Fun Straws or Sex Objects?
Posted by shadmia on March 18, 2008
Andrea Bailey is hopping mad. She purchased a pack of fun straws from Wal-Mart for her 3-year-old daughter, Ashlynn. They came in a variety of shapes. She said her daughter picked out one that looked like a heart. However, Andrea said she found two straws in the package that resembled a male penis. She decided to complain to Wal-Mart.
“There are two of them that are shaped like the male private area,” said Bailey. “I called Wal-Mart and they very rude with me about it. They acted like I was lying, like I was making it all up. You know, I would never make something up like that, especially about my little girl. But, that’s just how they treated me and it’s just not right.”
That was when Bailey decided to go public with her complaint. She called WSAZ Channel 3 News in Ashland, Ky. They made inquiries and Wal-Mart responded:
“At Wal-Mart we take customer questions and concerns seriously,” said the spokesperson in a statement. “After being contacted on this matter, Wal-Mart pulled the product in question from our shelves and is investigating the claim. Of course, our customer is welcome to return the item for a refund, if they would like.”
Andrea Bailey says her concern is not the $1.69 she paid for the straws, but what might happen to other families with kids a little older than Ashlynn. A search of three other Wal-Marts in three different states failed to find any of the fun straws.
The TV station aired Bailey’s concerns and asked for viewer feedback. They posted a poll:
What is your take on the straws?
Toy, Rocket, or other child-friendly shape
- Male sex organ
Over 1,100 people responded to the poll with the vast majority (66%) saying it resembled a child-friendly shape. Most people who posted comments on the Channel 3 News website thought it was an innocent looking shape and made observations like:
Posted by: Mature person on Mar 17, 2008 at 11:45 AM
The key to this imaginary problem is the following quote, “I can’t think of anything else.” I’ve sent this around and asked for opinions. It seems that those who are most like this and object to imaginary things such as this are those who are obsessed with sex in one form or another. Either this woman has this problem or she needs the attention. I wonder whether she has ever gone to a fabric store and seen one of those things which is used to darn socks, etc. I’m 69 y/o and, when I looked at the “offensive” straws, the only thing which came to my mind was the Arby’s sombrero. This woman has her own little problem(s) and shouldn’t interfere with those of us in the real world.
However, while reading though some of the other comments that were posted, it was mentioned that a website bachelorette.com sold a similar item called a Penis Sippy Straw that was very similar in shape.
Well I guess “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder“.
What do you think? Were the “Fun Straws” really sex objects or just the fertile imagination of a mother with a 3-year-old kid?