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Can you revise that link slightly? It goes to the Tennessee legislature front page. I'd like to get a look-see at the actual bills.


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Posted by pennywit on 5 March 2006 - 3:33pm
I got it from Tennessee Guerrila Women

She also has a link to this news item.

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Posted by media girl on 5 March 2006 - 5:33pm

I took the two numbers for the Bills, and searched for them in the legislation database, and they didn't come up valid...

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Posted by Doobie (not verified) on 5 March 2006 - 6:53pm
You support terrorists


Don't you realize that Osama bin Laden uses these things? And Saddam Hussein? This measure is to stop the spread of terrorism, to keep our children from emulating the terrorists. Media Girl, why do you hate America?


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Posted by pennywit on 5 March 2006 - 8:42pm
'Can you revise that link

'Can you revise that link slightly? It goes to the Tennessee legislature front page.'

That's as good as it gets. Sorry, but this is a third world state. They haven't figured out the internet yet; there are no links to pages other than the home page. Also, most of the bills are now coming up as invalid. How I wish it were true, but, unfortunately, it is another internet thing, or it has to do with the competence of the state gov. If you've seen any of the stories about some of our state Reps., such as Rep. Stacey Campfield, you know what I'm talking about.

As they say, there's a reason this state voted for Bush; they thought he was the one who had the near universal health care plan. Unfortunately, I'm serious.

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Posted by egalia (not verified) on 5 March 2006 - 9:04pm
Glad to see that Tennessee is finally catching up

We've had that same law in Texas for lo, a couple of generations now.

What's that you say? You think you bought a dildo here in Austin? That's an "anatomically correct condom education model" to you, young lady.


If you can prove you're using those models to demonstrate how to put on a condom, that's fine. If you're thinking about using them for a more personal sort of education, that's not. (Oddly, the law doesn't prevent people from owning sexual devices; it just makes selling them illegal. But don't let your collection get out of hand: If you're hiding more than six dongs in your closet, that's intent to "promote" -- a class A misdemeanor.)


As recently as the late Eighties and early Nineties, at least two high-profile raids were conducted on [Austin] shops by two prominent vice squad commanders. Forbidden Fruit was raided by the notorious Bubba Cates in 1989 (for offering dildos, vibrators, and other so-called contraband); and four years later, Planet K got stung by Cates' successor Jack Kelly, for selling a plastic inflatable sheep.


"They came flying through the door, busted in, and ransacked the place, and took everything they could get their hands on," recalls Lynn, the owner of Forbidden Fruit

The irony -- that most sex crimes are committed by men, yet the people targeted by "obscene device" laws are predominantly women -- isn't lost on Lynn, who speculates that the men writing the laws "must have three-inch penises" to be so concerned about regulating female pleasure. Still, no one has talked seriously about rescinding the law since it was passed in 1973.

Well, most of Lynn's merchandise might be bought by women, but I dunno about the inflatable sheep. That sounds to me more like official government-issue police gear. They probably still have it down in the property room -- right next to the monkey patches.

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Posted by moiv on 6 March 2006 - 3:20am
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Hmm, thanks for the info moiv. I didn't realize Tennessee was so far behind in the category of keeping-women's-hands-tied laws. I wonder how my legislators will respond if I request that they also ban inflatable sheep?

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Posted by egalia (not verified) on 6 March 2006 - 7:37am