Have you heard about this?

DreamWolf DreamWolf
I knew that in some states pleasure toys are illegal...

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I always wondered why, and though the laws try to explain it in an "acceptable" way, but to me it is just still weird as hell...

In this thread I would like to open a discussion about it, just to initiate some interesting exchange of thoughts, other than the "yeah, it's crazy", "I don't agree with those laws too", with some more detailed comments on what you think about it, and to try to go around it from many points of views...

So ladies and gentlemen, anybody who hasn't heard about it before?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Of course I knew about it!
62  (54%)
I thought it was only a joke...
3  (3%)
Are you kidding?!
49  (43%)
Total votes: 114
Poll is closed
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I knew about underage but not a state wide ban that's crazy.
01/14/2012
Hallmar82 Hallmar82
Yes, my wife worked for an adult toy company for a while. That's why Indiana and Alabama sell adult "novelties" instead of toys or have you say that you're not using it in an illegal manner. It's a simple loophole and sometimes you have to sign a paper at checkout that says you'll only use it for medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purposes.
01/14/2012
OhMy! OhMy!
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Originally posted by Hallmar82
Yes, my wife worked for an adult toy company for a while. That's why Indiana and Alabama sell adult "novelties" instead of toys or have you say that you're not using it in an illegal manner. It's a simple loophole and ... More
Hmmm....to what extent would a sex toy be used for "legislative or law enforcement purposes"? haha
01/14/2012
sexygoddess sexygoddess
I've heard about it. It's ridiculous
01/15/2012
js250 js250
How stupid! As long as you are an adult and not selling or using these items with or for minors, who should really care about your personal sex life????
01/15/2012
Daemonin Daemonin
While living in the South, especially when in Alabama, I've learned not to be surprised by these laws.

Unless they've been changed, there are state laws about sex positions, too.

If they are so worried about morals and whatnot, they should educate instead of taboo. My Alabama high school sex-ed course was abstinence-based and we were told porn was bad for you (this was aimed at the males). When I asked about girls that like to watch porn, it was automatically assumed we watched it to "be like the women in the films" and we were practically berated for mentioning it. We saw a LOT of STDs and heard a lot about rape in that course, but I didn't learn anything about application of condoms or birth control until I was in SC and in college.

I was pretty promiscuous back in 'Bama, I won't lie, but I am sure if it wasn't so taboo I wouldn't have been as curious.
01/15/2012
Lucky21 Lucky21
I've heard about this. IMO it totally violates constitutional rights.
01/15/2012
Nazaress Nazaress
I didn't know about that! I live in Ohio and I'm pretty sure there's nothing like that here or in West Virginia. I've seen various adult stores in Ohio and visited one in West Virginia and they did not hide the fact that they were selling sex toys at all. This is silly and ridiculous. Adults should be able to do whatever they want without the government breathing down their necks.
01/15/2012
Cherrylane Cherrylane
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Originally posted by Daemonin
While living in the South, especially when in Alabama, I've learned not to be surprised by these laws.

Unless they've been changed, there are state laws about sex positions, too.

If they are so worried about morals and ... More
Yup.

Live in the South too, and it totally doesn't surprise me at all.

There are still dry counties in my state. It's ridiculous.
01/15/2012
Daemonin Daemonin
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Originally posted by Cherrylane
Yup.

Live in the South too, and it totally doesn't surprise me at all.

There are still dry counties in my state. It's ridiculous.
Recently it was voted in my county to allow the sale of beer and wine on Sunday. Liquor sales are illegal and you have to go to the next county to get some.

It's all the hypocrites who say it's bad in church then do it at home, as if it matters...
01/15/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by Daemonin
Recently it was voted in my county to allow the sale of beer and wine on Sunday. Liquor sales are illegal and you have to go to the next county to get some.

It's all the hypocrites who say it's bad in church then do it at home, as ... More
Yep. For the longest time I railed against this law about not being able to buy alcohol on Sundays, but you could go to the nearest bar and drink yourself into a coma for all they cared. It was just ridiculous and I think it stayed on the books for so long to keep people in the bars on Sunday. Otherwise, who would go when you can buy the DirecTV package and catch all of the games at home and without all of that racket! Trying to watch a game in a bar is almost impossible, if you really want to see it.

The day it was made legal in our county, we rushed right out to a QT and bought an 18 pack of beer. And I took a picture of us doing it to commemorate the moment.

I think laws regulating what a person can do in their own home with consenting adults is something we really need to work on in this country.

