Mississippi men face stiff penalties

The ultra-conservative Southern state is considering a public-sex-and-nudity law with a clause that will make it illegal for men with erections to appear in public – even if they are fully clothed

The bill, introduced by Republican state Senator Tom King at the request of a constituent, defines nudity to include "the showing of covered male genitals in a discernibly turgid state".

Men who break the law may face up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine. The bill has been sent to Mississippi's Senate Judiciary Committee for further investigation.

The Lawyer Online has been unable to substantiate rumours that cold showers are to be installed at every street corner in Mississippi's main towns