Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Probing Question

I've been known to have a question or two for various government officials. But nothing this...ahem...probing:

And the fact is, Alabama's legislators have made it a crime to sell marital aids like dildos:

Sell "any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs" and risk a $10,000 fine and a year in jail. A Southern jail.

But selling sexual devices "for a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose" is permissible.

Wait. Let's stop right there. While it strikes me as more than a little ridiculous (and in my view unconstitutional) to criminalize dildos and other sex toys, what on earth is going on with this exemption for judicial or law enforcement purposes? I mean, why should judges and cops be allowed to play around with these things while ordinary citizens have to get by without them?

I, for one, should like to know.

(via Instapundit)


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