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10% discount because you`re a lesbian? Stolen from another group.

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM
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'The gay males get upset': New York maternity store offers new mothers 10 per cent discount... but only if they're lesbians

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:04 PM on 23rd April 2011

New mothers in Brooklyn's desirable Park Slope neighbourhood will be delighted to hear they can get 10 per cent off at their local maternity store.

But there's one condition - they have to be lesbians.

The owner of Boing Boing breastfeeding and baby store is offering same-sex female couples the exclusive 'hardship' discount because she says they earn less than men.

Controversial discount: Store owner Karen Paperno says she doesn't care if the offer is politically incorrect - but some gay men have complained

Controversial discount: Store owner Karen Paperno says she doesn't care if the offer is politically incorrect - but some gay men have complained

Karen Paperno started the promotion three months ago, and said she doesn't care if people think it's politically incorrect.

She said most shoppers are 'tickled' by the offer, displayed on a gold plaque behind the till at the Brooklyn shop, but some gay men have taken offence.

Mrs Paperno - who is straight -  told the New York Daily News: 'My heart goes out to lesbian moms.

'Women still only make 77 cents on the dollar, compared to men. Financially, women have a much harder time of it.'

She opened the shop in Brooklyn's exclusive Park Slope neighbourhood 15 years ago, and said she started the discount in part as a tribute to the area's sapphic roots.

'Hardship' offer: Lesbian mothers can get 10 per cent off all stock at Boing Boing - because its owner says they earn less than men

'Hardship' offer: Lesbian mothers can get 10 per cent off all stock at Boing Boing - because its owner says they earn less than men

She told the Brokelyn blog: 'My first day here I saw a big pin on the sidewalk for the Lesbian Herstory Archives and I thought, "what a cool neighbourhood".'

Lesbian couples can enjoy the discount across the store's range of breastfeeding accessories and baby clothes.

The offer gets about one taker a day, and customers don't have to prove their sexuality - although Mrs Paperno said  little 'experimenting in college' doesn't count.

As far as she knows, no straight couples have tried to get in on the reduction yet. She said: 'This neighbourhood is way too honest.'

Cheaper for some: Lesbian mothers can get 10 per cent off the breastfeeding equipment and baby clothes on sale at Boing Boing

Cheaper for some: Lesbian mothers can get 10 per cent off the breastfeeding equipment and baby clothes on sale at Boing Boing

The overwhelming reaction has been positive, but some customers have looked at the placard 'questioningly', she said.

She told Brokelyn: 'The lesbians love it and the gay males get upset. But their disposable income is so much higher than women’s. Men just make more than women.'

As far as she is concerned, she isn't breaking any anti-discrimination laws, and says the offer is no different from the hardship discounts she has offered needy couples in the past.

She told the New York Daily News: 'It's not politically correct, but neither am I. Never have been, never will be.

'This is my store, and I can choose to do this discount for the people who need it most.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379823/New-York-maternity-store-offers-10-cent-hardship-discount-lesbian-couples.html#ixzz1KNall7kv

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Ann7227
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Now that's just stupid. Everyones going to to be gay now. lol

wendythewriter
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Yeah, I do have to wonder about that whole not having to prove it thing. I mean, granted, proving it is a little...complicated. lol But, any woman can claim it.

Besides, I do kind of wonder too, what about single mothers that aren't gay? They're making less than men. Or the mother whose husband is a deadbeat?

I get what she's trying to do, and I think it's great. But I do think all moms have it pretty rough financially right now.

PattyMomof3boys
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM


Quoting wendythewriter:

Yeah, I do have to wonder about that whole not having to prove it thing. I mean, granted, proving it is a little...complicated. lol But, any woman can claim it.

Besides, I do kind of wonder too, what about single mothers that aren't gay? They're making less than men. Or the mother whose husband is a deadbeat?

I get what she's trying to do, and I think it's great. But I do think all moms have it pretty rough financially right now.

So, the store owner just figures the discount is for anyone who is a lesbian or at least willing to say they are. As long as they are in the store buying things, I'm sure she doesn't care. It's also a very progressive neighborhood and the gesture alone probably attracts a lot of attention and publicity. I don't see the big deal. I live in retirement-ville so all the local businesses offer similar discounts to senior citizens. Same kind of thing.

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MistyBlueMom
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Geez,some stores will come up with any crazy gimmick to make sales.

ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on Apr. 23, 2011 at 5:17 PM

What about single mothers?

.kk.
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I'm pro gay rights but I don't agree with that. 

If they want to know the biggest wage gap, it is between educated white males and hispanic women.

Mrs.BAT
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I think it's a neat idea, but I think that maybe she should mix things up a little. Like offer it for lesbian mothers one month, single mothers the next, etc. THAT would probably attract more attention and sales, as well as help some mothers out. I'm trying to figure out why gay males are upset, though. Is it because they aren't getting discounts at places, or just HER place? I mean, it is a maternity & nursing shop mostly, right? There are other places to buy onsies and the like, I'm sure. I do think that maybe expanding on the discount would be better, though.

JennWoodley
by on Apr. 23, 2011 at 5:37 PM

its her shop and if thats what she wants to do, so be it....

paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Apr. 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Yeah, I was thinking that too. Why would they get pissed about maternity and nursing supplies?

Quoting Mrs.BAT:

I think it's a neat idea, but I think that maybe she should mix things up a little. Like offer it for lesbian mothers one month, single mothers the next, etc. THAT would probably attract more attention and sales, as well as help some mothers out. I'm trying to figure out why gay males are upset, though. Is it because they aren't getting discounts at places, or just HER place? I mean, it is a maternity & nursing shop mostly, right? There are other places to buy onsies and the like, I'm sure. I do think that maybe expanding on the discount would be better, though.


paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Apr. 23, 2011 at 5:44 PM

They can bring in a friend ;-)

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

What about single mothers?


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