February 22, 2005

Sex Toys Still Illegal in 'Bama

In an article on CNN Money today, filed under 'funny':

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on Tuesday a constitutional challenge to an Alabama law that makes it a crime to sell sex toys.

The high court refused to hear an appeal by a group of individuals who regularly use sexual devices and by two vendors who argued the case raised important issues about the scope of the constitutional right to sexual privacy.

The law prohibited the distribution of "any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs." First-time violators can face a fine of up to $10,000 and as much as one year in jail.

The fact that CNN thinks that this punitive, backwards-ass law is roaringly hilarious is further evidence of the complicity of the media in the America's move from anything resembling her founding ideals into a Christian theocracy. A few days ago Reese posted about his friend who's name was published in the Chalmette paper on charges of pornography. For those of you who may not know, St. Bernard Parish, where Chalmette is, makes Alabama look like Greenwich Village. The main road through the Parish is named after Judge Leander Perez who was excommunicated for obstructing the integration of the Catholic schools by Archbishop Rummel. In the hands of someone like a Perez laws like these on the books are a license to smear. These laws lack almost any redeeming function in a society, except to be used by reactionaries to ruin the lives of people they deem "undesirable."

I can only imagine that the humor in this story is the result of a sort of historical amnesia about the challenges like the one brought in this case that allowed condoms and birth control to be sold. There might be respectable people out there who don't have clear gel double-dongs (probably more than one might think, though), but I think you'd be hard pressed to find people who disapprove of condoms or birth control pills (Rick Santorum doesn't count).

The only possible reason for this decision is to try to placate the theocrats. It won't work. Maybe a few days will go by where the term "activist judges" doesn't appear in as many sermons, but really nothing will satisfy these people. Damn it, if you can outlaw vibrating butt plugs you can outlaw anything.

Posted by Spicolli' at February 22, 2005 2:23 PM

AMEN,Brother Spicolli!

Posted by: reese at February 22, 2005 4:56 PM