Sexual Violence Essays Questions

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1) Consider the crimes of rape, pedophilia, or torture (non-consensual) for sexual gratification. Are such acts wrong

in themselves or by their consequences? If so, can you square the wrongness of these acts with moral relativism?

Consider such crimes from a subjectivist point of view, then a conventionalist point of view. Can either form of moral

relativism square with the belief that such acts are objectively wrong? Consider such acts from the standpoint of

Gilbert Harmon: whether rape e.g. is wrong depends of the “agreements of particular groups”. So, e.g. rape is

wrong in one group, but under the agreement of another group it’s maybe ok. So, if you were a member of a group

who believed that rape is wrong, but visited a group that believes it is ok, would you commit rape among that

people? Put differently, if it is morally permissible for one group to do an action, and no standards exist beyond what

different groups happen to believe, then why shouldn’t you feel free to try it? After all, how can you criticize their

view simply because it is different? Can your choice to try it, be defended in a non-circular way, or a way that does

commit you to a contradiction as soon as you act? How would Hospers handle such actions? How might Pojman?


2) Consider the principle of reciprocity, which we have found in every moral philosophy that we have studied this

term except for Harmon. Assume that this principle is merely relative, and not as Pojman claims, objectively

binding. Imagine explaining how a human society anywhere, could function without the principle of reciprocity.

Does such a society exist? Could it exist? Explain.


(( I need 2 pages for the first question and one page for the second question and I need it from your opinion no reference ))

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Joelda
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Rape is forceful involvement of sexual intercourse with a person forcefully and
threatening them if they refuse to cooperate. Pedophilia is directing sexual gratification towards
children forcefully. Such actions are wrong in themselves. This is because moral relativism is
advocating that all actions are wrong or right relative to some specific reasons. Therefore one
might have raped or committed pedophilia due to the mental disorder of influence by drugs while
others have grown up knowing that all this are not crimes but are right according to their specific
reasons. Therefore actions taken by people have different reasons for them. It is essential to go
deep into the situation to know the reason why someone does something.
The subjectivist point of view bases its arguments on opinions rather than facts while
making decisions. Reasonable people differ from this view. Crimes of rape according to the
subjectivist point of view, rape should be blamed on the feelings of the person and not the person
him/herself. This point of view gives priority to opinions and feelings. Therefore it does not
consider rape as a crime rather than normal behavior. This point of view is always interfering
with justice sinc...

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