“This is not the kind of business I would like to see in Houston and certainly this is not the kind of business the City is seeking to attract,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
What kind of business would that be, that it would rile up Hizzoner so badly? Why, this kind of business:
Yessirree, it’s Houston’s (and Texas’s) very first sex doll brothel.
Only it’s not a brothel. Why?
Yuval Gavriel, the founder of KinySdollS, calls it a showroom. Gavriel said customers can try out the merchandise [before buying].
Slippery. And in one of those delicious little ironies:
The business does not meet the definition of a sexually oriented business and requires simply an occupancy permit.
Needless to say, Houston’s “There-Ought-To-Be-A-Law!” Brigade is in full cry:
Residents and activists have expressed their opposition to the brothel. “There’s kids around here and it’s a family-oriented neighborhood and I live right here and to have that here is just gross.” [said one killjoy]
Considering that Houston has one of the highest strip-clubs per 000 population ratios in the whole United States, this seems… okay, “hilarious” is the word I’m looking for here. Not that this is going to deter the Puritans In Government [PIGs]:
[Mayor] Turner said “the city is currently reviewing existing ordinances that may restrict or regulate such businesses as well as looking to upgrade our ordinances to cover these type of businesses.”
To reiterate: while I’m no longer strictly against “regular” prostitution per se, I’m certainly agnostic about the moral issues involved in this robot sex nonsense — but I knew the sex doll thing was going to open up a can of worms. (I should also point out that unlike Alabama, Texas does not have any laws pertaining to sex toys, so the PIGs have their work cut out for them.) Clearly, the Houston government has fixed up all the city’s other problems so that city government can afford to devote so much time and energy to stopping a business which will affect, at a rough guess, about a hundred people.
Somebody pass the popcorn.