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A writer for the Washington Post says there’s nothing wrong with children watching hairy chested men wearing nothing but leather thongs spank each other.
If you are like me you probably threw up in your mouth after reading the opening sentence of this commentary.
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Lauren Rowello, who goes by the pronoun ‘they’, wrote a scandalous essay in the Washington Post arguing that children should be exposed to the kinky side of homosexual culture – i.e. men in buttless leather chaps.
When our children grew tired of marching, we plopped onto a nearby curb. Just as we got settled, our elementary-schooler pointed in the direction of oncoming floats, raising an eyebrow at a bare-chested man in dark sunglasses whose black suspenders clipped into a leather thong. The man paused to be spanked playfully by a partner with a flog. “What are they doing?” my curious kid asked as our toddler cheered them on. The pair was the first of a few dozen kinksters who danced down the street, laughing together as they twirled their whips and batons, some leading companions by leashes. At the time, my children were too young to understand the nuance of the situation, but I told them the truth: That these folks were members of our community celebrating who they are and what they like to do.
I believe there’s a word for this sort of sordid behavior: grooming.
Ms. Rowello also took issue with parents who objected to the pornographic and perverted participants in some gay pride parades.
“I agree that Pride should be a welcoming space for children and teens, but policing how others show up doesn’t protect or uplift young people,” she wrote. “Instead, homogenizing self-expression at Pride will do more harm to our children than good. When my own children caught glimpses of kink culture, they got to see that the queer community encompasses so many more nontraditional ways of being, living, and loving.”
If we’re afraid to talk about kink with our children, we prioritize the status quo — sanitizing and censoring their access to information about appropriate and normal self-expression. These are the very attitudes that made Pride necessary — and life-affirming — for so many of us in the first place, and we have no business imposing them on the next generation. Kink embodies the freedom that Pride stands for, reminding attendees to unapologetically take up space as an act of resistance and celebration — refusing to bend to social pressure that asks us to be presentable. That’s a value I want my children to learn. Affirming the kink community helps our children to love themselves and others with courage and resilience. If my wife and I had seen such fierce and determined role models as young people, we might have learned to be ourselves much sooner. We didn’t have that chance, but my children have that community in Pride, and I want to keep it that way.
We can only hope that Family and Children’s Services has already dispatched agents to this woman’s home. Clearly, this woman is not fit to be a parent.
And shame on the sicko perverts at the Washington Post for publishing this pornographic cesspool of an article.
Keep kink in Pride for our kids’ sakes! My latest for the Washington Post. #Pride2021 #kinkpositivity https://t.co/mWHveu1EKR— Lauren Rowello (They) ?️? (@LaurenRowello) June 29, 2021