Monday, August 07, 2017

The next steps in our enlightenment

"Now that transsexualism is the new normal, it is time to run a sweepstakes on the next progress to be made. I think it will probably be a race between necrophilia and incest, though the arguments in favor of both take the same form and are very similar.

"Who is hurt by either necrophilia or incest (assuming the latter is committed by consenting adults, that is to say, people over the age of criminal responsibility)? Both are victimless crimes. The hoary old argument against incest, that it leads to a high proportion of offspring with genetic defects, is anachronistic in an age of so wide a choice of contraception. Besides, is not this argument inherently demeaning of people with handicaps, or should I say persons of different abilities, insofar as it stigmatizes genetic defect? (I suggest that in future, the words genetic defect be replaced by variant DNA.) It is shameful that the question of incest should be discussed in so outmoded a fashion.

"People who would like to commit incest but are inhibited by the legal prohibition of it must live in a state of permanent frustration, and there is nothing worse or more dangerous than frustration. Blake told us that it is better that a baby should be strangled in its cradle than that anyone should nurse a desire that he has not acted upon. Think of all the harm, then, that is done by frustrated incest!

"Let us turn now to necrophilia: another victimless crime. Who is really harmed by it? The corpse is no longer a person, and so is beyond harm. The relatives of the deceased might object, but, at least in English law, no one has ownership rights over a corpse; in any case, the relatives’ distress, if they experience any, would be the result of pure unthinking prejudice, which it is the duty of government to eliminate from the hearts and minds of the population. And surely it is better that corpses after death should provide pleasure to someone than simply be disposed of as quickly as possible, as if they were merely useless. What better tribute, indeed, could there be to the dead?

"Once the incestuous and necrophiliacs have been liberated from the stigma that has pursued them down the ages, there will be other groups to liberate, as there are other fish to fry. The work of human liberation from the accumulated irrational taboos of the past must continue, until that glorious day when there are no limits at all."

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