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We're Not in G-Rated Kansas Anymore
ObscureStore ^ | 06 Dec 04 | Stephanie Simon

Posted on 12/06/2004 12:07:20 PM PST by AreaMan

We're Not in G-Rated Kansas Anymore

Porn 'superstores' are thriving near rural offramps, causing the locals to debate obscenity and privacy, sometimes in court.

By Stephanie Simon
Times Staff Writer

December 6, 2004

ABILENE, Kan. — Outside, the prairie lies dark and still. In the windowless gray building by the Interstate 70 offramp, a clerk with a tired face rings up sex toys. "Need batteries for that?" she asks politely, again and again.

Two women in prim business suits gawk at a shelf of raunchy gag gifts, giggling. A truck driver searches thousands of DVDs for a pornographic movie. Near the Love Sling of Ecstasy, a wife confers with her husband by cellphone as she studies a tidy display of vibrators, hundreds of them, in every size and color.

Adult "superstores" like this are popping up all over rural America — brightly lighted, clean, as well-organized and well-stocked as a Wal-Mart.

Remote freeway offramps are X-rated in Quaker City, Ohio (pop. 563), and Nelson, Mo. (pop. 212), in Montrose, Ill., and Perry, Mich. The Lion's Den chain operates 29 stores in the Midwest, including this one in Abilene, off Exit 272, near the cows and hay bales of Dickinson County.

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That prospect doesn't scare many adult-store owners.

"The way I look at it, protesters just bring in more business," Haltom said. "You can't buy that kind of advertising."

If you want other stories on this topic, search the Archives at latimes.com/archives.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Kansas; US: Missouri; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: culture; filth; morality; perversion; porn; pornography; trash; vile

1 posted on 12/06/2004 12:07:21 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan
I'll need to do more research on these superstores before I come to an opinion
2 posted on 12/06/2004 12:08:44 PM PST by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: AreaMan

Ah, the Lion's Den! Many's the night I've ... uh... driven by there.


3 posted on 12/06/2004 12:09:37 PM PST by wizardoz
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To: AreaMan

Add Upton, KY (pop. 750) to the list too.


4 posted on 12/06/2004 12:13:37 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: AreaMan

In Tacoma, the Castle super store (porn) at first had a giant balloon condom flying from their roof. After an uproar, they removed it.


5 posted on 12/06/2004 12:14:58 PM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: bushisdamanin04

Adult Video Megaplex in Austin used to give away free batteries with every purchase. Or so I'm told.


7 posted on 12/06/2004 12:17:16 PM PST by Callahan
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To: escapefromboston

The one close by here is nice; it's connected to the local dance club. :) I once walked over there to look around a bit with a dancer when she was in between sets.


8 posted on 12/06/2004 12:18:29 PM PST by TheBigB (I sure could go for a charbroiled hamburger sammich and some french fried potatoes!)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

One inriguing, to me, question wasn't addressed in the article. In these small towns..everyone knows everbody else...so who is working in these stores?..locals..right..


9 posted on 12/06/2004 12:18:38 PM PST by ken5050
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To: Callahan

Ah-huh ... how many do you still have in your kitchen drawer? :)


10 posted on 12/06/2004 12:18:42 PM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: AreaMan

Yep, after a full day of groping a cow to turn a calf the right way or clearing an intestinal blockage theres nothing we like better than to sit back and watch porn...


11 posted on 12/06/2004 12:21:24 PM PST by Lee Heggy
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To: Lee Heggy
Yep, after a full day of groping a cow to turn a calf the right way or clearing an intestinal blockage theres nothing we like better than to sit back and watch porn...

Shhh...someone will start an entire line of porn based on cow groping.

12 posted on 12/06/2004 12:23:03 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: bushisdamanin04

Man, what a tempting target for some early-evening plinking with a pellet gun or a .22...........


13 posted on 12/06/2004 12:25:41 PM PST by Viking2002 (Taglines? Vikings don't need no steenkin' taglines..............)
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To: LiteKeeper; biblewonk

Ping.


14 posted on 12/06/2004 12:26:13 PM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary. You have the right to be wrong.)
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To: AreaMan

Back in the early 80's when VCR's were new and videos cost $60.00 there were plenty of Mom and Pop video rental stores that sprang up. But as the price of videos dropped and the industry consolidated into huge chains with which the Mom and Pop stores could not compete in variety, Mom and Pop video rental stores stayed alive by expanding their porn areas, by jumping into the market Blockbuster didn't want.

Apparently what we are seeing is the Blockbusterization of porn distribution which will finish the Mom and Pop video rental store alongside the local hardware store, the local book store, the local pharmacy, etc.


15 posted on 12/06/2004 12:26:42 PM PST by Sam the Sham
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To: AreaMan

" near the cows and hay bales of Dickinson County.


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That prospect doesn't scare many adult-store owners. "



The prospect of being near cows shouldn't scare adult-store owners. Sheep, OTOH....


