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In the early 1900's, a new invention (and one of the very first uses of the electric motor) was created to address the 'problem' of women's hysteria. These devices immediately became an essential household appliance, and were advertised in nearly every women's magazine and sewing notions catalog of the time. 70 Years later, these appliances were condemned as 'perverted sex toys,' and became the subject of heated debate among lawmakers. In California, Texas, and several other states, conservative politicians successfully waged legislative campaigns to outlaw and prohibit the sale, ownership or use of vibrators and dildos while simultaneously criminalizing other 'deviant' sexual practices. Although a number of these laws have been overturned by legislatures or the courts, in the State of Texas freedom fighters are still working to eliminate these absurd and unnecessary laws. Dildo Diaries takes a lighthearted but 'probing' approach to exploring the development of sections of the Texas ... Written by IA Films Distribution <distribution@iafilms.com>

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A Probing Look at Legislative Insanity
5 November 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

"Dildo Granny" directors Laura Barton and Judy Wilder stuck their businesses where no G*d-fearin' straight white Chr*stian male in the state of Texas had dared before: into various sex shops in the Austin area. This hour-long video documents Texas' ridiculous law regulating the sale of dildos.

Texas makes it illegal to own more than five dildos, or to use them to commit "sodomy", which for them is defined as any sexual contact other than missionary position sex between married people. Back in the early '90's, Molly Ivins raked the idiots of the state legislature over the coals, but more than eight years have passed, and this law is still on the books. Hence, Barton and Wilder invite Ivins back to recap for us, and the results are hilarious.

Being a native New Englander, I had a hard time understanding Ivins' drawl at first, but no matter, we easily see that if Ivins is a shotgun toting pickup driving Texas Mama, her shotgun is her mouth or her pen or her keyboard tapping fingers. No one is spared from her pithy fusillade of recollections.

The highlights of the video are clips gleaned from official tapes on the statehouse floor, where legislators debated what exactly "sodomy" means, and what should be its punishment. Tell-it-like-it-is legislators Senfronia Thompson and Debra Danberg muse about the nonsense they endured during that debate and others.

While the video was hilarious, the ensuing discussion with the directors was much more sobering. Texas sex shop owners and employees are being arrested if they have more than five dildos on their premises, or if they refer to them without using euphemisms. Worse, they are being prosecuted via Title 18 (Rico laws), whereby their assets are being confiscated just as if they were racketeering or were involved in organized crime.


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