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?