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Friday, August 31, 2007

Legal Loophole

posted by on August 31 at 11:06 AM

Some people find certain spaces inexplicably arousing. I used to have a predictable—and wholly unwelcome—response whenever I rode in the back of one of those big, ol’ Yellow Cabs. (There was something about the wide, flat leather seats, I guess.) Some people are turned by elevators, some are turned on by examination rooms, some are turned on by airplane cabins—and some are turned on in public bathrooms. Now I don’t get that—I can’t think of anything less arousing than the fwap and splash of other men taking dumps. But, hey, to each his own.

As we’ve seen with the Larry Craig scandal, however, a public restroom isn’t the safest space to rub one out—unless you’re in Idaho, Craig’s home state, and you’re rubbing one out solo.

In 1990, the Idaho Court of Appeals, in State v. Limberhand, ruled that (solo) masturbation within an enclosed restroom stall was constitutionally protected behavior as the individual within the stall had a reasonable expectation of privacy within the stall.

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State vs LIMBERHAND? Please tell me that's a joke.

Posted by Mahtli69 | August 31, 2007 11:29 AM

Maggie Gyllenhaal made rubbing one out in a bathroom stall kind of hot in Secretary. But Larry Craig is NO Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Posted by Baxter | August 31, 2007 11:30 AM

Notice that THIS reasonable expectation of privacy works AGAINST Craig's modus -- if I'm rubbing one out on the toilet, or whatever I'm doing in there, I have a legal right not to have Craig's big blue eye, his foot, his wedding ring, or anything else interfere with me.

"Limberhand" is good, isn't it?

Posted by Fnarf | August 31, 2007 12:03 PM

(Beavis) Heh heh, LIMBERHAND, hm hm heh. Heh heh heh hm m heh!

Posted by sketchy homo | August 31, 2007 12:20 PM


'nuff said.

Posted by Toby | August 31, 2007 12:25 PM

I have a question on the entire sex in a restroom thing....

Have any of you seen gay porn? Hell, I have seen thousands of hours of it. And one of the more common glory hole scenes they use over and over again involves...... ((drum roll)) Public Restrooms!!!!

So I am going to guess that more guys find that more arousing than some want to admit.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 31, 2007 12:36 PM

Limberhand: "I have to go the bathroom."

Friend: "Number 1 or number 2?"

Limberhand: "Uh, actually number 3."

Posted by Sean | August 31, 2007 12:53 PM

I'm begging you, Dan, please don't subject us to the word "fwap" ever again.

Posted by Sean | August 31, 2007 12:56 PM

The public potty putz pulling scandal is a glorious diversion for the goi. Please fill as many column inches as you possibly can with this blather.

Posted by Issur | August 31, 2007 2:17 PM

SWEET. Packing for a move to Idaho.

Oh wait, I can just do it in the bedroom. No need to move.

Posted by Dianna | August 31, 2007 3:27 PM

True, a bathroom may not be the most sexually arousing setting imaginable, but sometimes desperate measures are called for. I remember in high school being in such a constant state of horniness that sometimes the only way I could make it through the day was to rub one out in the bathroom during lunch (although I had no idea at the time that I had the constitutional right to do so -- I was sure I'd burn in hell for it). Usually it only took about 30 seconds to accomplish the task, if I recall.

Ah, those were the days...

Posted by SDA in SEA | August 31, 2007 4:51 PM

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