Socio-utilitarian De-Tabooisation

Socio-utilitarian De-Tabooisation

Drug and other addictions, prostitution practiced out of destitution, life threatening eating disorders, depression, and suicide are not only individual tragedies, but also create immense economic costs and losses. Cluelessly observed, or made a taboo, such phenomena are sometimes dealt with helplessly, sometimes inadequately. Despite great urgency, these challenges seep away in the political daily routine – but emerge again with acute events unfurling the full complexity of the phenomenon. Preclusion, moral conceptions, and legal constraints, often obstruct promising solutions.

Religious taboos, and dogmas may contradict scientific findings and contribute significantly to global problems. Nevertheless, it can be counter-productive to try to stem commandments hostile to life in a frontal way because irrational defense reflexes might arise. The dismantling of constringent taboos (nota bene: there are also sensible ones!) must be preceded by a broad process of awareness. This can be promoted through information, discussions and initiatives on political and cultural levels.

Examples of what one could consider ambivalent social behaviors are the stigmatization or even criminalization of prostitution with the respective negative implications on one side, and sexualized commercial advertisement in the public on the other. The first two projects on the drawing board deal with this observation.

On the drawing board

  • Exhibition: Fashion photography and advertising in the public sphere – women as perfect virtual seducers and real victims?
  • Essay: The state to take the role of the caring pimp – what does not speak against it.
  • Operation Pia Fraus: Substituting constricting and biophob dogmatic constructs of religions.
  • Socio economic study: 78 years after prohibition – the missed lesson in history regarding the world wide drug problem and suggestions for a more relaxed, humane, and effective approach to it based on facts, figures and undisputable causalities.
  • Case study Switzerland: Society’s part concerning depressive diseases and suicide.
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