16 posted on 12/06/2004 12:26:45 PM PST by Blzbba (Conservative Republican - Less gov't, less spending, less intrusion.)
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To: bushisdamanin04

In Tacoma, the Castle super store (porn) at first had a giant balloon condom flying from their roof. After an uproar, they removed it.


The roof???


17 posted on 12/06/2004 12:26:51 PM PST by bikerman
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To: AreaMan; Lee Heggy
Yep, after a full day of groping a cow to turn a calf the right way or clearing an intestinal blockage theres nothing we like better than to sit back and watch porn...

Shhh...someone will start an entire line of porn based on cow groping.

They already have. It's called Rosie O'Donnell.

18 posted on 12/06/2004 12:27:23 PM PST by frog_jerk_2004
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To: ken5050
Not sure. Can't say I've ever been in there. lol

But, if the towns are like Upton, they are small towns located on a major interstate highway. Upton is about 10 miles from Elizabethtown, KY. Elizabethtown is probably one of the larger towns in the state that does not allow adult-oriented stores. I'm thinking Lion's Den has been smart to locate as close to these towns as possible and on major interstate highways.

19 posted on 12/06/2004 12:27:30 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: TonyRo76
Oh give me a break!

The vilest porn shop I ever saw was in, "Conservative, Southern, Red, God-Fearing" Charleston, SC when I was there in 1992.

20 posted on 12/06/2004 12:28:06 PM PST by NJ Neocon (Democracy is tyranny of the masses. It is three wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner)
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To: AreaMan

This is depressing.


21 posted on 12/06/2004 12:28:28 PM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Blzbba
What can I say, I snipped at the wrong spot.
I think they were referring to protests or legal challenges in the article.
22 posted on 12/06/2004 12:30:10 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

"A truck driver searches thousands of DVDs for a pornographic movie. "

Well, since all of them are pornographic in that store, he shouldn't take long. Sheesh! What has happened to the English language in newspapers?


23 posted on 12/06/2004 12:31:41 PM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: cjshapi

Ping.


24 posted on 12/06/2004 12:32:20 PM PST by Junior (FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC)
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To: bikerman
Yep. I did a search for a link and low and behold, the first hit was here at FR:

Man spends week on roof of porn shop (in Pro Porn Protest)
Posted by shotokan to LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget
On News/Activism 11/21/2004 7:00:12 AM PST • 16 of 36

This clown must have been hired by the store to promote the store. We had a Castle Superstore inflate a huuuge condom balloon (with smiley face) above their store for a few days and they got all sorts of free publicity from all of the complaints to the media

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/user-posts?id=157711;more=24665819

25 posted on 12/06/2004 12:34:23 PM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: AreaMan
"Shhh...someone will start an entire line of porn based on cow groping."
26 posted on 12/06/2004 12:34:52 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: MineralMan

The scarier thing is that with dashboard DVD players, this trucker is probably watching it while he's driving. As if those things hadn't caused enough accidents by people not having their eyes on the road, now we have to worry about them having their hands on the wheel too!!! LOL


27 posted on 12/06/2004 12:36:29 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Aquinasfan
This is depressing.

I agree. But it should not be surprising.

Silly wabbit...dont you know that sex has no moral component to it, it's just plug and play with people instead of software.

This is, after all, part of the libertine vision for society.

28 posted on 12/06/2004 12:37:13 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: AreaMan

Don't forget the newest one in Little Rock that opened up last month, the Clinton Liebrary and Adult Bookstore.


29 posted on 12/06/2004 12:37:36 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: AreaMan
Not everything sold in those stores is necessarily pornography; sometimes married monogamous Christians go to those places to purchase *items other than porn*.

Regarding which: as a chemist who once had to tour a sex toy factory "in the line of duty", let me warn my Red Zone comrades: the sex toy industry has no safety standards whatsoever, and some of those devices leach high levels of toxic plasticizers into the body. The more flexible the item, the greater the danger (other than medical grade implantable silicone). These leaching additives can result in hormone disruption, harm to a fetus (even years later), sterility, and heaven knows what else. Materials which were taken out of childrens' chewable toys (pacifiers, teething rings, etc) years ago, are still used without restriction in adult toys, so watch out!

If such a device is labeled "for novelty purposes only", you can be SURE that it isn't safe, the manufacturer KNOWS it, and has added the "novelty purposes" clause in order to insulate himself against lawsuits due to the toxicity of the materials he's using ("Your Honor, I sold it as a novelty; I didn't know she'd actually.... Case dismissed).

30 posted on 12/06/2004 12:37:55 PM PST by Rytwyng (we're here, we're Huguenots, get used to us)
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To: Rytwyng
Not everything sold in those stores is necessarily pornography; sometimes married monogamous Christians go to those places to purchase *items other than porn*.

Having never been in one myself, mind telling what items are in there that are appropriate for married monogamous Christians?

31 posted on 12/06/2004 12:40:33 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Lee Heggy

Uh, off subject a little, but your post remindeded me of a great story Ken Kesey wrote for Esquire years ago. It was called, I think, Ken Kesey's Cows...

sorry for the interruption. I'm leaving now.


