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The Doctors weigh in on a controversial new ruling by the Italian Supreme Court, which recently said public masturbation is allowed as long as minors are not present.
The court ruled on the issue after a 69-year-old man from the city of Catania was convicted of self-pleasuring himself in front of the University of Catania campus. The man was jailed for 3 months and ordered to pay a fine. He appealed the decision and the court ruled the act was legal outside of the presence of minors, as the act of masturbation was reportedly decriminalized in 2015.
“How could this be legal? What are they thinking over there?” a shocked Dr. Ordon asks.
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork agrees with his colleague, saying, “How can you possibly say that if minors aren’t present that it is fine? If I’m walking down the street, I don’t want to see some naked man walking in front me, much less, touching himself.”
Of course, in America and most parts of the world such behavior in a public space is illegal. Be mindful if ever traveling to Catania, Italy – you might spot some things not listed in your tour book!