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When I first tried to purchase a sex toy for a lover in Austin, Texas, I had to sign a waiver promising only to use the device as a massager or an educational condom demonstration model. This was over a decade ago, and local buyers looking for a little more pleasure no longer have to sign their signature on this lie. The 2002 documentary Dildo Diaries explores the struggle to overturn the law responsible, which even resulted in some raids on sex toy stores.

It seems the battle isn’t over yet — Republicans want to turn back the clock on our right to own sex toys, just like they’re trying to do on abortion and contraception. In Sandy Springs, Georgia, a town of 90,000 people near Atlanta, Tea Party Republicans passed a law banning sex toy ownership without a prescription, reports Addicting Info.

Under a local ordinance, any woman seeking a marital aide has to go to the trouble of making an appointment with her physician, paying for the visit and providing the doc with a valid medical reason for needing a sex toy. Then if the physician deems her medically wanting and feels like giving her a prescription, she can go to the toy store.

Sandy Springs’ local politicians, such as former chair of the Georgia Republican Party member of the Republican National Committee Rusty Paul, fresh from campaigning on ‘small government’ promises, put on their puritanical boots and stomped all over women’s rights by banning the sale of sex toys without a, ‘medical, scientific, educational, legislative or law enforcement,’ purpose. […] Melissa Davenport, a Sandy Springs resident suffering from multiple sclerosis, says that these items permit her and her husband to still be intimate and credits sex devices with saving her marriage. But her doctor refuses to give her a prescription.

So Davenport filed a lawsuit this week seeking to overturn the city ordinance. She feels that local government has no business in the bedroom. […] [Her attorney] plans on using the Fourteenth Amendment violation to argue Davenport’s case. This amendment guarantees a right to privacy.

As the article notes, this law makes it easier to obtain a gun than a sex toy. Thanks to M. Christian for this link.

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and Occupy.com.