Alex Blaze

Straight Woman Gives Lesbian Moms a Discount, Gets Threats

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 01, 2011 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: boing boing, brooklyn, lesbian, sexism, store

A straight baby supply shop owner in Brooklyn has been giving a 10% discount to lesbian mom, arguing "Women make less money than men." And this is the thanks she gets:

lesbian-money.jpgThe sign didn't cause much trouble -- aside from an occasional pout from a gay father -- until last week, when Brokelyn.com reported on the bargain. The post prompted impassioned critics to complain about everything from sexism to the sanctity of marriage.

"This is blatantly discriminatory," wrote Richard Sol, one commenter on the blog. "I wish godspeed to whomever sues these sexists."

It got worse when several scary men -- some of whom accused Paperno of trying to get rich in the name of sin -- began to phone Boing Boing.

One called her, "a fat bull dyke who needs to get f--ed."

Now, she says she's scared to be alone at the shop at night.

Considering all the forms of discrimination that work to take money away from lesbian women, which the people complaining about the discount will probably never condescend to criticize, this 10% is nothing.

But what's up with straight women trying to level the playing field with lesbians? First they all start having abortions to kill their babies to be like child-less lesbians, and now they're giving away baby supply discounts despite the fact that lesbian couples have twice the uterine power of a straight couple and therefore twice the ability to abuse that discount. img src


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I am not sure what you meant about the abortions... Call me ignorant, but that made little to no sense.


I would be a little jealous of that kind of discount if I were to go into that store, because there should also be a single mother discount if "women" are less prone to be able to afford motherhood. Two women are better than one. And don't forget that there are also single lesbian mothers, so they would also fall under that umbrella.

At the end of the day, it's up to the owner of the store whether to offer discounts to groups that they feel are at a disadvantage. Threatening the store owner is clearly out of line and should definitely be criminally prosecuted. No one should feel threatened at their place of business over something as little as a ten percent discount. Not at all, for that matter.

Click the link for the abortions reference.

Sigh. I don't know why these boys(sorry, men don't threaten) feel so threatened by the discount. I'm assuming any mom can use this, so..wtf? Are they freaked out that much by the fact a straight woman us willing to help her lesbian sisters out?
Its not like she said men couldn't shop there. Sheesh.

Tall Stacey | May 1, 2011 6:44 PM

The fact is that one person, one business, one group at a time, people are realizing the plight of our community and proactively supporting correction of those inequities. Not yet to the degree of “affirmative action” of the 70s, but they are individually stepping up to support us and correct the mistakes of a discriminatory past.

I hope that we as a community will reach out our support to this valiant woman both in our words and with our business. Perhaps those who might live near enough to do so might provide the security of evening physical presence that she might not be victim to the hate and prejudice she fights on our behalf.

Thank you, dear Lady!

We Lesbians can use the discounts, as a whole, we have far lower average earnings as women

Some of the abuse directed at the owner sounds frghteningly like atitudes toards Lesbians in South Africa.

Tall Stacey | May 1, 2011 8:42 PM

The fact is that one person, one business, one group at a time, people are realizing the plight of our community and proactively supporting correction of those inequities. Not yet to the degree of “affirmative action” of the 70s, but they are individually stepping up to support us and correct the mistakes of a discriminatory past.

I hope that we as a community will reach out our support to this valiant woman both in our words and with our business. Perhaps those who might live near enough to do so might provide the security of evening physical presence that she might not be victim to the hate and prejudice she fights on our behalf.

Thank you, dear Lady!

G Joseph | May 2, 2011 9:29 AM

"Blatantly discriminatory" my ass. How many businesses give military discounts? I don't see anyone yelling "blatant discrimination!" How about educator discounts? Free coffee for law enforcement? Cutting a coupon out of the newspaper for 10% off--does that discriminate against soemone who doesn't get the newspaper? How about Chick-fil-A giving free meals to people who dress as cows once a year.

Or chick-fil-a giving free sandwiches to conservative christian activists who go to certain events....

Regan DuCasse | May 2, 2011 2:13 PM

One of my favorite clothing boutiques offers discounts to nurses, firefighter and police personnel with a show of your agency ID. It's the only location I know of, but I know that with furloughs happening all over and such personnel are involuntarily losing a lot of their income, these discounts are welcome and much needed.
And considering that military personnel are low paid considering THEIR commitment, a military discount is a show of patriotism for our fighting men and women (gay or not).

So if a PRIVATE store owner wants to give discounts to women (maybe because they are single mothers, or lesbians) a private store owner should have that right. She's NOT discriminating, per se. She's offering a benefit to someone more likely to need it.

That she would be outright threatened for being so generous, is very different than if she'd shown discriminatory behavior towards a gay person to DISCOURAGE patronage. Besides, no gay or lesbian person COULD know a person's discriminatory practices ahead of time, since signage to inform them is never around.

The blatant hypocrisy here, and elsewhere regarding gays and lesbians and private businesses cannot be illuminated enough. Giving discounts to a group you support is generous and caring.
Discriminating on the basis of the same, is not.
Imagine the squawk if churches and places of worship lost their tax exemption? Perhaps they should since so many of them are committing political action to discriminate.
Imagine if someone gay decided that they should give certain Christians a taste of their own medicine and put a sign out that said they wouldn't serve people of a certain faith.

It's unethical to expect the cut to go only one way and not expect the other direction to have the same consequences or complain that they shouldn't.

I love the guy talking about going to court over it. Thing is: It's totally legal for small shop keepers to discriminate. There's no over-arching protection based on sexuality, so the same lack of standing we have for not being able to sue for protection is the same one preventing them from doing it as well. Either people are protected based on gender/sexuality, or they're not. If they're not, then straight waiters can be fired by a gay employer for being straight if the employer feels like it. Can't have it both ways!