Unhappy wives had been appealing to the council for weeks after the “adult superstore” got its business license on December 4, citing their fear that having an adult store so close to their homes rather than on the outskirts of the city would lead their husbands to frequent such establishments more often and risk their friends at the Country Club seeing their cars.
Shelby, a conservative Christian and devoted mother of four, asks how she is supposed to explain it to her children.
Despite the fact that my children have never once pointed to a store and asked me what it was, what am I supposed to tell them when they do? Do they really need to know that mommy met daddy when she was paying her way through college as a stripper? Do I really want them to talk about it when playing tennis at the Club?
The store, located in one of the busiest and ugliest corridors within city limits, is further off the road than anything nearby, but this is not enough for many of the anti-sex women in the town. Ann, a retiree who lives nearby, is worried about her grandchildren.
I realize that there are nothing but shoddy buildings and fast food restaurants on the street, but there are some good American businesses, like check-cashing places designed to take advantage of the poor. We don’t want a business supporting healthy sex lives, that’s not what Columbia is about. Now, a gun store would be just the thing for that location.
Not everyone is against the store, however, and a few voices have come out in support, including Ashley, a local student.
Retroactively changing the law to punish a specific business makes these prudes much bigger a**holes than the ones undoubtedly on full display inside the store. Think of the children? What exactly do these people think they had to do to make their children?
A member of City Council, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “If they’d only given us free vibrators like we’d asked, it never would have come up for a vote.”