Monday, November 08, 2004

The "Ultimate Sex Machine"

MIT's Technology Review recently posted an article about a new startup which claims to have reinvented online sex with the iVibe, a "sex toy controlled via the Internet".

What is troubling me about this article is its last sentence:

Just this summer in Alabama, three judges in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld its ban against the sale of sex toys, stating that the Constitution does not include a right to sexual privacy.

As Pierre Trudeau once said: "There's no place for the State in the bedrooms of the nation. What's done in private between adults doesn't concern the Criminal Code." His caveat, of course, was ""When it becomes public or when it relates to minors this is a different matter."

When the State begins to decide on the manner in which consenting adults may exercise their sexuality, it becomes an attack on democracy and personal freedom. I'm amazed that Alabama's court decision didn't become a national issue, especially since Americans are so touchy about their freedom and their Constitution.


Memphis Word Nerd said...

As an ex-Alabamian, I am horrified to see how many people can't grasp the concept of SEPARATION of Church and State. Hopefully a few of them will read your blog.

M. D. Benoit said...

In Canada, we've had that discussion in the late 60s, when we decriminalized abortion and homosexuality. Separation of Church and State was also a huge issue in Quebec Province, where the Church was heavily controlling the daily lives of its parishioners. It was dubbed the "Quiet Revolution", and has changed the historical landscape of not only that province, but of the entire country.