The judge said his hands were tied. Seeing a man's penis was felt to be enough to cause fear and alarm.
On this matter, as on all others, he had his own peculiar views. He thought that the Gymnosophists of India, the ancient Britons, and others of whom History tells, who went naked, were, in this, wiser than the rest of mankind, -- pure and wise -- and that it would be well if the world could be as they. From the speculative idea to the experimental realization of it in his own person, was, for him, but a step; though the prejudices of Society would hardly permit the experiment to be more than temporary and private.
At the end of the little garden in Hercules Buildings there was a summer-house. Mr Butts calling one day found Mr and Mrs Blake sitting in this summer-house, freed from 'those troublesome disguises' which have prevailed since the Fall. 'Come in!' cried Blake; 'it's only Adam and Eve, you know!' Husband and wife had been reciting passages from Paradise Lost, in character, and the garden of Hercules Buildings had to represent the Garden of Eden: a little to the scandal of wondering neighbours, on more than one occasion.
Alexander Gilchrist, Life of William Blake (1863)
It seems to me his principled stand is twofold: 1) he had a profound realization about life which led him to realize that the social strictures around him were worthless and could be ignored
When it comes to something that doesn't harm (or even really affect) others, shouldn't he be allowed to make whatever choice he likes without interference from the state or society?
Similar to the "I don't care if they're queer as long as they don't flaunt it in public" statements which continue to be so popular.
But seriously, would we be somehow better off if he merely crammed himself into a flesh-colored body-stocking?
Prisoner, Prisoner number
Prisoner No. 81590
3 Edinburgh Road
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