Aa777flyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
A 40 year old woman has been arrested in Texas for selling sex toys such as vibrator and dildos. A law in Texas bans all sex toys since they support the porn industry, and pornography is also illegal in Texas......
The woman is challenging the law in US Federal court as a violation of her constitutional rights. Texas says that her 1st amendment rights are not protected by things that are judged to be obscene.
VectorVictor From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 17 hours ago) and read 2363 times:
In a general sense, there is nothing illegal about selling sex toys or selling/viewing pornographic magazines/videos in the state of Texas...otherwise there are violators all over Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, et. al.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13723 posts, RR: 63
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 2357 times:
Who determines if something is obscene?
BTW, I´ve been to Dallas, TX two years ago for my A&P licence, and asa Europeans I found it funny that it was easier to buy a semiauto AK-47 there than a bottle of beer!
BTW, I´m pro gun, but also pro beer.
KAUSpilot From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1958 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 2332 times:
Superfly, it is not illegal to sell or buy sex toys here. Maybe you have to have some kind of "license" to do it, like a liquor license, I really have no idea, but I know for a fact you can do it legally.
It's even more insane to say that pornography is illegal in Texas....there are entire stores dedicated to porn and sex toys in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, etc....
B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 16 hours ago) and read 2320 times:
Probably a setup "test case" in order to challenge the law just like Lawrence v. Texas was.
As others have said, p0rn and such is perfectly legal in Texas if one wishes to partake in such vices. There are laws that regulate these vices but then again, what isn't regulated in this day and age?
AlekToronto From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 328 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 15 hours ago) and read 2298 times:
The law is the law..selling sex toys is not a right.
Whether or not the law in the Long Horn State is right or wrong..it was illegal..if she didn't like it she should have started a petition to change the law or just go to a state where selling is legal.
It's not rocket science!
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 14 hours ago) and read 2281 times:
"Probably a setup "test case" in order to challenge the law just like Lawrence v. Texas was."
Test for what? Think before you spew. Lawrence was about privacy; this case is about commerce.
"...but then again, what isn't regulated in this day and age?"
You should know that. Fighting words coming from supporters of a political party that fights tooth and claw not to regulate the contents of nutritional supplements, yet doesnt think twice to regulate how one can have sex.
LoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3773 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (10 years 2 months 14 hours ago) and read 2269 times:
I think the official charge against her was possessing Weapons of Mass Seduction.
Edited to add: BTW, I read about this case in a USA Today article. It said adult stores in Texas are able to sell sex toys around the law by posting signs that say "sold only as novelties." Ms. Webb didn't do that and faces up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine if convicted. Sounds like nitpicking to me.
Tranceport From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 11 hours ago) and read 2217 times:
I spent twenty-five years of my life in the good ole South before leaving it behind. It's been four years now and not a week goes by that I don't get some sort of reminder that makes me so glad I no longer live there.
ElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 2196 times:
I saw something on a news program a few weeks ago, where women were having "sex toy" parties....a woman was invited to the party to sell her merchandise (sort of like a modern version of an old "Tupperware" party).
Is this the same woman....she is very, very attractive.
Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.....