Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. After the state's highest court declared it admissible under then-current regulations to sneak unsolicited, partially nude pictures of ladies on public transit, lawmakers reacted with breakneck speed.
Two days later, Gov. Deval Patrick D signed a bill that made such privacy violations illegal. Sometimes, however, the law moves at a glacial pace, and we find ourselves staring at ordinances that are either relics of a different social and political era, or perhaps some attempt to reclaim that past. While every state has undoubtedly passed its share of controversial laws, we've rounded up some of the ones that really don't seem to have a place in In Cleveland, it's illegal to show underboob.
In certain states like Massachusetts and Idaho, you still can't have unmarried sex. In all seriousness, nearly all Americans have indulged in premarital sex, and even the older segment of the population is changing their tune on such issues. In states like Louisiana and Alabama, the sale of sex toys is prohibited.
Interestingly, lawmakers in all of these places have chosen to regulate devices primarily used by women while other sexual facilitators -- i.
In Florida, Michigan and Mississippi, you can't live with your boyfriend. Again, since Lawrence v. In one California town, you can't wear high heels without a permit. By law in Carmel, Calif. Oddly specific, you say? In Massachusetts, you can't advertise birth control through the mail. Although regulations prohibiting the sale of birth control to any particular group including unmarried women were struck down once and for all by Eisenstadt v.
Baird in , this one remains under Massachusetts' General Laws. As per North Carolina's definition of rape, you can't change your mind about giving consent. In , a North Carolina Supreme Court ruling decreed that sex must be consensual, but that consent could not be withdrawn during a single act of intercourse. Critics, meanwhile, have called for some sorely needed changes to state law. In South Carolina and Mississippi, it's a punishable offense to make a marriage proposal and not follow through.
However, no one can be convicted solely on the word of the woman in question -- her story must be corroborated. All images via Getty unless otherwise specified.