‘I hang my racy photos in house for kids to see – I don’t care if it’s tacky’

A mum has been warned against putting racy pictures of herself on the walls of her home by fellow parents.

The mother asked fellow users of online parenting forum Mumsnet for their views as to whether she should hang up “boudoir” photos of herself dressed in a bra, Brazilian pants and jacket. Boudoir photography features sensual and sometimes erotic images of sitters.

The woman explained how she won a photography shoot and bought some of the resulting images which she said made her look “smoking hot”.

She wrote: “I really want to display some of the pictures. They aren’t tacky or sleazy.”

In an “all girl” household, the single mum told Mumsnet users the photos are “overtly sensual” and her concern is her child will connect the images with her dating.

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She wrote that her “biggest” concern is her daughter will connect the photos with her dating but did not want to give the impression going on dates means having to make yourself look attractive.

The mum said: “It’s feeling more attractive and exploring that through dating AND how I present myself now I have a bit more freedom from lone parenting. How much do I share?! Is it creepy? Is it tacky, even though the pic itself isn’t? Or is it empowering and celebrating myself?”

She added that one photo would be hung in her bedroom, but the family dogs often nudge open the door, which could mean the child’s friends and visitors see it.

The woman asked Mumsnet users if she was being unreasonable to want to put the pics on display.

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Fellow user, nocoolnamesleft, replied to the post: “If her friends would see it, that would basically be social suicide.”

44PumpLane commented: “Given the fact you’d have to hang it opposite a door that will often be opened by the dogs, I don’t think it’s appropriate to hang it up as it effectively becomes ‘unavoidable’. Plus some of her pals may see it which feels a bit weird.”

Cropout said “don’t do it”, adding: “My friend’s mum had one up and it was utterly cringy. I never knew where to look.”

The Mumsnet user said they felt “genuinely pleased” the woman found it an empowering experience and recommended displaying a small photo by her bed where visiting children shouldn’t be looking too closely, or inside a wardrobe door.

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LunaNorth chimed in, writing: “I feel a bit icky about children being asked to keep secrets by adults, unless it’s about Christmas presents or something.”

StartupRepair added: “I think this is part of your adult life that your [darling daughter] (and her friends!) don’t need to know about. Keep it in a drawer or inside a wardrobe door.”

And hotcandle wrote: “It’s so fabulous you had such a good experience and it sounds like you look absolutely amazing in the photos!

“However, I would keep a photo album for yourself and not hang any in any space where someone else other than yourself can potentially see them.

“When the photos are of yourself it’s easy to think they’re tasteful and sophisticated but even though I haven’t seen them I can guarantee they’re tacky. It’s just part and parcel of a boudoir shoot.”

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