This week, news that Truro’s first dedicated “sex shop” could be “forced” to close by a Christian pressure group (The Christian Institute), who are taking legal action, was no surprise. As is usual with anything that doesn’t fit in with the small-mindedness of some groups of Christians, they’re condemning something without even going in and having a look at what it is that they’re objecting to.
Or rather they are going in, and then acting in an extremely un-Christian manner towards the few staff and owners that run the store. At least, that’s according to the store manager that I met with today.
I’m seriously hoping that the courts throw this out as a waste of time. Because it is a waste of time, as can be seen when you read the rest of my post…
The stock in there is no more offensive than what is currently carried in the local Anne Summers, newsagent, DVD rental place, Waterstone’s and a particular novelty gift store up behind the local Sommerfield. The only difference is that owners of Mrs Palm have a clear license to sell what they do in they way that they do.
The stock in the shop is tame compared to many websites and sex shops further upcountry (like Plymouth), and doesn’t appear interested in becoming any more extreme anytime soon. It’s catering to local tastes: women and men who are interested in spicing up their love life either by themselves or as a couple for either straight, lesbian, gay or bisexual individuals. There’s a whole range of lingerie, fetish outfits and accessories, sex toys, a very small selection of porn DVDs and magazines (all of a legal level of ‘coreness), other love aids, maybe some erotic fiction and some sexy calenders.
Stock items in the store don’t degrade women, so that phoney feminist argument won’t work, because much of the stock is about enhancing the sexual pleasure and enjoyment of women for women. Those who have issues with individuals -who are of consenting age – enjoying sex and aspects of sexuality have no right in dictating the sexual morals of others. What people get up to in their homes is no concern to the rest of the public, so long as no one is being physically or mentally hurt.
The cries of “think of the children” are beyond ridiculous. There is no true moral objection to this. The objections are entirely based on their particular brand of religion. Okay, so the store is right next to another store that sells school uniforms and other clothing items for children, but that doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that kids may end up being within twenty metres of a dildo or a pair of suspenders.
Maybe you’re crying, “How the hell does that not matter? Think of the children!” And I am. I’m thinking about the simple fact of life that the majority of parents in this country, who tend not to be so sexually repressed, have sex in a bedroom next door to the bedroom/s that their child/children are sleeping in and quite often that is how siblings are conceived.
You may, in fact, be hard pressed to find anywhere – in many houses – that parents haven’t somehow “defiled” by getting down to bumping uglies, hiding the pickle, hiding the pickle in unexpected places, boinking, bonking, hiding the sausage, f*****g, s******g and generally just having sex. And all that of has often happened when little kiddie winks have been asleep or been distracted by alternative parenting methods i.e. the TV.
Due to the fact that the only sex that’s happening in the shop Mrs Palm is an entire quota of zero, it’s safer for children to walk past it’s discreet window display and hidden front door, than to knock on their parents’ bedroom door and then open it.
Now, I shall leave you with the Mrs Palm Twitter page and the suggestion that the next time you need a sex toy or something naughty to wear, go and support a local business like Mrs Palm. That is all.