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On the morality of commercialized sex: -moral issues on commercial sex from contractarian and feminist ethics perspectives
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to evaluate and problematize the moral aspects of commercialized sex as presented within examples of contractarian and feminist moral positions. I describe, define and compare the arguments and moral reasoning in relation to these moral positions. There are distinctive differences as to the analysis of causes and effects and the morally based actions needed to address them. Both the contractarian and the feminist moral positions contain notions that the gender related problems of commercialized sex is a cultural and societal problem dependent on structure and attitudes. I also show that some arguments share similarities between the moral positions and that there may be a few particular similarities as to fundamental moral values shared between moral positions. Commercialized sex culture can be seen as both a causal and effectual problem depending on moral position. The causal problems of culture share mutual similarities in the notion that commercialized sex become a kind of cultural indicator reflecting general societal inequalities. I also address the notions on alleged limitations in legislation and the alleged need for broader measures in order to create sustained attitudinal change.

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2015. , 38 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-119074ISRN: LIU-IKK/REL-A--15/006--SEOAI: diva2:818485
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Religious Studies
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-08 Last updated: 2015-06-09Bibliographically approved

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