Shocked? Sorry 🙂
Here’s what happened:
I’ve already had ‘The talk’ with Miss Gremlin, she’s got those facts straight, well straight enough for a 9 yo; yeah maybe for a 20 yo, whatever. We have so many strange conversations while we just walk home from school or eye therapy, it’s our girl time. She loves it. I have no problem talking about anything with her, I believe honesty and knowledge is the best policy.
We’ve discussed HIV/AIDS and pregnancy, condoms, sex and puberty and so many other things, when a question comes up I answer it, simple. There’s nothing for me to be embarrassed about and I try not to make it a big deal. It’s always been like that. I was that way with Grand Master D too. He once read a sign on the subway about impotence and I had to answer, that was a fun conversation!
So yesterday on the way home, the subway afforded us a new topic of discussion! One I was hoping to delay for a few years yet but somethings aren’t meant to be. Right there in black and white and yellow was a large ad talking about abortion alternatives. The train was full, it was peak hour. We were sitting across from each other and above my head was the ad. So because she’s curious and always asks questions, she asked me what abortion was. Feeling that was neither the time nor the place for that discussion, I said remind me and I ‘ll tell you later.
The topic was forgotten and we continued on our journey. When we got home she reminded me and in the most age appropriate terms I could, I explained what an abortion was and why it may be necessary. I wasn’t graphic and I didn’t offer opinions as to whether I believe in it or not, that discussion is for when she’s older, luckily she was satisfied and we went on our way.
What pisses me off is that we as parents have to deal with this shit regularly because our kids can read and the subway ads have adult content. I get that this ad may help a woman who feels lost in her situation however I’m not sure the subway cars are the most appropriate places to advertise. Then again maybe it is, we seem to let everything else hang out, why not this?
What do you think? Is the subway an appropriate place for these kinds of ads? How would you handle it if your child asked?