A woman named Virginia Tice in Berkeley County, S.C., got a ticket on July 5th for violating an obscenity law banning obscene bumper stickers. She was driving around with eight inches of bull balls swinging from the back of her pickup when Bonneau Police Chief Franco Fuda saw them. He pulled into the parking lot behind her and gave her a $445 ticket.
Virginia's son says she plans to ask for a jury trial because the ticket (if not the law!) violates the First Amendment.
The law says, “A sticker, decal, emblem, or device is indecent when taken as a whole, it describes, in a patently offensive way, as determined by contemporary community standards, sexual acts, excretory functions, or parts of the human body.” But Summerville Detective Capt. Jon Rogers says what that means is up to the police.
"The obscenity law is on the books. It's all about interpretation. It comes down to the officer's discretion. I don't know of any of our officers who has ever written a ticket for it." Capt. Rogers said.
“[Virginia's scrotum is] pretty eye level of, I imagine, a 4- or 5- or 6-year-old girl walking along holding mommy's hand and turning around and asking, 'Mommy, what's that?' ” Chief Fuda said after telling reporters he wouldn't have written the ticket if Tice had just removed the fake scrotum.
Which is where “Mommy” gets to decide what kind of sex education her daughter has. An honest and straightforward one in which she learns that sex is okay as long as it's done responsibly, or one that instills in her the belief that sex is shameful.
We still really don't get this whole “OMG my kid might find out the difference between boys and girls!” attitude. Biological genders are natural. Sex is natural. Can we all please stop treating our genitals like some contagious growth that we only develop if we do something horrendously inhumane now?
As for the lady with balls on her truck, we'd like to offer her a long distance high five. Hopefully, the long arm of the law will go touch itself and leave her alone.