I were to be walking alone I would be worried!"
Followed by these replies -
@Mum1 _Thanks for the warning, I was planning on taking the kiddies there in the morning on my own - will give it a miss now I think!!
@slightlyconcerned - Have you told the police??
@local3 -What the hell...thats creepy as ...defo report it xx
I commented this
@Mrsbrysonbanks If you cant be naked in the woods anymore... thats sad :(
he was running away .. not towards you! Poor guy
Which provoked some angry responses !
@mum2 - Would you b happy if u wer out in the woods with ur kids an they wud have to come across a naked man @mrsbrysonbanks coz I no I wudnt be best impressed an i no my kids would be mortified!
I replied -
@mrsbrysonbanks - Honestly I wouldn't be bothered if he wasn't being threatening. I'd be more worried about a sneaky man in a mac, hanging around a park. Really, a man on his own naked in a quiet wood could've been doing anything from yoga, meditation, to solo masturbation, to just being a closet naturist. I'd just say " Oh look that man's naked!! Silly man" I'd be more worried he's sting him self on nettles whilst running away. We need to put this in perspective.
As expected , I didnt get many people agreeing with me -
@local3 - That's your choice heather. He knew he was doing something wrong or he wouldn't have been running!!!
Put this into perspective? Yes. He shouldn't have been naked!
There are places for naturists etc. Surprisingly enough my child doesn't go there
@mummy4 - I couldn't care less what he was doing tbh, as it was said before there are places for things like that where other people that don't want to see it don't have to and I as others have said don't want my children to witness that kinda of thing
@annoyed1 - that woodland area is used by family's I'm pretty sure if the cops seen it they would be questioning it and telling him to get dressed bit to early for a dogging meeting !
@nothappy - Sorry I think it's bad I would have ran after him and questioned him with families walking children in woods
However, one person did see my point!
@openminded1 -I agree @mrsbrysonbanks, considering it was Lamas he may just have been a pagan undertaking a sky clad ritual.
Why do people always think the worst? Comments about dogging aren't even relevant in this situation. He ran off, i assume, not because he was upto no good, but because he could hardly stop to explain his actions as he was naked
What bothers me is the intolerance shown here, you have no idea who he is and what he was doing, but are willing to think the worst. What if he was mentally disturbed and needed help? I have no idea who he was or what he was doing, neither do you!
( here here !!)
I ended my contribution with the following comment -
@mrsbrysonbanks -I just have a gut feeling that a naked man running away is not much of a threat to anyone, except himself :)
I might sound light hearted, but this kind of misplaced fear and scaremongering really annoys me!
I am ultra protective of my kids. I have worked in youth work and with safeguarding, and have horrific personal experience of child abuse cases ( which let's face it, is everyone's ultimate fear!) abductions and strangers are very very rarely a feature in CSA. Family, friends of family and now internet predators are most often the abusers. It's not mad or mentally unstable to want to be naked now and again ( B*** Hill Woods is hardly 'public' like the local Park or the High Street) But it is mad, to leave your kids surfing the internet or on social media sites, or with friends of family who you don't really know.
Or to not show them enough love and attention that they have low self esteem, and are vulnerable to the advances or grooming of predators ( who are also few and far between, let's not blow this out of proportion).
I'm not saying any of the parents, who instinctively had a fear or worry about naked wood man- are bad parents. Not at all. But take a reality check. And don't live life in fear!
Teach kids to be brave, and curious, and judge risks, and be confident, and feel prepared. Teach them to trust their instincts, but also to trust in the good in people, because not everyone is a potential peodophile!
The worst thing is, the real peodophiles historically have been figures in authority, in government, in churches, in the media, in the money. Is this still the case? Quite possibly. I just know, that I've never heard of someone being hurt by a “Running away naked man” before. He's really no threat to anyone- except possibly himself.
UPDATE - No seriously... after all the fuss, and my blog post- LOOK WHAT HAPPENED
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)