You call it willful ignorance. I call it don't ask don't tell. As a parent, I can't fathom a reason I need to know about my child's masturbatory habits. As a child, I am not discussing it with you. I don't care how open and honest our relationship is. I mean, is that the goal here. You want things to be so open that you discuss masturbation? Sorry. I can't get on board with that. TMI. Everything need not be shared between parent and child.To me saying "don't play with yourself" isn't understanding that it's going to happen, it's pretending that it's not happening. I'm not a big fan of willful ignorance.
I know its going to happen at some point. We don't need to discuss it.
You and Squishy have both brought shame into this discussion and I can't understand why. I'm sorry, but I don't see a connection. We've had this discussion before with regard to nudity in general. Being modest and not an exhibitionist does not mean you feel any shame about your body. Same thing applies here. Its not like I'm saying "Hey, stop touching your penis the disgusting little troll!" Where exactly is shame entering the picture?I don't think that our bodies are inherently shameful, which is why I don't freak out about biology.