I'm not sure I'll be able to make it through this one without giggling.
Times have changed drastically my friends. Gone are the days when the church ladies spent the morning making anti-smut signs and marching in front of your favorite stores. I'd even date to say that all the church ladies were getting freaky to begin with, they just wanted to put on a show. Yep, hypocrites. The fact is that almost all grown-ups like to explore their bodies and experience pleasure from time to time.
This brings us to THE LAW in Texas. I'll lay a bit of penal code on you right now:
Sec. 43.23. OBSCENITY. (a) A person commits an offense if, knowing its content and character, he wholesale promotes or possesses with intent to wholesale promote any obscene material or obscene device.
...and here's where they came up with a number:
(f) A person who possesses six or more obscene devices or identical or similar obscene articles is presumed to possess them with intent to promote the same.
This is not trickery and no "cherry-picking" of the evidence. I've just saved you a little reading, but if you want to see more of the (boring) context then here it is.
The thing that so many of us find hilarious about the law is not its dated nature, but its decision that "six" was just about enough for you to have. I would think it would take a little less to tickle your giggle spots, but you are in trouble if you have a half dozen. The law was put into practice more than once, including an infamous case from Lubbock that is actually quoted on Wikipedia.
There is good news. The law is still there but it was determined to be "unconstitutional" and "unenforceable", and that's why you can now see displays and regular stores and not just adult stores. Also, if you're looking to add #7 to your collection this weekend, it's all good.
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