Oh, don't worry, it's not about mine.
My son has an artistic fixation with nipples.
He's really into drawing now. And all of his drawings of people — family members, teachers, friends, superheroes, firemen, child protective services caseworkers, etc. — are drawn with prominent nipples and belly buttons.
I am relatively certain that he has not personally observed the nipples of between 30-50% of the persons depicted in these drawings. (Spiderman, for instance.)
Are these people meant to be depicted as shirtless? Are the shirts meant to be thin, and the atmosphere portrayed as nippy?
Or is my son portraying the inherent similarities among us all beneath the shirt, all of humanity benippled together?
Like any good artist, Evan isn't saying.
Me: Why do they have nipples and belly buttons in this drawing, Evan?
Evan: (condescendingly) Daddy, people have nipples.
Me: Yes, but why can you see them?
Evan: People have nipples, right?
Evan: Well, those are their nipples.
Me: I am with you on that point. Why can you see them?
Evan: (exasperated) Because that's their bodies.
I don't know about art, but I know what I like.
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