The Legal View of Disgust and Pleasure

To the Editor:

What are the bases of Martha C. Nussbaum's assertions ("Danger to Human Dignity: the Revival of Disgust and Shame in the Law," The Chronicle Review, August 6)? What is the evidence, for instance, that "the central locus of disgust in today's United States [is] male loathing of the male homosexual"? From which studies -- published in which refereed journals -- does Nussbaum derive her conclusion that "male fear of anal penetration" is the primary cause of