April 16th, 2008 18:30 EST
Woman Claims Hallmark Card Encourages Teen Promiscuity
"While shopping for a wedding cake knife in a Hallmark store, Cyndi Desrosiers found a greeting card she claims is promoting sexual promiscuity to teenagers.
The message on the $2.99 Hallmark card has prompted Desrosiers to call for its removal from Seacoast store shelves and to launch an e-mail campaign urging others to do the same.
The front cover of the card features two glasses of wine held by two hands and reads, 'Pardon me...' On the inside is printed, 'Care for some liquid clothes remover?'"
Quotation from Elizabeth Dinan/SeaCoastOnline.Com
In my opinion the Hallmark card is the epitome of understated innuendo; the image and the text are so mild that it wouldn't make a nun blush. If the movie rating system were applied to greeting cards, this one would barely qualify for a PG. I've seen greeting cards that are a bit more risque: Roses are red; Violets are blue, Baby I want to "blank" you.
This Hallmark card is not targeting young people; it's a generic card for romantic occasions. Why Desrosiers thinks the card is promoting sexual promiscuity to teenagers is beyond me. But to give Desrosiers the benefit of the doubt, it doesn't take much to turn on teens. When I was a kid I was so raging with hormones, I would get excited looking at a picture of Betty Crocker on my mom's box of cake mix.
The average Hallmark store is a bastion of wholesomeness, chock full of cards with insipid, cheerful greetings. I'm not going to wax apoplectic when I see an impressionable child walk into a Hallmark store.
However, our society is sex-saturated; children are assaulted with graphic sexual images on everything from the Internet to their cell phones. There are many movies and video games replete with violence and sex that are targeted to very young children. These are the products that Desrosiers should be complaining about.
"Desrosiers said she brought the card to a store clerk, expressed her opinion 'and to my surprise and pleasure,' the clerk agreed, removed the cards from the sales rack and offered her a refund."
Quotation from SeaCoastOnline.Com
The store clerk was foolish for catering to the whims of Ms. Desrosiers. You can't please everybody; and, regardless how innocuous and harmless the message of a greeting card, there will always be someone who finds it objectionable.
If Desrosiers reads this article she may demand that this Web site remove it immediately. I'm sure she will find out that the editors of this site are not as spineless as the Hallmark store clerk.