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According to the IEP, the philosophy of sexuality covers questions regarding procreation, contraception, celibacy, marriage, adultery, casual sex, flirting, prostitution, homosexuality, masturbation, seduction, rape, sexual harassment, sadomasochism, pornography, bestiality, and pedophilia, among others.

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The perverted faculty argument

There are a few philosophers who still push the “perverted faculty argument” to prove that contraception, homosexual acts and masturbation are immoral. This argument is based on classic natural law, ...
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Morality of watching porn

Of late, I have been thinking about certain things and I am not sure if I am thinking the right way about them. I am a 23 year old Indian student. During my undergrad, like everyone else around, I ...
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Is the notion that queer identities and sexuality are innate incompatible with the view that genders are socially molded?

Probably the single most important proposition/thesis/tenet regarding queer identities currently held is that Queer individuals, just as cishet individuals, are simply born the way they are: they do ...
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Why did Kant condemn masturbation?

That such an unnatural use (and so misuse) of one's sexual attributes is a violation of one's duty to himself and is certainly in the highest degree opposed to morality strikes everyone upon his ...
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What does it mean to say "homosexuality is normal"? [closed]

I have a question in the philosophy of sexuality. Some studies reveal that homosexual men and heterosexual women have symmetrical brains, unlike heterosexual males. Also, an early post-mortem study ...
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Violence vs Sex: Why are we typically more comfortable with graphic violence than explicit sex in gaming, television and film? [closed]

There is an apparent correlation between exposure to violence via the media and gaming, and anxiety, fear, aggression and desensitisation to violence. My observations may be biased or unusual, but it ...
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Is artificially generating images of minors in sexual positions unethical? [closed]

I am a machine learner, specialising in GANs and when a friend recently told me that he thinks a litle bit differently about the situation, this got me thinking (and not only about getting new friends)...
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Rape and non consensual sex

As I understand it [from the papers - i.e. liberal public perception], rape is non-consensual sex when consent is not just lacking, but can be shown to be lacking. Is that right? Is the idea that ...
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When consent changes: can "consent" after the fact be valid?

There are many avenues of exploring consent in philosophy. For instance, in the philosophy of sexuality (IEP), consent is tremendously important. So too, in the intersection of morality and bioethics (...
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Thales's views on marriage and sexuality

What were Thales's views on marriage and sexuality? Allegedly, when someone asked him why he didn't have children, he replied "Because I am fond of children."
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How do the authors show that arguments based on property rights can't be used to determine the wrongness of rape in Gardner's paper?

In "The Wrongness of Rape" by Gardner and Shute, (section 3: Infringing the proprietor's rights), what do the authors mean when they say that The analogies between rape and burglary here ...
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What philosophers believed marriage is man's ultimate perfection?

It seems Plato believed this when he says, through Aristophanes in the Symposium: After the division [by Zeus,] the two parts of man, each desiring his other half, came together, and throwing their ...
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Simone de Beauvoir on woman's job and sex

I am reading The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, and there are two quotes from page 92 struck me A truly socialist ethic—one that seeks justice without restraining liberty, one that imposes ...
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What is post sexualism, and is there a non confessional imperative?

Who knows their sexuality, rather than their preferred behaviours? But surely Foucault isn't denying that we like, or prefer, some things or people. So in what way is post-seuality relevant? ...
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Can philosophy say that "love" doesn't exist? [closed]

There must be much for a philosopher to say about such a vivid manifold phenomenon as "love" There are said to be different forms of love: agape (universal love), philautia (self-love), ...
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Are there any ethical/moral frameworks governing sexual behaviours? If so, what do they say?

Although the sexual domain is clearly an arena of reciprocity, altruism, selfishness, emotional blackmail, dominance-submission, guilt-inducement, etc. etc. posing ethical and moral questions of ...
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Are love and sexual attraction completely unrelated?

