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Women in Zimbabwe challenge law banning sex toys as obscene, morally harmful

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FILE - A crate of free vibrator sex toys which were being distributed by the Trojan condom company from their "Pleasure Carts" on August 9, 2012, in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) HARARE, Zimbabwe - Sitabile Dewa was content with her sex life when she was married, but after her divorce, she found her prospects for erotic pleasure rather bleak.In socially conservative Zimbabwe, divorced women and single mothers are often cast as undesirable partners for men, and in her frustration Dewa decided she wanted to use sex toys.The problem is sex toys are against the law in Zimbabwe."I should not be deprived of self-exploration and indulgence in self-gratification," said Dewa, 35.Part of Zimbabwe's "censorship and entertainments control" law makes the importation or possession of sex toys illegal as they are deemed "indecent" or "obscene" and harmful to public morals.

Owning sex toys can put a woman in prison.Dewa said the law is "archaic" and is challenging part of it in court on the basis that it is repressive and infringes on her freedom.

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