This article is from the archive of our partner. Sometimes, the Internet has a funny way of acting like a giant game of telephone. That's what happened last week when a few popular sites took and ran a story on the country of Sweden being supposedly okay with people pleasuring themselves in public. It seems a few things were lost in translation. The story began with a year-old man in Sweden who was acquitted of touching himself on a beach and then turned into an orgy of sites falling over themselves to report the Sweden's purported lax masturbation laws. The Daily Mail found the story too, announcing "Swedish court rules it IS legal to masturbate in public. That isn't exactly true. With that we can conclude that it is OK to masturbate on the beach. The act may be considered to be disorderly conduct. The English translation of Olof's quote, according to me, a Swedish person : "The district court has made a judgement on this particular case.
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A year-old man found masturbating openly on a Stockholm beach has been cleared of charges of sexual assault after the court ruled his activities were not directed towards a specific person. The judgment may come as a surprise but when it comes to penal codes and masturbation, the international legal system looks like a patchwork quilt. Most search results would have you believe that "the penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation". But hold your … er … horses! A formal query made to the secretary of information at the Indonesian embassy reveals that according to Article of national law, the maximum sentence is 32 months' imprisonment. There are several laws that cover exposure. An legal reform known as the Labouchere Amendment had an unforeseen loophole that suddenly made masturbation as well as fellatio legal. Masturbating in public remains prohibited, though, because of several other laws, the key one being Section 28 of the Town Police Clauses Act which states it is an offence for anyone to "wilfully and indecently" expose his "person" in a street or public place to the obstruction, annoyance or danger of residents or passengers NB references to a "person" mean "penis". The overall penalty incurred is dependent on a range of circumstantial factors.
Image by Owain Anderson. Why would you jump to the conclusion that someone is literally rubbing one out in your direction, in the bright light of day, when you haven't explicitly asked them to do so? After a few minutes she noticed under the toilet door that the person had their feet facing towards her. Then, in her words, "he shoved his dick through the gap between the wall and the cubicle, and came on the wall. But, when I did, I saw he was masturbating. He was following me with his dick in his hand. When I arrived home I couldn't talk; I just burst into tears. It is so frequent; it happens to so many women. She's not wrong. It's difficult to find specific statistics on indecent exposure alone, but a government report found that , since turning 16, one in five women in the UK reported being a victim of sexual threats, unwanted touching, or indecent exposure.
Earlier this week, a British woman made headlines for causing a minor traffic accident when she crashed her Mini Cooper into a seafood delivery truck. The culprit? Her Rampant Rabbit sex toy , with which she was pleasuring herself while driving her car. Thankfully, she only walked away with a traffic citation and a bruised ego. But if this lady thought a traffic jam was an opportune moment to partake in some haphazard bean-flicking, do others also think it's OK to masturbate in public?