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Kid-Friendly Sex Shop Takes Sleaze Out of Vibe. OK for Kids?

What happens if you're out shopping for the essentials: eggs, milk, a new vibrator — and you need to change your tot's diaper? Well if your neighborhood sex emporium is Babeland, the self-proclaimed family-friendly sex shop has recently opened in Park Slope, Brooklyn, you're in luck!.

Unlike the usual tawdry red-light joints, Babeland blends in with its upbeat surroundings offering well-dressed salespersons and even infant changing tables. Its window displays are so inconspicuous, some aren't even aware there's a dildo in their midst.

Local residents seem to be torn on the issue. One woman said it was “tastefully done” while another resident declared of its existence: “It’s completely unmoral, it’s unclassy – it shouldn’t be here.” Babeland’s strategy according to the owner is all about “fitting in” (in this case, wedged between a coffee shop and appropriately enough, a maternity store) but in towns such as Forest Lake, MN or Avon, IN, local governments are trying to formulate restrictions on the presence of this type of business. Babeland is bucking that trend, even offering "Sexy Moms" series of classes.

I suppose inviting kids brings a whole different meaning to sex "toys." If the shop is discreet, is allowing kids, A-OK?


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