Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I'm Guessing It's Child Car Seats, Not 50 Shades of Gray, That's Increasing Bondage Popularity

There are articles around, like this one, that credit Fifty Shades of Gray with an increase in bondage.    But after watching my grand child being introduced to her car seat, I think there are other explanations.

Essentially, I'm suggesting there needs to be research in the correlation between child car seat restraints and the popularity of bondage.   When I first had to strap my grand child into her car seat - she hated it and I thought it was pretty restrictive myself.

My own kids weren't covered by any laws requiring them to be in such restrictive devices.  Yes, there was an infant seat, but it didn't involve their arms and legs in such a restrictive manner.

The various state laws came into place from 1978 to 1985.  If we say 1985, it means that people today, 28 and under, are the people that first grew up spending a good part of their time strapped down tightly. 

From Safe Ride News' detailed history of child car seat legislation:
1978: First child passenger safety law passed in Tennessee, requiring parents to put their infants and young children in CRS that meet the current federal standard (FMVSS 213). Becameeffective in 1979. Legislative effort begins in other states. . .
1985: Final state passes child passenger safety law. All states plus District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have requirements, but many have limitations, such as applying only to
parents or guardians or allowing lap belt use as an alternative for very young children.
All are primary laws (allowing police to stop a vehicle for the violation).
 Maybe Fifty Shades got people going, but I'm betting that book just tapped into a generation that's been in bondage since infancy. 

1 comment:

  1. Cute idea, but really doesn't go quite far enough to explain the 60-ish woman I saw reading it on the Northern Line tube in London one day last autumn...


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