The review of this fine nation’s Penal Code is almost complete, and one of the proposed changes is the decriminalisation of consensual anal and oral sex between heterosexual adults.
However, if you object to this proposed change, amongst the other changes which include 19 new offences, you can and should voice your objections at a special page on reach.gov.sg, which will be open to feedback until 9 Dec 2006, after which it will close, and the proposed changes to the Penal Code will come into effect.
I can’t think of a reason why that particular proposed change to the law should be objected to, except that with decriminalisation, the excitement of doing something illicit and outside the law might be taken away from such activity, you know?
Just as gum-chewing was once an exciting pastime up until it was made available in pharmacies – you went from outlaw to sick person in need of medicine. Not cool.
More interestingly, what I did not know, and only found out today, was that there is such a thing as ‘marital immunity‘ for the offence of sexual assault committed by a husband on his wife.
It is, um, encouraging to note that legislators are considering the big, big leap of repealing that immunity in conditions where the wife is legally separated from the husband or has taken out a Personal Protection Order against her husband.
I don’t know if I can be arsed though, to find out if they are repealing or amending the offence of ‘outraging’ someone’s ‘modesty’, which, to my mind, is probably the uniquely Singapore law. I still haven’t the foggiest what it means.