Maybe I am all wrong but it seems to me that burningman didn't always have the explicit sexuality. Reading some history of the burns at Baker Beach seeing where Larry's kids built a wooden dog ... Friend of Burning Man.
Aw, fuck it ... I guess I don't want to tell anyone what they have or even should do. All I would want for me to bring my kids there is to know that there is at least an area somewhere that is acknowledged to be a kid area (like Kidsville is) and people generally tone it down a little there. As for the rest of the city, do whatever you want to do as far as I am concerned. Just give me a clear path to Center Camp so I can take the kids up there to maybe get their faces painted or get some cotton candy or something without having to suffer the pervs.
I am just not understanding the part about burningman that says "I can be a total dumbass here in the name of self-expression". One of the things any community must have if it is to function as a community is respect and some level of caring for one another. When I see the "I can do whatever I want, its burningman!" people, I think to myself ... "Oh, okay, I get it, your burningman is all about you".
I had a wonderful experiance this year. I met some of the sweetest people, was treated like family by complete strangers. Heck, one camp even offered me a bowl of hot chicken stew and a cold beer when they heard my tummy rumble during a 3am conversation on the couch in front of their camp. And a nice conversation it was. I didn't go to get plastered, though I managed to do that one night, but woke up in my own camp (thanks, guys!) I didn't get laid, but that isn't what I went there for either. I went for a sense of community that I think is lacking in our daily lives and could use a good recharging from time to time ... but that is just my burningman, I don't feel a need to impose it on anyone else, but if you could find it in your heart to allow me to have that kind of experiance, I would be very grateful to you for it.
My kids could use a dose of seeing people get along like that too. To see that not everyone in the world is out to get something and that maybe people do really WANT to do nice things to make each other smile and BRC seems like a pretty safe place to do that. I just want to wait until my youngest is old enough to "get it", to maybe understand and have memories that will last. So, please, don't shut my kids out. Your burningman might be a big party with drunken pervs and explicit sexuality and that is fine, I will defend your right to have that experiance with my very last breath ... let me also have mine, please. If the kids come back a second time, I want them to understand what "Welcome Home" means at BRC.
Pabst Blue Ribbon - The beer that made Gerlach famous.