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Taking Photos of Your Cute, Naked Kids in the Tub Is Not a Crime - What do you think about photos of naked kids?

Posted by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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Taking Photos of Your Cute, Naked Kids in the Tub Is Not a Crime

Posted by Kiri Blakeley on May 16, 2012 

Imagine being the proud, doting parent of two adorable baby girl twins. You're also a well-known artist and photographer. So, you get in the bathtub with your babies, take a  photo, show it off on Facebook and, why yes, then you are arrested for raping your children. This is the nightmare that happened to famed photographer Paul Rusconi, who has his photos in museums all over the world, and who has photographed celebrities like Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Tyra Banks, and even President Obama.

It's really difficult to believe this happened, but it did. Rusconi was accused of raping his 20-month-old girls after a nanny, who was a distant relative, and her husband, saw the photos. There was no other evidence. Rusconi was arrested, spent the night in jail, was released on a $220,000 bond. And, oh yeah, his girls were given to his accusers. Ey, yi, yi!

After a year, Rusconi has been cleared of all charges and his girls were given back him. He now plans to sue his accusers.

Rusconi says that he believes the accusers were motivated by homophobia -- Rusconi is gay and his girls were conceived with donor eggs and birthed by a surrogate. And there is no doubt that child molestation accusations are taken very seriously these days, and that is a good thing.

But I also think, in this case, there seems to have been some nakedaphobia at play. Two babies in a bathtub with their father should not be viewed as sexual. Look at the photo (above) if you don't believe me. Does that look sexual to you?!

I shudder to think where my mother would be today if the hundreds of photos of me in various states of undress when I was a kid ever got into malicious hands. For the first five years of my life, I basically refused to wear clothes. There is one memorable photo of me and my best friend, both naked, both about 5 years old, that my mother took as she looked down into an empty garbage can, where my friend and I were hiding.

Naked kids in a garbage can?!!! The horror, the horror!

What do you think about photos of naked kids?

by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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by Nikki on May. 17, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I have pictures of my kids in the tub. belly up though no privates.

by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Naked baby pics used to be like a right of passage and adequate blackmail against your teenager lol jk
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by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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IMO there is absolutely nothing wrong with the pictures he took! I really feel for him for having to go thru that ordeal. However, I think there was a huge lack of good judgement and common sense for posting them on facebook, if that is how his case started. (the story isnt exactly specific) I have taken plenty of pictures of my kids naked (i couldn't ever keep clothes on their behinds when they were little) but I would NEVER post them on facebook, or any other online forum for that matter!

by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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I think there is a HUGE difference between taking a cute/adorable photo of your baby, and then taking child pronography. I feel bad for that man, and I hope he wins his lawsuit!
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by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM
I post pics of my kids in the tub from the waist up thats it
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by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM
I have tons of pictures of my little naked butt, and my birth mark on it. In the tub. I was playing. There was nothing more to it than my mom saying 'Smile! Be cute!' You got pictures of their pretty clothing, at play, crying, why is it so bad to cherish a photo of once beloved bath time? These days go by quick. Too quick.
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by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I don't think it is a crime to take pics of ur baby in the tub as long as their privates aren't showing and u keep the photos private in your group of family and friends. I think pics like those only become a crime when someone finds them and takes them for child porn Now their are scum bag parents that only take these pics for porn and they should feel the full extent of the law but loving caring protective parents should be able to have precious pics like that. I have pic of my son when he was 5 months in the tub with my husband giving him a bath. I would never put it on a public site but i keep it in his baby book.

by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I think naked baby pics are cute, but personally I would never post them on fb. To each their own though.
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by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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all moms have these pics. They are not a crime. I actually called my local sheriff office to confirm before putting one up on my facebook that was absolutly adorable of my son in a santa hat , standing at the front door, naked, all you see is a 1 yr olds butt in a santa hat. We calld them and they said as long as they are not in a sexual pose, they are fine. There are def way too many overprotective "holierthanthou" people who make such a cute non sexual thing considered sexual. That really sucks for that guy though and i hope he wins his lawsuit.

by on May. 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I agree that naked pictures of your kids are not pornography. I have nakie pics of them but I won't post them on facebook just for that reason. I don't want to be accused of something I didn't do. It's crazy that some people automatically jump to porn or rape with something like that. 

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