More than anything else, I have created this site in order to address two questions:

Why do we, collectively, and to a lesser extent, individually, murder and maim each other in so many ways?

What if anything, can be done about that?

Read the “What This Site Is All About” for more information.

 

On 12/29/00 Doug interrupted my effort to read with the announcement that a five year old girl had been removed from her family. I nodded, indicating some interest.

Yeah. It was for breastfeeding.” Doug was horrified. “A five your old being forced to breastfeed.”

I questioned the use of the word “forced.”

No,” he insisted. “A baby sitter said that the mother forced the girl to breastfeed.” I told him I thought that was bullshit. The issue was that the mother and her daughter were doing something our society believed was abnormal. I said that I doubted that the girl was harmed by the breast-feeding, but that she was certainly harmed by being removed from her home.

I became impatient with Doug. “Think about the things you see or read,” I said. “What makes something wrong is that it hurts someone.”`

Early in December I had a conversation with my other cell-mate, Paul, about dog-fucking. He had seen a story on TV about a man who tried to kill his son with a crow bar because the son (a grown man) tried to have sex with one of his dogs. Paul was both amused and appalled. “There is no law against fucking your dog,” he said.

Why should there be?” I countered.

In the course of our discussion he gave three reasons why it should be against the law:

1. It's not normal.

2. It's disgusting.

3. It was embarrassing to the father.

Paul claimed to be an anarchist. But when I scratched the surface I found that he believed in the same repressive society as the religious right. He just wanted vigilante groups and individuals with guns to be able to settle matters in their own way when they felt they had been wronged. I asked whether he thought it was the job of the government to enforce “normalcy” or prevent people from doing things because others found them disgusting.

Well,” he said, “one has to set some limits somewhere. It is necessary for society to stop serial killers and pedophiles.” There it was again – that juxtaposition of pedophiles and serial killers.

I should have known that it was not wise to get into a discussion about dog fucking.

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