Cultural Relativism Versus Sexual Rights as a Coherent Set of Human Rights

10 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2011 Last revised: 2 Feb 2011

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Marco Fanara

United Nations Mandated University for Peace

Date Written: May 24, 2010

Abstract

Proponents in favour of sexual rights as a coherent set of human rights argue sexuality is a fundamental component of one’s self and are therefore universal. Opponents of such views suggest sexual rights are not in fact universal mainly due to cultural relativism, which includes, but are by no means limited to religion, cultural beliefs, social systems, and politics must be taken into account when discussing ‘universal sexual rights’. This paper aims to address and attempt to answer one question: Do various ideological differences undermine sexual rights as a coherent set of claims within human rights?

Keywords: Cultural Relativism, Sexual Rights, Human Rights

Suggested Citation

Fanara, Marco, Cultural Relativism Versus Sexual Rights as a Coherent Set of Human Rights (May 24, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1749653 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1749653

Marco Fanara (Contact Author)

United Nations Mandated University for Peace ( email )

El Rodeo, Ciudad Colon
San Jose
Costa Rica

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