Saturday, September 26, 2009

No Castration Without Lustration!

The Poles have followed the Czechs' example and approved a castration law for sex offenders, in order to "improve the mental health of the convict, to lower his libido and thereby to reduce the risk of another crime being committed by the same person".
Modern society's desire to castrate the poor, the sick and the weak is pervasive; the writer believes that the castrating effect of some antipsychotic medications is intended only to castrate the prescriptee, and has nothing at all to do with the treatment of psychosis.
Yet while such moves as the Poles and the Czechs have made will undoubtedly be approved by the rest of the world's feral right-wing thugs, they require the mental application of a very dangerous double standard; that when Germans pump Poles full of chemicals in eugenic attempts to reduce their libido, well, that's a bad thing - but when Poles do it to Poles, that somehow makes it OK.


Blogger berenike said...

First: I don't know if this is a good idea or not. I've not been following the story, I've not thought about it, more or less all I know is a vague memory of some such proposal last year, a comment by my gran and this post.

However, there is quite a difference between castrating someone because you think they're subhuman and shouldn't be reproducing, or thinking about sex instead of working, and this punishment, which has been proposed with the idea of both protecting society and helping the criminal.

As I said, I'm not sure it's a good or prudent measure. I'm not sure either that it's not per se morally licit.

30 September, 2009 19:44  

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