Hmmmm, any of you fellow Edenites up for starting a letter drive to Congress?
01/15/2012
ellejay ellejay
I've never heard of this! Unbelievable. Thank goodness for online ordering.
01/15/2012
null null
I still want some sort of explaination as to why the age of consent in AR is 16, but you have to be 18 to buy sex toys.
01/16/2012
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by null
I still want some sort of explaination as to why the age of consent in AR is 16, but you have to be 18 to buy sex toys.
I would assume it has everything to do with the packaging. The state recognizes that teens will become active, but allowing them to walk into a sex toy store opens up an opportunity for the skeeviest of skeeves to encroach.
01/16/2012
Teacookie Teacookie
friends from texas........ anyhoot fun fact it's illegal to lose your virginity in the state of washington =P not like the cops enforce any of these laws unless they feel like being jerks.

oh wait more fun sex law facts. You can't have sex in your bedroom if your baby is in there, does not matter the kids age or if they are asleep. Yet your kids can't be unsupervised, I asked, so you need to get a baby sitter. Also if they want to be butt heads they can get you for licking food off of each other or anything else they deem sexual in front of children.

I got pulled over for wearing a bra instead of a shirt during a hot day but was told I could wear a swim top even a string bikini........

Can't import sex implements/toys so made in other countries ship them as children toys. Then there are still some old interracial laws hanging around >_<. Then holding hands was a no no in one of the states but I forgot which. Public displays being outlawed is common. Guess the silliest I remember hearing about was the length of the skirt law.

Company "Romance" reps can not do demos at all with men, drags, tyrannies etc. else it's considered prostitution. so no mix parties. I forgot to ask if they could have male reps..... I'm going to guess they have to allow men but they can't do demos to females.
01/20/2012
GONE! GONE!
Yeah, I've heard about it. It seems very silly to me. Who cares what someone does in their own bedroom and free time? Oh wait... Lots of people in this country apparently.
01/20/2012
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
Yes I've heard of it. Some states have some pretty weird laws (no offense). I don't think sex toys have ever been banned in Canada. Laws aren't as easy to pass here, and for the most part, politicians stay out of "our bedrooms".
01/30/2012
Swish Swish
that is so ridiculous! i have never heard of this.
01/30/2012
dbm6907 dbm6907
I have never head of this either!! Unbelievable!
02/08/2012
vampyroteuthidae vampyroteuthidae
Considering "sodomy" is still on the books as illegal in some states, this doesn't surprise me at all. America doesn't know what it's doing.
02/14/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
I have and it's ridiculous.
02/23/2012
Lizzy Lizzy
No way.
02/24/2012
Tork48309 Tork48309
This is the reason for the label of "For Novelty purposes only"
03/05/2012
Lover of Leather Lover of Leather
These laws are pretty outdated, but to change them would probably cost too much taxpayer money, so they stay on the books as useless, non-enforceable crap that requires a less costly loophole to get around.
03/24/2012
catsin catsin
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Originally posted by Lover of Leather
These laws are pretty outdated, but to change them would probably cost too much taxpayer money, so they stay on the books as useless, non-enforceable crap that requires a less costly loophole to get around.
I was thinking they were bluebook laws too, but Alabama apparently held up one of theirs in 2009?!?

Funny thing about Alabama is Hale County: where there are no building codes. So basically impoverished people are encouraged to build shanty towns which may light on fire or crush them at any instant, but no citizen may release their sexual frustration through in-state purchased toys?

Oh, Alabama.

((for info about Hale County, AL check out the Rural Studio--an amazing program out of Auburn U which builds NON-shanty residence and community areas for the impoverished region of Hale County))
03/30/2012
MistressDandelion MistressDandelion
Yeah I knew it was illegal. Guess why most sex toy companies write "Novelty only" on their packaging? To keep themselves from trouble.
05/12/2012
Fawkes Fawkes
yep
05/18/2012
pasdechat pasdechat
Knew that it was in some states, but didn't know the details. Not that I approve of any of it, but at least it sounds like (after skimming the article), that you're allowed to own toys in those states, just not sell them? That's something...
05/18/2012
theavocadopit theavocadopit
Quote:
Originally posted by DreamWolf
I knew that in some states pleasure toys are illegal...

link

I always wondered why, and though the laws try to explain it in an "acceptable" way, but to me it is just still weird as hell...

In this thread I would like ... More
05/20/2012
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