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Att. shoppers: explicit material

July 2, 2008
My just-over-the-cubicle-wall colleagues at Indiana Lawyer reported yesterday that Judge Sarah Evans Barker "threw out a new Indiana law requiring bookstores and other retailers to register with the state and pay a $250 fee if they want to sell sexually explicit material."

The story quotes Barker as stating: ''A romance novel sold at a drugstore, a magazine offering sex advice in a grocery store checkout line, an R-rated DVD sold by a video rental shop, a collection of old Playboy magazines sold by a widow at a garage sale ... would appear to necessitate registration under the statute." She added that the law was "unconstitutionally vague and overbroad.”

My question doesn't have to do with law, just day-to-day living: Are you more offended by the existence of adult bookstores or by the headlines on the mainstream magazines displayed at your local supermarket check-out lines?

(FYI: This month's Cosmopolitan cover includes "Taboo Sex," "Caught Butt Naked," and "The Hottest Words to Say to a Man During Sex"--not to be confused with last month's "The Hottest Things to Do to a Man in 60 Seconds or Less," and "His G Spot.")

Or are you good with it all?

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