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Illinois Necrophilia Ban Advances

Ok, some people may need to get over the “Eww.” factor to think about this one. In a former life, I did work on issues of raparations of Native American corpses that were stolen from their graves and put in our museums. So, thinking about the rights of a corpse, or the rights of the relatives, is not a weird issue for me. I’ve read many arguments on it, including spiritual ones, where a body must be properly buried to reach the spirit world. But, ultimately, I sided with raparations because, technically, it’s stealing bodies from another nation. We don’t need to get into the nitty-gritty of Federal Indian Law here, but, under U.S. law, federally recognized tribes are “domestic, dependent nations” with limited (by the U.S.) powers of soverignty.

Legislation aimed at banning sex with corpses and removing a body from a crime scene without being authorized to do so advanced Wednesday in the Illinois House of Representatives.

So, I ask you, as this is passing, should having sex with a corpse be illegal? If so, why? (Beyond, “Eww.”)

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About Jen

Have been a jack of all trades. I'm a former philosopher who specialized in ethics and political philosophy. I'm a sex positive feminist.

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