One of the things being asserted by some, especially in the wake of the recent marriage equality court decision here in the US, is that people should have a right to be free from others commenting on them or criticizing them. The assertions center on the idea that if someone engages in a form of expression which is rejected by others, then others will criticize them or comment on them. With that said... I was with some friends, some of whom have extensive tattoos. One of them brought up something which she had seen online, with the hastag "tatcalling." That led to a discussion with some strange points. These same folks had been willing to say that people who speak against same sex marriage should understand that their actions have consequences, and that others have the right to express themselves as well. In this discussion, it suddenly became about how people shouldn't discuss their tattoos or comment upon them. Granted, this wasn't everybody in the group. Some got the point of my questions immediately, but the few people who were loudest about no one having a right to be free of comment or criticism were suddenly arguing the other side vehemently. I'm not arguing that someone has the right to harass another person, which goes beyond speech and goes into threatening behavior. However, it was surprising to me that a few champions of freedom of speech suddenly changed position when it was about them personally. It's easy to have principles when things are easy, but if you just abandon them when things aren't easy, then they're not really principles. You can imagine how well that last comment went over. *laugh* Here's the question: Outside of harassment, is it wrong to expect that everyone has the right to express themselves however they want, whether it commenting on another person's bigotry, religion, tattoos, or whatever?