johnfajardohenry wrote:It doesn't change the question, which nobody has answered:
Should men have the absolute right to do what they want with their bodies? Including excision of lumps of tissue for no medical reason other than they want to.
Although I think this is a quasi-strawman argument, I'll take a stab at it. As a libertarian, I would think you appreciate the notion that activities which are generally harmful to yourself but not harmful to others should not be proscribed absent a compelling reason. Your example of bodily mutilation is a good one because the line between what we find distasteful and what we feel is an indication of a depraved mind is blurry.
Generally speaking, bodily mutilation is not a terrible problem in our society because very few people would go beyond purely cosmetic alterations, which you may find distasteful but aren't really harmful to anyone other than the person willingly being mutilated. I'm certain that if you went to a doctor and asked to have your arms removed to make a statement about helplessness in society he would immediately refer you to a psychiatrist. Some mutilations are clearly a sign of mental illness and though I'm not sure exactly how you define that category of mutilations I'm sure it would be something along the lines of "significant, non-cosmetic alterations which tend to hamper your ability to function in society."
For other mutilations which you may find distasteful such as strange piercings or even the removal of an ear, I think if such a practice reached such a popularity that it caused alarm among medical professionals we'd hear about it. For instance, if genital piercings significantly increased the risk of infection or disease, both for the pierced person and sexual partners, we might see a legitimate discussion about limiting such practices.
In summation, consentual bodily mutilation might be prohibited for two reasons. First because the consent is invalid due to mental illness. Second because the behavior carries an unacceptable risk to public health.
Of course, you could ask Alta Charo.