Texas acknowledges 21st century
Getting some mechanical satisfaction (other than on a mechanical bull) is no longer a criminal offense in Texas. Earlier this month a federal appeals court overturned a ban on sex toys. It’s one of those things that’s kind of awesome but also just kind of pathetic, in a “I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation” way.
The law, which went on the books in the ’70s, back when masturbation started threatening to tear apart the very fabric of society, made “the sale, promotion, donation or lending of “obscene devices” …punishable by up to two years in jail.” And though it wasn’t often enforced, a woman in Fort Worth was arrested and charged with selling sex toys in 2003, and sex toy retailers often claimed it hindered their business.
Naturally, “The state argued that it had a moral basis for maintaining the law, “discouraging prurient interests in autonomous sex and the pursuit of sexual gratification unrelated to procreation.” The sale of sex toys is still illegal in Alabama and Mississippi, and restricted in several other states.
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