The philosophy of sexuality is a more recent development. The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy says: Among the many topics explored by the philosophy of sexuality are procreation, contraception, ...
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Why is it assumed that love and sexual desire should have the same object? [closed]

Why is it assumed in many cultures that we should love and be sexually attracted to the same person? Marriage is still the social norm in many countries and implies that you should be exclusive with ...
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Why do tribe members cover their private parts [closed]

I find it perfectly logical, that the humans felt cold and began to wear clothes. However, In many tribes in Africa, South America and Asia, where the traditional clothing is a Loincloth only, which ...
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Moral Implications of Consensual Sex of Dementia Sufferers

I'd like to ask a question that has to do with consent. Do you believe that those suffering from dementia are able to fully give consent to sex? Would it be unethical if one were having sex with a ...
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Kant's categorical imperative and casual sex. Why does casual sex necessarily involve using someone as a mere means?

I am writing a paper on Kant's principle and test of universalizability. It seems that the test can allow for morally permissible casual sex (i.e., sex outside the Kantian marriage), e.g., consider ...
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What kind of sexual act is moral?

As far as I know if someone doesn't believe in a divine entity that is the source of morality he/she considers morality to be subjective. He/she believes morality exists to minimize the pain and ...
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Historical Accuracy of Foucalt's works [duplicate]

I am beginning the "History of Sexuality" and wanted to ask to what degree should I take what Foucalt states about historical events in any of his works as accurate? From my understanding from looking ...
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Does gay marriage justify incest marriage because both are consensual activity? [closed]

Related question: Can any consensual activity be wrong? Disclaimer: This question has nothing to do with whether I agree or disagree with gay marriage! So don't overreact. It seems to me that if gay ...
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How do ethicists tackle the question "Is it immoral to have sex in public places?" Is it possible to use rational and empirical ideas to answer?

Is it immoral to have sex in public places? If so, what are the rational and empirical reasons? Most people believe it’s immoral to have sex in public places. Have ethicists come up with any good ...
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Is promiscuity wrong?

Historically, without reliable methods of disease prevention and birth control we could not expect that our sexual behavior would not have very serious consequences for our personal well being and the ...
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What is a woman? or Are all social constructions contingent? [closed]

It is difficult these days to avoid becoming familiar with popular disputes surrounding gender. Particularly contentious are questions regarding the ontology of the concepts of woman and man. On one ...
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Did any ancient Greek philosophers condemn fornication?

Did any ancient Greek philosophers condemn fornication (illicit sexual intercourse outside of marriage) or marital infidelity? Plato was against acts of sodomy, saying they are "contrary to ...
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Is "genital autonomy" separable from "sexual autonomy"?

Definitions: "Genital autonomy": the right to decide what happens to one's genitals, even to the point of irreversibly altering them. "Sexual autonomy": the right to decide to ...
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If we all came from Adam and Eve [closed]

How many descendants are required before sexual relations is no longer incest ? This is an ethical question, and is based on most societal systems rejecting incest, however if you follow the logic, ...
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determine a secular lawyerly/philosophical argument that solely upholds the traditional male-female marriage institute's values

I was trying to determine a secular lawyerly/philosophical argument that solely upholds the traditional male-female marriage institute's values. In other words, an argument that could be upheld in a ...
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Is Homosexuality considered moral because it was seen in 'nature'? [closed]

First of all I am not a native English speaker, so please be careful with the heavy vocabulary. I have been reading some of the arguments which a lot of homosexuality supporters use to support their ...
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Is Avatar Sexuality Likely to Persist in the Event of a Digitalised 'Humanity'? [closed]

The biological sexual act is vital to current human experience; it is one of our most powerful motivators and vital to the perpetuation of the species. Humans do not require a present physical partner ...
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Why does my appreciation of female physical beauty tend to be presumed to be sexual?

Apologies for the topic; I could not find a way to say it any better. Anyway, as a male I would like to be able to admire women's physical aspects purely aesthetically; I have no sexual intent of ...
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