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Italian Men Cannot Keep Hands to Themselves

Italy's highest court ruled that Italian men can no longer grab their genitals in public. The defendant in question, according to the New York Times, argued that he was innocently adjusting his overalls. Regardless of the reason, discomfort or display, the court put an end to an age-old Italian tradition of warding off bad luck by touching one's genitals.

The court ruled that the practice was contrary to "socio-ethical behavioral rules requiring everyone to abstain from conduct potentially offensive to collectively held feelings of decorum.”

Since offensiveness is inherently objective, do you think it's possible to outlaw bad manners? Are there collective feelings of decorum?


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terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Picturing a bunch of hot Italian guys grabbing their junk is making me flush.
janneth janneth 9 years
This is not innocent "adjusting" (and why can't that be done with more subtlety?). This is Italian men playing with themselves. If you have not seen this, it's understandable that you don't see the point of this law.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I wonder how much money was wasted on getting this passed. Seriously though....things shift. Adjustments need to be made. Boobs do it too....women are just more secretive about making the adjustments ;)
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
that sounds like a big waste of time. i don't think you can legislate crude behavior. it just comes naturally for some people.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Um, I think all men do this. They like to make sure their balls haven't left them or something. What a weird law.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
god what is the world coming to when men cant grab their genitals in public? is nothing sacred anymore?
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
That's an interesting greeting, sophia_HL. Heee Heee.
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
What if you tough your friend's junk? When I went to France all the guys seemed to touch each other ... it was like a greeting???
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
*takes hand out of shirt*
karlorene karlorene 9 years
ahaha hilarious... good to know, as i will be visiting italy in the upcoming months
katie_c katie_c 9 years
yes, masturbating in public is sick and wrong. and i hate seeing guys "adjusting" themselves in public too. you don't see us girls running around with our hands down our shirts do ya? honestly though, this seems a little intense. i'll be interested to see how they really manage this ruling.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Isn't that an automatic habit for men? Adjusting is something that they all seem to do at one point or another. Indecent exposure and things of that nature of course should be outlawed. But this law seems to go a bit too far.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
To ask one to abstain from any potentially offensive conduct is crazy. People get offended all the time over everything.
nancita nancita 9 years
Seems kind of strict! Also, what an embarrassing thing to get ticketed for. On a totally different note, that photo is hilarious. Check yourself, David!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
As long as they don't end the age old tradition of marrying your cousin, I'm okay. Seriously, I can't stop!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Is michael jackson italian?
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
See, I always thought it is good luck if someone ELSE touches your genitals. Oh, my God, I'm just getting started!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
Well, I guess masturbating in public is definitely out.
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