(08-01-2013 05:54 AM)MisterMaggot Wrote: As a mortician I know this is a controversial issue, however I feel it needs to be discussed.
After death we are legally allowed to leave our possessions to our loved ones, this includes property and money. We are also allowed to donate our organs for use by other humans, as well as for medical science. Why are we not permitted to donate/sell our corpse for the sexual gratification of necrophiliacs?
We live in a secular society in which Church and state are separate, therefore religion cannot be used to justify current laws regarding necrophilia.
Necrophilia poses no great risk to ones health. Also regular sex between the living can result in AIDS and other STDs.
This being the case what are the legal justifications for the criminalization of necrophilia?
It take a long time for the body to decompose, during that time maggots among other things will eat your flesh and produce an environment in which your corpse becomes a not-so living disease bearer. That is why the practice of burning or burying the dead goes so far back. It's a prevention of potential diseases. Therefore if someone were permitted to establish erotic simulation with a corpse even if the person gave permission before his or her death it is still a risk that they may get diseased and thus prove to be an even bigger threat to those they interact with among the living. Epidemics have occurred in such ways and epidemics leave thousands dead.
Now after the process of deterioration when all that is left is bones the chance of disease is pretty much nilch. But the problem is that most people do not get permission from the person who the bones belonged to. In fact in many necrophilia cases the crime is disturbing the dead. I find it comforting to know that if someone decides to defile my bones after I'm dead without my permission there will be some consequence awaiting them. Many feel the same way as I do. Though I see no problem if the person has permission. But like I said, many of them don't get permission, in fact I have yet to see a case where they do have it.