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Sex Toy Bill
Sex Toy Bill
See article below re bill in the Iowa LegisIature:
Keep sex toys from children, lawmaker says
A bill would make it illegal for nonparents to allow minors to see or have 'certain sexual devices.'
By TIM HIGGINS
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
February 1, 2006
A Christmas shopping trip led state Rep. Dawn Pettengill to an eye-opening experience and a proposal to ban the sale of sex toys to children.
Pettengill was at a mall when she saw a teenage boy pull a sexual device off a store shelf to show his girlfriend.
"She looked so uncomfortable," Pettengill said. "It reminded me of when things like that happened when I was young."
The Democratic legislator from Mount Auburn asked the store clerk why such devices were out where children could see and buy them. "There's no law against it," he replied.
That's something Pettengill wants to change. She has proposed House File 2163 to make it a crime to sell such devices to minors.
Under the legislation, any person other than a parent would be prohibited from allowing a minor to see or have "certain sexual devices designed for sexual stimulation."
A violation would be a serious misdemeanor punishable by no more than one year in jail and a fine up to $1,500.
A sexual device would be considered "any three-dimensional item designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs."
Said Pettengill: "When you are worried about people becoming sex offenders and talking about raising family values, we need to have this kind of legislation."
Shielding children from exposure to sex and violence has been a common theme so far during the 2006 legislative session.
A bill introduced in the House would prohibit the sale or rental of violent or explicit video games to children. A bill in the Senate would require libraries to use filters to prevent children from viewing pornography at library computers, and another measure would prevent libraries from renting R-rated videos to children.
Parents interviewed Tuesday, however, weren't convinced the state need to pass a law on sex toys.
"That's up to the parents to police them," said Michelle Stephan, a Sioux City mother of two.
Casey Young of Urbandale, father of a young child, agreed that children shouldn't be exposed to such things but questioned whether a law was the correct response.
I've got to agree with the parents quoted in the story. It's up to us to police what our kids see. True, I don't want my young kids to see some of this stuff either, but the bill goes too far. I'm always suspicious of all these proposals to legislate family values.
I'm guessing the store was Spencer's Gifts. Might have to check it out
I also wonder how the conversation went between the teenage boy and his girlfriend...
Boy, holding dildo : "So do you want to try this?"
Girl, with uncomfortable look: "Nooo.. too big!! How about something smaller?"
I'm also intrigued by Pettengils quote "It reminded me of when things like that happened when I was young." She must have had some embarrassing experiences with sex toys....
2/2/2006 2:33 pm
As a parent it is my responsibility to 'police' what my children see and don't see. I have to educate them about sex and relationships. I don't think the government has a right to try and tell me what I may and may not display in my home. Okay, actually I can not think of anyone who uses toys even having them on display. Most people keep toys in their bedrooms, and why would a child that is not yours even be in there? I have to wonder what store this was though. Around here the ONLY store that you can see 'sex toys' in is the local 'adult' store. And you MUST be at least 18 years old to even get in the door.|
2/2/2006 6:24 pm
Thanks sideline1968 for the comments. I think the bill is after stores who sell a few sex toys in the back or something. Like I say, need to do some research at the local Spencer gifts lol.|
I just can't imagine the scene when the local cops raid the store. A few lousy boxes of vibrators and stuff, when there's meth labs to be raided.