Woman sues to masturbate at work

Katherine - posted on 05/19/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )




In a decision that can only be described as touchy, a Brazilian judge has reportedly ruled that a 36-year-old female accountant can legally masturbate at work and watch porn on her work computer.

Ana Catarian Bezerra successfully argued that she suffers from a chemical imbalance that triggers severe anxiety and hypersexuality, according to a viral news story.

Her work situation began to suffer because the only way she can relieve her anxiety is by masturbating frequently, according to Guanabee.com.
“I got so bad I would to masturbate up to 47 times a day,” she said. “That’s when I asked for help, I knew it wasn’t normal.”

After winning a court battle and seeking professional help, Bezerra is legally entitled to combine work with pleasure. “This case is interesting because it shows the difference between Brazilian culture and the U.S.,” Queen told AOL Weird News. “It’s unlikely a workplace here would allow her the time to do that, even though practically everyone who has masturbated knows that it relieves tension.”

Although Queen admitted Bezerra’s condition is not common at all, she said she found it interesting that the ruling came in the middle of “National Masturbation Month,” an event she helped organize back in 1995 and is now celebrated in pockets all over the world.

“We started it to honor then-surgeon general Dr. Joycelyn Elders, who was forced to resign after she made some sensible comments that perhaps teens should be taught about masturbation in sex ed classes,” Queen said.

Nothing like Bezerra’s particular case seems to show up in medical textbooks, including her doctor’s diagnosis of “hypersexuality,” according to psychotherapist Dr. Julie Elledge.

“Hypersexuality is not listed as an accepted diagnosis in the Diagnostic Statistical Menu,” she said. “It’s possible there could be a co-diagnosis of bipolar disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder as well. When sex addiction is the diagnosis, it’s usually not because of the sex, but the behaviors surrounding it.”

Elledge said she’d need to have more information about Bezzera’s case to be able to make a diagnosis, but she does concede the case — and Bezerra’s doctor’s recommendation — both seem extreme.

“This is definitely an unusual way to address her issues,” she said.

Bezzera’s case may set a precedent in the Brazilian court, but legal experts who deal in workplace issues are skeptical it could pass the test stateside.

Lawyer Virginia Keeney said that while workplace laws are meant to protect people with disabilities and provide them with reasonable accommodations, she’s never heard of a similar decision in U.S. law.

“There have been cases where employees have been allowed multiple rest periods or bathroom breaks,” Keeney said. “In theory, I suppose a case could be made to allow her to go to the bathroom as well without stating exactly why. However, my issue is that her needs could be difficult to accommodate.”

Suzy Moore, who also specializes in workplace law, offered a similar argument.

“Really, it’s hard to make a case for reasonable accommodation in this example because you’d have to take into account the other employees’ privacy rights — and the risk for sexual harassment,” she said.

Etiquette expert Jason Tesauro, author of “The Modern Gentleman,” believes good manners are a better solution than legal rulings.

“She can’t go ankles up on the desk and, honestly, she shouldn’t dress provocatively in fishnets or show off her decolletage,” Tesauro said.

Of course, Bezerra’s coworkers have a duty to keep everything aboveboard as well.

“Anytime you have a coworker, friend or family member with a medical anomaly, the proper response is to avert attention, and don’t call attention to it,” Tesauro said. “This is no excuse for Bezzera’s coworkers to presume intimacy with her. The social boundaries haven’t moved for them, just her.”Her doctor has also given her a medical cocktail of tranquilizers that has reduced her need to masturbate to about 18 times a day.

As might be expected, Bezerra’s case raises all sorts of eyebrows (among other things) by various experts such as Dr. Carol Queen, resident sexologist for Good Vibrations, a San Francisco-based sex toy shop.



Amanda - posted on 05/19/2011




She could just wear a butterfly vibrator and turn it on when required....why did she have to make such a big deal out of it??

