Some Egyptan politicans want to ban the Artificial Virginity Hymen, a small pouch "intended to help newly married women fool their husbands into believing they are virginsculturally important in a conservative Middle East where sex before marriage is considered by many to be illicit." Will Saletan pounces:

[T]the artificial hymen serves as a useful test of religious idiocy. If a $30 item that leaks fake blood violates your faith so profoundly that you must ban it, then what you have isn't really a faith. It's a fetish. And your fetish won't survive globalization.

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