Parents in Britain are outraged about a new pole dancing toy for kids called Peekaboo Pole. “Unleash the sex kitten inside…simply extend the Peekaboo pole inside the tube, slip on the sexy tunes and away you go! Soon you’ll be flaunting it to the world and earning a fortune in Peekaboo Dance Dollars.” Naturally the company, Tesco, has pulled the product off toy shelves after getting complaints. One activist type said, “This is a most dangerous toy that will contribute towards destroying children’s innocence.”
Now, hold on a second. Yeah, it’s kind of a disgusting toy…and yet it’s funny in a tasteless sort of way. The look on those parents’ faces is priceless! But why the outrage about “destroying children’s innocence”? From what I can see, children aren’t allowed to have innocence for more than a couple of years in today’s world: they are pressured from the start to act grown-up, shop, use a cellphone, apply for credit cards, have play-dates, get enrolled in “genius classes”, and get psychiatric treatment before they’re even old enough to know what to do with it all. Girls are especially under pressure — they’re programmed to wear makeup, dress like lil’ skanks, and flaunt their “stuff” before they’re even into their early teens. Where’s the innocence in that?
You parents who won’t let your children be young and innocent have made something like this possible. This toy only takes it all to the next logical level, folks. Don’t pretend to be surprised.