Tuesday, April 25, 2006

South Carolina attempt to criminalize...

Sex Drive Daily Blog

I'm liking to this article instead of the source for the chance to link to an unusual blog, the Sex Drive Daily blog, hosted by Wired. This is only one of many daily blogs hosted from Wired's online version, only some of which shows up in their hardcopy.

Anyway, the short blog post refers us to a primary reference(woot!!) here. Basically another "southern" state is trying to ban the purchase of "sex toys." Quote - "The South Carolina bill, proposed by Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, would make it a felony to sell devices used primarily for sexual stimulation and allow law enforcement to seize sex toys from raided businesses."

Wow, I think we get the picture. The thrust of the move is based losely on a 1973 U.S Supreme Court ruling defining obsenity. We've all seen this definition before, and in some ways, been affected by it.

The primary article has quotes from shop owners and their employees where these type of things are sold in South Carolina. Words like 'outrageous', 'depriving', and 'ridiculous' come from these folks. Of course the ACLU attorney is involved. My quote theft from the article by him - "People think it’s distasteful. It makes for good campaign fodder and panders to the conservative side of people. That’s why we see the laws in the South," - by Mr. Lopez, attorney for the ACLU.

So where do I weigh in? I'm more interested where you way in. Does the government have a right to ban the sale of personal paraphernalia for pleasure? Or not so much? And if they do, should they?

Any thoughts?

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