In response to the column “ That phrase we dare not speak: It's time for the courts to value sexual pleasure ” (Dec. 1 and TribLIVE.com): While Margo Kaplan raises several valid points about the schizophrenic nature of our laws governing sexual behavior, her prescription for treating those problems is downright frightening.
It would seem appropriate to liberty in our society to eliminate laws that regulate sexual behavior between consenting adults. Frankly, as long as the behavior is consensual and the participants are adults, government has no business in our bedrooms.
What Ms. Kaplan advocates, however, is that “(v)aluing sexual pleasure honestly would require us to regulate it more honestly.” Given government's performance in most matters, do we really want government to regulate, or courts to define, behavior between consenting adults in any way?
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