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Posted on: Nov 13, 2014

Bullying. Cyberbullying. Revenge porn. Street harrassment. What do these faults have in common? It's not that the harm they cause is "objectively observable, quantifiable or provable." It's that they cause hurt feelings.

This blog post  talks about the reasons to be wary of criminalizing behaviors that cause personal and ephemeral wrongs such as hurt feelings. The author notes that ambiguity is a huge risk and also a challenge when drafting laws that apply to such behaviors. Check out the post for more on the topic, and read why the author says that laws criminalizing hurt feelings must fail.


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