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So Team GEM came across an interesting story the other day and it is ripe for debate!
Karen Papeno runs a baby boutique in an upscale part of Brooklyn and has decided to offer a special discount to a certain segment of society that she believes could really use it. Lesbian moms. Since women are still underpaid in the world – and two women doubly so – Karen decided to right the balance by offering a discount to lesbian moms.
The story spread like wildfire last week and Karen’s been handsomely rewarded for her efforts, in the form of menacing phone calls and emails, even some death threats. Perhaps the most disconcerting were the ones suggesting she just need to have sex with a man to get over it. Something tells me that’s already happening, seein’ as she’s straight.
When I read the first couple of lines, my thought was, “Okay, interesting. Every special group needs a hook-up.” But then I got pissed reading about the threats from people with clearly too much time on their hands. So here’s my take: Uh, hello, people? Yeah, hi, GET A GRIP HERE! This is a woman who runs a small business. It’s HER business who she wants to sell to and why. She could sell to one-eyed, people who dress up like toy soldiers every Tuesday is she so desired, it’s her business! And since she’s not a government agency or contractor, she’s not bound by laws that she would probably run afoul of such a special discount.
But you know what makes this country great? Our right to choose. As a former journalist, I value people’s rights to say and do as they see fit, provided their rights don’t butt up against those of someone else. There are many groups whose rhetoric I think is inane, but I will defend their right to say it. The deal here is, if this lady’s special discount to lesbian moms pisses you off so much, fold up your wallet, walk out of her store and SHOP SOMEWHERE ELSE! It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
But on the other hand – should a shop owner be allowed to offer a discount to a certain segment of society? What if a store offered a discount to ‘blacks’ or ‘white’ only? Or banned men? At what point does a special offer or rules become discrimination…
What do you say? Do you think a store should be allowed to offer a lesbian mom discount? And where do you draw the line… start commenting everyone!