Monday, January 07, 2008
DAME Magazine: Alabama vs. Dildo's
The article in DAME Magazine about the Sex Toys for Troy King is now available online.
Alabama vs. Dildos
Attorney General Troy King stands hard against stimulators
By David Holthouse
Published: Dec 10, 2007
Last November 15th, UPS delivered a box to Alabama Attorney General Troy King. Inside was a “Ms. Piglet” blow-up sex doll. “The Original Inflatable Party Pig” was a gift from Loretta Nall, 33, a popular Alabama blogger, Libertarian activist and former gubernatorial candidate (“Vote Nall, Y’all”) who spearheaded a “Sex Toys for Troy King” drive in protest of Alabama’s “Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act.” That law criminalizes the sale of dildos, clitoral vibrators or any other “…device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.
“What’s next, knobby cucumbers?” says Nall.
According to the actual language of the law, sex toys are obscene because they promote a “prurient interest in autonomous sex” through “the pursuit of orgasm by artificial means.” Its penalties are stiff. While selling a handgun to a child is a trivial crime in Alabama punishable by no more than a $500 fine, violators of the dildo ban are subject to one year of prison or hard labor as well as a $10,000 fine.
In other words, Alabama lawmakers deemed that G-spot stimulators in the hands of consenting adults are more of a threat to public safety and welfare than Glock .45s in the hands of children.
“The difference is, firearms are not inherently immoral,” says Rev. Dan Ireland, executive director of the Alabama Citizens Action Program, a coalition of conservative Baptist preachers and activists who claim to serve as “Alabama’s moral compass.”
“There are moral ways and immoral ways to use a firearm,” says Ireland, whose organization is clamoring for stringent enforcement of the dildo ban. “There is no moral way to use one of these devices [sex toys].”
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Here is Dan Ireland's email address if anyone would like to inform him that he does not serve as a "moral compass" for every citizen of this state. I'm sure he'd love to hear from you. After all, everyone needs a good dose of reality once in a while.
Many thanks to David Holthouse and DAME Magazine for this story. Still waiting on the one in Rolling Stone. Was talking to Peter Wilkinson from RS just a few minutes ago about the Webster Alexander Principal story. Hope they decide to bust that predatory fuck-wad in the nuts with another scathing RS article. Didn't mention to Peter the Troy King blurb slated for the Desk of National Affairs because he isn't the one who wrote the piece. Will update everyone on that one when I get new info.