However, not all sectors were impressed with Mann’s work. While art critics lauded her inventiveness and boldness, other sectors refuted her work as just too salacious. Some of the pictures showed her children playing and swimming in the nude. One image of her daughter - at the age of 4 - showed the girl’s nipples and pubic area, which were censored by the Wall Street Journal. While the book showed themes like dressing up and napping, other darker themes were touched in the collection including sexuality and loneliness.
Although she was hounded by these accusations, Mann was never deterred. Instead she later declared her images to be natural and seen “through the eyes of a mother,” as she said in one of her biographies.