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May 30, 2005

Mom indicted for hiring stripper for son's birthday party

From the Associated Press:

A mother faces criminal charges after she hired a stripper to dance at her 16-year-old son's birthday party. Anette Pharris, 34, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and involving a minor in obscene acts. The boy's father, the stripper and two others also face charges.

"I tried to do something special for my son," Pharris said. "It didn't harm him."

About 10 people under the age of 18 were at the birthday party in September, including minors who were not related to the family, authorities said.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said minors are not permitted in adult establishments.

While some would argue that this interferes with parental rights, since other parents' kids were there, this is definitely criminal. Even if every kid there had their parents' permission, it's still an act of bad parenting. Since none of the other parents are being charged, I would assume they didn't know what was happening.

Other bloggers differ.

Those who think it may not be that bad: Outside the Beltway

Those who think it is definitely bad: Captain's Quarters

Really there are two issues here: Exposing other parents' kids to nudity and exposing your own kids to nudity. Obviously the first is bad, criminal and should be punished.

But the second comes with some quandaries. What if someone wanted to let their kids watch Schinder's List? What about people that are practicing nudists?

In this case we have, not just the exposure to nudity, but erotic nudity. This really pushes the line when it comes to when the state has an obligation to interfere with the way parents' raise their children.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 30, 2005 10:43 AM

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