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The advertisement on Page 92 of the 7/12 Washington City Paper for a “sadistic summer splash” at the Edge and the Crypt is not about erotica; it is about abuse. A woman is pictured on hands and knees, rear-end raised high in the air next to a bag of all sorts of implements that can be jammed inside her for the pleasure of others. Perhaps City Paper should think about what kind of message it would like to support. By featuring such an advertisement, it is condoning the abuse of women as objects on whom pain may be inflicted without thought. Maybe we, as human beings, should reflect on this kind of behavior and ask ourselves why it is considered OK and normal to do this to women. Would people look differently at such a “game” if the woman were a Jew and the “toolbox” were used to torture Jews in a virtual concentration camp?

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