Sweden Allows Public Masturbation

As long as it's not directed at a specific person

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Stockholm, Sweden

A 65-year-old Swedish man was acquitted of sexual assault after pleasuring himself on a beach in Stockholm in June.

The district court of Södertörn tossed out the charge on the grounds that he didn’t look at anybody while fondling himself. The court ruled he had committed no offense, as he did not direct his “activities” at any particular target.

Public prosecutor Olof Vrethammar told the Mitti newspaper that he had no plans to appeal and called the ruling “reasonable.” When asked if the act is now acceptable in public, Vrethammar said public fondling was “okay” — as long as it’s not directed towards a specific individual — but may still be considered “disorderly conduct.”

Regardless, the ruling may serve as a precedent in Sweden, where some uncomfortable public exchanges may be imminent. Our advice? Wait til you get home, folks.

[The Independent]

251 comments
HansJohansson
HansJohansson

oh noes, masturbations is wrong but having weapons in everyones pocket is right... Murica deluxe
I dont really think Americans understand how laughed at they really are outside of their own country :P

Carles_Arch
Carles_Arch

As always, we have to wait the judge's point of view...

brenro12
brenro12

I always thought the Swedes were kind of jerk offs.

b9968131
b9968131

Free world indeed. Americans, grossed out by masturbation BUT not of their Government spying Like Mother Russia and Mummy China.

religiousity at its best, spy country.

EllieK
EllieK

This is a non-story. I didn't read the source via The Independent UK, but one can't assume it means Sweden allows masturbation in public. 

In fact, the man was initially charged with sexual assault, which seems rather strict. He is 65 years old. Maybe he is unwell, maybe the court made other recommendations that were more appropriate than charging him with sexual assault. There aren't enough details to say this "sets precedent" and public masturbation is now legal in Sweden!

jeandeaux
jeandeaux

i could cut it off for him.  no charge

RFKA
RFKA

Liberals and perversion, a love story.

katyconnors
katyconnors

then all of the people who performed "lewd" acts and doing time or have had to pay fines should now move to sweden......?

WilliamMunny
WilliamMunny

If this is true, then the Swedes are freakish immoral degenerates.

It doesn't matter what "he looked at."  The problem would be, were any children looking his way while he got his rocks off?!

mekilroy2
mekilroy2

Tell him to go to his house to do it.  No one wants to see it.

glennra3
glennra3

I would rather live in a country that allow its citizen to masturbate in public than in one that allowed its citizens to carry firearms - openly or concealed - in public.

Lowtit
Lowtit

"tossed" out the charge - hem hem - is it April fool's day?

JackJack
JackJack

@TIME!! For failing to change the headline of this article which is factually wrong and blatantly misleading, I would like to inform you that you are now on my 'do-not-read' list, simply because you have lost credibility. I don't come here for entertainment. You are now in the good company of FOX and assorted propaganda/entertainment services..

nakedboys27
nakedboys27

This is pretty hot. I've played with a lot of Swedes in my travels and usually they're pretty thick and uncut. I bet if it was legal to whack off in public everywhere, the world would really have a lot LESS problems.

Mr_Scorpio
Mr_Scorpio

That only seems strange to us because Sweden isn't a country that was founded by sexually repressed puritanical busybodies. 

aming100
aming100

I was just laughing hysterically for a minute at this

Aeropage135
Aeropage135

@b9968131 I hope you didn't hurt yourself doing that leap of logic to insert "religiousity" into this.

JimiC.Corn
JimiC.Corn

@EllieK You read it and commented on it.  Must have been something.  Oh, I get it.  You were hoping for a video. 

StanleyJames
StanleyJames

@RFKA Right wwingers - a hate story  - why are repubs so mad at the ACA - they want to destroy our first black president.  Some of those people still thing the south should have won the civil war.

b9968131
b9968131

@RFKA immoral thoughts started from Godliness. Conservative hide from natures gift and then abuse it themselves hidden in closet. free love.

StanleyJames
StanleyJames

@WilliamMunny   Denying the existance of sex, forbidding masturbation by kids etc Thats what gets you  Jerry sanduskyies.

About 5 % go bad, but no one knows how many would but have hte good sense to only drool at youngsters

CarsonSteele
CarsonSteele

@WilliamMunny although I am all for girls masturbating in public, it should be required. Another good place to masturbate is in church, at least that is something good for you unlike the rest of it!


Stockholm_Sam
Stockholm_Sam

@WilliamMunny So when a child looks your way anytime you are doing something natural in nature you are a criminal? Yeah, that's logical. Suddenly I feel like we are back at Salem in 1692. 

StanleyJames
StanleyJames

@mekilroy2  yeh sure - at the locker room in the gym we are offten comparing length of our junk

JoeAmericanTime
JoeAmericanTime

@glennra3 This my rifle, this is my gun, this one's for shooting, this one's for fun. Governments don't ALLOW anything. Laws only have the ability to suppress activities. If you have citizens who can't be trusted with the responsibility of carrying firearms, you have a major problem. Public masturbation isn't just lewd behavior performed by people with no sense of boundaries or who have some form of psychosis, it is also a health hazard. Defecation and urination are natural as well. Do you think public defecation and urination are also something responsible adults should be doing in public? I would rather live in a country where citizens are deemed responsible enough to be trusted with the means of self-defense than one in which psychotics without a sense of boundaries roam the streets. Or are there no public restrooms there?

b9968131
b9968131

@glennra3  that spies on its Citizens like mother Russia and mummy china.

ran6363
ran6363

@glennra3  Wow, you sure are morally superior to anyone in THIS galaxy!

Stockholm_Sam
Stockholm_Sam

@Mr_Scorpio And thank God (or whomever) it isn't controlled today by the same bunch of religious zealots. Scandinavia is a breath of fresh air in a world gone insane. 

ChrisWilliams1
ChrisWilliams1

@JimiC.Corn @EllieK  YOU read it, and YOU commented on it. We all get it. It means your comment applies to YOU. YOU were hoping for a video.

b9968131
b9968131

@ Carsonsteele why don't you just stay home.

ChrisWilliams1
ChrisWilliams1

@JoeAmericanTime  "If you have citizens who can't be trusted with the responsibility of carrying firearms, you have a major problem." We have this EXACT "major problem": we can't trust many of our citizens with the responsibility of carrying firearms. They've proven over and over and over and over again that, in their hands, they become weapons of destruction. How have you missed it?

You're afraid of the "health hazard" of masturbation, but not of maniacs carrying firearms—despite the deaths of dozens of innocents every year due to weirdos carrying guns to schools and other public places. You amplify a non-problem into a "major problem," and ignore an actual major problem altogether.

Such abject lack of judgment is precisely why people cannot be trusted with the responsibility of carrying firearms.

glennra3
glennra3

@JoeAmericanTime 

Take your argument to its logical conclusion.


Do you want to live in a country that allows its "responsible citizens" to possess flamethrowers, grenades, chemical and biological weapons, or tactical nuclear devices? 


If not, then why do you make the distinction as to what governments will allow in one area, but not another?


If you are comfortable with people having absolute freedom (also known as anarchy), then I think you are the one with a major problem in differentiating between the ideal world in your head and the reality around you. Americans have NOT demonstrated that they are responsible enough to possess arsenals. 

JoeAmericanTime
JoeAmericanTime

@Stockholm_Sam You think that an inability to repress the urge to self-pleasure until you can find a private place is sane?