Sweden: It’s ‘OK’ to Masturbate in Public

    Three models jump in outfits of German designer Karen Scholz and Spanish designer Joan Tarrago Pamplona (L), Estonian designer Hanna Korsar (C) and Swiss designer Marlis Candinas (R) during the fashion event "Bridge of Fashion" in Heringsdorf, northern Germany on July 4, 2009. Eleven fashion designers from Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Estonia, Russia and Germany show their collections on the German Baltic Sea island Usedom.    AFP PHOTO/ DDP/ JENS KOEHLER        ***GERMANY OUT*** (Photo credit should read JENS KOEHLER/AFP/Getty Images)


    Didn’t “target a specific person,” or just horrible aim? A Swedish man charged with sexual assault for masturbating on a beach in Stockholm was acquitted after a court ruled the act was not “directed towards one or more people.” The 65-year-old Swede was caught with his pants down, touching himself near the water’s edge in June. Thanks to this monumental ruling, Swedes can pleasure themselves in public so long as they’re somewhat discreet about it. “With that we can conclude that it is okay to masturbate on the beach,” the prosecutor declared. But don’t get too carried away on the shores of Stockholm: “disorderly conduct” charges may still apply.

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