Rantz: School board director welcomes ‘Queer Youth Open Mic’ to sex shop

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A Washington State school board principal hosts an LGBT event for kids at a sex shop.

Jenn Mason is the owner of WinkWink, which markets itself as an “identity sex shop” for all ages in Bellingham. In addition to sex products, Mason offers 50-minute sex coaching sessions. She is also a school board superintendent for the Bellingham School District. And on June 1, Mason welcomes “queer youth (0 to 18)” for an open mic.

During the free event, children will have five minutes to perform music and poetry, or simply tell a story. Unless Mason empties the store, these kids will be near sex toys, graphic books, and lingerie, with a curtained door keeping them away.

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Beyond Questionable Judgment

The sex shop fails to deliver on its promise to be “inclusive, never scary”. This event is inappropriate and extremely frightening.

Having children present in a sex shop is quite bizarre. Hosting an open mic for children as young as 10 months old is nonsense. Pretending that a 9 year old is “queer” is delusional.

In an email to the Jason Rantz Show on KTTH, Mason said the event was unrelated to his role on the school board and that the space would be “physically separated” from the area with graphic sex toys. The school district said it does not approve of this event.

“Because this is a public event at a private company, anyone uncomfortable with the location may choose not to attend,” Mason explained.

But while Mason works hard to create a “sex-positive” culture, she creepily brings young children into a space where she teaches “The Fine Art of Fellatio”, “Sex Toys 101” and “Feeling Myself: Self- Pleasure Pointers”. “His event display pops up after the workshop, “Non-Monogamy for Beginners,” so hopefully parents and their kids don’t respond to the wrong event.

It’s hard to explain who has more questionable judgment: Mason or any parent who brings a child to this event.

There is a growing crowd of community members who are upset about the event. Some even wonder if a demonstration at the store is justified. But there are fears that their actions will be misrepresented as anti-gay, which is not the case. They simply feel that it is inappropriate to bring children into a sex shop at a young age. They’re right.

The problem with sex positivity

There is a left-wing movement to introduce sex and sexuality to children at a young age in order to de-stigmatize the subject. But Mason and WinkWink are examples of pushing the movement too far.

“WinkWink provides a space where people – including gay people – can ask questions and learn more about sexuality in an accepting, safe and shameless environment. We receive extensive sexual health training and are a resource knowledgeable and inclusive community – something sorely lacking when it comes to sexuality in our culture,” Mason told The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH.

But wanting young people to be more comfortable asking questions about sex as they come up is a lot different than teaching them about sex when they’re six or showing them sex toys when they are 11 years old. And Mason’s store clearly knows what it’s doing, reminding customers on its website that “there is no law or store policy that sets an age limit for our customers; everyone is allowed to enter the store.

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