Quite interesting, Nussbaum’s opens up the preface with an example of a gay teenager who describes his experiences when “coming out of the closet”. The teenager admits to being horrified and disgustful towards his own emotions that weren’t passing, as they should. Through this example, Nussbaum distinguishes between the two perspectives that are in our society today regarding homosexuals. The contrast lays “between people who can ‘sort of experience’ what a gay teenager feels and people who simply think of those desires, and no doubt, the teenagers themselves, ‘as being disgusting’”(Nussbaum xiii). She even go...
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...e’s shoes using imagination, it is difficult to decide on which ideals are equal and which are not and equality promotes respect. Martha Nussbaum takes great caution and goes into great detail to educate the world on the fact that just because a behavior is found to be disgusting, it shouldn’t be used as the deciding factor for a regulation or a ban. As Nussbaum puts it “constitutional law expresses our deepest sense, as a society, of what freedom and equality are; of what it means to have fundamental rights; of what it means to have certain protected areas of both liberty and equality that are seen as inherent in the very idea of human dignity” (Nussbaum 208). Constitutional law should be based of what is equal for all and what promotes libertarian interests among the people. Discrimination shouldn’t get in the way of letting this occur especially through disgust.
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