06 August 2012

The precarious "no balls" situation: what now?

The precedent is created:

Telling a man he has 'no balls' as an insult is a crime punishable with a fine because it hurts male pride, Italy's highest court has declared in a ruling on a curious row between two cousins.
Telling a man he has no balls could be defined as a crime by an overzealous PC judge, but it's a favorite pastime in the Mediterranean basin, and what happens in one country will soon be copied to all the others around here. And then what? The judge says re the "no balls" expression:
It refers not only to the target's lack of virility, but also to his weakness of character, lack of determination, competence and coherence -- virtues that, rightly or wrongly, are still identified as pertaining to the male gender.
So what now? Instead of saying "you have no balls" one would have to go through the whole "You lack virility, character, determination, competence and coherence" rigmarole? Bleh...

Yeah, and how about the derivatives, like the following:

Will all that treasure of tasteless, insulting and stupid jokes that entertain several generations of men (and women, I have to add) disappear now? Does that judge have what it takes to make this happen?