A Tuesday op-ed in The Washington Post outwardly called for children to be exposed to so-called “kink” at LGBT Pride events, causing fierce and swift backlash for the audacious argument.
Writer Lauren Rowello, who identifies as “gendervague,” asserted that bringing children to such events where they could witness things like men being flogged by other men was a way to foster acceptance and inclusivity for their community.
Rowello, who is married and raising children with a transgender individual, wrote that upon bringing their own children to Pride, the couple’s youngsters witnessed “a few dozen kinksters who danced down the street, laughing together as they twirled their whips and batons, some leading companions by leashes.”
When one of the men “paused to be spanked playfully by a partner with a flog,” Rowello’s “curious” child asked “What are they doing?” as “our toddler cheered them on.”
The writer explained that at the time the children were too young to understand the “nuance of the situation,” Rowello explained to them that “these folks were members of our community celebrating who they are and what they like to do.”
“Children who witness kink culture are reassured that alternative experiences of sexuality and expression are valid—no matter who they become as they mature, helping them recognize that their personal experiences aren’t bad or wrong, and that they aren’t alone in their experiences,” the writer, who uses the pronouns they/them, declared.
“Kink visibility is a reminder that any person can and should shamelessly explore what brings joy and excitement,” the op-ed continued, going on to argue that “We don’t talk to our children enough about pursuing sex to fulfill carnal needs that delight and captivate us in the moment.”
Amazingly, this endorsement for educating young children on the delight of fulfilling carnal desires sexually was followed up with the argument that that exposing children to “kink” will teach them to establish boundaries.
“Sharing the language of kink culture with young people provides them with valuable information about safe sex practices—such as the importance of establishing boundaries, safe words and signals, affirming the importance of planning and research and the need to seek and give enthusiastic consent,” Rowello argued.
As you can imagine, many netizens adamantly disagreed that children should be exposed to public displays of sadomasochism.
A sampling of the Twitter backlash, as gathered by The Daily Caller News Foundation:
I honestly lack the vocabulary to express the moral revulsion of this article. Absolute cultural degeneracy.https://t.co/1x6vjope9O
— Andrew T. Walker (@andrewtwalk) June 30, 2021
— Remy Sharpe (@theremysharpe) June 30, 2021
The title of this WaPo opinion piece is: "Yes, kink belongs at Pride. And I want my kids to see it." https://t.co/dnGEIRoFnN
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) June 30, 2021
You should be in prison https://t.co/nVSAeSoXhX
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 30, 2021
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