- George Orwell - 1984
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Two-year-olds Zola and Veronica Kruschel waddled through Folsom Street Fair amidst strangers in fishnets and leather crotch pouches, semi and fully nude men.
The twin girls who were also dressed for the event wore identical lace blouses, floral bonnets and black leather collars purchased from a pet store.
Fathers Gary Beuschel and John Kruse watched over them closely. They were proud to show the twins off.
'They will see more than the kids with moms and dads in Iowa,' said Beuschel, who wanted to expose his children to San Francisco's diverse community. 'Every parent has to decide for themselves what is right for them. And I respect that. And we decided that this is right for our children.'
Beuschel and his girls were at the 22nd Folsom Street Fair, an annual leather event in San Francisco's South of Market district, which showcased outrageous costumes, fetish attire, and a community obsessed with bondage, whipping, and spanking.
'Why do (these people) bring kids here? This is a leather fair for god’s sake,' said Bahran Aliassa, who was masturbating in public. He has been doing it annually for the past six years.
Oakland resident Veronica Charles, 36, was with a baby stroller and said her son was too young to understand. 'I don’t think I’ll bring him here when he is 6,' Charles said.