Friday, December 16, 2011

Minnesota Rosemount High in Minnesota: Family Affection Should Not be a Joke

I posted the video in question earlier here. I make no secret of being all for voluntary, consensual affection between close relatives. I don't consider it to be consensual when someone is deceived into making out with someone they wouldn't choose to make out with. For example, if a lesbian woman is blindfolded at a party with other women, any of whom she would be willing to kiss, and one of them kisses her, that's fine. But if she is averse to kissing men, and she is blindfolded so that a man can kiss her as a prank, that's a problem. Likewise, it is entirely possible some of these high school students would freely choose to share this level of affection with their parents. But some might not. And sadly, they weren't given the choice. And, it wasn't just at a party with friends, it was in front of the whole school and the whole world.

I also object to setting up such affection for ridicule. And there is plenty of ridicule.

From, which calls it the "grossest idea"...

Minnesota's Rosemount High had an awesome idea for a prank at this year's winter pep rally. Just awesome: blindfold all the sports captains and have them make out with people. And the "prank" part is that they're making out with their parents. Who aren't blindfolded.

From City Pages...

Officials from Rosemount High School are apologizing for a so-called "prank" that will almost surely lead to a lifetime of awkward family gatherings and thousands of hours of therapy for the students involved.

If so, much of it will be because of a ridiculous attitude by some in societal towards consanguinamory and other forms of familial affection. It is bad enough people who have chosen to experience consanguinamory are bullied; it is even worse that these people didn't even have the choice, and now they will be bullied.

Dads kissing daughters. Mothers kissing sons.

And these are not just innocent pecks on the lips. The parents are intimately lip-locking their children for several seconds. One even progresses to rolling around on the gym floor. In another instance, a mother moves her son's hand south so he's grasping her butt.


Students were blindfolded at a pep rally and then got to make out with someone. But those fools didn't realize they were making out with their parents (who by the way aren't blindfolded and totally complicit in all of this)! Man this Minnesota high school totally burned them (and all of our retinas).

Whether someone has been a victim of sexual assault by a relative, or someone has a loving, affectionate relationship with a close family member, this prank can offend both.
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