…to not live in Alabama.
The fundies have taken over the sex lives of millions of Alabamans.
A peek above our garters to Tom Joaquin, new contributor to Sex In The Public Square, and to Elizabeth for hosting him.
Q: When Is A Vibrator More Dangerous Than A Gun?
A: When you’re selling one in Alabama.
According to a federal court decision announced yesterday (Valentine’s Day!), it’s perfectly fine for the state of Alabama to criminalize the sale of sex toys. Just to put this in context — 41 years after the Supreme Court decided it was unconstitutional to restrict the sale of condoms, the Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit thinks it’s fine for Alabama to jail (up to one year for first violation) or fine (up to $50,000) anyone who gets caught selling as much as a dildo. (PDF of the statue is here.)
And as if the legislation isn’t completely insane enough, Elizabeth informs us in the comments that there are exceptions in the law for “for a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial, or law enforcement purpose.”
I’d love to see an exegesis of that particular clause.
And it gets even more insane. The damned law was upheld by the Court of Appeals on the basis that it’s perfectly legal for the state to decide what your morals should be.
There is yet more to the story, take a moment to read it, and the next time some fundy whines about being “persecuted” for their beliefs, smack them in the frakkin’ head.
Just do it anonymously, because it would be perfectly legal in Alabama for that fundy’s 16 year old kid to go buy 25 assault rifles that very same day.
Just so y’know.