Eric Williamson, 29, said he did know he could be seen. There is a school bus stop in front of his house. Yes, I wasn't wearing any clothes but I was alone, in my own home and just got out of bed. It was dark and I had no idea anyone was outside looking in at me," Williamson told MyFoxDC.com. "I'm a loving dad-- any of my friends would tell you that," Williamson said. "There is not a chance on this planet I would ever, ever do anything like that to a kid. Fairfax police say that, according to a witness, Williamson wanted to be seen naked. If convicted, he could be fined $2,000 and spend a year in jail.Naked Man Charged With Indecent Exposure For Brewing Coffee In Own Home. This brings up several issues, most of them uniquely American. First of all there is the conflation of a nude body with a threat to children. "There is a school bus stop in front of his house." Well, actually it's across the street from his house and there's a yard so the children would have to be pretty interested in looking at the naked guy brewing coffee to see him. And, of course, he's brewing coffee, not a particularly sexual act. Had Williamson been jerking off in his own home, no doubt the supposed connection between being naked and "a threat to children" would be written in stone. American children are taught to fear all adult sexuality as predatory, even when it has nothing to do with them. But how exactly would children be harmed by peeping in a man's window and seeing him set the coffee to "brew" while he scratched his underwear-free private parts? Perhaps the children would be appropriately grossed out and learn not to look into peoples' windows? And perhaps they would realize that not all naked men are a sexual threat? Second, there's the deeply-held belief that any leakage between the private and the public is a threat. In the Victorian Era, there was an absolute obsession with keeping the public and private spheres separate. The home was private, clean, feminine and safe. The city was public, masculine, dirty and dangerous. No doubt the early obsession with marking private from public stemmed from urbanization and immigration. There was a lot of crossing of boundaries. Classes and races mixed together. Middle-class women shifted their roles from private producers of domestic goods to public shoppers for such goods. Soap and cleaning products were some of the first products advertised, and they were advertised as a way to keep ourselves clean by not allowing our private worlds to be polluted with the "filth" of the public world. Williamson refused to respect the boundary between public and private by leaving the windows into his private home open to public view. At the same time, the passerbys violated the public/private divide by looking in. Private behavior- that is, naked coffee making- leaked into the public sphere-- "the bus stop." Now the coffee and the children are both contaminated. The answer is simple: curtains. But the answer is also complex: there is no real line between private and public, only an imaginary one that we draw by taking off our shoes when we walk in the door, scrubbing the boundary lines between our private homes and the dirty public streets, and pretending as if we can ever be safe from the contagious behavior of others.