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glassdilsWho knew opening a sex toy store could cause such a stir? While most of the news coverage has been fair if not good, I've been chuckling the past few days over a few recent articles. It seems that Claire's comment about the Brooklyn store having a changing table in the restroom has taken Babeland from a parent-friendly store to a kid-friendly store. That distinction is important among conservatives. Parent-friendly isn't really anything to sniff at. Kid-friendly implies that I'm standing out on the sidewalk with ice-cream tempting eight year-olds inside to buy sex toys.Clearly this isn't what's happening. Regardless, Focus on the Family, one of my favorite organizations to hate, has picked up the story. Their name sounds friendly but behind it is the most misogynist, bigoted rhetoric I've ever seen. So, when I'm doing something that Focus on the Family disapproves of, I'm happy:
?The sex industry thrives on euphemism and deception,? said Daniel Weiss, senior analyst for media and sexuality at Focus on the Family Action. ?Adding lights and changing tables doesn't change the damage pornography causes to individuals and families. The only thing this changes is who is being targeted by the lie.?
Actually, our business thrives on directness and honesty. Lights help people actually see the toys and we believe that pornography doesn't have to be damaging but in fact can be hot.The best article I've seen so far is this one from One News Now in Mississippi:
Incredibly enough, Babeland features hip tunes, nicely-dressed saleswomen and infant changing tables (emphasis theirs) in its effort to sell itself as a cool place for couples to shop. Babeland's efforts to attract customers are not alone; it seems that there is a growing trend across the U.S. in an effort to remove the sleaze from the sex industry.
Hip tunes are pretty incredible. See how unimaginable it is for these people to even conceive of a place like Babeland? It's nearly impossible. I love the second sentence too - watch out! These less-sleazy sex toy shops might get you!Then come the blatant lies:
Sexually oriented businesses attract more crime and drive down property values wherever they are located, not to mention the fact that you cannot remove the sleaze from the sex industry, no matter how hard you try.
That might be the case for more mainstream stores but this blog just got done telling us how (incredibly) Babeland is different. Maybe they should check their numbers because the last time I checked, Babeland has been a long-time member of some of the most vibrant and growing neighborhoods in New York City and Seattle. In fact, a Lower East Side real estate agent cited Babeland as being a key part of the revival of that neighborhood.And lastly, you can remove the sleaze from the sex industry; unless you believe that talking about sex at all is sleazy in which case you may never "get" Babelalnd. But for those of us who do, we're so glad it's around.