Writing for non-specialists and students as well as for fellow philosophers, this book explores some basic issues surrounding sex and love in today's world, among them consent, objectification, non-monogamy, racial stereotyping, and the need to reconcile contemporary expectations about gender equality with our beliefs about how love works. Author Patricia Marino argues that we cannot fully understand these issues by focusing only on individual desires and choices. Instead, we need to examine the social contexts within which choices are made and acquire their meanings. That perspective, she argues, is especially needed today, when the values of individualism, self-expression, and self-interest permeate our lives. Marino asks how we can fit these values, which govern so many areas of contemporary life, with the generosity, caring, and selflessness we expect in love and sex.
1. Sex, respect, and objectification 2. Objectification, autonomy, and pornography 3. Consent and rape law 4. Sex work 5. Union theories of love 6. Concern theories of love 7. Love, fairness, and equality 8. Orientations of sex and love 9. Love and marriage 10. Sex, love, and race 11. Sex, love, and disability 12. The medicalization of sex and love 13. The economics of sex and love 14. Ethical nonmonogamy.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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