Truck nuts

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Truck nuts hanging from the tow hitch of a Chevy Suburban

Truck nuts are plastic or metal accessories for pickup trucks (and other vehicles) which resemble a pair of dangling testicles.[1] They are attached under the rear bumper of the vehicle so they are visible from behind.[2]

Reaction[edit]

In 2007, a proposal was made by Maryland politician LeRoy E. Myers Jr. to prohibit motorists from "displaying anything resembling or depicting 'anatomically correct' or 'less than completely and opaquely covered' human or animal genitals, human buttocks or female breasts".[2] He referred to the testicles as "vulgar and immoral," and stated that his proposal was made at the request of a resident who was offended by the accessory.[2] On January 15, 2008, Virginia Delegate Lionell Spruill proposed Bill HB 1452, which would prohibit truck owners from displaying or otherwise equipping their vehicles with devices resembling human genitalia.[3][4] In April 2008, Florida lawmakers launched an additional attempt to ban truck nuts, making their display punishable by a $60 fine.[5]

In 2011, a South Carolina woman was ticketed for adorning her truck with truck nuts. The case is pending trial,[6] and as of 2013 a trial date had not been set.[7] According to the Above the Law legal analysis blog, the ban was discussed in the ABA Journal and presented constitutional freedom of speech questions.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blair, Zachary, "Junk in the Trunk: A Queer Exploration of Truck Nutz as Contemporary Material Culture," paper presented at Queertopia, Northwestern University Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Rein, Lisa (February 23, 2007). "Fake Private Parts Are No Joke, Myers Says". Washington Post. Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ Delegate Lionell Spruill, Sr. (December 2008). "HB 1452 Display of offensive objects or devices; prohibited on any vehicle.". Virginia General Assembly Legislative Information System. Retrieved 4 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Bob. "Watch what you put on trailer hitches". Tri-City Herald. Retrieved January 16, 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ Peltier, Michael (2008-04-25). "State moves to ban fake testicles on vehicles". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  6. ^ Munday, Dave (2011-07-27). "Obscenity case will be heard by jury". The Post and Courier - Charleston, SC. Retrieved February 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Watanabe, June (September 18, 2013), "Offensive decor on vehicles counts as protected speech", Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Oahu Publications Inc.  – via ProQuest (subscription required) 
  8. ^ ELIE MYSTAL (July 28, 2011), "Is A Ban on 'Truck Nuts' Unconstitutional?", Above the Law (blog)