The Morality of Sadism and Masochism
Webcast Q&A: 24 April 2011, Question 6
I answered a question on the morality of sadism and masochism on 24 April 2011. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Objectivism regards harming yourself or allowing others to harm you is immoral, but how does that apply to sex, particularly sadism and masochism? Should S&M acts be illegal?
My Answer, In Brief: Consensual S&M should be legal. However, S&M that's more than merely rough sex – when a person desires to hurt, dominate, humiliate his sexual partner (or to receive such) – reveals a self-destructive psychology.
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