No one's forcing you to read Hooligan

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I wish I could say that I'm surprised to see the various reactions to Hooligan's recent features. Unfortunately, it seems that those with more conservative attitudes are much more prone to speak out when offended or outraged than those with more liberal tastes. I suppose it makes sense - if you're happy with the way things are, you have much more to lose by a shift in societal attitudes than if you'd rather things changed.

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In the interest of redressing this balance, here are my own two cents: I thought the review of the various bathrooms around town was hilarious, especially the Merchants Wharf set, which I've had the misfortune to have to use multiple times. Juneau's a pretty small town, and pretty much everything that's normally reviewed has already been done, so instead of re-treading a familiar path, why not try something a little more off-the-wall?

As for the sex-toy article, which seems to have provoked the most outrage so far, I honestly don't see what everyone's so upset about. I thought it was very tastefully written, with no sexual descriptions. There weren't even any pictures of the toys mentioned, which I thought was a little disappointing. But given the reaction to what was there, it seems that it was probably a good idea to only picture the tamer items.

I know a lot of people were outraged because the Juneau Empire is a "family newspaper," however, I find it hard to believe that all of these people missed the announcement that the Hooligan insert is written for and by people of the 20-something demographic. If you really feel that Hooligan's content is inappropriate, here's a novel idea - instead of complaining about it, just throw it out. Or better yet, don't buy it in the first place. No one's forcing you to read it. So don't, that way you won't get upset and the rest of us can have our fun. Everyone wins.

Ambrosia Rose


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