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For Your Own Good: Sex Laws Around the Country
From: Playgirl Magazine, 0ct. 2005
Sodomy enthusiasts everywhere were
heartened when the pivotal
Almost all societies have prohibitions against certain sex
practices. Long held taboos
against incest, bestiality and necrophilia can be found all over the
globe and many religions outlaw practices like masturbation and bigamy.
Yet not all legislation surrounding sex has such historical or
faith-based origins. In
fact, many laws are simply location or situation specific.
For example in Arizona it is illegal to draw an obscene picture on the bathroom wall of a facility specifically engaged
in the �treatment or reduction of ores or metals, in cement works
[and] in works using oils, cyanide, acids or quicksilver.� And,
Of course, if the bill is passed it
might not be long before Texan cheerleaders are once again bumping and
grinding their way through football games and state competitions without
worrying about legal repercussions. Laws tend to reflect the morals or
fears of the era in which they were instituted and their enforcement
often wanes over time. This
can be seen around the country. For
instance, though it is technically illegal to engage in any kind of
non-missionary position sex in
While there are many laws on the books that aren�t enforced, a
number of them still are. Some
of the more common ones are those dealing with age of consent and
statutory rape. On the surface such laws seems to make sense.
Adults shouldn�t be having sex with children.
But, when you�re seventeen and your boyfriend is eighteen,
things get a little murkier and the prospect of seeing your honey locked
up for taking you to the prom can be rather daunting.
One of the more high profile statutory rape cases involves a
young Kansan named Matthew Limon. Matthew
is currently serving a seventeen year jail sentence for performing
consensual oral sex on a fifteen year-old boy one week after himself
turning eighteen. Had he
preformed oral sex on a fifteen year-old girl his maximum sentence would
have been no more than twelve months. Not only can laws themselves be
discriminatory, but so too can be their enforcement.
Until the repeal of the sodomy laws, plenty more gays and
lesbians were being charged with crimes than straights. Even now,
certain states still criminalize sex acts between same-sex partners that
are legal if your lover�s genitals don�t resemble your own. But,
if you think you�re in the clear because you�re not sleeping with
your best gal pal, or underage boy-toy, think again.
Even your trusty Hitachi Magic Wand can get you in trouble.
Not content to stick to sex toys, last year a Georgian
politician, Representative Bill Heath tried to
criminalize female genital piercing as part of a larger bill outlawing
female genital mutilation. When
told that many women obtain such piercings themselves for sexual and
aesthetic reasons a flabbergasted Heath was quoted as saying, �What?
I've never seen such a thing. I, uh, I wouldn't approve of anyone doing
it. I don't think that's an appropriate thing to be doing.� After
much protest, the bill was amended to criminalize genital piecing only
for girls under 18. Teenage
boys on the other hand are still free to seek out as many Prince Alberts
as they want.
People are often surprised at the
proliferation of seemingly archaic sex laws and the institution of new
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Rhode Islanders caught in the act can be subject to a $10 fine.
against the law for a woman to cut her own hair without permission from
her husband in this state.
is illegal for Moose to have sex on the streets.
is illegal for a female toll booth worker to have sex with a male truck
driver in her booth.
Married men cannot talk dirty in their wive's ears during love making.
can not have sex with their wives if they have the smell of garlic,
onions or sardines on their breath and must brush their teeth if asked.
is illegal for couples to sleep together in the nude.
sure not to honk your horn while having sex in your car in the garden
state. Doing so can land you in jail.