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Reality: Where Sex Meets Law


I'm not advocating for or against anything but shouldn't there be a national discourse? How many important issues are deemed too important to talk about: sex, religion, drugs, morality... with Global

America is full of sexual innuendo and come hither looks. Our country will caress and undress but when it comes to the act itself we're revealed for what we are, a big tease. Don't believe me? Take a look on television and see how many commercials go by before you see the small of woman's back or the hint of wild passion -- if you just buy this deodorant, new perfume, or a nicer car.

Compare this to the moral indignation when Janet Jackson went topless. A matter of only an inch or two but this territory is sacred. Sure you could watch a showering coed get decapitated during a prime-time horror flick but an actual nipple. That's criminal.

The law is the truest test of American prudishness. Prostitution is illegal everywhere in the U.S. except for a handful of rural Nevada counties. Anyone who has read the back pages of LA Weekly or visited Craigslist can see that one needn't drive to Nevada for sex. The grisly murders of 26 prostitutes in Vancouver and 5 in Ipswhich had the Canadian and British government at least discussing if the law needed change. At the same time 6 women were killed in Atlantic City followed by virtual silence.

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled unanimously that anyone who commits adultery can be sentenced to life in prison. This was more of a stab at the state Supreme Court who chastised them for not strictly reading the laws but it does bring up an important point. Many states have laws prohibiting oral sex between husband and wife. Many states have laws criminalizing sex between unmarried people. My personal favorite is the law preventing any member of the Nevada Legislature to conduct official business wearing a penis costume while the legislature is in session. How can people respect the law when the law doesn't respect the people?

I'm not advocating for or against anything but shouldn't there be a national discourse? How many important issues are deemed too important to talk about: sex, religion, drugs, morality... with Global Warming it may not even be safe to talk about the weather anymore.

It's natural to want to stick to the clear cut talking points. I'm for curing cancer and a balance budget but those areas of gray aren't going away. Neither are the laws or the sex.


Can America's Attitude Towards Sex Get any Worse

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By E Jo on January 31, 2007 at 02:18 pm
I think we have a lot to learn from European countries (and others)...No one there would have even noticed the Janet Jackson nipple "costume malfunction" nor talked about it for months. Americans are so hung up on things!
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By V on January 31, 2007 at 05:29 pm
I just don't know where to begin with this topic ... I am truly stuggling to make sense of it all. I just recently discovered prostitution is illegal almost everywhere here. You can buy guns anywhere. I was told by a police officer to put my top on when laying out on Venice Beach this past Summer - "For the children." More women were recently kicked out of restaurants and a public swimming pool here for breast feeding. Honestly, my blood is boiling and my chest is in knots as I write this.
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By Credo on September 27, 2013 at 07:18 am

This article was very interesting, I certainly hadn't realized the stringent laws and the legal atmosphere that surrounded sex.

I can't see how many of those new laws you've mentioned are constitutional. Apparently there seems to be some contradiction in legality as it relates to government and the people's inordinate rights.

I find myself wishing you had posted within your article the legal references so that folks could investigate further those unexpected laws.

Thank you for sharing this kind of information..:)Credo

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