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Resort Town Puts Kibosh On Blow-Up Dolls, Penis Costumes

If your idea of fun is galavanting around in a giant penis costume, or perhaps blowing up a sex doll to hit the town with, hey, you do you. But not in the Spanish resort town of  Platja d’Aro, Spain, where both have been outlawed.

By Bram Teitelman · June 7, 2024

Sorry brah, you're getting the shaft Trung Quoc Don - 徵國單/Wikimedia Commons

Bachelor and bachelorette parties are the second most embarrassing thing about getting married behind dumb hashtags for wedding photos (sorry, #cassieandmitchgothitched). If there’s one thing you should remember about one last weekend of binge drinking with your bros or ladies before tying the knot, it’s as little as possible. But someone’s gotta keep the penis straw and strip club industries in business, and if you’re going to have an evening of reductive, potentially sexist shenanigans, a stag or hen party is the primary place to do it, and you may as well be as ridiculous as possible. Just not in Platja d’Aro, Spain, however, as they’ve taken measures to curtail some of the more salacious stuff.

To be more specific, Platja d’Aro, an area known for bachelor parties, has just put a law on the books banning people “without clothing or only in their underwear or with clothing or accessories representing human genitals or with dolls or other accessories of a sexual nature,” per The Guardian. The “without clothing” part should be a given. It’s why we’re no longer welcome at the Cracker Barrel, even though the only reason we were there was to buy a barrel to cut armholes in and wear.

Platja d'Aro - Not a blow-up doll or inflatable penis to be found, just living in the moment.  Lluís Català/Creative Commons

Regardless, with the aforementioned now illegal, you can’t wear that gigantic penis costume that you’ve had dry-cleaned for a special occasion. That goes double for that doll you brought with you on the flight. You realize you could have left her unblown up until you got to Spain and saved yourself a fare, right? Ignoring the rules will cost you extra, with fines ranging from $325 to $1,632. While we’re not sure what would warrant the highest fine, the local chief of police cited an incident in which a groom was strapped to a lamp post with tape while his “friends” played loud music and sang.

It’s understandable why Platja d’Aro would do such a thing. Its population is usually 12,500, but it apparently hosts as many as 300,000 on a summer weekend. We’re not sure if that number includes the sex dolls, as even they seem surprised at that number judging from the looks on their faces. The laws are even stricter than in America, with being shirtless or in a bikini in areas away from the beach also forbidden. The town’s mayor would like to ban bachelor/bachelorette parties altogether, but that’ll never happen. Why? Well, tourism for one, and the extra income these fines are probably going to bring them for another. Like the saying goes, when inflatable dicks are outlawed, only dicks will have - wait, what?