“Alabama’s anti-obscenity law, enacted in 1998, bans the distribution of ‘any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs for anything of pecuniary value’.... Residents may legally purchase sex toys out of state for use in Alabama, or they may buy sexual devices in Alabama that have a ‘bona fide medical’ purpose.”
Apparently there will be dildo speak-easies after all in Alabama. And, in fact, in several of the surrounding states, which have similar laws.
You’d better be careful about trying to claim you have a “medical need” for an orgasm, too:
“Lopez said adult stores may be cautious about pushing the issue of what constitutes a medical device because the law has strong penalties: Up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine for a first offense. A second offense carries a prison sentence of one to 10 years.”
I especially loved this quote from the woman who brought the suit in the first place:
“My motto has been they are going to have to pry this vibrator from my cold, dead hand. I refuse to give up,” she said.
You go, girl! May your batteries always hold a charge.
And: may the government get the hell out of my bedside table bottom drawer.