Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Be fruitful and multiply

Do the Funny Fruit, Respin 7, and Fruitholder machines comply with Alabama's Chuck E. Cheese law?

Aside from the possibility that the name "Fruitholder" is as amusing to you as it is to me, you probably don't care. But the district attorney for the Bessemer Cutoff, a special division of the Jefferson County Circuit Court, does care. A lot. So much so that he's called on an out-of-state gaming expert to examine the three arcade machines in an effort to convince a court to declare them illegal gambling devices.

It'd be nice if we didn't waste public resources on trying to ban video games. Then again, if we didn't, I wouldn't get to read newspaper stories about things called Fruitholder.


Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

"It'd be nice if we didn't waste public resources on trying to ban video games." or sex toys, or Sunday liquor sales, [sigh] or fair taxation, or basic human rights for homosexuals, or education. Or all that other stuff that less superstitious, more prosperous states enjoy with no apparent ill effects.

1:49 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Yes, but what you forget is that sex toys might somehow result in women having pleasurable sensations. That, of course, would be unacceptable, mainly because it might put ideas in their heads. Next think you know, they'd be wanting to vote and get book learnin' and such.

Oh, wait...

4:45 PM  
Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

"sex toys might somehow result in women having pleasurable sensations."

See, I'm glad a man said that, because, to me, the really funny thing about the whole 'sex toy' issue is that if men weren't falling down on their job, there wouldn't be as much need for them (if you do a little reading on this issue, I think you'll find men sponsored the bill outlawing these and women business owners challenged it).

I mean, think of the most common devices used as sex toys; they're mainly considered to be for women. Are certain men just threatened by these things?

BTW: I really have no experience with these items; I'm basing this more on observation and human nature. Honest. Not that there's anything wrong with it.

6:03 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

It almost certainly ties into some guys' insecurity and fragile male egos, at a subconscious level if nothing else. Also, I think some folks are still struggling to overcome the centuries of historical conditioning that said women aren't supposed to enjoy sex. It'll be a while longer before society as a whole gets over that little hang-up.

6:20 PM  

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