Dreamers is no stranger to controversy. We sell toys that look like penises after all. So when we received this review yesterday, I was not surprised.
In case you can’t see the image it says
This place supports the liberal whacko students at UT who flaunt their sexual anarchy in schizophrenic opposition to peaceful licensed gun owners who choose to carry their guns for self defense.
At first, I was upset, then I was amused, then I realized, “I don’t disagree on any particular point.” We are supporting the “liberal whacko (sp?) students” and why wouldn’t we? While most of this debate centers around the 2nd Amendment, the 1st Amendment is just as important, if not more so. The “right of the people peaceably to assemble…” is what we’re supporting. The right to protest laws you see as unfair is almost literally what our country was founded on. Dreamers started out as a store that sold and rented adult videos and magazines, we still do but to a much smaller extent, so freedom of speech is what we’ve fought for for decades. Now the right to privacy, which the courts have found to be a part of several of the first ten amendments, is the newer battle. In 2008, we won a landmark decision that allowed for the legal sale and distribution of adult (or sex toys) in Texas. So, yeah, we support students protesting, even in this absurd way.
And it should be absurd because our laws are absurd. The fact that if a parent gave their 17-year-old daughter or son a vibrator it might make them face prosecution, however, it is okay to give that same child a gun is absurd. One is designed for nothing but pleasure, the other a weapon. That makes no sense. Now I’m not anti-gun. I come from a family of gun lovers, many of whom served in both the military and law enforcement. Our company is not anti-gun, one of our owners is a former Air Force veteran who still hunts. I’ve seen his gun safe filled with shotguns, he is not anti-gun. But our laws should make sense and be open to debate, otherwise, we’re not a free country.
For Dreamers, the idea is to end the stigma that comes when discussing sexuality. If you can carry a gun and argue that this country needs more of them, then we should be able to have an open and frank discussion about sex.
My favorite line from our humble FB reviewer is “flaunt their sexual anarchy”. BTW, Sexual Anarchy is the name of my Sex Pistols cover band. Again, if “sexual anarchy” means allowing consenting adults to do whatever they want with each other, using whatever products they want, then, yes, we are sexual anarchists. As long as sexual anarchy includes consent, we’re onboard.
Finally, we’ve asked and two out of our three personalities agree that we are not schizophrenic. We support this protest because freedom of speech must be protected. It is that freedom of speech we enjoy that allows “peaceful licensed gun owners” to leave reviews of stores without visiting them simply because they don’t agree with their politics or political stance. We will continue to defend our humble Facebook reviewer so he can leave reviews like these wherever he wishes. We celebrate you humble Facebook reviewer.