Objects of Desire

In accordance with our mandate, we must present to you the obligatory monthly post about sex, law, New York and Mexico. Kindly discontinue reading if you’re a card-carrying member of the Landover Baptist Church or belong to a monastic order.

Up until last week, anyone in the State of Texas who sold, advertised, gave, or lent an obscene sexual device to anyone else for a purpose other than a bona fide medical, psychiatric, judicial, legislative or law enforcement purpose faced up to two years in the slammer. In its infinite wisdom, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit gave the green light to ordinary citizens who wished to sell, advertise, give or lend obscene sexual devices for use in prurient pursuits. The lawsuit was brought by vendors of sex devices, but this ruling now opens the door for anyone to advertise used dildos freely on Craigslist, give them to friends as Christmas presents, and lend a friendly artificial vagina to a neighbor in need – all without requiring a sworn affidavit that the obscene device would not be put to a prohibited use. For a real analysis, see The Volokh Conspiracy.

Meanwhile, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which must have money to spare, ramped up free distribution of designer condoms and lubricant at no charge to bars, restaurants, community service organizations, and STD clinics. Are you running out? Order more online, at no cost, here.

Now, let’s move on to Morelia. The road to the airport is lined with sex shops, night clubs, and moteles de paso, all doing a thriving business whenever I pass by around 4:30 a.m. en route to someplace else. There’s even a shop in a respectable part of town. But what if you just don’t have the time or the guts to actually step into a brick-and-mortar store? Sex Shop Mexico delivers and has been online since 1997. And where is it located? Right in Morelia. Now, this enterprise delivers only within Mexico, but its website thoughtfully suggests its affiliated companies in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Spain.

What is this world coming to?

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One comment on “Objects of Desire

  1. Felipe Zapata says:

    Ah, you have redeemed yourselves!
    In my natal state of Georgia, it is illegal to sell the vibrating rings one finds in Morelia´s Superama. Cursed Baptists!

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