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Thursday, February 10, 2005

If this is a Crime, I want to be Guilty: Kissing in the First Degree

As Indonesia reforms its criminal law to be more in conformity with the Muslim majority, public kissing is to be added to the list of offenses.  The penalty is up to 10 years in prison and a $33K fine. In other decency news, the Virginia bill criminalizing hip-hop style droopy pants died in the senate after passing the house. And in the Philippines, a kissing festival is in the works. [Jack Chin]

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Don´t get me wrong, but it is interesting to note that a lot of adult behavior (age past 30ish) regarding public kissing is very contained in our culture. I am not criticizing the fact, nor saying it should be different, just commenting that different societies employ different measures to regulate public behavior.

Posted by: Alessandra | Feb 10, 2005 12:22:48 PM

True. Where I grew up (India), all public display of affection was forbidden. In fact, for a period of time starting in the late 90's, they police department had a squad called the 'moral police'. If you were walking on a sidewalk holding hands, they would come up to you and tell you to stop.

It goes without saying that they were extremely unpopular and urban youth ignored them anyway.

Posted by: Tejas | Feb 10, 2005 5:15:52 PM

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