Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Rightist prude censors greeting card

Oh no. A conservative moral panic type got offended. Whatsoever shall we do?

In Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a woman who serves as project coordinator for a group called Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention has gotten local stores to stop carrying a Hallmark greeting card that shows hands holding 2 glasses of wine and the words "liquid clothes remover." She claims the card promotes (gasp!) sex.

Because we all know nobody in real life ever has sex, right? Sex only exists on greeting cards and TV, right?

You know what I say to the censors: Grow up, will ya?

Just by this individual's efforts to censor a greeting card, I'm inclined to believe that her organization - which purports to oppose drug abuse - is actually one of these moral panic groups that thinks there's a stoner hiding under every bed and that everyone who doesn't have that nasty 'R' on their voter registration is a "dry druggie" if not an addict. Maybe I'm misjudging the group, but when one of its leaders raises such a stink about "dirty" cards, what do you expect me to think?

As for the card, Corporate America of course won't even defend its own product, which shows you they're on the side of the prudes. The store where the card was found promptly yanked the card. Another shop apparently followed suit.

What century is this anyway?

(Source: http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080411/NEWS/804110427)

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