Dear exhibitionists, Italy is ready to host you

Vandy Manyeh, News Reporter

Imagine seeing a guy or a lady using either a dildo, vibrator, or both hands for sexual pleasure right at the main entrance of the Students Resource Center. Maybe that would be one of the scenes you will never forget. The person playing with these sex toys risk prosecution, a fine and prison time.


In Illinois, exposure of sexual organs in public, which includes public masturbation, is illegal. It has been classified as public indecency, and juveniles may get away with disorderly conduct. This crime is a Class A misdemeanor. It is felonious after a third conviction or subsequent offence. It will be a direct Class A felony when carried out around 500 feet of elementary or secondary school premises.


This is not the case with Italy. The Le Corte di Cassazione, Italy’s Supreme Court, has ruled that masturbation is legal if it is not carried out in the presence of minors.


The court’s ruling was triggered by a case involving a 69-year-old man identified as “PL”, who was caught on camera masturbating in front students on the University of Catania’s campus in the southern city of Catania.


Court documents stated he “took out his penis” and “practiced autoeroticism” in front of students. He was convicted and sentenced by the local prefect of Catania and the Court of Appeal to three months in prison and fined around $3,600.


The Independent quotes the court’s ruling by saying recent government reform meant “The act is not included in the law as a crime.” In 2015, the Italian Parliament passed a law decriminalizing the offence of lurking in places frequented by girls in order to be seen masturbating. Using this as a basis for debate, the court exonerated PL of criminal charges. The local prefect of Catania will now impose an administrative fine on PL between $4,000 and $6,000.


This is not the only country with a lenient law against public masturbation in Europe. In 2013, Sweden cleared a 65-year-old man for masturbating on a beach in Stockholm. On the contrary, there are harsher laws around Europe that correspond with the international legal system to curtail public masturbation. In the United Kingdom, a person could be prosecuted and sent to prison in accordance with an 1885 legal reform.


Probably this will make you laugh. A Brazilian court ruled a woman should be given a 15-minute break by her employer every two hours to masturbate after doctors provided evidence that she needed to masturbate up to 47 times daily.


The United States has varying laws that prevent this act in public. It will be illegal in Alabama if it’s artificial, while North Carolina considers public masturbation as a class 3 misdemeanor.
In other regions like Saudi Arabia, a teacher was lashed 300 times and sentenced to three years in prison for simply saying Islam permitted the act.