Sexual Morality: Sexual Behavior Should Be Considered Amoral

Sexual Morality: Sexual Behavior Should be Considered Amoral

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      Morality is concerned with determination of right and wrong. Morality is a system through which right or wrong conduct is determined (Bykvist, p. 9). This paper critically examines the argument that sexual behavior should be regarded as amoral. The paper presents arguments for and against the statement before presenting a conclusion.
      The self is at the center of most moral theories. Moral subjectivism, ethical egoism and cultural relativism all place significant emphasis on the individual (Tännsjö, p. 41). Significant emphasis should be placed on the individual when analyzing sexual behavior. In fact, these theories tend to support the notion that sexual behavior should be considered amoral. Moral subjectivism asserts that right and wrong is determined by that the subject feels or thinks to be right or wrong. Assuming that sexual behavior is a conscious then any sexual action taken by an individual is considered right by the subject even though others may disagree with this and consider the same action as wrong. This point of view is further perpetuated by ethical egoism which states that self-interest is deterministic of right and wrong. This implies that an individual would be acting immorally by going against their self-interest.
      The determination of wrong and right by an individual is determined to some degree by their culture. The implication is that wrong and right (from and individual’s viewpoint) is determined by a set of principle and rules relevant to the culture. This implies that what is perceived to be wrong or right may differ depending on the culture. A good example is that sex among family members is considered wrong among most Western cultures whereas Eastern cultures permit such behavior. Unique sexual behavior can take on the values right and wrong...