Measured Against Reality

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Obscene toys

Here's a pretty insane story about a Lingerie shop being raided for selling sex toys. Apparently it can be illegal, (which is absurd), and the law is so convoluted that it sounds like simply calling something a "sex toy" makes it illegal (which is even more absurd). But the winner was this quote by the Lubbock Assistant DA:

"What’s considered obscene in LA is different than Lubbock and different than Des Moines. The community ultimately decides what is obscene" says Grace.

He says obscenity laws have been on the books as long as they`ve had books as a way of protecting the community from what he calls the secondary effects of obscenity which are child pornography, money laundering and prostitution.

How on earth could someone say that obscenity will lead to child pornography? That's just crazy! But it's the kind of crazy you come to expect from the South.

I hope that the woman who works at the lingerie shop isn't labeled a sex offender for selling some stupid "obscene" toys, but given that she's in a state more concerned with what people do in the bedroom than, oh I don't know, the welfare of their constituents, she probably will be.

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  • I love it when you point out absurdities. And, I completely agree. What difference does it make what consenting adults do in their spare time? All that repression is what's causing "abnormal" behaviors, not access to adult toys.

    By Blogger Terra, at 10:47 AM, May 23, 2007  

  • Great point about repression of normal desires being the real perversion, that's something that's often forgotten or overlooked.

    By Blogger Stupac2, at 12:23 PM, May 23, 2007  

  • This country - and a couple of others - is so screwed up about sex. No pun intended. It's absolutely forbidden, yet it's all-pervasive, selling everything from cars to bathroom cleaners. No one is truly free, in this free country, unless they can do what they want with their own bodies.

    By Blogger Lill, at 6:33 AM, May 24, 2007  

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