Kink shame

Local residents in an uproar after learning their tax dollars might fund a gay fisting festival

A group of uptight residents in Auckland are clutching their pearls after learning their tax dollars may be going towards promoting a gay fisting festival.

The Kiwifist happens each year as part of this city’s Pride festival. The event costs $30 to attend and bills itself as a “full-on, five-hour-plus, gathering of gay and bi men into fisting and arse-play big-time” that is open to “all arse-playing men, from beginners to the extremely experienced.”

Is it for everyone? No. But it’s also just one of nearly 100 events that happen over the course of the month. So if fisting isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other activities you can enjoy.

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Still, a group of kink-shamers naysayers say they don’t want their hard-earned tax dollars going towards a raunchy sex party.

“The Ratepayers’ Alliance does not believe ratepayers should be subsiding sex parties, regardless of the sexual orientation of those involved,” Jo Holmes, spokesperson for the organization, said in a statement. “Sex parties do not benefit the general ratepayer.”

Holmes, who is a lesbian, added, “I can see no justification at all for ATEED to be sponsoring an event like Kiwifist. … Sex parties are not core Council business.”

The ATEED is a city council fund that gives $45,000 to the Pride festival each year. The money goes exclusively and specifically to the Pride parade, a family-friendly daytime event. Not a penny of it is used for the Kiwifist. Or any other event, for that matter. Just the parade.

We think this dude sums it up best:

Word.

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