Telling an Italian ‘He Has No Balls’ Is Now a Punishable Offense

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If you’re travelling to Italy anytime soon, you better watch what you say to the locals. Italy’s highest court has just ruled that telling a man he has “no balls” is now a punishable offense as it makes a man feel “less manly.”

Seriously, if you’re in Italy and you tell a man he is lacking in the southern region, you will be fined. The decision came about after years of legal battling between two cousins. One of whom (a justice of the peace) used the insult against the other (a lawyer) during a courtroom exchange.

“Apart from the vulgarity of the term used, the expression definitely has an injurious quality,” said the male judge in his ruling. “It refers not only to the targets lack of virility but also his weakness of character, lack of determination, competence, and coherence – virtues that, rightly or wrongly, are still identified as pertaining to the male gender.”

Really… “Lack of determination?” While the decision has already been made, I can’t help but feel Italian courts have more important things to worry about than insulting a mans testicles.

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