Skip to comments.Bill would make sale of sex toys illegal in South Carolina
Posted on 04/23/2006 5:47:00 AM PDT by Crackingham
Lucys Love Shop employee Wanda Gillespie said she was flabbergasted that South Carolinas Legislature is considering outlawing sex toys. But banning the sale of sex toys is actually quite common in some Southern states.
The South Carolina bill, proposed by Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, would make it a felony to sell devices used primarily for sexual stimulation and allow law enforcement to seize sex toys from raided businesses.
"That would be the most terrible thing in the world," said Ms. Gillespie, an employee the Anderson shop. "That is just flabbergasting to me. We are supposed to be in a free country, and were supposed to be adults who can decide what want to do and dont want to do in the privacy of our own homes."
Ms. Gillespie, 49, said she has worked in the store for nearly 20 years and has seen people from every walk of life, including "every Sunday churchgoers."
"I know of multiple marriages that sex toys have sold because some people need that. The people who are riding us (the adult novelty industry) so hard are probably at home buying it (sex toys and novelties) on the Internet. Its ridiculous." The measure would add sex toys to the states obscenity laws, which already prohibit the dissemination and advertisement of obscene materials.
People convicted under obscenity laws face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
I guess since our efficient and wonderful SC state government has solved all of the other problems the state had, it's time to ban sex toys.
A goofy bill, which yet falls short of the most terrible thing in the world.
" The South Carolina bill, proposed by Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, would make it a felony to sell devices ..."
A felony ???? A married couple born the " land of the free " wants to play with some " sex toys " and we're going to make it a felony to sell such toys ??? Is this really a PRIORITY ???? Unreal . Ralph is a jerk .
On the bright side, produce markets would be bustling.
>>>>Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, would make it a felony to sell devices used primarily for sexual stimulation
Maybe his next piece of legislation should be to ban tight jeans and push-up bras, so nobody will get turned on by looking. Then there are the nylon nighties.....
When a favorite insult by dems is to call opponents "taliban republicans", this dip makes it easy for them.
Which religious wacko's are for this?
Article author Seanna Adcox may have to change her name if the bill passes.
See post 11.
Davenport was bribed by la famiglia Zucchini.
AA and AAA Battery stocks will tank because of this !
We are. You happen to be in a not-so-free state.
Now, the beauty of federalism is ... you can move to another state if this issue is that important to you!
Certainly the people of South Carolina can decide through the legislative process how they want to live. You wouldn't deny them that, would you?
Are you saying that you should you be allowed to force your perversions on them in the name of "freedom"? What, freedom for me but not for thee?
I would love to know which version of Christianity Rep. Davenport subscribes to and what Biblical passage he is basing this on.
Worried about the wrong thing.
Hmmmmm. . . guess that just leaves the rental market.
Wow.. now the state legislates itself into your bedroom. Have these clowns nothing better to do?
Your argument only makes sense if the law was stating you had to buy sex toys when you didn't want them. If you don't want them, don't buy them. If you want them, there should be no prohibtion against buying them: like cigarettes, I suppose.
This is the first news that makes me wonder.
In the article, Ms. Gillespie says she's flabbergasted.
Me, I just wonder why some people think this is needed?
I was unaware the trafficking in and the use of sex toys was destroying South Carolina.
I'm just so ashamed. What shall I say when I'm asked what state I'm from?
PS to #12 above. Fantastic, targeted tag line :)
U.S. Constitution:Wait... I think I may have looked up the wrong U.S. Constitution. My reference was Hustler Magazine. I better double check this. Be back in a sec.....
Amendment II:A sexually satisfied population, being necessary for the sanity of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Sex Toys, shall not be infringed.
Somebody needs to investigate Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, 'cause his mind is in OUR bedrooms. Disgusting!
I can see it now: Black clad cops with machine guns, bursting into someone's house, shouting "drop the vibrator or we'll shoot".
Nanny statism at its finest.
I'll bet Ralph's wife has never had an orgasm. Poor woman!
Thus creating a sex toy black market?
Wonder what the penalty will be for driving in SC with a loaded sex toy in your car?
Many bills are proposed. Not all of them pass. Perhaps this will be one of those that do not.
Hahahah you said it... enforcement of this law is going to be a bit difficult...
"dispatch, we have a 969 in progress... description follows"
Your argument only makes sense if you think it would be OK to have a crack house next door to you, prostitutes walking up and down your sidewalk, and an OTB parlor across the street.
If you don't want them, don't buy them.
Since "banning the sale of sex toys is actually quite common in some Southern states", then I would proudly tell people I'm from a Southern state that supports morals and decency and is a good place to raise children.
Or you could move. Your choice.
When zucchini is illegal, only criminals will have zucchini.
Republican legislators, looking for ways to get votes for the Democrats.
C and D cells too.
Yes, I agree. Hmm... I didn't know our state was a perfect place with no pressing problems, did you?
Sounds like the Taliban to me! Is Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport a muslim?
It sure sounds like a religious fanatic to me.
While I disagree with this law as a general principle because it's heavy-handed nanny-statism, I agree with your comments because I do like the idea of states' rights.
The states should be able to regulate the moral and legal tone that represents the will of the people in those states -- including regulation of abortion, legalization of marijuana, etc.
If we're going to believe in a principle, we need to be consistent.
I suspect the cucumber lobby has a hand in this...
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I guess some folks wouldn't recognize sarcasm if it bit them in the butt.
Does this cover Monica Lewinski dolls?
Um, um.... it's a neck massager. Yeah, that's what it is.
No other legislator has signed on as a co-sponsor, and its passage this year seems unlikely.
I feel exactly the same way. I'd also support the repeal of the 14th and 17th amendments, two amendments which have done more to destroy federalism than the Commerce Clause ever will.
That said, bear in mind that the Supremacy Clause does state that federal law trumps state law. If Congress chooses to constitutionally act on an issue, the states are bound by the U.S. Constitution to comply.
That's what I was thinking....I'd hate to be this Davenport guy's wife!!!!!!
Sex toy shops will spring up along the borders of all the neighboring states where they are still legal to sell, just like lottery outlets in Georgia and Tennessee and the low tax cigarrette vendors in NC....
Exactly, it's called freedom but I doubt that you can see through your own sarcasm
Other states that ban the sale of sex toys include Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas.
I actually think this bill has more to do with closing down the huge sex shops popping up along the interstates than with anything else.
I find it hard to believe that they would outlaw sex toys and ignore the fact that South Carolina has one of the largest swinger clubs in the south headquartered here in York county.