nsfw: almost showing my ass at the airport

In the summer of 2011 I found myself standing in one of those magazine shops that also sell snacks and souvenirs at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands. I had time to spare and a few leftover European coins to spend and planned to buy some international beauty magazines (way better than the American ones for sure) for my flight home. I’m browsing and figuring out what I want to purchase and then I see him….

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A little boy, about 6 or 8 years old just holding a magazine full of pages and pages of naked women. His parents were browsing and doing their own thing, not really paying attention to him, but totally aware of him in their peripheral vision. I wasn’t sure what to do, and this was more than my American brain could comprehend. In my country, even Cosmopolitan has a cover over it at the grocery store, breastfeeding is “gross” and porn isn’t sold at the airport right next to all the other magazines. Actually maybe Playboy is, but the magazine this kid had didn’t have articles, it was total hardcore.

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At this point, I realized I could do one of two things. My first option was to do nothing, because this wasn’t my kid and it wasn’t my place to say anything. People have sex. Totally normal. I didn’t want him to think what he was doing was wrong. People have boobs and penises and butts. It’s fun to see what different ones look like. Or I could say something, cause a scene, offend his parents, shame him and show my true American colors all in a language this child may or may not understand.

Mesha-227Keep in mind, this happened in all of 10 seconds.

I chose to do nothing.

A few seconds later, the kid got bored, closed the magazine and started looking at something completely different. He was totally over it. His parents called him over to them, and I went back to looking at British Glamour and Tatler.

What would you have done in this situation? What’s considered “obscene” where you live? Is it a magazine cover? Is it kissing? Is it breastfeeding? What do you think about it?

And yes the pictures in this blog post are of me, I’ve lived quite the interesting life.

Au Revoir

One Comment

  1. You are so sexy! And brave…I can barely put regular photos of myself online.
    I wouldn’t have done anything about the kid and the magazine since he’s not my kid. I’d prefer that children not look at those images though – we do not need another generation who looks at porn and thinks that women are supposed to be tan, slim, and hairless with fake boobs, but I’m pretty sure that ship has sailed.

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