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FAC: Have sex offense laws ‘jumped the shark’?

[ – 9/30/20]

The phrase “jump the shark”, according to the Urban Dictionary, is the point at which something loses its touch and begins to grasp at straws. It was coined by Jon Hein, who wrote a book citing examples of television shows that reached a peak and then began to go downhill. It refers to an episode of “Happy Days” in which Fonzie jumped a shark on water skiis. From that point on, the show ran out of story lines and came up with ridiculousness to keep it on the air.

Last week, when I read some news stories about a group of Jeffrey Epstein victims who are behind a proposed bill to block “childlike sex dolls” I realized that we might have arrived at the point where sex offense laws have jumped the shark.

To preface my thoughts; I greatly empathize with Epstein’s victims. What happened to them is horrible. That’s not the point. I’m also not in favor of “childlike sex dolls”. Until Sen. Lauren Book introduced a bill about them, I didn’t even know they were a “thing”. I’ve been involved in advocacy for more than a decade and have heard the stories of hundreds of registrants. Not one began with “well it all started when I saw this ad for a childlike sex doll…” Again, totally not suggesting that these things should be allowed to exist, but that’s not the point.

The point is; are “childlike sex dolls” really a problem or have lawmakers simply run out of ideas for new laws to capitalize on “sex offender panic” and are so desperate for ideas they are coming up with this doll agenda and then trying to sensationalize it by throwing Jeffrey Epstein’s name into the headlines?

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‘“Childlike sex dolls”. Until Sen. Lauren Book introduced a bill about them,…” I am wondering how she knows about these dolls when the average “sex offender” do not?

@ Quiteman. Wow Janice thanks for putting me in a tough position, weil I put myself in it. Quiteman have you ever heardthe term or word irreconsilable difference. Everything we as the creature do in life is a sin, we are all born with a sin nature. Compounding a sin would be running over another or wanting to kill one’s self, or even getting upset with your sister for no reason at all or crying over a computer stoppage glitch. See quiteman a lot of spitual wisdom goes along with bible study if one gets into it. Even with a… Read more »

I would say the shark was jumped several years ago.

And continues to jump the same shark in an infinity loop.

I personally haven’t herd of anybody getting arrested for owning and selling or manufacturing these type of doll’s not yet anyway but sounds like the state of Florida is on top of it.
Obviously anybody who owns sick disgusting shiit like that has got some serious problems and more likely a threat to society if they don’t get the proper treatment

Good luck

The state of Floriduh isn’t on top of anything. They are being counterproductive morons, as usual. I think once government goes into people’s bedrooms and starts telling them what they can and can’t think and do, when it involve no other people and certainly harming no one, that government is well out of control. They clearly have too much time and resources. I’d like to try to make America a free country for once in our history. Not go the other direction. There are lots of third world cesspool countries that try to make their citizens believe and act certain… Read more »

No, Sanddles, let us disagree here…”Everything we as the creature do in life is a sin, we are all born with a sin nature.” No, I do not agree that I was born into sin and that inevitably I will commit sin…I have committed sin, but it is certainly not part of my, (or anybody’s) nature…let me give you some relevant examples: 1. I have killed people in war….and every year people honor me for my killing of living human beings. There are parades and parties…and exclamations….we honor you, Sir…. This should not be so, this was a grievous Sin… Read more »

I think it is funny how desperate the criminal politicians are. Look at them pathetically grasping for anything that they can brag and lie about! And is there anything that so well demonstrates how the criminal politicians and criminal big government are just completely out of control? We need to neutralize and marginalize all people who think big government is okay. All people who think big government should be in our homes, controlling our thoughts, controlling actions which harm no one, controlling what we can put into our own bodies, or in this case, our own bodies into. It’s all… Read more »

Legislators aren’t supposed to pass laws just to act like they are needed. Their job is supposed to protect our Constitution and society from tyranny. Government doesn’t know best, they don’t even know what the other hand is doing. All they care about is money, power and re-election. We don’t need a bigger boat, we need Jaws to become exist due to the water being unsafe. Where’s Chief Brody?

Your right David. Was just reading my last comment on here about “spit.. ual wisdom” so who’s spitting on who today in much of this registry? I really don’t think the Pope would spit on anyone or many of the churches today. One wonders if its Government or Disney today or lack of someone’s knowledge or understanding. So who’s the fall guy. If your going to get wisdom.. get some understanding also. Much of this understanding today isn’t even understanding. Isn’t that why we all debate this thing or should we all learn from the grown men in an election… Read more »

I would rather: People be able to fulfill their non consensual, uncommon, or violent desires in virtual, augmented, and digital spaces where no harm can be done. Read stories, look at drawings, cartoons, animation or other mediums where no actual harm occurs. If anyone wants physical interaction in a controversial way that can’t be accomplished through role/age play with other consenting participants they do so with a doll or dolls. Let people watch pornography than do anything destructive for real.* *I am not going to advocate for or against legalizing any type of currently illegal pornography right now. For those… Read more »

I see no problem whatsoever with these types of dolls. People attracted exclusively to minors have no legal outlet for their fantasies. I think these dolls can be a safe and victimless safety valve for those who might otherwise seek other less legal means of gratification. To those who find them abhorrent (an argument can certainly be made there, of course), wouldn’t a harmless doll in the privacy of one’s own home be preferable to offending against a real person? No victim, no crime, right?

After hosting the Shiitake Awards for 12 years now, I can guarantee you every single time we think no one can top the level of stupidity set by someone featured on the awards, we find someone worse. Here are some of the craziest things I’ve seen in the past 12 years: Tarrant Co TX Judge George Gallagher used a shock collar on an accused sex crime suspect multiple times in court for not answering questions to his liking. Kenton Co KY Assistant DA Kyle Burns found out his new neighbor in Ft Mitchell is a registered person, then filed to… Read more »

Derek,don’t forget that hack job from I believe Kansas,that wanted to comb the birth records an ensnare any person that fathered a child with a mother under 18 an put them on the hit list no matter how long ago it happened! Being married at 14 or 15 was very common an having se* was to in the early 1900’s! wish we could dig Strom Thurman up an ask him how it happened he impregnated a 15 yr old house keeper an stayed out of jail?? We already know the anwser to that…

Minors under 18 in Kansas can marry with their parent’s consent with no minimum age. They can marry with their parents consent; yet the state can overrule the parents if minors become parents. What’s next government will become the parents of all children in this country? Government knows best right because they’ve made parents more fearful of their natural instincts!!!

Have sex offender laws jumped the shark? Sounds like a strange article to me but it has meaning. From reading it appears thatl laws are overstated a bit or are we all suppose to beware of the scribes and Pharises or Who sets up this ordeal to jump over a shark… Authorities do. Who pretends in this game of kibbles and bits.. authorities do… who is condemming who in all this exchange… authorities do, but who suffers if they don’t make it over the tank… the over acheiver or the under achiver. Who is really wanting to achieve in the… Read more »

I wonder if Florida banned Childlike dolls because Senator Book wanted to be the only doll in Florida. I had no idea that plastic dolls had feelings, so might as well ban Barbie, Ken and all the others. After all if saves one doll from abuse, it’s worth being a law. Soon it’ll be save the children, women, and dolls.

Not endorsing the banning of dolls or anything for that matter. Sarcasm is how I keep sane when I hear these insane bills and laws.

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