New Podcast Episode: Sex, Gender, Surgery, and Freedom

Illustration of fermentation in the Rosarium philosophorum, Frankfurt, 1550, public domain via Wikimedia CommonsListen to this podcast episode here or subscribe on iTunes

I believe that people should be free to express their tastes, preferences, and personalities without legal limits if little or no harm is done to others by doing so. Not including mere hurt feelings, however: if it did, no one would be free to do much of anything.

Likewise, I believe we have positive moral obligations to respect each other and ourselves, and to do so, we should work to free ourselves from harmful biases and distastes based on cultural, racial, religious, and gender stereotypes and narrow standards of beauty.

But when a popular social practice seems to promote one of these principles while betraying the other, it can be difficult to decide whether it’s right or wrong, good or bad…. Read the original piece here

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