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This is distantly related to the fanfic warnings issue, but also has roots in completely unrelated conversations and in an essay I wrote about four years ago for an ethics class.

Here's the short version, because I'm sure this will get tl;dr:

YOU have the right and the absolute freedom: to be as much of a jackass as you want, in any way you want, as long as you are not actually breaking any laws. For that matter, in my view, you have the right to break the law, as long as you are willing to accept the consequences of that action and you are not, as the book Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do would say, causing physical harm to the person or property of an unconsenting other.

I have the right, and possibly the responsibility: to call you a jackass if and when you're being a jackass, to tell you if and when you are causing mental or emotional harm to me, to tell others how and why your behavior is affecting me, and to distance myself from you and/or do what I need to do to keep myself mentally and emotionally safe and healthy.

tl;dr version ahead - warning for some discussion of various criminal activities, domestic violence/child abuse, and possibly other unpleasantness )

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