Before we get into this potentially volatile topic, I want to say I absolutely in no way condone the use of profanity. I don't swear at my wife or daughter and would more than likely intervene on a child's behalf if I witnesses a parent taking it too far in public.

Though I don't condone the use of profanity, I was totally unaware that swearing around women or children could be illegal. But according to this post I saw on my Facebook feed, it is.

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According to the individual who made the post, "it's actually ILLEGAL in Idaho to swear in front of women and children". Then continues to rant about how she's tired of seeing the "F" word in her feed. (I would suggest deleting or blocking individuals that post content you do not agree with) but I digress.

So that got me wondering, is it actually against the law to swear in front of women and children?

I started doing some research and luckily another commenter gave me a good place to start.

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So I easily googled Idaho Law Title 18 Chapter 64 and this is what came up.

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The code states: Every person who maliciously and willfully disturbs the peace or quiet of any neighborhood, family or person, by loud or unusual noise, or by tumultuous or offensive conduct, or by threatening, traducing, quarreling, challenging to fight or fighting, or fires any gun or pistol, or uses any vulgar, profane or indecent language within the presence or hearing of children, in a loud and boisterous manner, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

So apparently, parts of the original post were true. If you swear in the presence of a child in a loud boisterous manner it is a misdemeanor. I did not find anything stating it was illegal to swear in front of women specifically but for the sake of this blog post let's just say it's in bad taste.



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