Texas II: The Revenge

Girls just want to have fun. Sucks for them if they live in Texas.

Published October 3, 2006 5:00PM (EDT)

I didn't start the day intending to pound on Texas, but sometimes a theme emerges, and you just have to heed its call. After yesterday's tale of the art teacher suspended for taking her fifth graders to a museum, I came across news that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal of a Texas law that bans the sale of sex toys.

That's right, ladies and gents, the sale, manufacture, distribution, and promotion of "devices ... designed or marked as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs" are illegal in the Lone Star State. That means if you're in the market for "dildos," "artificial vaginas" or pretty much any other sex toys you might use for fun on your own or with a friend, you are SOL if you live in Texas.

Other states where sexual aids are banned include Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Jessica Valenti has posted an amazing video about the Texas sex toy ban on Feministing, and, as usual, has summed up the situation in one perfect word: "harsh."

By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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