Richard Stallman

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Biography

Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often shortened to rms, is an American software freedom activist and computer programmer. In September 1983, he launched the GNU Project to create a free Unix-like operating system, and has been the project's lead architect and organizer. With the launch of the GNU Project, he initiated the free software movement; in October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation.[1]

He wrote the most of the GNU project philosophy: Show because he created the GNU project and a philosophy that all projects that are part of the GNU project should follow.

He is interested in teaching people to value their freedoms and fight for them. [2] He says that child pornographers and terrorism are used as a excuse to take people freedom.[3]

Quotes

On June, 28th, 2003, he declared on his website[4], on sexuality:[5]

Dubya has nominated another caveman for a federal appeals court. Refreshingly, the Democratic Party is organizing opposition.

The nominee is quoted as saying that if the choice of a sexual partner were protected by the Constitution, "prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia" also would be. He is probably mistaken, legally--but that is unfortunate. All of these acts should be legal as long as no one is coerced. They are illegal only because of prejudice and narrowmindedness.

Some rules might be called for when these acts directly affect other people's interests. For incest, contraception could be mandatory to avoid risk of inbreeding. For prostitution, a license should be required to ensure prostitutes get regular medical check-ups, and they should have training and support in insisting on use of condoms. This will be an advance in public health, compared with the situation today.

For necrophilia, it might be necessary to ask the next of kin for permission if the decedent's will did not authorize it. Necrophilia would be my second choice for what should be done with my corpse, the first being scientific or medical use. Once my dead body is no longer of any use to me, it may as well be of some use to someone. Besides, I often enjoy rhinophytonecrophilia (nasal sex with dead plants).

In 2006, he declared on his website, on the creation of the PNVD (a Dutch pro-paedophilia political party linked to Vereniging MARTIJN) in The Netherlands: "I am skeptical of the claim that voluntarily pedophilia harms children. The arguments that it causes harm seem to be based on cases which aren't voluntary, which are then stretched by parents who are horrified by the idea that their little baby is maturing."[6]

On January 4, 2013, he declared on his website, "There is little evidence to justify the widespread assumption that willing participation in pedophilia hurts children. Granted, children may not dare say no to an older relative, or may not realize they could say no; in that case, even if they do not overtly object, the relationship may still feel imposed to them. That's not willing participation, it's imposed participation, a different issue."[7]

On May 22, 2013, he declared on his website:[8]

West Virginia proposes to 'protect' girls from the risk of embarrassment due to sexting by piling punishment on top.

When sex is concerned, we see many proposals to punish those who are mistreated in one way or another. I think that this is just prudery at work — the talk about "helping" or "protecting" is just a disguise.

If we really want to help people, we need to think about why they get hurt. The US has a ridiculous taboo on nudity, and women who show their sexuality are sneered at. This is tied up with sexism, mysogyny, and religion. If a girl feels hurt due to publication of a nude photo of her, this stigma is probably why it hurts.

One way to destigmatize something is to get lots of people doing it. I made the suggestion that Facebook should require every user to provide a nude photo. This was a joke — no one should use Facebook! — but also serious. If lots of teenagers post nude photos, so that it becomes normal, the stigma will be gone.

Notes et references

Some of the above stems from an article on the french BoyWiki [9]

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_stallman, last modified on 28 April 2011 at 11:19.
  2. http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/rms-kol.html
  3. "The big enemy of freedom is governments taking too much power over society. They do that with two excuses: the excuse is terrorists or child pornographers. But we have to realise that anti-freedom is a bigger danger than either of those. For instance, censoring the internet. We must not accept laws allowing punishment without a fair trial." http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/the-law-of-success-2.html
  4. http://www.stallman.org/archives/2003-may-aug.html
  5. "Rhinophytonecrophilia" refers to smelling flowers.
  6. http://www.stallman.org/archives/2006-may-aug.html#05%20June%202006%20(Dutch%20paedophiles%20form%20political%20party)
  7. http://www.stallman.org/archives/2012-nov-feb.html#04_January_2013_%28Pedophilia%29
  8. http://stallman.org/archives/2013-mar-jun.html#22_May_2013_%28West_Virginia_proposes_to_protect_girls_by_punishing_them_for_sexting%29
  9. https://fr.boywiki.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman