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On not being a hypocrite...

Ok so I plan on raising my kid to believe that people can do or not do whatever they want with their own bodies.  This would be things like shaving/not shaving, haircuts, style of dress etc.

But then I was thinking, if he has one of those scraggly teenage mustaches and decides he doesn't want to shave it, will I mentally mock him as I do to other such young lads?  I mean, I couldn't possibly be a hypocrite and say "You look dumb, shave that" but I'm sure I would THINK it!

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I don't think it's particularly hypocritical. My mom has always said I can do whatever the heck I want with my body but doesn't fail to tell me if I look stupid. It's just a difference of opinion -- I like the grunge look and she tells me to keep the kitchen scissors away from my hair. :) I of course return the favor, by telling her when she looks stupid. ;)

My dad throws a tantrum each time he sees me with a new tattoo/piercing, but that doesn't change the fact that he doesn't have any control over my body and never has. I think it irritates him that he doesn't and that's why he throws fifteen fits.