Trailer-Hitch Law Would Ban Dangling 'Body Parts'

The Maryland state assembly considers a ban on the display of plastic replicas of "private" body parts that have been seen dangling from trailer hitches. The delegate who introduced the bill finds the trend offensive.

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Whatever happened to fuzzy dice? This week, LeRoy E. Myers, a delegate at the Maryland Assembly, introduced a bill to prohibit drivers from displaying anatomically correct, ornamental plastic body parts from trailer-hitches. When we say body parts, we don't mean the ears. Apparently a fair number of drivers have taken to decorating their trailer-hitches with dangling plastic parts. People are making a joke out of it, Delegate Myers told the Washington Post, but I think it's a pretty serious problem. When you have body parts hanging from the hitches of cars, we've crossed a line.

His bill would establish fines for displaying ornamental body parts. Specifically, those parts which make it easiest to distinguish men from women. I don't mean the television remote. Now, how widespread is the display of dangling plastic body parts on the roadways of America? Wide enough to support a San Diego company called Your Nutz, N-U-T-Z, which says it sells 200 different varieties of replica male sex organs.

Two hundred? All right, let's see. One, two. Uhhh...

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