Do discussions over social norms belong to Ethics (also called moral philosophy)?

I have in mind examples like

  • "manliness" (or what we might call gender identity)
  • the tolerance or not on homosexuality
  • polygamy vs monogamy
  • the obligation or not for filial piety
  • Pick one? You've got a "grab bag" of topics that have lots of different aspects.
    – Boba Fit
    Mar 6, 2023 at 14:34
  • @BobaFit Well, if I had to pick one on which to focus the question, I would choose manliness, the question of gender identity
    – Starckman
    Mar 6, 2023 at 14:42
  • what is gender? Mar 6, 2023 at 15:28
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    This question is really, really important. I hope someone answers it ASAP.
    – Hudjefa
    Mar 6, 2023 at 16:30
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    I wonder if you are not a native speaker of English. "Manliness" refers to the traditionally expected behavior of men. "Gender identity" is a political term of art that refers to internal psychological states. They aren't particularly related. Mar 6, 2023 at 17:11

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Yes, questions about gender equalities, polygamy etc can all be viewed from the perspective of ethics. If you spend a few minutes with a search engine, you can find scholarly articles from many philosophers considering the ethical aspects of topics such as gender identity, gay rights and so on.

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