Thursday, March 13, 2008



Italy: Men Can’t Grope...Themselves

Whatever their reason might be, a passing hearse or simple discomfort, Italy’s highest court ruled that men may not touch their genitals in public. The ruling settled an appeal by a 42-year-old worker from Como, north of Milan, who was convicted in May 2006 of “ostentatiously touching his genitals through his clothing,” though his lawyer argued it was a problem with his overalls. But the court struck against a broader practice: a tradition among some Italian men of warding off bad luck by grabbing the crotch. The court ruled that this “has to be regarded as an act contrary to public decency, a concept including that nexus of socio-ethical behavioral rules requiring everyone to abstain from conduct potentially offensive to collectively held feelings of decorum.” The judges suggested that if they need to, men can wait and do it at home.
So... keep your hands where we can see them while you’re reading blogs.

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Julietta said...

What does a passing hearse have to do with it? Is this some secret guy thing?

Barry Leiba said...

Well, clearly there's some guyness about it (I don't think you'll be putting your hands on your cojones), but I really think it's some Italian thing. Warding off evil or bad luck or something. Or something.