The Supreme Court has declined to hear Acosta v. Texas, in which Mr Acosta sought to have overturned a Lone Star ban on the manufacture, sale and advertising of “obscene devices,” otherwise known as sex toys. Counsel for Acosta had pointed out that similar laws in other states had already been declared unconstitutional.
A Texas appellate court had previously ruled that actual use of the items was not forbidden, prompting this remark from Matt Rosenberg:
[I]f making, disseminating and marketing them are illegal in Texas, what are you supposed to do? Smuggle one in across state lines in your Jimmy’s glove compartment? Or maybe, men just keep a lot of squid and sardines around.
I think I speak for rather a lot of us guys when I say “Ewwwww.”
Incidentally, if you’re going to smuggle these contraptions into Texas, you might want to stop at six: possession of more than half a dozen is construed as intent to promote, which is a misdemeanor.
The single largest collection of dildos in Texas, of course, is in Austin, at 11th and Congress.