So, my husband and I were in Philadelphia yesterday, browsing around South Street. We entered a store called “The Mood,” or some such.
In the front of the store were candles and aromatherapy type stuff. There were also two mothers with two very bored 7-year old boys. The mothers were screaming at the boys to keep quiet and sit still. We didn’t think anything of it, really.
As we walked toward the back of the store, we noticed that there was a large section of very racy lingerie, and at the back, were racks and racks of all variety of sex toys and porno movies. The merchandising was not…discreet. Giant “Ballsy Cocks,” butt plugs, and handcuffs were all over the place. On all the packaging and on the covers of the videos, were photos of people engaging in all manner of kinky sexual behavior. Again, we really didn’t think anything of it.
But then, the two mothers came into the back sections with their kids. I figured that once they discovered that they had wandered into a sex-toy section, the would hastily take the kids away.
But no, they proceeded to browse the entire section in a very leisurely fashion–all the while picking up different sex-toys and saying things like “Whoowee! Look at this! I’d love this!” Meanwhile, the kids’ eyes were just about popping out of their heads. They were in the section for at least fifteen minutes. When the kids would say things like “Mommy, what’s this?” or “Mommy, what are those people doing?” the mothers would respond with things like “Shut up or I’ll bash your fucking head in!” Whenver a kid started to pick something up, his mother would grab him by the arm and violently yank him away.
My husband made a quick retreat. I stayed in the section until they left. I was utterly fascinated with these people. (If you are wondering why I didn’t say anything to them…well, I was afraid of them! Between their treatment of their kids and their gang tattoos, I surmised that they would have no qualms about pounding me until I was the consistency of K-Y jelly.)
Now, I don’t think that kids need be shielded from all mention of sex. I believe that kids should receive some form of sex-education at an early age. Sex is a part of life. But these kids were far too young to be exposed to that sort of sexual imagery. At the age of seven, I don’t think they are anywhere near emotionally ready to handle it. But they are sure old enough to absorb it and have a basic idea what it is all about. I hate to think that their developing sexuality will be imprinted with images of anal reaming, orgies, and bondage. I also wonder what it does to a kid to see his mother flagrantly flaunting her sexuality. I don’t think a 7-year old is ready to know that his mother uses an 8.5 inch “Jelly Carribbean.” Heck, I’m 30, and I’m not ready to know about that!