‘Porn before blood,’ parents say

A poll conducted by prominent innocence-saver WhatTheyPlay suggests that parents would be more concerned with their children playing Grand Theft Auto than they would if their kids stumbled on a stash of Playboy’s.

The poll asked parents to vote on the most troubling act their children could partake in while visiting a friend’s house. Smoking a joint came out in first, with just about half of the votes tallied, followed by playing Grand Theft Auto, watching naked ladies, and imbibing spirits, in that order.

The gist of the concern, according to Cheryl K. Olson, is that videogames are full of what she calls “unknowable dangers.” Parents, it would seem, are sincerely petrified of any new iterations of the Hot Coffee debacle. Numbers from an earlier poll confirmed that sentiment, as voters suggested that, in the context of videogames, parents would be more offended at seeing sexual intercourse between a man and woman (and kissing between a man and man) than they would be at seeing someone get their crown lobbed off.

I just have one question: Just when is it okay for a kid to crack open the latest Playboy and see what folks like Ms. Karadashian have to offer?

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