We may not be experts, but the last time we checked, the kids weren’t adults. So why is the Washington Post promoting a Hall-worthy op-ed that argues that children should be exposed to “perverted culture”?
– Opinions from the Washington Post (@PostOpinions) June 30, 2021
– Lauren Rowello (They) 🏳️🌈 (@LaurenRowello) June 29, 2021
Self-styled “ex-sex worker” Lauren Rowello describes a family outing to the Philadelphia Pride Parade five years with his wife and trans children:
When our children got tired of marching, we flopped onto a nearby sidewalk. Just as we settled in, our elementary student pointed in the direction of the approaching floats, raising an eyebrow at a bare-chested man in dark sunglasses whose black suspenders hooked into a leather thong. The man paused to be playfully whipped by a classmate with a flogging. “What are they they Doing? “Asked my curious boy as our little one cheered them on. The pair were the first of a few dozen perverts who danced down the street, laughing together as they twirled their whips and canes, some of which were accompanied by leashes. At the time, my children were too young to understand the nuances of the situation, but I told them the truth: that these people were members of our community celebrating who they are and what they like to do.
All of this is very healthy for children, according to Rowello:
The twisted community has participated in Pride since its inception, risking their jobs and safety to be authentically themselves in public. Yet each year, as pride month approaches, debate arises over whether kink belongs to Pride absolutely. Those hoping to drive out perverts often cite the presence of children as their main concern. That was the case this year when Twitter users argued that the kink in Pride is a highly sexualized experience that children should protect themselves from. Thousands of users supported these posts, stating that the kink in Pride cross a line because minors also attend events. I agree that Pride should be a welcoming space for children and teenagers, but keeping an eye on how others appear does not protect or encourage young people. Instead, homogenizing self-expression in Pride will do more harm than good to our children. When my own children got a glimpse of the perverted culture, they could see that the queer community encompasses many more non-traditional ways of being, living, and loving.
As much as I want them to spend time in queer spaces so they can be with families like yours, I also want them to know that they should not limit their understanding of what relationships or expressions look like to what is most familiar. I want them to see that they can make their way into the world and know that they will be supported and celebrated by their community. If we want our children to learn and grow from their experiences at Pride, we must expect them to have problems when they attend. How else can they learn about the scope and vitality of queer life?
Children who witness perverted culture are assured that alternative experiences of sexuality and expression are valid, regardless of who they become as they mature, helping them to recognize that their personal experiences are not bad or wrong. and that they are not alone in their experiences. I can’t think of a more relevant or important reminder for young people, who often struggle with feelings of isolation and confusion as they discover more about themselves and struggle with concerns about whether they are normal enough. Including kink in Pride opens a space for families to have necessary and powerful conversations with young people about health, safety, consent, and most uniquely, pleasure. The twisted visibility is a reminder that anyone can and should shamelessly explore what brings joy and excitement. We don’t talk enough to our children about the pursuit of sex to satisfy the carnal needs that delight and captivate us in the moment. Sharing the language of perverted culture with young people provides them with valuable information about safe sexual practices, such as the importance of setting safe limits, words and signs, affirming the importance of planning and research, and the need to seek and give consent. enthusiastic. I never want my kids to worry that exploring any aspect of consensual sex or physical contact is too taboo.
No no no no no no. Children are children and there is literally no good, logical or healthy reason to expose them to “perverted culture” while they are children.
The ‘blessings of freedom’ have lately focused on exposing children to strange sexual content lately. https://t.co/oYm2Ld9MAl
– Drew Holden (@ DrewHolden360) June 30, 2021
What about children’s freedom to be children instead of pawns in their twisted crusade for acceptance? Adults are, in theory at least, mature enough to try to make sense of the “perverted community.” That is not the case with children, no matter how mature they may seem. Little boys shouldn’t be seeing men in thongs spanking each other.
People shouldn’t be ashamed of being kinky, but I don’t think it should be framed as empowering and ordinary for little kids little️ it’s weird how hot she is these days
– Bella (@ bella_winter_1) June 30, 2021
This is so gross and so harmful to the LGBT community. Almost NO ONE in the LGBT community believes in this madness. https://t.co/SNTksYeaWX
– Brad Polumbo 🇺🇸⚽️ 🏳️🌈 (@brad_polumbo) June 30, 2021
TFW you realize that you agree with the conservatives on something …
Parents like this are so adamant that their children must be allowed to explore sexuality that they end up FORCE their children to explore sexuality.
Also, they are talking about a little boy …
– Antifa Halp Desk (@ cburfeind3) June 30, 2021
And parents who genuinely care about their children’s well-being would not seek a “twisted culture” to open the doors to healthy conversations about sex. Children should not “explore any aspect of contact or consensual sex.” Because they are children.
It is child abuse. https://t.co/z7cAYJ3gpu
– Joseph Clay (@ForJean_) June 30, 2021
– Jon Croder (@JonCroder) June 30, 2021