We would like to address the issue of sexual paraphernalia, which was raised by “paco” in this comment on 9/12/06:
Heart plush spank-her. Gentle or hard..this soft faux fur and leather
covers every mood you and your queen of heart could experience. Glide
the soft delight or make his heart race with the leather side.
the Bed restraint system from Sportsheets. This system sets up in just
minutes without hooks or bedposts. Easy to hide just tuck under the
mattress when not in use. You can restrain your partners arms or legs
from the sides, top or bottom of the bed. And it can be packed up for
those special nights away from home.Products sold at OH MY.Is bondage
OK in your eyes? Maybe not,but for some it is.And if it’s not OK in
your eyes,why then is what OH MY sells ok with you? This is becoming
tiresome and I have noticed that so far the only ones posting here are
FOR the store.Is this the response you have expected? I think not.
We replied on 9/16/06:
paco’s comment that begins “Heart plush
spank-her” focuses on sexual paraphernalia. Most of this could be
considered “dual-use”, that is, it could be used in a loving or
non-loving way. Intention and consent are the keys here, and that’s the
responsibility of the participants. This is completely different from
the movies sold by Capital Video, where the lack of love is palpable.
We have already noted how the principals of Oh My are interested in healing relationships,
so I trust their judgment far more than that of Kenneth Guarino, who
apparently believes that watching films like “Office Slut Gangbang” is
of no more consequence than “selling doughnuts”, and who has so far refused all media inquiries about his plans for Northampton.
By the way, there’s no basis for assuming anonymous comments on the
Internet accurately reflect the views of the citizenry as a whole.
There’s no accountability. For all we know, many of the comments that
are supposedly from different people could be from the same person. It
is even possible that some comments are a kind of “astroturf” paid for
by Capital Video itself, fashioned to simulate authentic grassroots
opinion. We feel that our citizen petition,
which was signed by 687 Northampton residents and 284 non-residents as
of August 17, is much stronger evidence of the true sentiment of the
people. More petitions are coming in every week.