Georgia On My Genitals

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Recently the state of Georgia made headlines with the Safe Carry Protection Act[1]. It does things like allow people to bring guns into government buildings(parks, libraries, city hall, fire stations), churches, parts of airports, and bars. It allows for individual school districts to arm the teachers in the classroom along with loosening the restrictions that prevented some people who had been convicted of misdemeanors from acquiring gun permits. It has been labeled by its opponents as the ‘guns everywhere’ bill and for all it does it isn’t the Georgia law I feel is most deserving of an examination this week. That honor falls to state ordinance 38-120 Obscenity and Related Offenses.

We need a gun conversation too, but I am constantly baffled by some of the antiquated laws regarding sex in this country and more people have sex than own a gun so let’s get to the law. If you enjoy legal jargon you can red it ver batim here[2] it’s only two paragraphs. The important part is that it makes it so the distribution or sale of ‘Any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs’ may only be done ‘for a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial, or law enforcement purpose.’.

What this means in practical terms is that if you want to purchase a sex toy in Sandy Springs, Georgia it can only be done with a prescription from a doctor or if you are a student or faculty participating in a sexuality class. It has made me extraordinarily curious what the state would consider a bona fide legislative purpose for a sex toy to be and I encourage my readers to let their imagination run wild with that thought for a moment.

The state is currently being sued to strike down the law by a Gerogia woman with multiple sclerosis. The disease has damaged her nervous system which leads to complications in her sex life. The use of sex toys helps to get around the limitations the disease presents and she told an Atlanta news station that sex toys are responsible for saving her marriage.[3] She would like to be able to continue to purchase sex toys without having to consult with her doctor or get the go ahead from the state.

This same law has been through the courts before in 2006 when a tobacco and sex toy shop in neighboring Cobb County Georgia successfully sued under the 4th amendment for the right to advertise the fact that they sold sex toys.[4] That article I linked is particularly humorous because it ends with the lawyer who represented the store warning everyone that the ruling will likely be short lived and, “I expect the Legislature will pass a new law in about 30 minutes,”

In this case the woman does seem to have a good case for a medical need for a sex toy, but she rightly feels the 4th amendment protects her right to a private decision regarding consensual sex acts taking place in her own home. It should be noted how extraordinarily common sex toy use is. Vibrators alone account for a billion dollars in sales every year and over half(52.5%) of all women report using a vibrator at some point in their life times[5]. That number does vary pretty wildly from poll to poll, but going with the 52.5% number, that is 3.5 times the percent of women who own guns(15%)[6]. I told you, people are more likely to have had sex, and that is just looking at vibrators, not the myriad of other titillating devices available these days and there are some truly fun ones.

There is a popular book series that has been turned into an HBO series called Game of Thrones. The author George R R Martin has a quote that nicely sums up the situation, “I can describe an axe entering a human skull in great explicit detail and no one will blink twice at it. I provide a similar description, just as detailed, of a penis entering a vagina, and I get letters about it and people swearing off. To my mind this is kind of frustrating, it’s madness. Ultimate, in the history of [the] world, penises entering vaginas have given a lot of people a lot of pleasure; axes entering skulls, well, not so much.”

I could go on for pages about the Goldilocks nature of sex in our society, how you can’t be a virgin but you also can’t have had too much either. What I want to focus on is that people deserve to fuck in a manner they enjoy as long as all parties involved consent. If you aren’t a party involved then your outrage over my manner of fucking doesn’t fucking matter. The current trend is certainly positive. No states are able to enforce things like bans on homosexual sex or oral sex anymore. There still are plenty of societal shame hurdles in place, but I’ll worry about those more once the legal barriers are down.

I would be shocked if this law stood with all the legal precedents on the side of sexual freedom here, but considering Georgia felt it necessary to endorse people bringing guns into bars I want to make certain the state also endorses people bringing each other to orgasm.