32 posted on 12/06/2004 12:42:05 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Rytwyng
Not everything sold in those stores is necessarily pornography; sometimes married monogamous Christians go to those places to purchase *items other than porn*.

I agree that married monogomous Christians can purchase other "items".

There are web sites that cater just to christians for this purpose (like book22.com). This way you can buy your "marital aids" (or whatever they are euphemistically called today) without supporting a porn store.

33 posted on 12/06/2004 12:44:46 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Having never been in one myself, mind telling what items are in there that are appropriate for married monogamous Christians?

I suggest you check out a Christian website called TheMarriageBed.com.

Check out the shopping links.

34 posted on 12/06/2004 12:47:00 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: Blood of Tyrants

LOL!


35 posted on 12/06/2004 12:48:56 PM PST by kx9088
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To: AreaMan

Shhh...someone will start an entire line of porn based on cow groping.

See? And you thought Monica Lewinsky was done with her 15 minutes of fame.

36 posted on 12/06/2004 12:50:33 PM PST by SlayerOfBunnies
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To: Bluegrass Conservative
Having never been in one myself, mind telling what items are in there that are appropriate for married monogamous Christians?

One of the tamer examples might be lingerie. As for the kinkier stuff, that's a matter of individual conscience, and I don't plan on debating it with anyone (cf Romans 14).

37 posted on 12/06/2004 12:51:15 PM PST by Rytwyng (we're here, we're Huguenots, get used to us)
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

"Having never been in one myself, mind telling what items are in there that are appropriate for married monogamous Christians?"

Everytime I see the word "monogamous" it reminds me of the time that my girlfriend and I were flying back from Vegas. She was in a seat next to another woman and after some conversation, they started working on a crossword puzzle together. They asked me to help with one word. "What is the 8 letter word meaning intimate relations with only one person?"

Without skipping a beat I said, "MONOTONY!" and promptly recieved an elbow to the ribs from my girlfriend.


38 posted on 12/06/2004 12:52:11 PM PST by speed_addiction (Ninja's last words, "Hey guys. Watch me just flip out on that big dude over there!")
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To: Junior

Ah yes, the Love Sling of Ecstasy. Who doesn't have a few of em lying around?


39 posted on 12/06/2004 12:52:16 PM PST by cjshapi
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To: AreaMan

Just did. Never felt so ignorant in my life! LOL


40 posted on 12/06/2004 12:52:22 PM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: cjshapi
Ah yes, the Love Sling of Ecstasy. Who doesn't have a few of em lying around?

So that's my problem...I got the Love Sling of Mediocrity! Gotta read those labels.

41 posted on 12/06/2004 12:55:46 PM PST by AreaMan
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To: Aquinasfan
It is so sad. Makes me think of the movie, "It's a Wonderful Life" when his town turns into Potterville, how horrible it is, Violet is bad, his mother, Uncle Bille, the Drugist, everything is horrible. But Clarence does remind George that he was the one person that seems to have made all the difference in this one town. One life can make a great difference.

1Cr 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,


1Cr 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.


1Cr 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
42 posted on 12/06/2004 12:59:11 PM PST by Esther Ruth
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To: cjshapi
Ah yes, the Love Sling of Ecstasy. Who doesn't have a few of em lying around?

I hear they come in handy dealin' with them cows too.

43 posted on 12/06/2004 1:06:33 PM PST by Hugin
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To: AreaMan
They missed the funniest thing about that porn store. It used to be an abandoned truck stop/gas station. It is on the North side of the interstate right off the highway. But for miles both East and West there are signs to take that exit for the Russell Stover's factory and outlet. (Whenever I travel out to Western Kansas I always stop in to pick up some candy for the wife and kids.) Now I know The Russell Stovers is the only other building visible from the highway. It is on the South side and kind of tricky to know which drive to take. It is well off the highway. I can just imagine all the people coming off the highway for what would be the Russell Stover's outlet and ending up in the lot, or inside of the porn shop instead.
I noticed it had opened the last time I was out that way and I only hope the Russell Stover's folks figured out they needed to improve their signs.
44 posted on 12/06/2004 1:10:47 PM PST by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: AreaMan

On the way to work every day I pass an adult "Video Arcade" and "store". Now, I am passing this place at about 6:45 a.m.

Two or three days a week there are several cars in the parking lot (one car, the clerk's I guess, is always there).

I am amazed at the sheer energy these people must have to take in "Hot Love Slave" before 7 a.m. Where do you go from there? No - I don't want to know. It would lead to cow groping or something.


45 posted on 12/06/2004 1:45:40 PM PST by Gingersnap
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To: AreaMan
Porn 'superstores' are thriving near rural offramps

Get out of rural areas as fast as you can.

46 posted on 12/06/2004 1:48:17 PM PST by Joe Hadenuf (I failed anger management class, they decided to give me a passing grade anyway)
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To: AreaMan

This is the logical result of Free Enterprise meeting Free Speech. You gotta take the bad with the good, people.


47 posted on 12/06/2004 1:58:16 PM PST by Antonello
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