Sex Today’s Folsom Street Fair Item
posted by October 2 at 7:58 AMon
Damn it. It always unnerves me when I find myself in agreement with right-wing shrieker Michelle Malkin but, uh, she’s got a point: Why would anyone bring his kids to the Folsom Street Fair? As a parent and a homo, I don’t think this is appropriate for kids. I wouldn’t want my child to see straight people behaving so shamelessly in public.
Malkin links to this story in the Bay Area publication [X]Press about parents that bring their kids to Folsom. She neglects to include the headline (“Folsom Street Fair Not For Children”), or quote any of the precautions that organizers take to warn parents away from the BDSM/leather/fetish street festival:
Every year unsuspecting tourists and families stroll into the Folsom Street Fair. Some turn away at the gates after being warned by security officials about the event’s graphic sadomasochistic nature, while others saunter in with baby strollers and young children.
Instead Malkin quotes a section of the story about a gay couple that brought their twin girls to Folsom.
Two-year-olds Zola and Veronica Kruschel waddled through Folsom Street Fair amidst strangers in fishnets and leather crotch pouches, semi and fully nude men. The twin girls who were also dressed for the event wore identical lace blouses, floral bonnets and black leather collars purchased from a pet store. Fathers Gary Beuschel and John Kruse watched over them closely. They were proud to show the twins off.
“They will see more than the kids with moms and dads in Iowa,” said Beuschel, who wanted to expose his children to San Francisco’s diverse community. “Every parent has to decide for themselves what is right for them. And I respect that. And we decided that this is right for our children.”
Personally, as a parent, I’m appalled by Gary Beuschel and John Kruse’s decision to take their little girls to Folsom—and in itty-bitty fetish wear no less. I wouldn’t take my kid to Folsom—at nine he’s too young to understand that BDSM is play, cops and robbers for grownups. And, again, I wouldn’t want to have to explain this to him. But I have taken him to gay pride festivals where, yes, the occasional naked person strolls down the street. He thought it was a crazy party.
That said, I think Malkin and the rest of the right-wing shriekers are being a bit hypocritical on this score. Who do we usually hear things like this from: “Every parent has to decide for themselves what is right for [their children].” Conservatives!
Conservatives are always screaming about the divine right of parents to raise their kids however they see fit. Malkin thinks it’s not okay to take a two-year to a one-day kinky street fair—and I don’t think it’s okay either—but I’ll bet you thinks it’s a fine and noble thing when parents opt to “homeschool” their children to “protect” them secular schools teaching their kids facts that conflict with the crap in mommy and daddy’s bible. Where’s the outrage from conservatives when racist parents pound hate into their kids heads? Where’s the outrage over polygamist Morman sects bringing up girls to swap and boys to discard?
Conservatives don’t have a problem with parents that expose their children to harmful, toxic garbage—so long as their motives are religious. If your God demands that you isolate, lie to, and generally terrorize their children twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year about all the people God hates and the coming apocalypse, well, that’s your right. But conservatives will raise their voices in protest when a couple takes a kid to a kinky street fair for a few hours—which, again, is a dumb thing to do, in my opinion, and I wouldn’t take my kid to Folsom. But I don’t want anyone—certainly not Malkin—telling me and my boyfriend or Gary or John how to raise our kids, where to take them, or what to teach them.
Finally, be sure to watch Malkin lose her shit here. It has nothing to do with the subject at hand, but it’s always a delight to watch.