10 Weird Sex Laws from Around the World

Some people like strange sex. Others are just strange about sex.

In many – hopefully most – places around the world, people are starting to assume a more relaxed and tolerant attitude toward our favorite subject. But even as many are learning to enjoy the freedom that comes with sexual openness, some seem determined to keep sex on the ‘straight and narrow.’

How do the powers-that-be keep bedlam from reigning in an increasingly free and permissive society? Dubai nips it in the bud by having a total ban on kissing in public. Does that extend to pecking junior on teh cheek when dropping him at school?

Meanwhile, in Utah, there’s an embargo on even ‘acting sexy’! Whoa… who wants to try to define ‘acting sexy’?

It seems that wowser legislators around the world are more than a little befuddled by the task before them.

How do the powers-that-be keep bedlam from reigning in an increasingly free and permissive society?
How do the powers-that-be keep bedlam from reigning in an increasingly free and permissive society?

Strange Sex, Stranger Laws

Below are some of the strangest laws on sex and sexual behavior from around the world. Some of these laws are obvious relics of a bygone era, others are the result of recent legislative action.

Chances are you’ll never do any jail time for breaking any of them, no matter how much traveling and humping you do. But then it’s always good to know the lay of the legal landscape when one is on foreign soil.

1. Clowns and Horses in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, you can be jailed for screwing a rodeo clown in the presence of horses.  The truly bizarre law was reported on Fox News not long ago. Some suspect this might have something to do with a real incident sometime in the distant past. The law still stands, though.

In Massachusetts, you can be jailed for screwing a rodeo clown in the presence of horses.
In Massachusetts, you can be jailed for screwing a rodeo clown in the presence of horses.

2. Kissing Your Spouse in Public in Dubai

Couples can hold hands in public in Dubai, but that’s as far as it goes. You cannot kiss your spouse or partner in any public setting in the city emirate. To do so could mean charges of public indecency. That can earn you ten days jail time. If you happen to be drunk at the time of the offense, your jail time can go up to a year!

We’d love to know what the time served would be for a male who dared to drink and drive but it’s sure to be less than a year!

You cannot kiss your spouse or partner in any public venue in Dubai.
You cannot kiss your spouse or partner in any public venue in Dubai.

3. You’re Too Sexy for Utah

If you are ever in Utah, be sure to remember never to act sexy in public. Yes, open sexiness has been outlawed in Utah after state legislators passed a law in 2011. The law is part of a major crackdown on prostitution throughout the state and includes a ban on touching oneself “sexually” in public.

Critics have decried the ambiguous language of the law, pointing out that it was open to enormous misinterpretation. But Utah’s lawmakers have stood their ground, so far.  

Open sexiness and sexy behavior have been outlawed in Utah after state legislators passed legislation in 2011.
Open sexiness and sexy behavior have been outlawed in Utah after state legislators passed legislation in 2011.

4. Lights Out in Hungary

Outrage over sexual freedom still crops up in certain places in Hungary, too. Some Hungarians simply don’t like anything beyond heterosexual, marital intercourse in the missionary position. But even that has its limits. In Budapest, married couples are prohibited by law from having sex – missionary or otherwise – with the lights on!

In Budapest, married couples are prohibited by law from having sex – missionary or otherwise - with the lights on!
In Budapest, married couples are prohibited by law from having sex – missionary or otherwise – with the lights on!

5. Checkmate in Estonia

If you love to play chess and are ever in Tallinn, Estonia, do keep in mind that you cannot play the game while having sex there. The people of Tallinn are avid chess fans, too. But Estonian lawmakers want their people to be completely dedicated to their partner, and so they’ve banned the game during sex.

Chess does tend to divide one’s attention, after all.

Chess tends to divide one’s attention, say the legislators of  Tallinn, Estonia.
Chess tends to divide one’s attention, say the legislators of Tallinn, Estonia.

6. No Nudity in Singapore

In Singapore, it’s illegal to walk around nude if you’re in a private place that’s in public view. This includes standing in front of your window. The government of Singapore says, “a person appearing nude includes a person who is clad in such a manner as to offend against public decency or order,” so sexy underwear and kinky costumes are probably a no-no, too.

In Singapore, it’s illegal to walk around nude if you’re in a private place that’s in public view.
In Singapore, it’s illegal to walk around nude if you’re in a private place that’s in public view.

7. Censored Porn in Japan

By Japanese law, any legally produced pornography must censor the genitals of actors and actresses. This law covers hentai comics, video games, and anime. To evade this particular kind of censorship, porn producers have featured subject matter previously unseen in western pornography. These include bukkake, gokkun, omorashi, and tentacle erotica.

By Japanese law, any legally produced pornography must censor the genitals of actors and actresses.
By Japanese law, any legally produced pornography must censor the genitals of actors and actresses.

8. No Gay Sex in Singapore

Up until 2007, you could go to jail for engaging in oral or anal sex in Singapore. Both acts have since been legalized in the small city-state, provided that the parties concerned are consenting adult heterosexuals.

However, the ban still stands for gay couples, who – if caught – risk charges of “gross indecency.” The offense carries a maximum penalty of two years in jail. Homophobic legislators?

Gay couples could go to jail for engaging in oral and anal sex in Singapore.
Gay couples could go to jail for engaging in oral and anal sex in Singapore.

9. Parking Violation in London

Motorcyclists in London have been having a rough time with Sadiq Khan’s latest Transport Strategy, which they claim puts lives in danger. Among the strategy’s many rules is an ordinance that reportedly makes it illegal to have sex on a parked motorcycle anywhere in the city. Does the city award you a medal for managing to perform the deed on a moving motorcycle?

And can we assume that it’s OK to have sex in a parked car in the middle of Piccadilly Square?

Motorcyclists in London are not allowed to have sex on a parked motorcycle.
Motorcyclists in London are not allowed to have sex on a parked motorcycle.

10. Flat Tire Violation in Cottonwood, Arizona

The lawmakers of Cottonwood, Arizona, saw fit to pass local legislation banning couples from having sex in vehicles with flat tires. If law enforcers happen to catch you in the act, you will have to pay a fine. If you happen to be in the backseat, the fine will be doubled!

Ok… that is weird!

The lawmakers of Cottonwood, Arizona, saw fit to pass local legislation banning couples from having sex in vehicles with flat tires.
The lawmakers of Cottonwood, Arizona, saw fit to pass local legislation banning couples from having sex in vehicles with flat tires.

Better Safe than Sorry?

Of course, many of these laws are hardly enforced nowadays. For instance, few people expect the ban on gay sex in Singapore to be anything more than a gesture to appease the conservative status quo. (Singapore does have a thriving gay community.)

But you can never be certain. Something as innocent as a cheeky smooch could see you slapped with a hefty fine.

In 2007, an Indian court ordered the arrest of Hollywood star Richard Gere for kissing Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty at an AIDS campaign event. Many commentators had subsequently expressed their disapproval over what they said were fringe groups making a mountain of a harmless peck on the cheek.

Still, if you’re headed abroad with your partner or are considering a little holiday romance, you might want to brush up on local laws before the flight.

What’s your story? Do you know of any weird or archaic laws? Have you been caught up in any? Why not share your thoughts by commenting on and reviewing this story?


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