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Guns for dildos in an Alabama sex toy shop

Bumper stick rage can seriously ruin a sex writer’s day — like yesterday, when Em was stuck at a traffic light behind a pick-up truck boasting a Confederate flag and the bumper sticker “Licensed Illegal Immigrant Hunter” (amongst about 15 other bumper stickers, none of which, it goes without saying, asked her to “Give Peas a Chance”). But then up pops our favorite Alabama sex toy retailer to totally make our day again. Remember Sherri Williams? She fought her state’s ban on sex toys for eleven years, before her battle hit a dead-end in the state’s Supreme Court, when they voted 7-2 to reject a challenge to the state law that bans the sale of sex toys except for limited purposes.

But Williams didn’t exactly roll over and play nice, bless her. This year, she offered a Valentine’s special at her store: trade in your guns for sex toys! “You never know” says Williams, “Maybe there will be someone who says, ‘I’ve got this gun that I could go rob a liquor store with, or maybe I can get me a blowup doll for Valentine’s Day, instead.’” Of course, we don’t imagine that too many “illegal immigrant hunters” will be willing to lay down their weapons in exchange for a dildo, but we’re happy enough just knowing that they’ll have to read about this in the papers or drive by the store in their hometown. There they’ll be, driving along, Confederate flag fluttering in the wind, and all of a sudden they won’t be able to stop thinking about butt plugs. It’s little things like this that help us sleep peacefully at night.

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