News of the Absurd: Indecent Exposure: Men Only Need Apply

According to the Los Angeles Times, a Riverside judge has ruled that the Indecent Exposure statues apply only to men because the law mentions someone who “exposes his person”, and is thus gender-specific. In doing so, he dismissed a misdemeanor charge against a Corona woman who was cited in May after parents of a neighbor boy said she showed him full-frontal nudity as he played basketball. The prosecutor said the decision to throw out the case will be appealed because another section of state law says that “words used in the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter.”

Evidently, the woman had complained that the 14-year-old was making too much noise while playing basketball. She went out on her sundeck, disrobed, and threatened to do it every time he played basketball. The boy told his parents, and the parents called the police.

Although I can understand the parent’s logic, if this had happened when I was a 14-yo boy, I’d suddenly be playing basketball.