Telling A Guy He Has 'No Balls' Is Considered A Crime In Italy
Aug 02, 2012 17:26
Telling a guy he has "no balls" is a low blow, mainly because you just
castrated him using just your words. But don't attempt this in Italy, or
you might end up facing a fine.
According to a Raw Story report, the country's highest court has ruled that the insult is now a crime punishable by a fine. The case stems from a lawyer named only as Vittorio, who sued his cousin Alberto (a justice
of the peace) for hurling the common insultory phrase during a
courtroom argument in the southern city of Potenza, Basilicata.
Vittorio's attorney had successfully argued that the insult implied that his client was "worth less than other men because he did not have the attributes." The judge preceding in the case said in his ruling that accusing a man of having 'no balls' is "injurious." He wrote:
"Apart from the vulgarity of the term used, the expression definitely also has an injurious quality,"
"It refers not only to the target's 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."
The judge also said that because the insult occurred at Vittorio's workplace, his reputation may have suffered as a result. The fine for the insult has yet to be determined by the judge.