I recently thought about taboos in our society. I doubt the taboos of earlier generations were seen by them as taboos. It is only logical that our society also has certain taboos. My goal in this post is to provide a way to look for those taboos and to identify a few. I don't necessarily agree that the things that constitute those taboos should be permitted, but I think it is good for us to identify them. I'm going to identify taboos using the following 'golden' rule: 'practices that don't cause harm to anyone or only cause harm with permission of those that recieve the harm or of a representative government should be allowed.' I want to look for practices that are now not allowed, but should be allowed according to that rule. That rule is not always right, but generally works out pretty well. The obvious place to look for taboos is in sexuality. We've come a long way in the struggle for sexual freedom, but I don't think we're there yet. I don't consider homosexuality or transsexuality a taboo, because the laws already allow for it in the Netherlands. I can identify quite a few sexual practices that don't violate the 'golden' rule, but that most people still consider offensive. I'm not going to list them here, unless someone asks for it, because I don't know if the other moderators would be happy with it. (Isn't the fact that I worry about mentioning them already an indication that they might be a taboo?) A not so offensive taboo might be asexuality, people without any sexual preference. Research in animals indicates about 2% of the people might be asexual, but nobody ever talks about it and most don't believe it exists. I also want to take a look at people that are sometimes considered to be psychologically ill. For a long time, homosexual people were considered crazy. Maybe some of the people we consider crazy now, are not really crazy at all. I'm thinking about self-mutilation and sado-masochistic people here. Why can't they hurt themselves or let other people hurt themselves if they want to? I really want you to think about that: What is wrong with pain as a source of pleasure or pain as the basis of a relationship? I tried to keep this post as unoffensive as possible, even although I wanted to go much further. I hope this will cause some discussion. What do you think are the taboos of our society?