Nancy Tuana and Laurie Shrage

in The Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284238
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577291 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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This article traces public debates about sexual practices that have found their way into recent philosophical and other academic publications. It examines the ideals and standards some ethicists have proposed for guiding our sexual lives, even those lived away from the public spotlight. Many debates about sex concern sexual practices that transgress long-standing sexual mores, practices such as extramarital sex, same-sex sex, and paid sex. Debates about transgressive sexual acts often focus on whether the traditional social barriers against them are rationally defensible. Other debates about sex concern sexual practices that involve harm, coercion, or social subordination, such as rape, pornography, harassment, and ‘unsafe’ sex.

Keywords: sexual practices; sexual mores; sexual acts; sexuality; philosophical publications; social subordination; social barriers

Article.  12977 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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