Awful Parents Hired Strippers for Son’s Sweet 16
If you were lucky as a teen, your parents bought you a car for your 16th birthday. Or, if your parents were anything like mine, they gave you a high five and a grocery-store cake. Or, if they were like the parents of a 16-year-old South Glens Falls boy, they hired you a couple of strippers.
The Times-Union reports that local police are currently investigating a case in which a boy’s parents threw him a very special sweet 16 party featuring some rather inappropriate entertainment. Yes, these star parents hired strippers for their son’s 16th. Apparently, there were about 80 people in attendance, some of them as young as 14.
Police are currently trying to determine whether there was anything illegal about the saucy celebration, or whether it was simply a case of really poor parenting.
Now, some of you might be thinking that you would’ve loved to have strippers at your 16th birthday party. Luckiest kid ever, right? This sort of thinking is often seen in cases where a female teacher is busted for having sex with her (minor) students. Isn’t it interesting that it doesn’t seem to work that way when the situation is reversed?
To combat this type of irritatingly sexist thinking, I’ve come up with a neat little guide for determining how to make decisions regarding minors and “adult situations.”
I call it Charlotte’s Super-Handy Litmus Test for Gender-Equal Parenting. Obviously it’s not applicable in every situation and what works for one child may not work for another, but I think it’s generally pretty solid. It goes like this:
When making a parenting decision regarding your child (or forming an opinion about something that happened to a minor), ask yourself whether you’d make the same decision if your child was the opposite sex. If it still seems like a good idea, then you’re good. If not, you may want to rethink the decision.
Pretty simple, right?
In this situation, it can be applied thusly: Would you be cool with hiring a sexy, muscular beefcake to shake his junk in your 16-year-old daughter’s face? No? Then maybe you shouldn’t hire strippers for your son’s sweet 16.
What do you guys think?