Its hard to believe, but the sale of sex toys is still illegal in parts of the United States.
Two people in Sandy Springs Georgia are challenging a law that prohibits the sale of porn and sex toys (“Any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs”) for any reason other than “a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial, or law enforcement purpose”. As entertaining as it may be to think up bona fide legislative, judicial, and law enforcement purposes for purchasing sex toys, this law has widely been interpreted to mean that you need a doctor’s note to legally purchase sex toys (or “devices” as the law politely refers to them) in Sandy Springs.
One of the plaintiffs is a woman with MS, who has experienced loss of sexual desire and response resulting from her illness. Using sex toys has made it possible to maintain a sex life and has saved her marriage. She has been an advocate for sex toys in the MS community and would like to help others benefit from them. The other plaintiff is an artist who would like to use sex toys in his artwork.
The plaintiffs claim the ordinance is unconstitutional, violating the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which provides a right to privacy. The ordinance limiting the sale of sex toys is particularly absurd in relation to the state’s recent passing of a “guns everywhere” bill. Because the government should be worried about too many people hanging around their homes having orgasms, not things that kill people.