BBC caption: Brendan McCarthy ran Dr Evil’s Body Modification Emporium
Our thanks to Groan for this. He writes:
Interesting story in the context of MGM on children. It seems consent isn’t enough for mutilations for adults. It is remarkable that we allow such barbarism on the most vulnerable.
Groan is correct. It’s not a widely-known fact, even in the intactivist community, but case law tells us that adults cannot legally give consent for bodily harm (e.g. MGM) to be performed on minors, nor even on themselves (with a few specific exceptions, MGM not being one of them). In the most celebrated case in this area, one man asked another man – during a S&M party – to nail his foreskin to a wooden table, which he duly did (not how I like to spend my Friday evenings, but each to their own). Both men were charged and convicted.
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