A Chengdu man has gained internet notoriety over his bizarre refusal to dress his one-year old baby son in clothes when taking him out in public.
Net Ease published these odd images of the free-spirited baby being taken about the streets in nothing but his birthday suit. According to the report, the man hasn’t clothed his baby for over a year, the last time being when the little fellow was only six-months old.
Concerned neighbours originally suspected the man was abusing the child when they noticed that the baby was always exposed and being given cold water baths outdoors, even during the deepest winter freezes. However, the man insists the habit is not an act of cruelty (or even an ideological rejection of materialism), but that he simply wants to toughen his son up from an early age.
While it does raise interesting questions about the autonomy of parents when raising their children, authorities were satisfied the man had done nothing wrong after confirming the boy was indeed his son.
Ultimately, in a country where gratuitous public nudity is prevalent in the news, and where it is common for parents to dress their babies in split-pants, perhaps it was only a matter of time until we saw a parent forego dressing their kid entirely.
By Liam Bourke