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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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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
no to the kiddies!
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I cant believe we're even asking this question :OY:
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I agree Meike!!! Great posting!!!
tiabia tiabia 9 years
Late to the party, LOL. I like that it's a tastefully done shop and that it isn't in some red light district or in some restricted area. Now would I take my child there...well it sort of depends. If little baby is very much a little baby I honestly don't see the harm. The merchandise means nothing to them...but when little baby grows into that inquisitive phase, well then I think their visits to Babeland will have to come to an abrupt pause, LOL.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
to me chance encounters are different than just strolling through a sex toy shop with your child.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I agree HF, but look who colonized the new world (Puritans), We get a lot of our moralism in this country from that group.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I agree with a lot of what you said Meike. I think Americans are really uptight about anything that has to do with sex.
Meike Meike 9 years
I am perhaps the only person with the unpopular opinion on this matter. I am speaking from the perspective of my German husband, Dutch friends, and myself but early exposure to the notion of sex doesn't demoralize a child. I'm not saying throw the whole nine yards of sex into a child's face and take them directly to a sex shop. It just shouldn't be regarded as something to hide and stigmatize if they happen to have a chance encounter with the subject i.e. strolling into a toy shop or accidentally interrupting Mom and Dad during an intimate session. I believe in giving children of all ages doses of the truth if they are curious to know but always with the typical cautionary advice and tale to not enact on any of it until they are mature to handle the consequences of sex on their own. Western European youth are having sex at later ages than Americans but only because the society there chooses not to make sex 'taboo'. I am of the opinion that kids who rebel like doing what is considered 'taboo' by society. Putting an age restriction to the access of anything makes more kids want to break the rules. I grew up in a society with very easy access to hypersexualized media, products, love hotels - Japan. It was everywhere off base and my parents let my friends and me run ramped anywhere I pleased. To say the least, I've only been with my husband and he with me. I don't think we're just two irreligious yet 'moral' people who grew up in societies whose general view on sex is very laxed. There are many who grew up like us, who have been exposed to sexual content and media at an early age (7 for me, 5 for him). Well, that's my two cents.
austerity austerity 9 years
LOL at "I wants" in the third option.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I have no problem with the store in the neighborhood, and even them trying to "clean up their act" a bit, but I agree with Dave and Hypnotic and those who say that it is absolutely no place for a child (of any age).
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
When I was stationed in Diego Garcia one of the girls bought ALL of us rabbits. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS. It was kind of creepy because...there were like 12 of us...and that's A LOT of money. And ummmm...why? But I don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Too much information? :pepino:
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
So I wouldnt take kids INTO a sex shop BUT I grew up in SF and me and my sister never even really realized they were sex shops when we walked around so I dont see the big deal about having them in a neighborhood.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
beats me! i don't stimulate and tell. ;) i guess the manufacturers do that so they can sell worldwide.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
LMAO! cabaker27. So tell me which is better the American or the Chinese vibrator, LOL!
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I went to a Passion party once where the hostess said that the reason vibrators have ears and faces is because in Asian countries you're not supposed to stimulate yourself with anything that doesn't have a face. Verrryyy interesting...
jessie jessie 9 years
my sex life is..MY sex life..not my kids...things that i buy for dh and i are kept private. even at the small age they are now. when i'm in a store like that..that's my time. no one elses. i do not want to see anyone else kids in there, running around doing who knows what. like my kids would if i had them with me. its a ADULT store for a reason.
annebreal annebreal 9 years
I think there is a difference between a kid in diapers (which is what I think the store is more catering to because of the changing stations) and a kid in elementary school. I knew about sex by the time I was in 1st or 2nd grade...but as a toddler I might have repeated some things but not understood.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
"kids don't really know what you're talking about" Ha! With all do respect ilanac13 you should come ride the city bus with me and I'll show you what kids are talking about.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
honestly - i think that it's fine. i can't really imagine that someone would feel the strong urge to go shopping for those sorts of things while they are with their kids - so i don't know why people stress so much about it. kids don't really know what you're talking about when they see certain things, so it's like you're worrying for nothing.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
im all for freedom of speech, and for small business, and for sex toys (for that matter)... but if i lived in the town where this was about to happen i'd be outside picketing, and i don't even have kids. what happened to the days when kids could be kids and us grown ups could be grown ups? someone who can't get a baby sitter for the afternoon while they go browse sex toys can EASILY find them on the internet, while the kids are napping. this is just plain stupid.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Nice, so now that most of us agree that this store is better left childless when do we go after the multi media that pumps thousands of sexual images into our youths brains everyday? Something tells me we won't because we as adults enjoy the titillation too much ourselves and regardless of its impact on our children it is seemingly not in our face like the store so there for let the unseen be unseen.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think it is illegal to own or sell them in Arkansa, or maybe it is Alabama. Hmm. :? The bunny and dancing pickle used to look so innocent...I will never see them the same way again!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
These comments made me laugh out loud multiple times. I think that up to a certain age kids would have no idea where they were and it wouldn't be an issue. I wouldn't bring my kids. And annebreal, I totally see where you are coming from in your comment and I agree.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
:rotfl: nasty girl! loves it...;)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
YAY!!! Now all my sexual fetishes will be complete....ummmm....I....mean...what? Is this thing ON? :sing:
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