In one small Brooklyn neighborhood, a quaint baby shop caters to the various growing families that inhabit the progressive Park Slope neighborhood. Boing Boing, a store that sells assorted nursing and baby gadgets is also is offering a 10 percent discount to lesbian moms, and some say it’s unfair.
Owner Karen Paperno who opened the store fifteen years ago, says she has every right to offer this discount since it is her store and she also has a good reason behind it.
She says it her way of honoring her neighborhood which has a large proportion of gay and lesbian parents and she also cites that women get paid incredibly less than men.
The NY Daily News reports that the discrepancy in salaries between genders is the prime factor that Paperno created the discount:
“My heart goes out to lesbian moms,” Paperno said. “Women still only make 77 cents on the dollar, compared to men. Financially, women have a much harder time of it.”
Paperno says she does hear complaints from a few gay men, but says it is not a discriminatory practice at all. In a post on the neighborhood website Brokelyn, Paperno says:
“People have gotten upset but it’s my store and I have the right to do it,” she says. “I offer hardship discounts of all kinds, all the time. This is just one that I advertise.
She has a point. It is her store and what right does anyone have to demand a discount? How many times have small store owners given a discount to a loyal customer or friend? If you ask me, it’s her prerogative.
“It’s not politically correct,” says Paperno “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.”
Do you think it’s fair for stores to offer special discounts to lesbian moms? Is it okay the same discount is not offered to gay dads or straight parents?