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The Ridiculous Sex Toy Bans From Around The World

The Ridiculous Sex Toy Bans From Around The World

I am not ashamed to admit that there are some things in this world that I just do not understand. I don’t get why people are so fascinated with “celebrities.” I cannot fathom why people eat casu marzu—the cheese with maggots in it. Nobody will ever be able to explain to me the appeal of watching football, the most boring game in the world.

But one of the most perplexing situations is why the hell folks are afraid of sex toys.

Believe it or not, there are some places in the world where it is illegal to buy or own sex toys. Items and devices whose sole purpose is to bring pleasure. Sure, some of us are using sex toys just because they feel good, but others are using them as legitimate medical aids because without them they are unable to experience sexual pleasure fully.

Let's take a moment to think about that. Sex toys are more than just fun on a Friday night. They are, for some folks, the best and sometimes only way people can enjoy fulfilment in sex.

And some other folks say “NO!” Some other folks say these devices are an abomination and that they are obscene.

In one word, a prohibition against sex toys and adult products is bullshit. Stinky, smelly, awful bullshit of the lowest order. It is also selfish, manipulative and entirely discriminatory.

And now let me tell you how I really feel!

If you take a quick glance at that list in the link above, it would be easy to stereotype the countries that do not allow sex toys. But hold on, there’s one standing out there that is usually considered part of the “greatest nation on earth.” In case you’re not familiar, Alabama is a state—one of the United States of America. The protector of democracy, the defender of freedom. And a place that has many states, not just Alabama, where sex toys are a very contentious issue. Alabama is singled out because it actually has laws on the books that deem sex toys, unless you can produce a medical certificate, illegal to sell.

Medical exemptions?

You might think “Great, people who need them for medical reasons can get them!”

Well, not so fast. Alabama is a very conservative and religious state. To get a medical certificate, you have to find a doctor that is willing to write you one. In such a charged political and religious area, that might actually be a very hard thing to do. Sure, there must be some, but it could involve driving across the state. It could also involve paying a significant fee, depending on whether ObamaCare covers such a circumstance.

Travel alert

But, don’t forget, countries and states banning sex toys isn’t just about residents buying and owning dildos, vibrators and more. It can also impact whether visitors are even allowed to bring any such items into the country while visiting or on vacation. Just imagine planning a romantic trip with your partner and not being allowed to bring your favourite sex toys. Or again, if you do need them for pleasure, you’re out of luck.

Nope, I just don’t understand it at all.

About Jon Pressick
Jon Pressick

Jon Pressick is the sex community's international gadabout and Cherry Banana's writer in residence. An award-winning sex writer and blogger, Jon is the editor of the critically-acclaimed Best Sex Writing of the Year, Volume 1. He is a frequent contributor to Cherry Banana with a range of sex-related content and his writing has appeared in numerous magazines and books, as well as all across the Internet. Jon is also a co-host and producer of the long-running sex radio show Sex City. You can keep up with his many sex-related articles here at Cherry Banana or at his own blog, Sex in Words.

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