Firebird - posted on 05/19/2011




The disorder doesn't cause her to masturbate, lack of self control does. It became a habit because she went too long before seeing a professional about her anxiety and couldn't be bothered to find another way to deal with her issues. Can't exactly say I blame her though... if I had nothing to do all day..... But still, work is work, home is home. I don't do my work at home, so I don't take home to work with me either.

This woman's full of shit, there are plenty of other, more work appropriate ways to relieve anxiety.


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Really simple way to solve this. Every single person who works with her sue her individually for mental anguish. No one wants to see that or even have to deal with it at work. Work is a place where you are paid to do a job. If she can't do the job then quit or get fired. ugh!

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Couldn't what she's doing be considered sexual harrassment to her coworkers? If they see that her computer has porn on the screen, see her touching herself or God forbid hear her, that might be a bit disturbing...and distracting. I think that if she has such little self control she needs to be hospitalized until they get her leveled out. If this was a man it would be said he has no impulse control and is capable of sexual assault. But bc this is a woman people laugh and let it be. Total double standard. There is nothing wrong with masterbation but in public, at work? This chic is crazy.

April - posted on 05/20/2011




I heard about this on Chelsea Lately and thought Chelsea was just exaggerating or kidding around! I guess she wasn't! lol

April - posted on 05/20/2011




... 47 times? How does she get anything done. It's like her boss is paying her to masterbate :S

Sal - posted on 05/20/2011




47 times a day.....how does she get anything done.....on an 9 hour day she must be at it 5 times an hour so about every 10 mins less the time of the act it self so she'd just get finished make one tension inducing phone call and be back at it......if some one went out for a smoke every 5 mins they'd get sacked, does she take a luch hour as well....you'd get peckish after all that hard work!!

Sharon - posted on 05/20/2011




It would bother me. Who the fuck is doing her job while she's fingering herself?

Whats next? Sex stalls at work so we don't have to work with tension? Sex with whoever happens to be at hand, and they'd damn well better give in, because I have tension don't ya know?

Fuck Bitch! Get a goddamned massage and keep your hands out of your crotch and go back to fucking work.

Ez - posted on 05/19/2011




How about she be treated for her anxiety (whether with meds or therapy - I don't care) and keep her hands out of her pants while at work?!?! Jesus.

Is she actually doing this at her desk? Because that's just gross. And if she's going to the bathroom 47 times a day, she's hardly a valuable employee.

Tah - posted on 05/19/2011




Lmbo..I hope the job sets her work area on fire when she retires..I'd venture to say no one is saying.." my mouse is on the fritz...I'll just grab cat's"...lol...when do you work lady geez.....

Bonnie - posted on 05/19/2011




47 times a day? She would be spending more time masturbating in a shift than actually working LOL.

Sneaky - posted on 05/19/2011




PLEASE tell me this is a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Forget sexual harassment worries, what about HYGIENE. ew, ew, ew.

And no, I am not a prude who frowns upon masturbation. I just do not see how a) she would be a valuable employee (seriously, with an anxiety disorder that bad??) and b) how exactly is this in any way a step forward in projecting womens rights in the work place???? How, exactly, is it NOT going to send the wrong message to people that do not want to understand it??

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/19/2011




WOWZA! 47 times per day? Dude, wouldn't it fall off...or get a callus???

Charlie - posted on 05/19/2011




Wouldnt bother me , do what you have to do if it is a disorder just make sure you wash your hands afterwards .

Mel - posted on 05/19/2011




wow that is the strangest thing Ive read in a while, I cannot imagine actually needing to do that

Rosie - posted on 05/19/2011




if this was a man the shit would be hitting the fan. stay at home if you can't keep your hands off your clit. for fucks sake....

Katherine - posted on 05/19/2011




Really, it’s hard to make a case for reasonable accommodation in this example because you’d have to take into account the other employees’ privacy rights — and the risk for sexual harassment,”

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