The buzz going around concerning Stephanie Seymour and the smooch she gave her 18-year-old son, Peter Brant II, is raising quite a few eyebrows. In the recently released photos, mother and son are strolling on the beach embracing each other and she gives him a kiss which may or not be directly on the lips.
Brant released a statement denouncing the banter:
“I would just like to say that these pictures have been taken completely out of context, my mother and I are very close as she is with all her children. She often hugs and kisses me and my siblings in a manner that is intimate; any mother in the world does the same.”
He goes on to say that he is openly gay which even further dismisses the argument that anything remotely oedipal is occurring between the two.
Moms, is there really anything strange about a mom kissing her son? People seem to be concerned that this does not show a normal mother and son relationship, but I beg to differ for a few reasons.
First of all, these photos only capture a split second and by adjusting angles, a simple peck can seem like more. Secondly, I think that since they are beach photos and Seymour is in a bikini, minds start to wander when they see bare skin. If this was a snow pose, would there be the same reaction? In Europe, this wouldn’t even be discussed.
I don’t find anything unnatural, strange or weird about a mother kissing her son. The bond between the two is unbreakable. Why would one immediately assume a sexual connotation? It is the most natural thing in the world to kiss your son.
The uproar about this reminds me of an experience I had a couple of years ago. In my children’s school, the kids line up in the schoolyard and then go in class by class. The parents all wait around while chatting before heading off to work and waving goodbye to their kids. One morning the eighth grade line was exiting the schoolyard when a one of the students was running late and ran into the schoolyard. He was about 6 feet tall and 14 years old. Once he got in line, he realized he forgot to say goodbye to his mother so he ran out of line in the midst of the moms, and gave his mom a quick kiss and screamed out “I love you, Ma” and went inside.
The circle of moms around me did a collective “Awww” and we told the mom how adorable that was, and how we only hoped that when our sons got to that age, he would still do the same. It was a purely sweet moment.
Kids need our affection, and hugs and kisses mean a lot. My son gives me a goodbye kiss every single day before going in school and I hope he never stops that. But so does my daughter. I love these children more than words can say and affection is a natural and healthy thing between and parent and a child. To all the cynics who are looking down upon Seymour, I almost feel bad for them that they don’t understand the special bond between a mother and her kids. It is not only unbreakable but a gift in and of itself.