BDSM and The Law


This is NOT legal advice.

If you live in Tennessee  ask your Legislator to change these laws

Age of Consent in Tennessee  is 18  



Title 39, Criminal Offenses 
Chapter 17, Offenses against public health 
Part 9, Obscenity 39-17-901. Part definitions.
A) Would be found by the average person applying contemporary community standards to appeal predominantly to the prurient, shameful or morbid interests of minors; 
(B) Is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable for minors; and
(C) Taken as whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific values 

"Patently offensive" means that which goes substantially beyond customary limits of candor in describing or representing such matters; 
(12) "Prurient interest" means a shameful or morbid interest in sex; 
(13) "Sadomasochistic abuse" means flagellation or torture or physical restraint by or upon a person for the purpose of sexual gratification of either person;

"Sexual conduct" means: 
(A) Patently offensive representations or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated. A sexual act is simulated when it depicts explicit sexual activity which gives the appearance of ultimate sexual acts, anal, oral or genital. "Ultimate sexual acts" means sexual intercourse, anal or otherwise, fellatio, cunnilingus or sodomy; or 
(B) Patently offensive representations or descriptions of masturbation, excretory functions, and lewd exhibition of the genitals; and (

15) "Sexual excitement" means the condition of human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal.

39-17-902. Producing, importing, preparing, distributing, processing or appearing in obscene material or exhibition 

(a) It is unlawful to knowingly produce, send or cause to be sent, or bring or cause to be brought, into this state for sale, distribution, exhibition or display, or in this state to prepare for distribution, publish, print, exhibit, distribute, or offer to distribute, or to possess with intent to distribute or to exhibit or offer to distribute any obscene matter, or to do any of the aforementioned with any matter found legally obscene that violates the requirements of 18 U.S.C. 2257. It is unlawful to direct, present or produce any obscene theatrical production, peep show or live performance, and every person who participates in that part of such production which renders the production or performance obscene is guilty of the offense.