Public Nudity and Rights
Webcast Q&A: 25 September 2011, Question 2
I answered a question on public nudity and rights on 25 September 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.
Do restrictions on nudity and sex visible to others violate rights? While having a zestful online debate, someone claimed that Ayn Rand contradicts herself in claiming that public nudity should be censored. (See "Thought Control" in The Ayn Rand Letter.) Since sex is a beautiful act, why should people be protected from it? Could a ban on visible pornography or sex be a slippery slope to other intrusions by government?
My Answer, In Brief: In a free society, nuisances would only pertain to their perceptual forms, not their conceptual content. Hence, sexual displays could not be banned for being sexual, even if offensive to some.
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- Ayn Rand on Forbidding Sexual Displays in Public Places by Diana Brickell
- "Censorship: Local and Express" and "Thought Control" by Ayn Rand from The Ayn Rand Letter
- Wikipedia: Nuisance
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell. I'm a philosopher specializing in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is available for purchase in paperback and Kindle. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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