Sex Legal Loophole
posted by August 31 at 11:06 AMon
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.