Talking About Gay Marriage and Prostitution on The Ashley F. Miller Show

Ashely F. Miller of the blog Ashley F. Miller hosted her inaugural episode of The Ashley F. Miller Show and Mavaddat Javid and I were her guests.

First we speculated about the prospects for this week’s Supreme Court rulings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Then we talked about themes brought up in American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a documentary Ashley recently saw about storied activist Grace Lee Boggs, and The New Black, a documentary about gay marriage and the African American community. In talking about the former documentary we discussed competing ideals for achieving social change and in discussing the latter documentary, we asked whether gay marriage should be as centralized an issue to the gay rights movement as it has been.

Finally, in the last section, we discussed whether prostitution should be either outright legalized or merely decriminalized, and whether prostitution could ever be a meaningfully consensual and non-violating job for a prostitute.

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.


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