There should be no moral absolutes in sexual behaviour

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There should be no moral absolutes in sexual behaviour (45)

There are many views on how to govern sexual behaviour and what is morally right or wrong. Absolutism is used when people believe an ethical theory has objective morals which are fixed and unchangeable. And moral relativism is the view that ethical standards, morality and positions of right or wrong are culturally based and therefore subject to a person’s individual choice. We can all decide what is right for ourselves. Morals and ethics can be altered from one situation, person or circumstance to the next. Essentially, moral relativism says that anything goes, because life is ultimately without meaning. Words like “ought” and “should” are rendered meaningless. In this way, moral relativism makes the claim that it is morally neutral.

        There are some main principles which govern sexual behaviour the first of which is consent. The general view to this principle as most people would agree is for any sexual act to be moral it must be consensual. Although just because someone consents to something, it doesn’t make it moral or right. For example someone may give consent but feel pressured into the act. In this case it could be said that the sexual behaviour isn’t consensual. The next two principles would be moral and personal harm. The main view of moral harm caused by sexual behaviour is that it shouldn’t cause harm emotional, moral or physical harm. Personal harm was viewed by John Stuart Mill as personal choice and is ok as long as society is unharmed by the behaviour, which many people would disagree with.

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        There are many different views on certain sexual acts or behaviours for example homosexuality. In the bible there are many passages which state that homosexuality should be condemned and is a sinful act. For example in Genesis 19 the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, God condemns homosexuality and destroys Sodom. Another example is in The Old Testament Leviticus 18:22 “No man is to have sexual relations with another man”. Traditional/Conservative Christians believe these statements to be true and take the bibles word as fact. The Roman Catholic Church still teaches that same sex relationships are wrong. Although they do not ...

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