Moral Laws of Bodies
How to act around people with physical bodies
November 28, 2014
I. Your Body
- You should be allowed and encouraged to love the body you have.
- You should be allowed and encouraged to change your body, if you like.
- You should be able to open a book, read a newspaper, watch TV or go to the movies, and occasionally see someone who looks like you; and they should be shown as a real, complex person, worthy of attention, love, respect, and all other human dignities.
II. Other People’s Bodies
- You should be allowed to find people’s bodies attractive; but politely keep it to yourself if they’re not interested.
- You should be allowed to be curious about other people’s bodies; but politely keep it to yourself if your curiosity seems unwelcome.
- You should be allowed to find other people’s bodies repulsive. Politely keep it to yourself.
III. The Interaction of Bodies
- If everyone can consent and has consented and is consenting, then it is permissible.
- If you become uncomfortable, you should be able to stop.
- No matter the circumstances, no one owes your body any attention beyond the civilities outlines in parts I and II.