Sexual Responsibility and Culpability

Looking through the comments thread for “Soup Nazi Approach to Sex” it looks like there were two major subtypes of disagreement with my post. Many commenters wanted to know why men should bear responsibility for a pregnancy when women can make unilateral decisions about whether to bring a child to term. They accused me of enforcing a sexist double standard. I’ll try and get to that topic tomorrow.What I want to address today is the way we conceive of responsibility and culpability for both gende … [Read more...]

Soup Nazi Approach to Sex

An anonymous commenter asked: This is a little off topic but as a pro-choicer do you believe a man should have the right to opt out of parental responsibilities? It seems that if a woman has the right to choose whether or not she is to become a parent then a man should have that same right as well. Not trying to be a jerk just wondering if any pro-choicers have thought about this. Why should a man be held responsible for a choice he didn't make? I’m pulling this out as its own post, because I d … [Read more...]

What about other Others?

Voting for the Christian round of the Turing Test is ongoing!   Get thee there if you haven't weighed in yet.  So, back to some of my undisguised opinions for a bit, as we wait for the survey results.  There's been a lot of commenting on the Natural vs Normative thread about homosexuality.  Benjamin Baxter of Prodigal No More just brought up a common philosophical argument against homosexuality that I want to take a minute to address.  He wrote: Stripping the procreative, only lea … [Read more...]

Call him Voldemort!

"Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things.  Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself"  -- Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone  I was dumbfounded by a "On the Square" feature at First Things this week.  Christopher Kaczor gave advice to Christian parents who aren't sure whether to have their children vaccinated against HPV and adopted the tone of someone teetering at the edge of a precipice.  After considering several approaches, Kac … [Read more...]

NFP, Contraception, and (oh yes) Transhumanism

I really appreciate the patience and attention to detail both sides are displaying in the comments thread that started about natural law and sexual ethics generally but has turned into a discussion about the moral implications of family planning.There are a lot of dimensions to this discussion, but, reading through the arguments, I think I end up disagreeing with the other side's assumptions much earlier than you might expect.  Here's part of a post by KL: Since sexual intercourse is … [Read more...]

Two Fights to Pick On Homosexuality

I've heard two major types of Christian arguments against homosexuality (or, more precisely, against acting on a homosexual orientation).  I find both unpersuasive, and I thought I'd close out this series inspired by Christiopher Yuan by explaining why I don't buy the arguments and why I think one of them is never worth making to non-Christians.It is Bad because God forbids it. God asks people to do a lot of strange things, especially in the Old Testament.  At the most horrifying end of the … [Read more...]

On Not Respecting Autonomy

This was more fun to use as an illustration of 'nudge' than Cass Sunstein's bookThis is part of a series of posts which tackles sexual ethics and debating strategies (but not at the same time)There's a (probably) apocryphal George Bernard Shaw story in which he approached an elegant woman at a party and asked, "Madam, would you go to bed with me for one hundred thousand pounds?"  She was stunned, but, after a moment's reflection said she would.  Shaw then asked her, "Madam, would you … [Read more...]


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