If Dwarf Tossing is Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Toss Dwarfs: Is Dwarf Tossing a Victimless Crime?
Dumont Institute Policy Analysis Paper No. 2
36 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 1998
Date Written: March 1996
This paper explores some legal and philosophical issues surrounding the practice of dwarf tossing, the sport by which dwarfs are thrown for fun and profit. Part I provides an overview. Part II provides some background information regarding the sport. Part III analyzes the body as property argument and tentatively concludes that individuals have an absolute right to do with their bodies as they see fit. Part IV discusses whether the balancing of interests argument is a valid limitation on the body as property argument and concludes that it is not. Part V looks at the argument that dwarf tossing should be banned or restricted on public policy grounds. Part VI asks whether dwarf tossing should be outlawed and concludes that there are no valid arguments to justify outlawing or restricting the practice.
Keywords: dwarf tossing, dwarf throwing, body as property
JEL Classification: D23, D63, I18, J15, J18, J24,
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