So during one of my brief jaunts through other people's dilemmas, I stumbled across this little jem. Oh boy, when I read the opening line "My neighbour walks her girlfriend on a leash, what do I tell my kids?" I knew I'd hit the jackpot!
I read on, looking forward to all sorts of juicy details, but that sentence summed it up pretty well. The mother who'd written the letter lived near a woman who liked to walk around the neighbourhood with her girlfriend on the end of a leash. Both parties seemed okay with the situation, so there wasn't any question of consent, but when asked by her child what they were doing, the mother could only come up with "Oh, the lady's pretending to be a dog".
Apparently the mother was concerned, and more than a little angry, that at some point in the near future she was going to have to explain the concept of kinky sex to her li'l 'un.
"Well, sweetheart, when two people love each other very much ... and they both love whips and chains ..."
I personally wouldn't have any problem with it. It's not like they were doing anything explicitly sexy in public ... just something that hinted at the type of sex they had in private ... but I can see why other people might get a bit antsy. Some people have a higher threshold for this sort of thing than other.
But it does seem as if this woman was doing it more for the attention factor than anything else. There are lots of things we'd all like to do in public, things that aren't necessarily forbidden or frowned on, but we don't because we don't want to make other people uncomfortable. It's just a courtesy thing. Hell, I don't scratch my breasts in public when they're itchy because some people might be made uncomfortable. Equally, I'd be uncomfortable if someone was having a dig around in their crotch. It's just manners.
But this woman is not just doing something that makes other people uncomfortable, she's obviously flaunting it. It's a crusade to her, she wants a reaction and is probably hoping she gets one so she can get righteously indignant. So my advice to this mother would be let it go, you're not going to win this one. She's not going to stop just because you ask her to, so you might as well just sit back and enjoy the show. I know I would if I were you.