- by Aaron Shepard
News Brief: Texas Bill Would Fine Men $100 for Masturbating
A bill introduced in the US state of Texas would fine men $100 for masturbating, unless they do it in an approved medical facility. Bill 4260, introduced by Representative Jessica Farrar, is in response to debates around women’s reproductive health across the US.
Intended as a satirical attack on male politicians’ dealings in issues concerning women’s bodies, the bill would restrict men in the same way that some seek to restrict women’s access to abortions and contraceptives.
“A lot of people find the bill funny,” Farrar told The Houston Chronicle. “What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare.”