2001-04-07 / Columnists


A few thoughts about the new arrival in our community, the 116th Street sex shop!

Well first of all, something like this does not belong in a residential neighborhood on a small shopping strip. It just doesn’t fit.

Assuming they remain open, they must tell the community how they intend to keep minors and children out of the store. I mean there are liquor laws that ban minors from bars and yet we occasionally read or hear about pubs getting summonses for this offense. So it does happen.

Another thing is they have to keep their window display tasteful and within the confines of the "community standards." No open porn or sex ads in the window, etc.

Finally, without trying to become a censor, they must police themselves and insure that the porn they are selling or renting absolutely does not contain any form or type of child porn and other noxious material.

I mean it’s their constitutional right to run this business and it’s our right not to shop there. This should hopefully be the end of it but I doubt it. As long as there is political mileage to be made out of leading demonstrations, etc. It will continue.

Honestly, I don’t like the "guardians of community morality" badges that some people presume to adopt. It reeks of the mentality that brought us prohibition and that brought us the draconian Rockefeller drug laws of the 1960’s. Some people do like this stuff and they have a right to. Having year ago gone through the adolescent sex thing, I am over it all now.

I do, however, intend to visit the shop so I can decide for myself how it is run. I personally feel that there are far more serious problems that bedevil our community that need addressing.

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