I amuse myself

I was reading this article:

Caroline Cartwright, 48, claims that she is unable to stop the loud shouting and screaming she makes during lovemaking with her husband Steve.

After neighbours, the local postman and a woman taking her child to school complained about the noise, the Cartwrights were hit with a noise abatement notice.

However, when Mrs Cartwright was convicted of breaching the notice, magistrates made her subject of an anti-social behaviour order as well.

She appealed against her conviction for breaching the noise abatement notice and the making of the Asbo, which bans the couple from “shouting, screaming or vocalisation at such a level as to be a statutory nuisance”.

Jobless Mrs Cartwright used Article 8 of the Human Rights Act to argue she had a right to “respect for her private and family life”. She also claimed that she could not help making the loud noise during sex with her husband.

The hearing at Newcastle Crown Court heard that the Cartwrights’ nightly sex sessions at their home in Hall Road, Concord, Washington, Tyne and Wear, were making their neighbours lives’ hell. Their lovemaking was described as “murder” and “unnatural” and drowned out their neighbours’ televisions. Neighbours said the Cartwrights’ sex sessions would usually start around midnight and last for two or three hours, every night of the week, the court heard.

Specialist equipment installed in a neighbour’s flat by Sunderland City Council recorded noise levels of between 30 to 40 decibels, with the highest being 47 decibels.

Giving evidence, Mrs Cartwright said she was unable to control the noise she made during sex. “I did not understand why people asked me to be quiet because to me it is normal. I didn’t understand where they were coming from,” she said. “I have tried to minimise the situation by having sex in the morning – not at night – so the noise was not waking anybody. I may be sympathetic to it but it is not something I am doing on purpose.”

Photo from the Telegraph

And I could not help but think that perhaps they are going about addressing the problem in the wrong way. What if they amplified the sound and put up posters of this article in the neighborhood? She can’t help making all the noise because she is advertising her receptivity so why not take it to the natural (pun intended) conclusion?

Well, it amuses me anyway.


6 thoughts on “I amuse myself

  1. 30 to 40dB isn’t very loud. Certainly not loud enough to “drown out their neighbours’ televisions.” I’ve recorded 80+dB in a bar, just from the crowd’s talking noise. That’s at minimum a ten-fold, to 100 fold, difference in energy. One to two orders of magnitude.

  2. These busybodies are the very reason the wife and I had to move way out here in the country. The offers I was getting when she was at work- – –

  3. 30 to 40 dB is pretty loud when it’s going from midnight to 2 or 3 a.m. though.

  4. When dogs bark too loudly and too much, they are “debarked.” Couldn’t something surgical help her? (And no, I’m not suggesting sex with the surgeon. On the flip side, her husband doesn’t look like that much of a stud — I guess looks can be deceiving.)

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