A commentary and resource on Law and Sexuality by Professor Chris Ashford and guests
There have been a lot of moral panics around public sex over the years. One of my favourite examples of absurdity comes from May 2008 and the rather unfortunate death of a cow after it consumed a condom. A abject lesson for us all about the dangers of consuming condoms.
Of course, to be serious for a moment (it can happen), the story is actually about litter, and the need for expect our environment. The loss of a cow is a significant loss to a farmer, and any littering should be condemned. However, whilst public sex in these spaces is seen as behaviour that must be stopped because of such visible ‘harms’, other activities – such as concerts, picnics and so on – are encouraged, albeit with a ‘take your litter home’ campaign.