Scratching your crotch has been outlawed in Italy.

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by boo, Mar 4, 2010.


Italian Ban On Public Privates-Scratching. YAY or NAY?

  1. Tragedy. They're killing the Italian spirit!

    12 vote(s)
  2. Finally, they're taming Italian crudeness !

    4 vote(s)
  3. I'm protesting by listening to Micheal Jackson and hold my crotch and scream "Yeee hooo"

    15 vote(s)
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  1. boo

    boo Well-Known Member

    Italian Ban On Public Privates-Scratching.

    The ruling says that blatant scratching or holding is "an act contrary to decorum and public decency".

    Superstitious Italian men often hold or touch their private parts for good luck when they see a hearse or to ward off bad luck - the equivalent of touching wood in Britain.

    Italy's Court of Appeal in Rome made the judgement after listening to the appeal of a 42-year-old man from Como who had been fined 200 euros for gross indeceny at a hearing in May last year.

    His defence lawyer had argued that his client - a mechanic - had been mereley adjusting himself in his overalls and nothing else.

    However, the appeal was overturned by the judges who said in their ruling hat: "The touching of genitalia in public is a sign of ill manners and must be considered against public decency.

    "The rules of social etiquette require all of us to abstain from what might be considered offensive to public decorum."

    The ruling added that touching or scratching below the belt risked causing "awkwardness, disgust and disapproval in the average man".

    The man's 200 euro fine was upheld and he was also ordered to pay 1000 euros in costs.
  2. flyingdutchmen

    flyingdutchmen Well-Known Member

    at least give us that will ya :sad:
  3. lonercarrot

    lonercarrot Well-Known Member

    so now being rude is against the law? boy i won't miss this world when i leave it
  4. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    Being indecent is in most places, most places in Canada included. Though I don't feel this should apply at all to genital rearrangement - you want us to crush our testicles out of decency? That's an indecent request.
  5. KittyGirl

    KittyGirl Well-Known Member

    wow... I never understand what the point is when Bans like this are put in place...
    oh well! I guess I can scratch my crotch all I want because I'll probably never be able to leave Ontario- let alone the country~
    THAT is funny though- seriously. XD
  6. boo

    boo Well-Known Member

    I doubt Canada would ever ban crotch holding. Afterall having an Prime Minister grinning in a grotesque fashion in front of everyone is indecent at best... Jean Chretien...:sadpanda: LOL YARRRR!
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  7. Landlocked blues

    Landlocked blues Well-Known Member

    im not man but i voted for the last one anyway. you guys always complain you need it so i bow to your superior judgement!! haha :worthy:
  8. bluegrey

    bluegrey Antiquities Friend

    An act contrary to public decorum and decency? :mellow:

    What about cursing in general, picking your nose, singing horribly whilst listening to your Ipod, uncovered sneezing/coughing, having a mullet, over- stuffing your mouth like a chipmunk and trying to chew, wearing a Speedo/string bikini over the age of 60 at the beach, belching like a walrus, loud- trumpet like flatulence, wearing too much/small child frightening makeup, wearing a gallon of after shave, perpetually having a booger hanging out of your nose, exceptionally bad taste in clothing, smelling bad/questionable hygienic diligence, adjusting one's bra, having manly fur on your neck and shoulders, wearing gaudy jewelery, too tight jeans/muffin top or generally not being perfectly attuned to the general consensus of what your particular culture deems acceptable? :smile: :huh:
  9. Axiom

    Axiom Account Closed

    It's about time they did something about this absolutely disgusting behavior. This sort of action is a definite prelude to potential rape, let alone the mental abuse the viewers of this atrocious act go through. A punishment of 1 year hard labor should be the bare minimum. I defiantly will be sleeping sounder tonight because of this. :hazel:

  10. flyingdutchmen

    flyingdutchmen Well-Known Member

    we definitly need a 'ATTENTION IRONY' emoticon in here :eek:hmy:
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  11. boo

    boo Well-Known Member

  12. 1izombie

    1izombie Well-Known Member

    hmmmm i like crotch... O__O
  13. thedeafmusician

    thedeafmusician Staff Alumni

    this just made me laugh, and highlights perfectly how ludicrous it is -- the ban and the reason for it.
  14. pit

    pit Well-Known Member

    I'm so glad I'm livin in the USA where I can scratch my crotch anytime.

  15. itmahanh

    itmahanh Senior Member & Antiquities Friend

    Thank God women in Canada havent been banned. Spring is coming in fast so a lot of trimming, shaving and waxing going on soon. That's a whole lot of itching coming on. Ohhh that hits the spot!!
  16. Little_me

    Little_me Well-Known Member

    Have you been to Italy, Boo?
  17. johnnysays

    johnnysays Well-Known Member

    Can we not uphold proper decorum and decency without resorting to $500 fines??? Honestly, are we so block headed?

    I feel sorry to be a human right now. Now they just need signs on our doors, "Use the door handle to open this door."

    Where's the respect? Where's the community? Where's the love? Rules mean nothing without those things.

    If a kid is caught scribbling on their desk these days the police are called to escort the student to the local jail house and slapped a $200 fine and 2 weeks of scrubbing desks. That will teach them!! They won't forget that!!
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  18. Krem

    Krem Well-Known Member

    ...and yet the Vatican age of consent is 13. (Yes, I know it's a seperate country and isn't obviously relevant)
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