"Necrophilia is harmless": Greens candidate advocated sexual intercourse with corpse to be legalized

Tom Raue states that the article was published as a joke and was written for the school magazine years ago.


                            "Necrophilia is harmless": Greens candidate advocated sexual intercourse with corpse to be legalized

A Greens candidate running for a state seat in Sydney previously wrote an article where he advocated that sexual intercourse with a corpse should be made legal. Party candidate Tom Raue argued that necrophilia was harmless, but he has since backtracked saying it "is a joke".

In March 2003, Tom wrote an article titled, "Drop Dead Gorgeous", which appeared in Honi Soit, a student newspaper. In the article, Tom Raue sexes dead people. Tom noted that there is nothing wrong with having sex with a corpse if its family allowed it. "If a person gives permission for their corpse to be used for sex, and the family has no issue with it, then what's the harm? F*** it," he wrote. 



He described necrophilia as "one of the most taboo sexualities in almost every society" and also called for the law in Australia to be changed, as reported by Daily Mail. Although it may not be everyone's cup of tea, necrophilia in and of itself is harmless and should be allowed," he further wrote.

However, Tom noted that the entire article was a joke. "After I wrote a similar article in response to Cory Bernardi claiming equal marriage would lead to people having sex with animals, I spoke with Honi Soit editors and others and we thought this would be a funny follow up," he said. 

Even though there are many who did not find the article to be funny, Tom said that he does not pay attention to the negative comments. "I appreciate that not everyone finds it funny. I don't stand by the comments because I never really meant them," he said before adding he has no plans to legalize necrophilia. 



"I have no interest in legalizing necrophilia. My campaign in Summer Hill will focus on the need to solve the housing crisis with a universal housing scheme similar to what we have for medicine and education, reversing all privatization of public transport, providing public early childhood education, ending the war on drugs and taxing the rich," he said. "Time wasted talking about joke articles I wrote as a student is an insult to the people of NSW."

In the article, Tom had written that "if having sex with a body is so offensive that it upsets people' that was no reason for necrophilia to be made illegal." He also noted that he was an organ donor and had no issues with a person having sex with his own corpse. However, he added that if someone did not want that to happen to their corpses, they should be respected. Ever since the article has come to light, it has sparked outrage among NSW politicians. 

A Macquarie Street MP told that outlet that Tom Raue is now a political corpse and the Greens should do the right thing and disendorse him. Tom had further noted in the article that "Yes most Australians find it disgusting, but that's not a good enough reason to legislate against it". Despite the backlash, Tom hopes for people to know that it was all meant as a joke.