While talking with a friend at the gym the other day, she related the following story to me:
Her five-year-old grandson was taken to a gay pride parade by his parents. At the parade, all the children were given little bags of candy. When the little boy rummaged through his bag when he got home, he found something he had never seen before...a condom. This, of course, caused him to start asking questions most five-year olds would never have thought to ask on their own.
When my friend told me this story, I was flabbergasted. Condoms in a little child's bag of candy? What's the point, and how appropriate is this?
I am not writing this to voice my opinions on homosexuality, gay pride, or any other kind of sexual behavior. I do want to voice my opinions about this particular situation, however.
I think we are sexualizing children at far too young an age these days. No matter what my sexual preference, I would not take a five-year-old child to a gay pride parade nor would I take them to a heterosexual pride parade, if there were such a thing. What ever happened to letting children start asking questions about sexual matters when they are ready? Let kids be kids for goodness sake!
And then there is the issue of the condom being placed in a bag of candy given to a child. I am assuming they were in every bag of candy handed out, but WHY? What is the purpose or the agenda for giving a small child a condom? I don't care WHO gives a child a condom in a bag of candy, I do not think it is appropriate. What if your little child came home from trick-or-treating with a bag of candy and a condom, or the parents of one of your kindergartner's classmates gave everyone condoms in their Valentine cards? Would you think that is a little odd? Does anyone else think this is inappropriate?